Catalyst Commercial Group, a leading retail commercial real estate advisory firm exclusively serving the national, regional and local space needs of retail and restaurant tenants, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to merge with Keyser to create the largest, multi-platform tenant representation firm in Arizona.
“We are very excited to announce this merger between two powerhouses,” said Mike Leonard, co-founder and co-managing partner of Catalyst Commercial Group. “With Keyser’s cutting edge platform, deep commitment to exclusive tenant representation, exceptional growth trajectory and strong reputation in the marketplace, we saw the real ability to create significant synergies by joining forces to grow a best-in-class global tenant representation firm.”
The Catalyst team has represented some of the most prominent names in retailing including: Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Cold Stone Creamery, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Play It Again Sports, Plato’s Closet and the Joint Chiropractic.
“Keyser is the first organization we have encountered that shares the same commitment to service and a like-mindedness in our philosophies around corporate culture and how business should be conducted,” said Chris Ray, Catalyst’s other founder and managing partner. “This merger is about creating a broader, more robust platform for our clients, while taking a leadership role in a dynamic and disruptive organization committed to transforming the global commercial real estate brokerage industry through selfless service.”
The newly combined entity will operate under the Keyser brand, and anticipates hiring 20 to 25 additional team members over the next year or two to accommodate the increasing demand for their services. Mike and Chris will lead Keyser’s newly formed Retail Practice Group and will have a seat on Keyser’s Executive Advisory Committee. Their focus will be growing Keyser’s Retail Practice Group into the most dominant Retail Tenant Representation organization in the country.