Rick Marek Joins Helmsley Spear as Vice Chairman

Helmsley Spear, LLC, America’s oldest continuously operating real estate company founded in 1866, is pleased to announce the hiring of Frederick Kane “Rick” Marek to serve as Vice Chairman. Mr. Marek will focus primarily on tenant representation.

“Rick has unique expertise in both the legal and financial services arenas for leasing,” said Kent M. Swig, President of Helmsley Spear. “We are pleased to have his outstanding professional background as an addition to our executive leadership team.”

Prior to Joining Helmsley Spear, LLC and after a short tenure with Avison Young, Mr Marek served as the President and Co-Founder of The Vortex Group, a boutique commercial real estate advisory company, for 15 years. He began his career at Julien J. Studley, Inc., starting at the age of 21, right after earning an MBA from Syracuse University. During his career he has completed numerous major assignments for prominent companies including Credit Suisse, Lazard Freres, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and numerous others.

“I had the pleasure of working with Rick many years ago, and have served on the Plaza Committee of The Real Estate Board of New York with him, which he ran for 22 years,” said Andrew G. Simon, Executive Managing Director of Helmsley Spear who runs the brokerage arm of the company for Mr. Swig. “Rick has an encyclopedic knowledge of the NYC commercial market and will fit right in with the other senior brokers we have brought on board over the past year as we build the company back into prominence,” added Mr. Simon.

“I am thrilled to join Helmsley Spear and the growing executive team making a significant impact on the commercial real estate market in the metropolitan New York City market,” said Mr. Marek.

About Helmsley Spear

Since 1866, Helmsley Spear has been a leader in commercial real estate creating legendary deals that are the cornerstones of the real estate industry, and is the oldest, continually operating real estate company in America. Evolving from a real estate appraisal company to a full-service firm providing highly-skilled, professional performance and bottom-line profitability for its clients, Helmsley Spear provides property owners and users of real estate with a full array of services including: office and retail leasing; property and asset management; capital advisory services; investment sales and financing; project development and construction management; preventative maintenance and engineering; insurance services and appraisal. Helmsley Spear is independently owned and operated with offices in New York and San Francisco.