By Joshua Burd
Industry veteran David A. Simon has joined NAI DiLeo-Bram & Co. as chief operating officer, signaling the brokerage firm’s plans to grow its footprint and gain market share in New Jersey.
The company, which is based in Piscataway, said Simon will oversee its recruitment efforts, support its sales team and drive new business development. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a professional manager and broker with several major commercial real estate services firms in New Jersey, along with strong connections across the industry.
To that end, NAI DiLeo-Bram believes Simon has a broad perspective on the industry that will enable him to apply best practices across its business.
“I have known David for most of my professional life and have always considered him a friend and well-regarded peer,” said Rob DiLeo, business director and principal of NAI DiLeo-Bram. “As a business owner you have a responsibility to your organization and to your clients to continually make decisions that will strategically strengthen, refine or even re-define your organization as it moves forward.
“The addition of David to the NAI DiLeo-Bram family speaks to that commitment and responsibility. We are excited to move forward together.”
Simon is a former executive managing director and New Jersey market leader for Colliers International. He has also held management or brokerage positions with B6 Real Estate Advisors, Cushman & Wakefield and the former Massey Knakal and Cassidy Turley.
A second-generation real estate professional, Simon is also a past president of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors’ New Jersey chapter and the Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association.
“Rob and I are thrilled to be in the position to bring David on board and commit the resources necessary to accomplish our goals to continue to grow our firm and better serve our clients,” said Eric Bram Johnston, business manager and principal of NAI DiLeo-Bram.
Simon’s arrival comes more than a decade after the formation of NAI DiLeo-Bram, which resulted from the union of DiLeo Realty and NAI Eric Bram. Now entering its 12th year, the firm said it has seen a consistent increase in revenue, enabling it to execute key elements of a strategic plan and take aim at its long-term goals in the state.
DiLeo’s sons Matt and Robert Jr. recently joined the company, marking the fourth generation to join its ranks. According to the firm, the new additions come as part of a broader plan to foster the next generation of commercial real estate leaders.
“Rob and Eric have built a highly respected firm in New Jersey by always putting their clients’ needs first and by hiring professionals who do the same,” Simon said. “The merger of their two legacy firms has resulted in a true family-oriented work environment that fosters collaboration and unity. With a great foundation already in place, I am looking forward to further enhancing the firm’s capabilities and relationships while supporting its clients and team of professionals.”