President and Co-Founder
An established senior executive in the real estate industry, with 25 years of retail real estate experience. Mr. McKeska has an extensive background in business strategy, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development and operations.
Most recently, Joe was Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development for Southeastern Grocers, LLC (d.b.a. – Winn Dixie, BI-LO, and Harvey’s) an $11B privately owned company with 750 grocery retail locations in seven states in the southeastern U.S. Joe was the company’s executive team leader for a 40MM square foot real estate portfolio including new stores and remodels, property management, market planning and analysis, facilities maintenance, and store planning, design and construction.
Prior to joining Southeastern Grocers, Mr. McKeska held various positions of increasing responsibility during a 17 year career with Supervalu, Inc. and its’ predecessor companies, Albertsons, Inc, and American Stores Company. His last position with Supervalu was Group Vice President of Real Estate where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s 90MM square foot retail, office, and warehouse portfolio.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Real Estate Finance and he also obtained a M.B.A. in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
Co-Founder and Partner
Mr. Amendola founded A&G Realty Partners with 20 year business partner Andy Graiser in 2012. Amendola has successfully executed numerous out-of-court transactions that have allowed more than 35 companies to avoid filing for Chapter 11 protection, and has helped more than 100 healthy retailers dispose of or restructure real estate assets, make acquisitions and perform non-core divestitures. In addition, he has assisted more than 150 troubled retailers to dispose of or restructure their real estate.
Prior to founding A&G Realty, Amendola formed DJM Realty Partners in 1992 with partners Andy Graiser and Mario Ciampi. Amendola was responsible for all client management and leadership of all major projects, real estate dispositions, lease restructuring, and real estate valuations leading to the successful mitigating more than $4.5 billion of lease liability, restructuring more than 10,000 leases and selling more than $1 billion of owned real estate for DJM’s clients.
He began his career as a certified public accountant at Thomson McKinnon Securities, where he ultimately became the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Real Estate Investment Banking. While there, he led a group of 35 professionals that joint-ventured, acquired, or partnered in the acquisition of more than 100,000 apartment units, 25 million feet of retail space, 35 million feet of office space, and 10,000 hotel units.
Co-Founder and Partner
Graiser is a recognized real estate industry expert, founding A&G Realty with 20-year business partner Emilio Amendola in 2012. Prior to A&G, Graiser co-founded DJM Realty in 1992, where as CEO, he managed all business development efforts and was responsible for generating more than seventy-five percent of all new business.
Specializing in real estate marketing, disposition, lease restructuring and capital-driven real estate transactions, Graiser has gained a reputation as a resourceful industry expert. He is adept at recognizing troubled retail and non-retail sectors and at creatively developing solutions for growth, disposition and acquisitions. He has also been recognized for creating industry-changing practices that have led to numerous successful transactions, and has worked on many of the industry’s largest disposition and restructuring assignments.
Graiser is a longtime member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has been quoted in numerous trade and national business media, including CNBC, Bloomberg and MSNBC and is a frequent expert panelist at industry conferences. Graiser is actively involved in many civic and charitable organizations including holding seats on the board of the National Kidney Foundation, the Raggio Institute and The Eglevsky Ballet.
As a division of A&G Realty Partners, Elkhorn Real Estate Partners will periodically leverage the A&G Realty Partners team whose six experienced partners and professionals have combined total real estate experience of more than 135 years
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