Gartner Named to Top Post at Commercial Real Estate Firm

Steven Gartner was appointed the managing director of retail for the greater Pennsylvania region for CBRE Group, Inc., the world’s largest Fortune 500 commercial real estate company.

Steven Gartner was appointed the managing director of retail for the greater Pennsylvania region for CBRE Group, Inc., the world’s largest Fortune 500 commercial real estate company.
He will lead the retail brokerage platform throughout Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.
Gartner, who lives in Penn Valley, has worked in commercial real estate for 30 years. He joined CBRE in December 2014 as the executive vice president for retail. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer of Michael Salove Co. (now MSC Retail), and then as president and partner of Metro Commercial Real Estate.
His work doesn’t involve the Jewish community directly, but he makes an effort to be a part of it as much as possible.
Gartner has supported the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center and served as the co-chair of the Real Estate Division of State of Israel Bonds. He also is a founding member of the Jewish Federation Real Estate Group (JFRE).
“There really is not a Jewish organization in the Philadelphia region that asks me to help in some way, shape or form that I don’t say ‘yes’ to,” he said, “either in a leadership capacity, financial capacity or any other capacity.”
Gartner has been involved with commercial real estate and Jewish philanthropy ever since he graduated from the George Washington University. 
Founding JFRE, in particular, has allowed him to combine his two passions.
“That’s where my career and the Jewish community in my philanthropy have matched up,” he added. “That has been a great example of the melding of career and philanthropy for myself and for others.”
Commercial real estate has always been a niche market, composed of stores, restaurants and shopping centers. Gartner’s worked with companies such as Gap, The TJX Companies, Kohl’s, Citibank, Ahold USA and David’s Bridal, as well as landlords such as Kimco Realty, Forest City and Brandywine Realty Trust — and is looking forward to expanding his endeavors.
“The ability to cap the resources of an enormous platform of real estate is going to be a great opportunity, and that’s something that again goes to my desire professionally,” he said. “I feel like I can do leadership capacities much better. It’s very similar to what I’m doing charitably.” 
Gartner said he has enjoyed expanding the exposure of the Jewish Federation through his real estate work.
“Jewish philanthropy has been a very good outlet for me to participate in a community but not necessarily in a geographic community,” he added. 
“Originally as a young adult, now as a middle-aged adult, there weren’t a whole lot of ways to connect to your Jewishness — that you also enjoyed,” he said. “So much of it seems, for me, not obligatory. For me, it was originally and continues to be social.” 
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