Who is Bob Knakal?

Bob Knakal

Chairman & CEO, BKREA

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Bob is Founder of BKREA in New York City. Bob was Former Head of the NY Private Capital Group within JLL Capital Markets in New York City as well as Chairman and Founding Partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services, New York’s #1 building sales firm. He started his real estate career in 1984 at CB Richard Ellis where he met Paul J. Massey Jr. They both left CB in 1988 to form Massey Knakal.

From 1988 through 2014, Massey Knakal closed over 6,000 transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $23 billion. To date, Bob has been personally responsible for the sale of over 2,330 buildings (generally considered to be the highest total ever for a single broker in New York) and over $22 billion in sales.

With respect to development sites, Bob has personally handled the sale of over 250 development site transactions totaling over $7 billion in sales.

In 2014, Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal. At Cushman & Wakefield, Bob served as Chairman of New York Investment Sales. He was ranked the top originating investment sales broker at Cushman & Wakefield, globally, in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Bob joined JLL in September of 2018 as Chairman – NY Investment Sales.

Since 2009, Bob has written a regular column on the New York City Real Estate Market called Concrete Thoughts for the Commercial Observer.

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