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Women in Real Estate 2019: NKF’s Anne Marie Koehler Focuses on Urban Retail, MXU Developments

NKF’s Anne Marie Koehler, Senior Managing Director, is regarded as one of the most accomplished retail leasing professionals focused on urban retail and mixed-use developments in the greater Puget Sound area. She is part of an NKF Seattle-based team, along with sister Erika, that bring more than 30 years of combined commercial real estate experience in retail real estate and a strong record of success representing both landlords and tenants.

The Koehlers’ contributions to project assignments have been significant for their individual investor clients. And, the broader transformational impact of the retail/restaurant markets in South Lake Union, downtown Seattle CBD and several surrounding urban neighborhoods will have far-reaching impact for many years into the future.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Koehler as one of the 2019 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others.

Anne Marie Koehler has held senior positions with CBRE and, most recently, JLL in Seattle, and in June, brought to NKF more than 13 years of experience specializing in retail brokerage services. She represents both landlords and tenants and has worked on several large community and neighborhood shopping centers. Among the numerous examples are:

• Arranging the 15,000-square-foot lease for the first Starbucks Roastery in the world at 1124 Pike Street, a former car dealership building constructed in 1917 in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood.
• Leading the repositioning of assets with dynamic retail activation at the ground level of several office projects, including the Hudson Pacific Properties King Street Crossing portfolio and Talon Private Capital’s 8th and Olive.
• Successfully leasing up the ground level of new construction projects with unique retail offerings, including Madison Development’s residential project Excelsior, Pembroke’s 400 Fairview and the Brooks Running headquarters building, Stone 34.
• Leading the transformation of a former gated office/warehouse building with no prior retail or restaurant use on Lake Union into a renowned regional destination-restaurant, Westward.
• Representation of James Beard award-winning chef Renee Erikson’s restaurant Wilmot’s Ghost and bar Deep Dive at Amazon’s world-renowned Spheres project.

The Koehlers have deep roots in retail in Seattle, and are regarded among the most well-known and hardest working retail professionals in the region. As daughters of prominent real estate developer Steve Koehler, the sibling duo was raised in the commercial real estate business. Anne Marie is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Downtown Seattle Association.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.