Prior to founding Bridge Property Advisors, Mr. Leary was a co-founder and Managing Partner at CPEX Real Estate a New York based commercial real estate services firm where he spent ten years (2009-2019). While at CPEX Mr. Leary arranged for the sale of 165 properties in the New York market. These properties total 5.2 million square feet of existing buildings and 7.2 million square feet of buildable space, for a total aggregate sales value in excess of $1 billion. In June of 2019 Brian sold his ownership in the firm to his partner and SVN an National Commercial Real Estate Services Company.
Prior to CPEX, Mr. Leary spent five years (2002–2008) at Massey Knakal Realty Services (MKRS), a commercial investment sales firm focused on servicing the New York City market. As Managing Partner of the Brooklyn and Staten Island branches, Mr. Leary had an integral role in expanding MKRS’s presence from Manhattan into the outer boroughs. He successfully implemented systems to increase efficiency and productivity while building an operations and sales team that completed $1.4 billion in aggregate sales during his tenure.
In 2000, Mr. Leary ventured on his own to form Millenia Realty Services, and for two years (2000–2002) he provided real estate and construction services to smaller companies in New York City. This endeavor followed his previous success at The Bear Stearns Companies (BSC), where he spent eight years (1992-2000) as a vice president in their Real Estate and Office Services Department. Centralized in New York, his department acquired, developed, and managed space for all domestic and international offices occupied by the company. While at BSC, Mr. Leary was a member of a project team that acquired, planned, and developed 1.2 million square feet of Class A office space for BSC’s new world headquarters located in New York City. Mr. Leary was also a member of the project team that acquired and developed a 65-acre technology campus, and built three new office buildings in Whippany, New Jersey. Mr. Leary began his fulltime career in 1989, and for three years (1989–1992) he was a managing partner of a small, Brooklyn-based construction and landscaping business servicing New York City’s five boroughs. He also worked on various large-scale construction projects throughout the tri-state area.
Mr. Leary graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Construction Management from New York University. Mr. Leary speaks publicly for programs devoted to the real estate market and has authored numerous articles for trade publications. He currently resides in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood.
Current & Historical Professional Affiliations and Licenses:
New York Real Estate Broker License
New Jersey Real Estate Broker License
Board of Directors, Horizon’s
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Irish American Building Society
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Real Estate Board of New York
International Council of Shopping Centers
Bishop Ford High School Board of Trustees
Governors Island Alliance Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Member
Board of Directors, The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership