Newmark Grubb Knight Frank has promoted Michael G. Morris to executive managing director of its Global Corporate Services sector.
To date, Mr. Morris has completed more than 10 million square feet of assignments encompassing all facets of real estate and operations, from strategy development to lease negotiation. He has executed consolidation and relocation projects in over 60 countries.
Mr. Morris, who has been with the firm for some 15 years, has been active in data center consulting, evaluation, and consolidation and relocation assignments across the globe. He has offered business continuity planning expertise – which includes certification as a cooling professional and in power infrastructure design – and has facilitated evaluations of mission critical and data center needs, current and future power requirements, site selections and contract/SLA negotiations at selected co-location and data center facilities. Select data center clients include Riverbed Technology, Nuance Communications, Aspen Technology, Chevron USA, Sabey Data Centers, Avaya, Sapient, Comverse Technology and other publicly traded and privately held organizations.
“There’s a lot of activity in the industry as a whole in that area,” Mr. Morris said of the data center sector. As technology and cloud-based services continue to evolve and become more a part of the everyday lives of users, the need for specialized environments in which servers and networks can operate has become more important, he explained.
One such site – Intergate.Manhattan, at 375 Pearl Street – is about to come online mid March, offering about 1.1 million square feet of space, he said.
Mr. Morris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies, with focuses in business and philosophy from the State University College at Oneonta, and an MBA in finance from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, New York City. In addition, he holds certifications in Data Center Cooling Design and Data Center Power Infrastructure Design.
“Michael has been with me since the inception of GCS and is a tremendous asset to our firm,” said Michael Ippolito, chairman of the firm’s Global Corporate Services, as part of a prepared release. “He continues to grow and support our platform with unique and diverse skill sets, providing excellent service to our clients.”