Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brian Zelman

Brian Zelman. Zelman’s experience across different asset classes and brokerage work on behalf of successful developers, investors and tenants has enabled him to take leadership roles within ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers). His involvement in ICSC has facilitated high level relationships with numerous national retailers and many of the largest developers and retail real estate holders in the US.

Brian recently joined CNS Real Estate to continue his tenant representation services, land and investment brokerage and investment sales. Prior to working with CNS Real Estate, Brian was Director of Real Estate at Eagle Rock Retail. In his role at Eagle Rock Retail, Brian was primarily responsible for the leasing for Front Street District in Downtown Hartford. Brian signed a deal with The Capital Grille for the anchor restaurant position in that project. This was a very important project for the City of Hartford and had been vacant for two years.

Brian exclusively represents multiple regional and national retailers in their expansion throughout CT and MA including Ginza Restaurant Group, Dr. Dental, Five Guys Burger & Fries, Noodles & Company, Worldwide Golf Inc/Golfer’s Warehouse, Buffalo Wild Wings and Burger King.

A franchisee of Five Guys Burger & Fries hired Brian to assist in the acquisition of redevelopment opportunities and land for their Central CT expansion. Brian assembled multiple residential parcels for the ground up development of a free standing prototype store. This location achieved #1 in sales for 2010 out of 685+ stores. They worked together to sourced additional ground up development and redevelopment opportunities throughout three counties in CT. Brian listed for sale and procured a buyer for the purchase of all their operating units and additional development rights in CT.

Prior to his work at Eagle Rock Retail, Brian was a partner in Broder Commercial, a West Hartford based commercial brokerage firm. While at Broder Commercial, Brian brokered the sale of several multi-million dollar investment properties in Hartford County. He represented the sellers and procured buyers in transactions that were complex due to environmental issues, 1031 exchange requirements and title issues. Brian represented a local developer in the acquisition and assemblage of a brownfield site and residential parcel for the rezoning and development of a 30,000sf LEED certified medical office building. Brian also assembled an 80 acre working farm and 40 acre parcel for the development of a 100+ unit residential subdivision on behalf of a local developer.

In his role as ICSC CT Next Generation Chairperson, Brian has been on the planning committees for the ICSC New England Idea Exchange and the ICSC New England Retail Connection. During his tenure as ICSC CT Next Generation Chairperson, Brian has led and participated in the planning of over 20 Next Gen events throughout the State of CT. Brian has been nominated to serve as ICSC CT State Director and will begin his first term in May of 2013.

Brian studied general coursework at University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts and was previously a State Certified Emergency Medical Technician in CT. Brian resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife and daughter.

Brian Zelman
Director of Real Estate
Zelman Real Estate
28 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: (860) 269-6960

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