Forty under 40

22D — August 24 - September 13, 2018 — — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


40 U nder 40 Richard P. Rizzuto, KAV (Rick), TRANSWESTERN ““It’s never WHAT you know in life…” Relationships are everything


deal in Morristown, NJ. More recently, successfully complet- ing a 259,000 s/f renewal for a world-famous Berkshire Ha- thaway company. How do you contribute to your company and/or the industry? For TRANSWEST- ERN I have many initiatives - from creatively marketing properties* to creating buyer, seller, tenant, and agency re- lationships with landlords, building owners, tenants and the like. To date I have suc- cessfully done so with many brands from FACONNABLE to a major Berkshire Hathaway

company, to Daniel Cremieux luxury clothing, HUGO BOSS, Overland Sheepskin Company, Harvest Restaurant Group, and many more. (*see: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=jGsTMPVRRW8) Who or what has been the strongest influence in your career? My Father, Mother, Wife, and two beautiful kids – they all keep me motivated, sharp, successful and creative. What impact has social me- dia/networking had on your career? Networking both on and off line is the only way to create and sustain a successful business career…from Linke- dIn to Facebook and beyond. As the old saying goes, “It’s never WHAT you know in life…” Re- lationships are everything. Tell us how and when you began your career, about your current position and why you choose the field/ profession you are in today? Beginning my full-time career in my Parent’s basement, circa 2001, I founded RPR Sports and Entertainment (“RPR”). RPR’s initial business model was to be the bridge between corporate clients and nationally recog- nized celebrities for special appearances, speaking engage- ments, autograph signings and product endorsements. To gain instant credibility, prior to announcing RPR’s company launch, I formally assembled a very elite advisory board of celebrities including: Otis Anderson (NY Giants), the late Gary Carter (NY Mets), Rob Gilbert (Rangers), Gerry Cooney (Heavyweight Contend- er), the late Rusty Staub (NY Mets), Dick Anderson (Miami Dolphins), Brian Kelley (NY Giants) and others. With corporate clients such as Delta Airlines, Schieffelin & Somerset, Breitling Watch Company, Microsoft and oth- ers, my “bridge building” model resulted in relatively immedi- ate business. Due to the increasing popular- ity of Digital Video Recorder technology such as TiVo and to ensure RPR’s ability to grow, I rebranded RPR Sports & En- tertainment to RPRMarketing Solutions in 2003 adapting its focus to include strategic prod- uct placement and integration into feature films, prime time TV shows, and special events… which eventually led to being featured on CNN, SHOWTIME, E!, and more. continued on page 30D

f you could dine with anyone dead or alive who would you choose? Ray Kroc – to ask why he ap- parently/allegedly broke his handshake promise to the Mc- Donald Brothers. What is your greatest pro- fessional accomplishment? In real estate, becoming an integral part and proud VP of one of the “NJ Best Places to Work,” TRANSWESTERN. What is your most notable project, deal or transaction; Winning MAREJ’s “Largest Retail Lease” award in 2010 for the Harvest Restaurant

Richard P. Rizzuto, KAV (Rick) Vice President|Northeast Years with company/firm: 6 (SINCE ITS NORTHEAST INCEPTION) Years in field: 17 Years in real estate industry: 12

Real estate organizations/affiliations: Not only am I a very disciplined black belt in Isshinryu karate, I also hold a real estate Broker-Salesperson license in NJ, am an active CCIMcandidate, amember of the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”), was a member of NAIOP, NJ Business Association (NJBIA), The AdvertisingClub of NY & NJ, and an Alumni of NJ-based Rider University’s elite DAARSTOC program. I am also a recipient of the National Leadership Award and a published poet.

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