Our Team

JOSEPH A. AQUINO, PRESIDENT, JAACRES

Recognized for his consistent years of deal making and skill set for advising property owners as to the right retail tenant mix, and merchants for their new business development; Joseph Aquino has more than 30 years of NEW YORK CITY REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE. No one knows the City better than Joseph and to know which national and / or international tenant/s belong here.

He has assisted top property owners & retailers through his long well known illustrious career. His specialty includes the full spectrum of retail, whether includes luxury, fast fashion or food & beverage.  He also has experience & capability for the site selection of showroom & office, movie theatres, parking garage, and industrial.

Under the leadership of Joseph Aquino, JAACRES has expanded their company of real estate professionals to be a leader in the commercial real estate industry.  

DAVID ZAKEN, Head of Retail

 

David Zaken has owned 12 David Z shoe and sneaker stores in New York City and Las Vegas. David has a terrific network of contacts in the shoe and apparel business. David has also owned three commercial buildings: on Fifth Avenue; on Broadway in Union Square; and in Soho. David knows all the ropes when it comes to operating a commercial property, including filing for permits, working with contractors, and adding value to a building.

BARRY CREGAN, Head of Hospitality

 

Barry Cregan heads their hospitality division. He has spent 35 years in the hospitality industry, including a stint as president of The Plaza Hotel. He also operated four casinos in Atlantic City, Puerto Rico and Connecticut and presided over hotels in Chicago, and the South Beach area of Miami.

“Michaels is a luxury brand master and a transactional real estate expert. He knows all the brands, knows all the players and is a great team player.

 

MICHAEL SCWARTZ | Associate Broker, Attorney at Law

Michael Scwartz’s background includes a winning combination of fashion and in addition real estate law. Michael worked at DIOR corporate and is passionate about fashion. He knows practically every major designer and keeps current with every trend. Whether it’s CELINE, or Yves Saint Laurent, or an emerging atelier that you haven’t encountered yet, Michael can tell you all about their styles and creative workings.

Michael’s other passion is real estate law. He is a master transactional attorney on both the commercial and residential side.

 

DANIEL BENCHIMOL | Associate Real Estate Broker

Dan Benchimol is a broker with JAACRES, a team of commercial real estate brokers. A 19-year veteran of the commercial real estate business, Mr. Benchimol specializes in retail- and entertainment-related properties. He has completed deals with theatre groups, schools, gourmet restaurants, and high-end jewelry and clothing retailers.

OLIVIA AQUINO BALSAMO | Associate Broker

 

Olivia Aquino Balsamo has 15 years of brokerage experience in Queens, N.Y. She specializes in the industrial and retail sectors, and recently leased Newel Props and Rentals 50,000 sq. ft. at the Swingline Building in Long Island City.

ALL OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR VIDEO CONFERENCES, PHONE CALLS, OR A PERSONAL MEETING TO DISCUSS YOUR ASSETS AND REQUIREMENTS. YOU CAN COUNT ON JAACRES!

ALL OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR VIDEO CONFERENCES, PHONE CALLS, OR A PERSONAL MEETING TO DISCUSS YOUR ASSETS AND REQUIREMENTS. YOU CAN COUNT ON JAACRES!