John brings a unique perspective to his Office Space Leasing role at Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region. His background includes extensive experience leasing office space both as a Tenant and for a national Landlord and Property Management company. In 1985, John was given overall Facilities Management responsibility, including acquisition and disposition of all Leased space, for over 1.6 million square feet of office space for 235 Branch office locations across Canada. In 1996, John successfully leased the growing portfolio of large commercial buildings focused in Kitchener-Waterloo. Later, he was given increasingly greater responsibilites under successive ownership groups culminating in responsibility for more than 1.9 million square feet of Office and Industrial Properties across Southwestern Ontario. Because of his extensive Facilities Management experience, John has a unique and deep understanding of the processes and key decision factors Landlords and Tenants explore when setting out to lease Office, Industrial and Retail spaces.
Margareta Rawlins is the team coordinator for Michael Klein and Stewart Campbell and is responsible for the day to day administration, marketing and operations of the team. She brings over 13 years of real estate experience having worked in various administrative and marketing roles for a local commercial real estate company. She has excelled in high end marketing deliverables; including presentations, proposals, tour packages, property brochures, and newsletters - in both print and electronic format. She is also responsible for overseeing all files and projects including database management and client liaison. She is skilled in quality assurance, branding compliance and ensuring all marketing deliverables are in compliance with corporate/legal standards and guidelines.
Michael H. Polzl
Michael Polzl is the Broker of Record of Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd. With his “hands on” development perspective, Michael creates value to any leasing, advisory, acquisition or disposition mandate. Michael strives to grow and sustain professional relationships by providing professional, honest and open service to every client. Michael and his team have been involved with numerous high-profile and large scale commercial, retail, office, industrial, mixed-use and multi-residential projects from inception to completion.
Fraser Vrenjak is a Sales Representative and the Retail Team Coordinator for Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region. Fraser works along side Senior Vice President of Retail Bob Vrenjak, Sales Representatives Ryan Kaitting, Mary Sojczynski and Ken Opper. Fraser brings his knowledge of marketing, research, and site analysis to the team with his deep understanding of computer technology and creative problem solving strategies.
Fraser has been working in commercial real estate for the past 6 years on various projects for his father Bob Vrenjak. As of August 2015, Fraser has entered into the real estate market with Cushman & Wakefield. He has specialized in site selection for retail stores, quick service restaurants, gas stations and much more. With Bob as his mentor he has and continues Business generation – Creating tenant and landlord mandates locally and nationally.
Michael W. Klein
Mike Klein has been actively and continuously involved in every facet of the Commercial Industrial Real Estate business since 1991. He provides his extensive and comprehensive market knowledge, analysis, and transaction expertise in virtually every market sector including industrial, office, retail, land acquisition and development, design-build projects, and investment. Mike’s goal from the outset has been to provide the best, most comprehensive level of advisory services to his clients, and this has earned him a very high degree of repeat and referral business from his loyal clientele. Mike has established a strong track record servicing a wide range of clients throughout Southern Ontario, concentrating principally on Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph, but he has carried out larger mandates across the entirety of the southern Ontario industrial/commercial marketplace. He has established a particular specialty in property acquisition and in the handling of complex transactions, including brownfield properties.
Ian Cattrysse is a top producing real estate professional and has been involved with the sale and leasing of Office and Industrial properties throughout SW Ontario for the last 13 years. Ian began the first 10 years of his real estate career in London as part of one of the top office sale/leasing teams in the region. Following that Ian spent 3 years managing and leasing a portfolio of SW Ontario Office buildings. Ian is experienced at complex real estate transactions and is well known for his detailed financial analysis and strong market knowledge. Ian’s extensive experience includes the sale and leasing of both small and large office buildings, office conversion of struggling regional malls, preleasing new commercial buildings as well as large asset and portfolio sales. In addition, Ian also has extensive experience representing both local and national tenants in corporate relocations, expansions and lease renewals.
Bob Vrenjak brings a wealth of retail knowledge and expertise to Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region as Team Leader of the Retail Group. As the Retail Group Leader, Bob supports all tenant mandates, landlord listings and investment sales in the Waterloo Region. Bob has established a particular speciality in retail real estate, with 30 plus years in the field. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield Bob was a sales representative with a commercial real estate brokerage in the GTA. Prior to that he was of Canadian Corporate Retail Solutions practice at another international commercial real estate brokerage. He also worked for Toys R Us Canada and was Vice President of Development for the following franchise organizations: Country Style Food Services Inc., Manchu Wok and Buck or Two Stores, as well as an independent consultant supporting national retail mandates and concept rollouts over the past 20 years. Bob is a senior retail executive with thirty years of retail real estate field execution and corporate management experience, in Canada as well as the U.S. In addition to site selection and acquisition experience, Bob’s core competencies include strategic planning, mass rollouts, franchise development, project management and retail operations.
Melissa Brodhagen has 16 years in administrative experience in various fields and 3 years in real estate marketing experience. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region, Melissa worked for 4 lawyers as well as with a team of 4 real estate agents. Drawing on her previous experience, Melissa manages the day to day business, marketing and various other support duties for David Anderson, Scott Anderson and Jordan Palmer.
Nick Holzinger joined Cushman & Wakefield in March 2013 as a Vice President. Nick has over 35 years of experience as a real estate professional and has been involved in some of the most prominent real estate transactions in southwestern Ontario. He has extensive experience in servicing Canadian, American, European and Japanese clients encompassing design/build, industrial properties and investment opportunities. Before joining Cushman & Wakefield Nick’s career includes 17 years at another international commercial real estate brokerage and 10 years as a principal partner in a family owned real estate development company. Nick is also a multi residential specialist focusing on acquisitions and dispositions of multi residential properties across Canada. Nick was also one of the founding members of WRAMA, the Waterloo Regional Apartment Management Association, formed to provide information and support to owners and managers of residential rental properties throughout the Region of Waterloo and surrounding area.
Jeffrey A. Fry
Jeff is an experienced, dynamic and creative professional with over 15 years in finance, real estate and business ownership. Jeff’s diverse experience comes from working with an international portfolio of technology, environmental, energy and investment. He has developed relationships into long-term profitable partnerships and loyal clientele. Jeff has secured financing from institutional and private banking sources for complex developments and capital for both start-ups and seasoned corporations. Jeff incorporates his investment and finance experience with real estate brokerage to provide an “A-Z” value approach to investors, developers and vendors alike. Jeff also served as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years.
Benjamin Bach works on the acquisition, disposition and development of commercial property, as well as retail and office leasing in Waterloo Region and the surrounding markets. His group provides occupiers and investors with a single point of contact for commercial property services. Mr. Bach is a Sales Representative with the Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Office. Benjamin has successfully completed assignments including the acquisition and disposition of investment property, corporate office purchase and lease mandates, and commercial leasing (both landlord and tenant representation) in Waterloo Region.
Leading the communications and marketing strategies for Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd., Adam is focused on making Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo the preferred commercial brokerage of choice by leveraging new platforms and integrating marketing processes to deliver results for agents, owners, occupiers and investors.
With a Masters Degree in Strategic Marketing from an international university, Adam is equipped with the marketing insights required to leverage the Cushman & Wakefield brand. In addition, Adam has over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sectors having worked on numerous integrated marketing and communications campaigns with a focus on brand positioning, social media, web and traditional advertising, publications, promotions, conference and events planning, and campaign execution.
Having an impact in the community is an important part of Adam's perspective on giving back to the community. Adam currently supports the Guelph Syrian Refugee Forum acting as a corporate donations coordinator on behlf of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and also sits on the Chamber's Membership and Marketing Committee. Adam is also an active memeber of the Guelph Triathlon Club and manages the clubs marketing activities.
Stephanie Bigelow is the Senior Research Analyst with Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region. She uses her knowledge of research techniques and a wide variety of sources to provide coworkers and clients with the most up to date market and property data possible. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Stephanie began her career in commercial real estate with Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region. Throughout her time at Cushman & Wakefield, Stephanie has worked closely with clients and coworkers managing and writing reports for large projects, creating and maintaining local market statistics, and coordinating with the National Research Group for database construction and national research reporting.
Wendy joined Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region in 2015 as the Office Administrator, providing support services to the company’s agents and employees. After graduating with a DEC in Data Processing from Dawson College, Montreal, Wendy worked for over 19 years in IT as a computer programmer/analyst for a large Insurance company, and was transferred to Kitchener, Ontario with the company in 1978.
Wendy then spent 7 years abroad with an international bank as an IT Auditor, during which time she obtained her ISACA designation. After moving back to Stratford, Ontario, she worked in a residential real estate brokerage for over 8 years as an office /deals administrator before leaving in 2013 for a further 15 months abroad then returning to the Kitchener-Waterloo region and joining Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo.
Outside of work, Wendy enjoys gardening, clogging, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Loreta Corless is the Team Director for Nick Holzinger’s team. She is responsible for all team operations and marketing. Drawing from over 23 years of small business and commercial real estate experience, Loreta is a dedicated and technically skilled business professional with a versatile administrative support skill set developed through experience as an office operations manager. Loreta joins Cushman & Wakefield after 14 years at the Kitchener office of another international commercial real estate brokerage, where she was the office operations manager. Her responsibilities included budgeting and expense control, personnel management, sales support, marketing communications, research management and IT systems strategy & planning, operations and support. Prior to her career in commercial real estate, Loreta owned and operated a successful food and beverage company for over 7 years.
Ken Opper brings 30 plus years of retail leasing and transactional experience to the Retail Group of Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region. Ken works on specific tenant mandates locally, regionally and across Canada, in some instances, as well as on landlord listings in South Western Ontario. He has worked with and maintains relations with a broad network of retail landlords, ranging from global developers to single-property owners.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Ken operated a successful independent retail consultancy for approximately 20 years, including a 5-year period as a managing partner of a national dollar-store chain. Before striking out on his own, Ken was a Vice President of The UCS Group (an IMASCO company), managing real estate leasing, acquisition, tendering and rationalization for four operating divisions active in shopping centre, hotel and transportation venues. Prior to that, he was National Director of Real Estate for Carlton Cards Limited.
With extensive experience in leasing, site and business acquisition, franchising, and portfolio and legal administration, the common thread is in transaction negotiation.
Ryan Kaitting is an Associate Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd. with a focus on retail, restaurants, office and investment properties. Ryan is a key member of the Retail Services Group with over 10 years of industry experience. Ryan possesses unparalleled market research and integrated marketing communications skills allowing him to excel in tenant representation, sales, lease negotiations and site selection for a variety of commercial owners, users and investors.
Ryan began his commercial real estate career in 2006 as a Market Research Specialist in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Ryan’s ability to network with vendors and other industry professionals enabled him to provide invaluable research data ranging from statistical analysis, buyer and tenant profiles, investment cap rates, and exclusive listing information. In 2009, Ryan became a valuable member of Primus Realty Ltd. Ryan’s ability to multitask aided him in the areas of general administration, production of marketing materials, brand management, database management and market research.
Ryan has been a Sales Professional with the Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region office since its inception in 2012. Ryan is a very skilled and well rounded agent with a tireless work ethic and proven negotiating ability that allow him to deliver exceptional results to landlords, developers, sellers, investors and multi-market buyer/tenant mandate accounts.
Stewart Campbell is a sales representative at Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region, with a focus on real estate investment in industrial, office, land development, sale/leasebacks and design/build opportunities in and around the Region of Waterloo. Stewart has deep-seated relationships bridging both regional and national sources of private and institutional capital, to facilitate regional transactions. Stewart is an integral part of his highly successful team of professionals.
Jordan Palmer is a Sales Representative | Associate Vice President with Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region, working with the investment team. Jordan is partnered with Senior Vice President David Anderson and Senior Vice President Scott Anderson. His experience includes retail, industrial and sale-leaseback investment transactions. Jordan has strong relationships with institutional investors, private investors and developers.Before joining Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region, Jordan worked for an international brokerage firm in the GTA, specializing in investment analysis and tenant mandates for commercial assets. Jordan has successfully completed leasing assignments for office and retail requirements, and has worked directly with developers in Waterloo Region & Guelph in developing investment and feasibility analysis’.
Scott Anderson is a Senior Vice President with Cushman & Wakefield. with over 23 years of experience as a real estate professional. He has been involved in many notable real estate transactions across Canada. Scott has strong relationships with major developers, institutional/private investors and is currently focused on large industrial and investment based transactions. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield Scott worked as Vice President of Anderson Commercial Real Estate for 12 years and with another international commercial real estate brokerage as a Multi-Residential specialist.
Dave Anderson joined Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region in June 2014 as a Senior Vice President. David has over 23 years of experience as a real estate professional and has been involved in numerous high-profile and large scale real estate transactions in Canada. He has extensive experience with all facets of real estate with an emphasis on Industrial & Investment properties.
Mary Sojczynski joined Cushman and Wakefield in June 2014 as a Sales Representative in Waterloo Region. Mary started her career in Real Estate working as a leasing agent for Sifton Properties Limited in Guelph. After five years with Sifton Properties, Mary worked in Mississauga as a Commercial Property Manager managing a 1.2 M sq. ft. portfolio of industrial, office, retail, and resort properties. After nine years of learning the management side of commercial real estate Mary earned her real estate license. Mary became a realtor in 1998 and worked for another international commerical real estate brokerage, where she was ranked and awarded #7 agent in Canada for the most completed transactions in one year. She then moved to Anderson Commercial Real Estate, specializing in commercial leasing. Mary would be happy to assist you in any of your Leasing, Sales or Corporate Mandate requirements.
A former Avionics Technician with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Shawn Quilty has discovered unexpected similarities between his work on aircraft computer systems and his real estate career. Shawn became involved in real estate sales in August 2011, representing commercial buyers and sellers in Kingston and Belleville, Ontario. A native of Cambridge, he recently returned home to the community enthusiastic about the idea of contributing to the growth and revitalization of the Region where he grew up. He enjoys the excitement of the diverse and fluid commercial industry, and welcomes the challenge of thinking outside the box to discover a property's full potential. Accustomed to operating within a team before his retirement from the Air Force, Shawn chose Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region in part for the familiar spirit of camaraderie and cooperation evident in the brokerage. With a focus on the Industrial Sector, Shawn is also active in working on downtown revitalization projects and infill sites.
With 20 years of leasing and franchise development experience, Sam effectively identifies, develops, and capitalizes on real estate opportunities. Through progressively responsible positions, she’s implemented successful real estate strategies for both national retailers and landlords.
Sam has conducted lease negotiations for regional, community and neighborhood shopping centres and street-fronts. She’s acted as tenant representative and led the real estate department for a national apparel chain. Sam has an extensive background in franchise development, acting on behalf of national and international brands.
Among her achievements, Sam has cultivated an extensive network of positive contacts in the franchise, retail, landlord and brokerage communities.
Stephen Heron is a sales representative at Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region, with a focus on office and industrial leasing and land development. Stephen serves as one of Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region’s representatives at the Communitech Hub as a Resident Service Provider for Real Estate. Stephen is also a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s North American High Tech Practice Group.
Prior to working in the commercial real estate industry, Stephen co-founded TribeHR, a SaaS startup which was purchased by Netsuite. Stephen has had a varied background in marketing and advertising that has seen him to work with and for world class brands such as Samsung, Canon, Pioneer, Ricoh and Air Canada Vacations. He ran his own communications firm working with local companies such as Gina's Spa, Hair Studio and MediSpa, Gina's College, David Boyes Home Concepts, Dube & Cuttini, Kechnie Health and Wealth, Waterloo Manufacturing, Energent and FleetCarma. As well Stephen managed the advertising and marketing directives for the Schlueter Automotive Group both as an agency and then as their Director of Marketing.