Marek Joins Helmsley Spear as Vice Chairman

Helmsley Spear LLC has named Frederick Kane (Rick) Marek to serve as vice chairman, focusing primarily on tenant representation.

“Rick has unique expertise in both the legal and financial services arenas for leasing,” said Kent M. Swig, president of Helmsley Spear. “We are pleased to have his outstanding professional background as an addition to our executive leadership team.”

Prior to Joining Helmsley Spear, LLC and after a short tenure with Avison Young, Marek served as president and co-founder of The Vortex Group, a boutique commercial real estate advisory company, for 15 years. He began his career at Julien J. Studley Inc., starting at the age of 21, right after earning an MBA from Syracuse University. During his career he has completed numerous major assignments for prominent companies including Credit Suisse, Lazard Freres, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and others.

“I had the pleasure of working with Rick many years ago, and have served on the Plaza Committee of The Real Estate Board of New York with him, which he ran for 22 years,” said Andrew G. Simon, executive managing director of Helmsley Spear, who runs the brokerage arm of the company. “Rick has an encyclopedic knowledge of the NYC commercial market and will fit right in with the other senior brokers we have brought on board over the past year as we build the company back into prominence.”



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