Robert Schnur has been creatively involved in the real estate industry for the past 35 years. Mr. Schnur began his career in New York where he served as a Vice-President of Walter & Samuels, Inc., a formidable real estate firm based in Manhattan. He was also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Retail Committee.
Since 1991, Mr. Schnur has guided the International retail path of The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Cafe, and Rock Sugar, having served as their exclusive real estate representative, Mr. Schnur negotiated over 200 leases on their behalf in the nation’s leading retail markets as well as worldwide. The Cheesecake Factory has won numerous awards and is the nation’s top grossing chain on a per unit basis.
In addition to continuing to guide the worldwide retail growth of The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Cafe and RockSugar, Mr. Schnur is actively involved in Blatteis & Schnur’s principal investment activities. Current projects include approximately 135,000 square feet of retail redevelopment in Los Angeles’ burgeoning Arts District.
Marc Guth began his real estate career in brokerage and leasing with The Rouse Company where he was responsible for over 4,000,000 square feet of enclosed centers. He played a significant role in the leasing efforts for new and remodeled projects and ground up developments, including River Walk in New Orleans, one of the nation’s preeminent festival projects.
Subsequently, Mr. Guth spent six years at Westfield America, the world’s largest shopping center REIT in the country. He was responsible for the management of the company’s western region portfolio and was instrumental in expanding Westfield’s U.S. portfolio.
Mr. Guth joined Blatteis & Schnur in 2000 and has been involved in the national growth of The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Cafe and Rock Sugar, identifying 100%, Main/Main locations in the country’s most affluent and desirable retail and entertainment districts. Mr. Guth continues to guide the expansion of The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Cafe and Rock Sugar as well as the growth of Blatteis & Schnur’s principal investment activities which have included the following projects:
- The acquisition and redevelopment of 800 Market Street, an eight story office building in the heart of downtown San Francisco, consisting of two levels of retail and six levels of Class A office
- The acquisition of 131-133 Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles
- The acquisition and redevelopment of 13038 San Vicente Boulevard (Helmut Lang & Theory), Los Angeles
- The acquisition of four acres in the Art’s District of downtown Los Angeles
- Currently overseeing the design and construction of 140,000 square feet of retail and a 400 car parking structure
Carie J. Boyce has over 30 years experience in a wide variety of leadership positions in the retail and development sectors of the commercial real estate industry. A licensed broker since 1988, Ms. Boyce has held the head of real positions for several retailers including Wherehouse Entertainment, Bristol Farms and Gelson’s Markets, and Sr. VP of leasing positions with Hahn Devcorp and RP Realty Partners. She is currently Executive Vice President of Blatteis & Schnur, a real estate specialty firm focused on enhancing the value of operating retail properties, along with providing various related services, including project envisioning and leasing for both development and existing projects, tenant representation, along with re-positioning and tenant retention strategies. As a broker and consultant, Ms. Boyce has served the site selection and lease negotiation needs for numerous retailers as well as providing consulting and leasing services for a broad spectrum of property owners. She has negotiated over 1,500 lease transactions with a value of over $3 billion.
Ms. Boyce is an active member of ICSC and served for many years on the Southern California Program Committee, and acted as co-chair for the 2008 Western Division Conference. In 2010, she became certified by ICSC in Debt Workout, Transactions and Repositioning of Distressed Assets.
Ashley has over 10 years of experience specializing in upscale retail leasing and project development consulting. She began her real estate career with Samuels & Company, completing over 80,000 square feet of restaurant lease transactions while consulting with AEG on their LA Live development in Downtown Los Angeles.
Since joining Blatteis & Schnur in 2006, Ashley has leased several high-profile, flagship retail properties including 1415 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica to Apple, 13038 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood, Los Angeles to Theory and Helmut Lang and 800 Market Street in San Francisco to Diesel Jeans. She has consulted on and acted as a senior broker in the leasing of several shopping center developments in California and Nevada including The Headquarters in San Diego, California, Carmel Plaza in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, The Source in Buena Park, California, and Tivoli Village at Queensridge in Summerlin, Nevada. In addition, Ashley has represented high-end retail, entertainment, and restaurant clients such as Crunch Fitness, iPic Entertainment, Kabuki Japanese Cuisine, Karen Millen, Limited Brands, and Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Cafe in their expansion both nationally and locally.
Ashley recently secured a 26,000 square foot flagship location for Victoria’s Secret on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. She currently leases High Street retail properties on Robertson Boulevard and Walnut Street as well as leads the national expansion of Asics and Lolë retail stores.
Samuel A. Brownell has been involved at the transaction level in the institutional commercial real estate business since 2001, when he started his career at Colliers International in San Francisco as a leasing broker for the #1 ranked landlord representation team South of Market Street (SOMA). Sam earned International Rookie of the Year honors and was a Top 10 producer in the San Francisco office by his third year in the business. While at Colliers, Sam was involved in the exclusive representation of over 2,000,000 square feet of Class A Creative Office Space, the exclusive representation of over 100,000 square feet of creative tenant requirements, and in the sale of over $150,000,000 of investment properties.
In 2005, Sam joined Blatteis & Schnur as Director of Acquisitions, subsequently Chief Acquisitions Officer, and was directly involved in the sourcing, fundraising, and development of approximately $150,000,000 in High Street retail properties in the United States leading urban retail markets. In addition, Sam’s responsibilities included overseeing the successful re-development of 200 Powell Street and 800 Market. At the time, 200 Powell (Skechers) and 800 Market (Diesel), established high water marks of over $400 psf respectively for ground floor retail space in San Francisco. 200 Powell won numerous awards for the restoration of a historic 80 year old Art Deco building.
In May of 2013, Sam returned home to Blatteis & Schnur to help drive the growth and further expansion of the firm. Over the past year, Sam has spearheaded the firm’s acquisition business, sourcing over $200,000,000 of prime High Street retail properties including on Boston’s Newbury Street, Philadelphia’s Walnut Street and Los Angeles Arts District.
In addition to Sam’s day-to-day involvement in the Arts District development, Sam has been tasked with expanding and establishing Blatteis & Schnur’s principal business in Miami, Washington DC and New York.
Max initially joined Blatteis & Schnur over three years ago building off a strong family history in the commercial real estate. Prior to rejoining Blatteis & Schnur in 2014, Max worked at Cushman & Wakefield’s Retail Services department. Max currently represents The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Café, and Rock Sugar in their national expansion. Max has also represented tenants such as Marine Layer, Ron Robinson, Asics, Burning Torch, Simple Things, Bacari PDR, and Asian Box in the nation’s top urban markets.
Max is currently leasing “AT MATEO,” a 130,000 square foot retail development in the heart of the Los Angeles Arts District set to open Fall of 2016. He is also leasing multiple assets on Robertson Boulevard. Previously, Max leased The Headquarters in San Diego, California an outdoor lifestyle center anchored by The Cheesecake Factory, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s Seafood, and Kitson. Max has also leased and consulted on several notable retail projects including the Malibu Lumber Yard, Carmel Plaza in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the Burbank Collection.
Max holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Ms. Suriano has nearly twenty years of experience in the real estate industry. She began her career in residential sales prior to joining Insignia Commercial Management division where her career expanded to include working for such companies as Cushman and Wakefield, CBRE, and Lincoln Property Company.
Her experience focuses primarily on retail and office management where she has managed such properties as 801 S Grand, Los Angeles, Wilshire Rodeo Plaza, Beverly Hills, and Westwood Marketplace, Westwood, CA.
She was involved with notable projects such as the opening of the City Target Store at Westwood Marketplace and has managed numerous high profile tenants including United Talent Agency, William Morris, Niketown, St John, City Target, Burberry, Harry Winston, Bebe, and Christian Dior.
Sally is a retail industry leasing veteran and consulting professional with over 23 years experience and an extensive background representing over 9MM square feet of renowned properties on behalf of the largest public and private retail development and operating companies, institutional funds and REITS in the country. Since joining Blatteis & Schnur in 2012, Sally has been charged to expand the company’s High Street Retail focus to include portfolio leasing of the prominent Abbot Kinney Boulevard assets and also Brentwood Place in West Los Angeles, California where a focus to procure notable as well as institutional quality tenants resulted in new to market leases with Blue Bottle Coffee, Delta Apparel Group and Fast Retailing Group’s rag & bone, Theory and Helmut Lang. Additionally, Sally’s capacities range from exclusive assignments representing Macy’s for their San Francisco Union Square Flagship to Terramar Properties The Headquarter’s, a 150,000sf historic redevelopment in San Diego, featuring such acclaimed Tenants as Mozza, Season’s 52, Kitson and Puesto. Sally continues her scope of duties as a leasing consultant to third party clients with a concentration on urban mixed use, premier development and operating retail projects as well as select restaurant and retail tenant representation.
Sally brings a comprehensive knowledge of the retail process from merchandising, project design, proforma analysis, lease negotiations as well as construction programming with hands on experience leasing both existing and development projects across multiple retail product types. Sally’s prior positions include the National Senior Director for the Mills Corporation (Now Simon Property Group – Premium Outlets) where she personally procured the portfolio wide roll out of the first flagship outlet locations for Forever 21 as well as leasing for the super regional West Coast assets including The Block at Orange and Ontario Mills. Formerly, Sally served as Sr. Vice President of Leasing for an urban Hispanic market 500,000 square foot Power Center development for Red Mountain Retail Group, Vice President of the The J.H Synder Company, leasing Bella Terra and The River and Sr. Director for Pan Pacific Retail Properties where she leased a 3MM square foot Southern California grocery anchored portfolio. As a Senior Leasing Director for TrizecHahn Properties, Sally’s assignments included both Los Cerritos and Santa Anita Malls and development assets including the internationally recognized Hollywood and Highland center.
Sally has conducted successful retail negotiations with Target, AMC Theaters, Gelson’s Market, Sephora, P.F Chang’s, BCBG Max Azria, Tommy Bahama and Guess among many others.