Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) is pleased to announce the addition of Charlie Farra as managing director and Matt Betterman as associate director to its Seattle office. Farra and Betterman are tenant rep specialists in the downtown Seattle market.
Farra joins NKF from Colliers International where he served as vice president specializing in tenant representation. He excels at strategic real estate planning, consulting and using office space to optimize employee performance. His clients have included Dorsey & Whitney, Sonos, Blue Bird Bio and Alliant Insurance, among others. Prior to his role at Colliers, Farra was a broker with CBRE.
Betterman was most recently an associate at Colliers International where he focused on tenant representation. He specializes in strategic real estate planning for a diverse client base from tech start-ups to professional service firms. Some of his client experience includes Eye Associates Northwest, ECONorthwest, RealPage, Lightpress, World Justice Project, among many others.
“Seattle is an exciting region that continues to attract high-profile corporations as well as major investment capital. We are building this team with strong talent to ensure that we are well- positioned to make a difference in this market,” said Greg May, executive vice president, regional managing director, NKF.
“I really like both the boutique aspect of NKF’s Seattle office while benefitting from the firm’s global platform,” said Farra. “It’s not very often you get the opportunity to directly influence the culture of an office in this big a city with this strong a company.”
Farra further noted that, Seattle has evolved into a global city that continues to expand beyond its well-known technology players. “This city’s ingenuity and start-up atmosphere has fostered some of the world’s most exciting and innovative ideas. Being involved with even a small piece of that work makes it fun to get up in the morning,” Farra shared.
According to NKF, Seattle’s landscape continues to expand bringing increased rental rates, an ultra-competitive labor force, traffic and higher salaries that can make it a challenge for companies that are more accustomed to “old Seattle.”
“That’s why our role as tenant rep brokers is so critical. We’re developing plans to combat and even take advantage of these changes. Which is incredibly rewarding,” said Farra.
The new hires follow the recent addition of Nicholas Kucha as vice chairman of the Pacific Northwest Capital Markets, further building NKF’s west coast capital markets team. Kucha is focused on Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
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