12A — October 30 - November 12, 2020 — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal
P eople on the M ove
HITE PLAINS, NY — Partner Engi- neering and Sci- Veteran engineer Lia, PE, LEED AP joins company as managing director Industry pioneer Barone, R.A., LEED AP, joins Partner Engineering & Science W the establishment of sound due diligence and construction risk management practices for
Partner president, Frank S. Ro- meo, Jr. commented “Bob is one of the most prominent figures in our industry, well respected by peers and clients alike. He will be a tremendous tailwind to our successful Construction Services practice and a true as- set to our company as a whole.” Over his almost 40-year ca- reer in commercial real estate, Barone has made a significant mark on the due diligence in- dustry. As chair or co-chair for various ASTM International committees, he helped develop standards to shape how due diligence is performed for com-
mercial real estate, including the formation of the Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments, and guidelines for the mold and moisture sur- vey process. Barone has also prepared and/or contributed to the preparation of the Prop- erty Condition Assessment and Construction Risk Management guidelines for various lending and investment institutions. During his tenure at IVI In- ternational (now CBRE Assess- ment &Consulting Services), he was instrumental in growing that firm from a 6-person con - sultancy to a staff of over 250
employees. With Barone at the helm, his former firm’s construc - tion group regularly managed more than 400 active construc- tion or renovation projects each month. Barone has personally facilitated thousands of real estate transactions and develop- ment projects throughout North America and Europe. Justin Lia, PE, LEED AP brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in construc- tion, engineering and com- mercial real estate brokerage, Lia is a significant addition to Partner’s institutional services practice, which he joins as a managing director. “Justin brings a uniquely well-rounded expertise, and a passion for solving the complex engineering issues real estate investors face,” said Frank Romeo, President of Partner. “We are thrilled to have a pro- fessional of Justin’s caliber and reputation joining our team.” Throughout his career, Lia has advised on over $100B of commercial real estate includ- ing every major asset type and class, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, Lia served as a broker advising private investors, large interna- tional companies and estates, and specializing in net lease, large institutional deals, and off-market and land develop- ment opportunities. Prior to this, Lia was the Equity Group Manager at Nova Consulting Group and a Managing Director of the Equity Services Platform at CBRE, Inc (Formerly IVI). At both companies, Lia oversaw due diligence services for acqui- sition and disposition, including property condition assessments, construction defect investiga- tions, pre/mid/post lease evalu- ations, sale/lease back, forensic evaluation, capital planning, development permitting due diligence, and construction loan monitoring. Over his career Lia has be- come known for establishing deep and lasting client rela- tionships based on trust and his ability to craft and execute custom client scopes. Lia’s client base has included pri- vate investors, private equity investment firms, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, developers, banks, religious organizations, government/military, hospital/ healthcare, educational and unique end users. MAREJ
c omme r c i a l real estate . Barone’s deep expertise will substantially contribute to Partner’s suc- cessful Con- struction Ser- vices practice serving insti-
ence , Inc . is pleased to welcome in- dustry veter- ans Robert W. Barone, R.A., LEED AP as direc- tor, and Jus- tin Lia, PE, LEED AP to Partner’s White Plains, NY office. A highly respected figure, Barone was a key pioneer in RobertW. Barone
tutional investors, lenders, and other stakeholders nationwide. On Barone choosing Partner as the next step in his career,
We are proud to welcome Bob and Justin to the Partner family. Despite a challenging year, we’re growing in the Mid-Atlantic region and across the country. We’re committed to hiring the best CRE due diligence professionals in the business so that, in good times or bad, we can be an even better PARTNER to you.
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