After long and successful careers in commercial real estate, Emilio Amendola and Andy Graiser co-founded A&G Real Estate Partners in 2012. Previously, in 1992, they founded and then later sold DJM Realty. In total, they’ve been business partners for 30 years.
Considered a real estate industry thought leader, Emilio has a stellar reputation in both the landlord and investor communities and is known for his ability to creatively solve highly complex problems. Those efforts have led to numerous industry accolades for A&G, including prestigious awards for its role on specific projects from the likes of the Turnaround Management Association and Global M&A Network, as well as Real Estate Advisory Firm of the Year in 2019 and 2020 from Global M&A Network, and 2021 Retail Real Estate Influencer from GlobeSt.com/Real Estate Forum.
Emilio’s key areas of expertise include real estate sales, lease renegotiations and terminations, portfolio optimization, due diligence and valuation. As the leader of A&G’s real estate sales team, he shuns cookie-cutter approaches and instead tailors the sales process to the unique attributes of each asset. Emilio also leads the firm’s due diligence team, which serves buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, as well as lenders.
With decades of experience, Emilio has worked with more than 750 clients and has generated successful outcomes for individual asset and portfolio sales, as well as lease mitigation projects, valued at more than $10 billion.
Emilio has successfully represented many of the nation’s leading names in the retail, restaurant and education sectors. Some of the clients he is most closely associated with include CVS, Ascena, Orchard Supply Hardware, Guitar Center, Paper Source, Pet Valu, Midas, Toys ’R’ Us, ITT Educational Services, The College of New Rochelle, Sbarro, CompUSA, Sears, and Kmart. In the industrial and office sectors, he recently led the sale of the 2.0-million-square-foot greenhouse complex and manufacturing facility formerly owned by AgTech, 32 office buildings for ITT, and 5 million square feet of distribution centers for Toys ‘R’ Us.
Emilio is highly visible and involved with many key industry groups, including the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Retail Federation, The City University of New York, and the Commercial Finance Association.
His philanthropy includes the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association, and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Based in New York, when not maximizing value for his clients, Emilio can be found fishing, golfing, or enjoying a fine wine with family and friends.