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Retail Brokers Network (RBN) Names Chris Abadie As New President Elect

Chris Abadie

Stirling Properties’ Vice President and Manager of Commercial Brokerage, Chris Abadie, has been named 2017 President Elect of the Retail Brokers Network (RBN). He will assume the position on January 1, 2017.

The Retail Brokers Network (RBN), one of the nation’s largest retail real estate networking groups, announced the formation of the new Executive Committee to help facilitate RBN’s ongoing operations. The announcement was made following the organization’s mid-year meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Executive Committee will be responsible for overseeing the Tenant, Restaurant and Investment Sales Councils as well as the Regional Directors, marketing RBN to customers and new member offices, implementing systems to increase activity within the network, financial management, and planning RBN’s participation in ICSC RECon.

“I am honored to serve as President Elect of the Retail Brokers Network,” said Abadie. “I am confident that my experience and professional knowledge give me the skill set to help position RBN as a valuable tool for its members and clients, and help them succeed in all their real estate needs and goals.”

Abadie has more than 16 years of experience in commercial real estate. Previously a Retail and Investment Sales Broker, his current focus at Stirling Properties includes directing sales efforts, new business development, recruitment and training of new agents. Abadie holds the designations of Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX), Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS), and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

He is an active affiliate in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Louisiana CCIM Chapter, and the Commercial Investment Division of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors (CIDNOMAR). Abadie is also an active member of RBN, serving as a member of the National Executive Committee, as well as representing Stirling Properties on the Tenant, Investment Sales, and Southeast Region Councils. Upon serving as President Elect next year, Abadie is slated to assume the role of President in 2018.

According to Debbie Currier, President of RBN, “The RBN network represents over 600 retail specialists across the US that help individuals and companies meet their real estate goals locally and nationally and our newly formed Executive Committee will provide the leadership structure that will help make RBN even more successful as we continue to grow.” She added, “I’m thrilled to welcome the Executive Committee members and I’m eager to work with them to accomplish our goals for 2017.”

Members of the new Executive Committee are former Regional or Council Directors that have an in-depth knowledge of the organization. The members of the 2017 committee are:

President – Debbie Currier
Currier Properties – Charlotte, North Carolina

 President Elect – Chris Abadie
Stirling Properties – Covington, Louisiana

 VP Operations – Tom Bruss
Commercial Property Associates – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 VP Marketing & Communications – Brad Umansky
Progressive Real Estate Partners – Rancho Cucamonga, California

 VP Finance – Bryan Holt
Southpace Properties – Birmingham, Alabama

 Secretary – Rob Samtman
Equity Retail Brokers – Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia

 Immediate Past President – Chuck Lanyard
The Goldstein Group – Paramus, New Jersey

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