Newmark Knight Frank
Newmark Knight Frank brought onPete Bethea four years ago to assist inbuilding out its retail capital marketsplatform throughout the Westernstates. Proving himself as an originalmember and an important figure of theretail capital markets team, Bethea hasplayed a strategic role in growing andorganizing the western retail platform.
As vice chairman in the firm’s San
Diego office, Bethea has recruited top retail capital market profes-
sionals, expanding the retail capital markets group to 13 profes-
sionals across key markets, including Seattle, Phoenix and Northern
California in effort to serve clients with assets in the West. With
more than 32 years of experience in the shopping center market,
he has successfully represented advisors, developers and institu-
tional clients, such as Site Centers Gerrity Group, Kimco, CIM,
Blackrock, Blackstone/Shopcore, RPAI and Weingarten. Proving
instrumental to the firm’s practice as a leading retail investment
broker, Bethea has additionally been responsible for more than
$5.5 billion in shopping center sales within recent years.
Comprehending the importance of service to the industry, Bethea
focuses much of his time on mentorship in effort to secure top tal-
ent for the future.
With more than 20 years of experience in tenant representation,Monetha Cobb serves as a trustedadvisor to many national retailers asSVP of Franklin Street. One ofAtlanta’s top retail producers, Cobbis the frontrunner for the firm’s retailtenant services group, where she hasled the team to more than $300 million in closed lease deals since 2010.
On the following pages you will find our picks of theleading influencers in the retail space. Like the rest ofour influencer series, this group of retail specialistsreflect special characteristics that have allowed themto make a mark on the industry. We don’t, in otherwords, automatically pick the biggest companies orthe most prolific teams—although they certainly canbe found on the following pages. Rather, we look forindividuals, teams and companies that have led tosignificant change.
We started this project well before the coronavirusbegan to infiltrate the US economy. But in many ways,this list takes on a special meaning in the midst of thepandemic. With retail struggling to maintain a footingright now, the industry will need the best and thebrightest to lead the way. Here are the people that webelieve meet that criteria.
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