Q&A: NAI Chairman and South Florida Broker Neil Merin on Bubbies, Bubbas and Brightline

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman Exec Expresses Concern About Rise in Sublease Space

In the 1970s, Neil Merin was making $160 a week running a production line for a toy manufacturer in the Northeast when he quit to move to Palm Beach County for a property manager position that paid 10 percent more.

The new gig would be short-lived.

“The company I went to work for down here went out of business six months after I joined, so I went and got a real estate license and started selling properties in 1976,” he explained.

Merin would start West Palm Beach-based NAI / Merin Hunter Codman in 1982, and today he is one of South Florida’s longest-tenured commercial real estate brokers.

While he handles all aspects of the brokerage industry, his specialty is the sale and leasing of office and retail properties. Just in the past two decades, Merin has represented tenants and landlords in negotiations totaling more than 30 million square feet and values exceeding $7 billion.

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EVENT: BDB Real Estate Round Table at Centurion Tower

Our firm was thrilled to have sponsored and hosted the May 16th Business Development Board Real Estate Round Table at our very own home in West Palm Beach, Centurion Tower. Over 70 guests enjoyed networking and breakfast in our new 7th-floor suite before heading to our 6th-floor vacancy for the “Planes, Trains & Autonomous Vehicles” panel discussion. The informative panel covered how recent trends and transportation┬áchanges could impact commercial real estate in our area.

Firm Chairman, Neil E. Merin, SIOR, CCIM, moderated the panel which included Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., Director of the University of Florida Transportation Institute, Patrick Goddard, President, Brightline, Stacy Miller, Director of Transportation Development, F.D.O.T., Bruce Pelly, Executive Director, Palm Beach County Department of Airports and Nick Uhren, Executive Director, Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency.

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