Designated Broker, Co-Founder
Carol started her real estate career in residential sales, achieving the status of Million Dollar Salesperson her very first year in the business. She was consistently a top salesperson year over year for over a decade before transitioning to commercial real estate. In 1991, she joined Sandy at West Coast Commercial Realty and has been instrumental in the development of our high standards for practice management, operations, client relations, transaction management and business development. Carol is the backbone of our high production brokerage practice, ensuring we maintain the highest level of professionalism, education, ethics and client service. She has been awarded the CoStar PowerBroker® award numerous times and she is a key factor in the success of each individual broker in the company.
Senior Associate, Broker
Susanna came to commercial real estate from a dynamic background as a small business owner/operator in the beauty, restaurant and fashion industry, including owning a high-end optical retail boutique, holding strategic positions in the family restaurant business and owning several spas. She primarily focuses on tenant representation, leveraging her experience as a former retailer and business owner to help her clients achieve their location and expansion goals. Additionally, she holds several key positions in community development, such as South East Effective Development (SEED) and Mercy Housing Northwest where she is Vice Chair. She is also a founding member of the Ethnic Business Coalition and she serves on the Celebrate Asia Committee with the Seattle Symphony.
KEENAN VAN GAVER
Broker, Sales & Leasing
With a diverse background in foreign property investment management, finance, consulting and biotech sales, Keenan has a long history of exceeding client's expectations and company goals, working at companies such as Merck, Washington Mutual and Accenture. In 2009, she founded a real estate investment agency in Paris, France, specializing in assisting foreigners with residential and commercial property purchases, sales and management. She grew the company to include over 40 properties under contract management. In late 2017, she came back to Seattle full-time and joined West Coast Commercial Realty in early 2018. With her experience and expertise, she is poised to offer her clients exceptional real estate brokerage and transaction services, designed to meet shareholder goals including investment value, tenant mix, property positioning, marketing and strategic planning.
Sandy moved into commercial real estate after a diverse career owning restaurants, a sporting goods retail store, and holding various sales positions early in his working life. He was a pioneer in retail landlord representation in Puget Sound, making an early name for himself by being one of the few brokers listing retail properties and working on behalf of the owner's interests. Sandy was a well-respected leader in the industry for over three decades. He completed several million square feet of retail leasing and sales, and was awarded the CoStar PowerBroker® award every year that it was given for retail brokerage, up until his death. Having thrived through several cycles of growth in the Puget Sound commercial real estate market, Sandy was a vital player in the heartbeat of retail in our market.
*We are sad to share that Sandy passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2017.
Senior Vice President, Retail
Robert has over 30 years of diverse real estate experience, including early years spent in development coordination, and over a decade spent at Savers, Inc. as the Assistant Real Estate Director. While at Savers, he was directly involved in the significant expansion and repositioning of their stores, while also managing the leasing and marketing of their large portfolio of company-owned shopping centers and surplus properties throughout the US and Canada. In 2005, he moved into brokerage as a tenant representative, managing the expansion and market penetration for several large national retailers such as Ethan Allen Furniture, CarMax, Grocery Outlet, Hobby Lobby, Savers, Super Supplements, QDoba and Mattress Depot. Robert brings over 25 years of retail real estate and shopping center experience to WCCR.
Broker, Sales & Leasing
Jonathan came to West Coast Commercial Realty through the company's 2018 affiliation with Windermere Real Estate, where he worked for several years for both Windermere Services Company (Windermere's parent company) and the company's principals. During his time at Windermere, he managed real estate offices throughout the Seattle area, as well as handled the leasing, disposition and administration of commercial office buildings and retail shopping centers owned and operated by the principals and other entities throughout the region. Prior to his time with Windermere, he was a partner in a small construction company. As a result of his in-depth real estate background, Jonathan has the unique experience of being able to respond and react to the tenant's needs, while also
understanding the landlord's criteria to establish best-use and long-term value for their commercial investment.
Managing Broker, Principal
After an early decade-long career in marketing and public relations, Tiffini moved into commercial real estate in 2004. Starting in 2006, she has been named a CoStar PowerBroker® 12 times, consistently recognizing her as a top retail broker in our market and nationally. In September of 2016, she was also named as a Bisnow Power Woman in the digital media company's first-ever Seattle edition of influential women in commercial real estate. She is currently serving as a Director on the Commercial Brokers Association Board of Directors, a commercial real estate member organization with over 4,500 broker members. She is Chair-Elect with her term starting in 2020. She continues the legacy of landlord and owner representation, and has helped expand our practice by tackling mixed-use, urban and other newer retail applications.
Broker, Sales & Leasing
Blake began his real estate career over a decade ago, spending the early days in property and asset management. Since that time, he has gained extensive experience in tenant and landlord representation, disposition and acquisition of commercial properties, as well as identifying redevelopment opportunities for a diverse client base including small partnerships, owner/users, traditional retailers and investment groups. The creative approach and personal energy that he adds to the marketing and transaction process has lead to results that clients, new and existing, continue to respond to. Blake has established himself as a valuable resource for his clients, leveraging his unique experience with management in helping to foster positive landlord/tenant relationships from the outset.
Broker, Sales & Leasing
Christian came to West Coast Commercial Realty through a long affiliation with his family's business — a real estate development and holding company with assets around Puget Sound. After graduating from college in Virginia, Christian moved back to the Northwest and officially joined the family business where he actively worked on the development, acquisition, leasing and property management of multi-tenant commercial and residential assets. This direct hands-on experience, coupled with a lifetime of being immersed in the real estate world, has given Christian a comprehensive understanding and a unique outlook on commercial real estate that is an asset to his clients. Christian focuses on owner representation in retail and office disciplines.
JULIA M. HALL
Resource Director, Licensed Broker
Julia has consulted to corporate travel, aviation and media industries for over 35 years. Her ability to project manage and create high-functioning teams resulted in robust service and strong profit margins for companies such as Microsoft, Nordstrom, REI, Weyerhauser and American Airlines. She expanded her practice to work within the non-profit sector, including corporate sponsorship for NPR radio station KNKX 88.5 in Western Washington. Julia also developed investor fundraising strategies for real estate projects that netted income inline with meaningful missions. She first received her Washington State real estate license in 2013 and has an in-depth knowledge of the retail leasing, property positioning, marketing and sales process, which she brings as a solid foundation for her work in her role at West Coast Commercial Realty. Julia's support for our transaction and consulting services is invaluable, and she is dedicated to amplifying our commitment for prosperity and growth for our clients.
JULIE SHIZUKUISHI 雫石 珠里
Broker, Sales & Leasing
Julie brings over 25 years of direct and dynamic restaurant, travel and retail operations experience including tenure as General Manager, Product Manager and/or Director of Operations with Seattle standouts Miller's Guild, Campagne, Flying Fish, La Spiga, Uwajimaya, Young's Market and many more. Having worked on the real estate, construction and launch of several restaurants, Julie decided to get her real estate license in 2018 and focus on the real estate aspect full time. Julie's background, all in leadership positions, makes her an effective and powerful partner, applying her deep operational experience to steward her clients through complex real estate decisions. She is bringing her deep knowledge and long list of connections to our team, making her immediately ready to jump into the marketplace with a fresh and effective approach.
Julie is fluent in Japanese, written and spoken.