By Joshua Burd
First National Realty Partners, a Red Bank-based private equity firm, has made two key additions to its leasing and acquisitions teams.
The firm announced this week that it has hired Sam Collier as executive vice president of leasing and national accounts. He brings more than 15 years of experience in value creation of retail properties, including more than a decade of strategic leasing and redevelopment of large format spaces in portfolios owned by publicly traded REITs.
Collier will report to Chief Operating Officer Adam Rosenzweig and be responsible for driving leasing volume and cultivating an increasing mix of national and regional retailers within the portfolio as the company continues its rapid growth, according to a news release.
“I am honored to be a part of such an exciting and growing commercial real estate company,” Collier said. “The atmosphere is very energetic and upbeat — great things are happening at FNRP.”
Collier received bachelor’s degrees in both finance/economics and accounting from Lipscomb University, the news release said. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds a CPA certification.
FNRP also announced the addition of Matt Annibale as director of acquisitions. In the position, he will focus on sourcing new deals and maintaining deal flow.
“I am excited to join First National Realty Partners and have the opportunity to join an active, fast-paced and growing company,” Annibale said. “I look forward to leveraging my network to help source new deals as we look to grow the portfolio and expand into new markets.”
In his previous position at ShopOne Centers, Annibale was responsible for overseeing acquisitions and dispositions of the entire portfolio, the news release said. He is well-versed in generating, maintaining and evaluating the pipeline of deal flow as well as leading the underwriting and due diligence process for prospective acquisitions.
Annibale is a graduate of Lehigh University, where he played on the men’s ice hockey team and received a degree in integrated business and engineering, with concentrations in real estate finance and civil engineering. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member and a member of ICSC’s NextGen Committee.
“We couldn’t be more pleased about Matt joining our team,” Rosenzweig said. “He has a strong background and is joining FNRP during an exciting period of rapid growth. We’re looking forward to building the portfolio further with Matt on board.”