Fresh off a Sit-Down with The Commercial Observer, Texas-based real estate company Transwestern announced that it hired Robert Montaquiza away from CBRE.
Mr. Montaquiza will be working as a director of Transwestern’s Northeast region. He previously served as a senior transaction manager for CBRE’s Global Corporate Services Group. During his tenure at CBRE, Mr. Montaquiza handled Verizon Wireless’ portfolio in New York and New Jersey, in which he was involved in a number of transactions that totaled 2.5 million square feet.
In his new role with Transwestern, Mr. Montaquiza will be specializing in leasing and tenant representation and advisory services in New York City and the Tri-State region.
“With an extensive background working on both tenant representation and leasing transactions, Rob brings an additional breadth of knowledge and expertise to our growing team,” said Patrick Robinson, president of Transwestern’s Northeast region, in a statement this morning.
Mr. Montaquiza has worked at Cushman & Wakefield and Mack-Cali Reality during his 20-year career. He worked as a senior managing director at Colliers International prior to joining CBRE. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and is a member of both the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
Based in Texas, Transwestern has slowly been fortifying its New York City presence by hiring industry veterans like John Grotto and Alyson Berg.
The firm’s goal is to become “a meaningful player in the market and compete on all assignments,” said Mr. Robinson. But the firm is not looking to grow to a CBRE-like size, but rather, to maintain a “boutique” feel as it become a significant player in the marketplace.