billion in value. That includes 3 million square feet of last-milee-commerce leases. In fact, he is known to be one of the earlyadopters of an E-commerce strategy, understanding the way thatonline sales would—and did—reshape the market to the greatbenefit of his clients.
McDonald is also an active tenant representative with an equallyrobust business. In the last three years, he has worked on some of thelargest transactions in the market, including a 1.1 million-square-footindustrial lease negotiated on behalf of Ahold and an 827,000-square-foot lease for an unnamed client in Revere, Massachusetts.
In 2019, McDonald was named a nationwide top industrial producer at Newmark Knight Frank, and earned industrial deal of theyear at the Commercial Brokers Association. Active in both his industry and community, McDonald has served as a buildings and groundscommittee member at Tufts University since 2012, on the annualgame day gala dinner committee at Team Impact since 2013 and onthe annual fund committee at St. Sebastian’s School since 2014.
DWIGHT MERRIMANDwight Merriman has led a successfulindustrial strategy at several major industrial investment firms—includingStockbridge Capital Group, RREFF Fundsand Carr America Realty Corp. Today, heis the senior managing director and CEOof industrial at Black Creek Group, wherehe oversees the firm’s robust nationalindustrial platform as well as Atlanta,Chicago, Dallas, Newport Beach and NewJersey. In his 35-year career, he has closed
more than $18 billion in real estate transactions, including more than30 million square feet of development, with more than $13 billioncompleted during his 10-year tenure at Black Creek Group.
Last year, Merriman led the acquisition of 10 million square feetof industrial space for Black Creek Group, double the firm’s 2018industrial acquisition volume. He oversaw the purchase of nearly 500acres of land for 6.6 million square feet of industrial development,and he delivered 3.1 million square feet of new construction space.He also oversaw some important dispositions for the firm, includingthe sale of Black Creek’s sponsored fund Industrial Property Trust toPrologis for $4 billion. The transaction included 236 industrialproperties, totaling 37.5 million square feet in across 24 markets.
Merriman regularly speaks at Black Creek Group’s due diligence forums as an expert in the industrial space, and he is anactive member of the Urban Land Institute. Outside of the industrial market, he is involved in UCLA UniCamp, a program thatcreates opportunities for children from underserved communitiesto participate in traditional camp programs.
ADAM F. PETRILLOAdam Petrillo has led a storied career asa trailblazer in the industrial market.Not only has he produced impressivepersonal stats over his 22-year career,but, as the head of the industrial services group at Savills and a corporatemanager, he has also led the growthand expansion of the firm’s industrialplatform. This included growing theteam from 50 consultants to 65 as well
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