RKF announces promotions for trio of brokers
Chicago — RKF has announced three promotions for brokerage professionals in its Chicago office. Lara Keene has been promoted from senior director to managing director. Since joining RKF in May 2012, Keene has advised a variety of retailers including Allen Edmonds, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Forever 21 and Fig & Olive, and currently works with Bareburger, Piada, Alexis Bittar, IT’Sugar, L’Occitane en Provence, Rent the Runway and Sam Edelman. Most recently, she secured a 3,400-sq.-ft. flagship for Zadig & Voltaire and an 850-sq.-ft. space for Alexis Bittar on Oak Street. Keene exclusively represents Panera Bread and has been instrumental in its expansion throughout the Chicago MSA.
Elan Rasansky has been promoted from associate to senior associate. He joined RKF in February 2012 and has since secured high-profile lease and purchase opportunities in Chicago’s most desirable downtown retail markets on behalf of owners and local and national retailers. Rasansky has in the past advised retailers like Panera Bread and DMK Restaurants, and currently works with a variety of retailers including Adidas, Batteries Plus, Coyote Ugly, Cyc Fitness, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Glaze Teriyaki Grill, IT’Sugar, Minus5 Ice Bar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Piada, Smashburger and Snarf’s.
Cooper Annenberg has been promoted from canvasser to associate. Annenberg, who joined RKF in 2013, is involved in both landlord and tenant representation assignments. As a canvasser, Annenberg worked to identify new listing opportunities, maintained the listings database, collected map and market information, and supported the Chicago brokerage team. In the new role, he now represents tenants such as Bareburger, Wing Stop and Batteries Plus.
Kennedy Wilson brings retail, entertainment to Los Angeles market
Los Angeles — Kennedy Wilson has closed four retail and entertainment lease transactions in Hollywood, Santa Monica and Westchester. The collection of new leases carries an aggregate value of more than $3 million.
The four lease transactions include clothing store G-Star at 7960 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood; build-your-own pizza restaurant Pizza Five 85 located at 5656 Manchester St. in Westchester; fitness center Dethrone Basecamp at 1315 Lincoln Blvd., in Santa Monica; and entertainment news studio BiteSizeTV, which expanded into the former Drai’s ground-floor private lounge at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard.
All leases are set for at least a five-year term.
Advertising platform Drawbridge adds mobile ad veteran to board
Drawbridge, a leading cross-device advertising platform, has added former Apple exec Andy Miller to its board of directors.
Miller is a current adviser and the former president and COO of Leap Motion, as well as a former Partner at Highland Capital. Previously, Miller was VP of mobile advertising at Apple, reporting directly to Steve Jobs. He was co-founder and CEO of Quattro Wireless, which was acquired by Apple in 2009 and would become Apple’s mobile advertising platform, iAd.
"As Drawbridge continues to grow our product offerings, customer base, and partnerships, Andy’s experience will be of great value to our executive team and the future our business," said Drawbridge founder and CEO Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan. "Andy has already been an invaluable resource for me in his first month, and his experience and knowledge will continue to benefit us as we drive Drawbridge towards becoming the leading ‘currency’ for cross-device identity."
"Kamakshi and her team have built an incredible company based on very strong technology, and I look forward to contributing to its future direction," said Miller. "With eMarketer reporting that 24% of Fortune 500 CMOs say that reaching consumers across digital touchpoints is their biggest challenge in 2014, the opportunities ahead are endless for this innovative, growing company."
Miller also serves on the board of directors for The Weather Channel and SessionM, and is co-owner of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He joins Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers’ Matt Murphy and Sequoia Capital’s Jim Goetz on the Drawbridge board.
Drawbridge touts itself as having had developed the first machine-learning ad technology to leverage insights from cross-device signals allowing advertisers and marketers to reach targeted audiences across multiple devices. Through its technology, the company says it is able to gain insights and a much deeper understanding of audience behavior. Drawbridge works with six of the top seven online travel agencies, eight of the top 12 flash sales retailers, as well as top companies in local services, online payments, subscription media and dating verticals. The company is located in Silicon Valley and is backed by Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Northgate Capital.