BRETT W. HARRIS, CPM®, CCIM
Executive Vice President of Asset Management
Mr. Brett Harris is the Executive Vice President of Asset Management for Equitable Real Estate Partners. He is a recognized, performance-driven senior executive with over twenty years of comprehensive achievements in commercial real estate investments and organizational leadership. As a commercial real estate innovator, Mr. Harris focuses on the company’s efficiency, team building, growth, profit, and value, which is backed by his career experience guiding the successful restoration, redevelopment, and repositioning of diverse projects including REO properties, trophy assets, multi-family assets, office, retail, and industrial projects, both nationally and internationally, comprising over 50 million square feet of real estate.
Prior to Equitable, Mr. Harris was the Executive Vice President of Operations of CenterStar, a privately held investor/development company operating in Northeastern markets and Florida. His design, implementation, and management of progressive operations resulted in significantly increased cash flow and property values by double-digit percentages. The portfolio he repositioned to achieve this result consisted of grocery-anchored shopping centers, office, industrial and multifamily properties in NY, NJ and FL, and development projects in FL and NJ with a value of $150M to $200M.
Prior to CenterStar, Mr. Harris was the Executive Vice President of Operations of South Florida’s Adler Group, where he directed the growth and regional expansion of diversified assets encompassing over 20 million square feet, over two investment cycles, resulting in IRR/equity multiples of 20%/3.90. He expanded the company’s Florida presence while expanding geographically into the entire Southwest, Southeast, and Mid Atlantic US regions. Mr. Harris also served as Director of Operations of the real estate services division of Adler during his tenure. In this capacity, he directed the management, leasing, marketing, investment sales, and reporting (for both company and fund owned assets, as well as third-party properties) of the real estate company, consisting of 152 team members throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Harris’s real estate career began at Cushman & Wakefield where he directed South Florida management operations including asset management, leasing, and marketing. He had full operational and financial accountability for a significant portfolio of Class A office buildings, high-end retail projects, and industrial properties. He has experience with iconic buildings in Coral Gables and Palm Beach. During this time, he was also involved in the management of international joint venture initiatives in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico.
Mr. Harris has a Master of Arts Degree in Real Estate & Urban Land Studies with a minor in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with a minor in Communications from Wofford College. He is a Recipient of the Dr. Alfred A. Ring National Real Estate Scholar Award and is currently an Adjunct Real Estate Professor at H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University.