JLL has hired Amanda Bokman as a managing director, Commercial Observer has learned.
Based out of JLL’s New York office, Ms. Bokman will focus on new business development and tenant representation, and will work closely with Robert Martin, the firm’s vice chairman and head of brokerage, according to a press release issued by the company.
Ms. Bokman has completed over 4 million square feet of transactions over the course of her career, the release said. She has eight years experience in commercial leasing as well as five years in acquisitions, along with a specialization in the apparel and retail industries, gained in large part through 15 years in CFO positions at companies including J.Crew, Jones Apparel Group-Moderate Division and McNaughton Apparel Group.
“I’ve lived inside of it and understand the business and financial drivers,” Ms. Bokman told CO regarding her experience in the apparel and retail industries. “I’m able to speak with people in the industry, understand and connect with them.”
Ms. Bokman was most recently a senior vice president with CBRE. She also represents clients in the pharmaceutical, financial services and publishing fields.
Recent, large-scale deals involving Ms. Bokman include her representation alongside an investment sales team of Liz Claiborne in the company’s 627,000 square-foot building sale at 5901 West Side Avenue in North Bergen, N.J., and Aptuit in its long-term lease of a 417,000 square-foot property at 280 Daniels Way in Florence, N.J. She also represented The Jones Group in partnership with Robert Martin, while he was previously with CBRE, in its long-term lease of a 385,000-square-foot property at 1411 Broadway.
“Amanda’s depth of experience as a former CFO and a successful player in the commercial real estate leasing and acquisition arena has provided her with a unique skill set to assist clients in structuring and executing creative and complex financial transactions,” said Mr. Martin in a prepared statement. “She has an insider’s knowledge of Manhattan’s retail and apparel sectors that will prove crucial in further expanding JLL’s growth in New York.”