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Valley Forge Towers. Regency Towers. The Pavilion

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Property Management

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My Qualifications: The Short Version…

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Jack Intrator, CPM, RAM, ARM
610 805 3849


EXPERTISE: Property/ Project Manager with ground-up experience specializing in residential, retail and commercial high-end construction. Knowledge of the entitlement/permitting process, site selection, construction delivery methods and agreements. Concentration in restaurant leasing, new project development, challenged properties and value-added assignments that include re-positioning and urban renewal. A “Road Warrior” who anticipates needs and opportunities of clients, ensuring proactive pursuits. Works well with all levels of management, including C-level executives. Completed deals throughout the United States from Ohio, Wyoming, California, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Massachusetts, Connecticut, and West Virginia.


Certifications & Licenses         

  • CPM – Certified Property Manager
  • RAM – Registered Apartment Manager
  • ARM – Accredited Residential Manager
  • NYU Certificate in Property Management
  • Pennsylvania Real Estate Agent


  • Project/Property Management
  • Lease Negotiations
  • Construction Estimating
  • Restaurant Sales and Short Sale
  • Marketing Communications
  • Team Management
  • Tenant Representation
  • RFP Preparation
  • Real Estate Investment Sales



Senior Manager, Real Estate & Tenant Representation – RealtyMark CityScape             June 2013 to Present

Manage the Construction Process, including developing a phase plan and explaining the process to the Property Management Team.

  • Liaison between Owner/developers and the Asset Management Group. Develop job scope, prepare budgets and solicit bids with Request for Proposals. Review and award the construction process with Request for Proposals
  • Intake of new sites, performing a detailed analysis and coordinating bids and job scopes with RFP for repairs, renovations and Major Capital Improvement Project, including roof replacements and repairs as well as facility clean out and negotiating prices and bids for many bank owned properties. Preparing job Owner/Liaison for Major Capital Improvement Projects


Director of Real Estate Development, New York Bagel Café (2007 to 2014)

Relationship based representation which began at Aptcor Commercial Real Estate and was successfully maintained for many years. Negotiated site selection deals for 10 locations leading to 5 MM in gross annual rental income. Grew company presence from original location to over 50 stores nationwide. Managed the entire Real Estate process, including oversight of brokers and construction development.


Retail Leasing Specialist – Mallin Panchelli Nadel Realty, Inc.                                                  Sept 2011 – June 2013
Focus on bank-owned properties as well as management of properties throughout the re-sale or leasing process. Extensive knowledge of Real Estate site acquisition and pipeline process, including proper use of demographic tools (E.G. Costar), etc. Negotiate for Estimated Dwelling Units with developers and township


Uni-kid high end children’s apparel (Wool-ways)

Guided company’s US site selection process, settling on a location in the King of Prussia mall with a 1.4 MM ten year lease. This high profile location was imperative to the growth of this European brand which was opening its first American location


YoFresh Yogurt

Liaison between franchise operators and local brokers, facilitating successful retail store openings resulting in 1.4 MM in gross rental income for four locations


Vice President – Aptcor Commercial Real Estate, Lansdale PA                                      Aug 2010 – Sept 2011

Solaris Grill & Tequila Joe’s

Negotiated several commercial short sale restaurant deals simultaneously which included sale of land and liquor licenses. Multiple lenders were involved and properties were in disrepair. Since partners’ personal assets were at stake these transactions were particularly difficult. The liquor license was sold to Bonefish Grill, one of the restaurants was purchased by an engineering firm and the other restaurant was purchased by a local land developer. Parties were ultimately financially satisfied


Retail Leasing Specialist – Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate Inc., Malvern PA         July 2009 – Sept 2010


Retail Leasing Specialist – Equity Retail Brokers, Conshohocken PA                                        March 2008- July 2009


Retail Leasing Specialist AgentLegend Properties, Conshohocken PA                                   May 2005 – Jan 2008


Retail Marketing Manager – Dranoff, Philadelphia PA                                                                 2003-2005

Commercial property manager with oversight of the construction process including tenant improvement allowance and development of the landlord work letter

Negotiated leases with the following entities totaling $7,980,000: Park N Clean Dry Cleaner, Subway, RC Bistro, New England Soup Factory, La Riviera Pizza, Joe’s Grocery, The Victors Pub, Trophy Bikes, Girasole, Du-jour, Ajia Japanese


Adjunct Professor – Construction Estimating and Blueprint Reading, CW Post Campus of Long Island University

  • One of the only professionals in the region approved to teach the RAM course from the National Association of Home Builders and the Multi-Family Council


EDUCATION & Professional Affiliations

Bachelor’s Degree, Peirce College                                                                                                        Graduated

Major: Business Management / Concentration in Management

Institute of Real Estate Management

Member: National Association of Home Builders

  • Tri-State Association of Commercial Realtors
  • Member of National Association of Realtors, Property Management Council

Former Board Member:






Case study: Collecting Commissions, “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City” Part 2

Posted in Aptcor, Articles, Commercial Real Estate, Franchise, Leases, Retail and Restaurant Leasing Specialist with tags , , , on September 22, 2011 by Josh Druck

In Part 1 of case study, Collecting Your Commissions, “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City” we discussed typical clauses pertaining to commission within the Letter Of Intent. The first was for a commission without a co-broker where you were either the tenant representative broker or the listing agent and the scenario was the same, with a commission line item within the LOI that the deal was based on.  The second scenario was a co-broker or co-operating broker situation where you were the tenant representative and requested 3% of the gross commission instead of splitting a 5% commission (2.5%/2.5%) as represented in the commission agreement or the Exclusive Listing Agreement, which is the case in Part 2.

Recently, I was the tenant representative for a deal completed in PA. I represented a regional/national restaurant operation and a well known competitor within the industry represented the Landlord.  Within the very first conversation I asked about the commission and was told to include whatever I wanted in the Letter Of Intent.  I explained I would like 5%, however I knew I would be willing to negotiate, as 3% for a co-brokered deal is certainly a good situation if the commission agreement total is 5%.  Now in order to get paid per the agreement whichever way it pans out, you have to include an anticipated payment schedule.  You submit a bill and you hear nothing for a week. You make a call and you are told that they are processing it, and then another week goes by.  It’s week three and you see the landlord at a function, he promises payment and times goes by.  You want to act like the gentleman you are and leave the line of communication open, so you dance between assertive collection of your money and keeping in mind the relationship your company wants to maintain.  Hopefully you end up getting paid, however even with an Exclusive Listing Agreement where your compensation is specified and both Landlord and Broker have signed, sometimes there is a problem.  The agent anticipates commissions as earned per the ELA, but many times its hope for the best, while engineers, attorneys and other professionals charge and are paid their fee, the Real Estate Broker is the last to get paid and often the commission is renegotiated or reneged upon.

Last year, at the ICSC show in Las Vegas, I was sitting at Binion’s Casino in the old part of Las Vegas when in walks a friend and his wife, the friend is a principal partner at a well known brokerage house in the greater Philadelphia area.  We got to talking about several deals we worked on together through the years and the status with regard to non-payment.  I asked why he and his company continue to take listings like this when they have gotten burned in the past.  He said “If we don’t take the listing someone else will” I replied so what, why deal with people who don’t pay you? He commented “it’s about signage and name recognition and market share”.  To me it is real simple; if I represent a client I will show them every opportunity within the market place that fits their criteria.  But, I will also make it a point to let my client know that I have been burned by a landlord and ask them to protect me throughout negotiations.

With regard to taking a listing, I will never take a listing simply for market share; however there are others who always will. The reason we are in this business is to earn commissions, and that means getting paid.  If you want to be a Saint, join the Peace Corp. We are in this line of work because we believe we can control the art of the deal and make money.  The art of the deal is the excitement that motivates guys like me. Bottom line, get your commission worked out right up front and don’t take anyone’s word for it. Still, there are some brokers who will agree to receive commissions as collected, which to me, is by far the very worst form of commission agreement. Under this scenario, you become the Landlord’s partner, sharing his down side but none of the upside, and leaving you totally unprotected. Brokers do their job when a deal is completed and should be treated with the same courtesy as any other professional who gets paid at the conclusion of their performance.   But as the story relates above, there will always be Brokers who will agree to anything in order to take a listing, they devalue themselves and they devalue their industry as well.

Second example: I am representing a national franchisee at another well known firm and referred the business to an associate from a national net-work, another broker in another state that had a personal relationship with my former company and all the Principals within the company.  A deal was completed and as usual we anticipated a 20% referral fee. I asked on several occasions during the course of 6 months for a commission schedule and was rebuffed. I did not pursue or push to bring it to a head; instead I acted like the saint and deliberately held back.  When the day came to get paid, I was told they only did a 5 year deal instead of the usual 10 year term. And that  due to a personal or long standing relationship with the company and the owner, they agreed to take a lesser commission. They were the sole Broker and accepted a 3% commission. So my 20% was based on a 3% commission not the anticipated 5%.  But who was to blame? The Saint. I tried to take the high road, showing faith that it would all get worked out and did not want to come off the bad guy with the company principals, nor sour their relationship with the broker I had referred to them.

What did I learn? Take nothing for granted. Don’t assume people will take the high road and make things right.  At the end of the day, it comes down to self interest.  Learn to ask for your commission right up front. Discuss the deal and all terms at the very beginning not at the end of the deal.  Sometimes you win and other times you lose, but never be afraid to ask.

The point:  If Landlords could do a deal themselves, they would do it.  If you are dealing with a co-broker you need to know what his agreement is from the very start, because he may be making deals that are not typical. Discuss all details upfront and come to a clear understanding.  As a final comment, I later drove by the shopping center and noticed the broker that I did the deal with no longer had his signs on the property, but instead were replaced by another broker. I was told by the new broker that part of the pitch to gain this account was to take a discounted commission schedule and work with the bosses on their terms. Sound familiar?“Those downtown bosses, all sure talk pretty. I felt just like a back street gambler, searching for a commission.  It’s so hard to be a Saint in the City,” when you have money out on the street.  Let someone else cry nickels for your pity, it’s your commission that’s due. The sages of the industry know it’s you who make them all look pretty, you get their stores rented and you contribute to their bottom line. It’s such a fine line to dance that talk, should I be the Saint of the City?

Jack W. Intrator CPM, RAM, ARM

Retail and Restaurant Leasing Specialist

Vice President

Aptcor Commercial, Realtors

414 West Main Street

Lansdale, PA 19446

Office: 215-855-9600

C. 610-805-3849

New York Bagel Café & Deli Continues It’s Expansion Throughout the East Coast

Posted in Commercial Real Estate, Franchise, News, Retail and Restaurant Leasing Specialist with tags , , , on August 3, 2011 by Josh Druck

“It’s a formula I developed that works,” says Jack Intrator, vice president and master broker of Restaurant Leasing. “I create a strong alliance with a top broker in each market where the franchisees have been expanding and then allow them to perform a market analysis demonstrating traffic patterns, demographic and competition analysis so when sites are presented they are presented in a professional but clear manner to the franchisees who often have little knowledge of the process or market conditions. It’s a process of close communication and it works.”

Jack, accredited as a CPM, RAM and ARM, uses a management style that fosters open communication with team members and clients knowing when to inject himself when necessary. “It’s important to always let your team know that you stand behind them and allow them to carry the ball to the end zone. You could be a great manager but you need to know when to let others shine and receive the credit they deserve,” notes Jack.

For New York Bagel Café, Jack has developed and launched a National Corporate expansion strategy, which he is presenting throughout the market via his professional affiliations and connections/contacts throughout the United States. The key is to find the opportunities and capitalize on those opportunities within each specific market of operation. He attributes much of his success and expansion to using his large network of partner brokers.

Here is an opportunity to give credit where credit is due:

Debbie Davis of Metropolitan Waterfront Brokers, has just completed the latest addition to the New York Bagel Café family, with the newest location at the Waldwick Shopping Plaza at 26 Franklin Turnpike, Wyckoff Avenue, Waldwick New Jersey.

New York Bagel Cafe and Deli is a strong addition to a 25,000 sq. ft. shopping center located in the commercial business district of Waldwick with co-tenants consisting of Massage Envy, Riengold Bakery, and Spierier Liquors and within a short distance to Stop & Shop Supermarket and The US Post Office just steps away.

Debbie represented the franchisee, David Sypen and the interests of New York Bagel Café and Deli throughout the transaction and she did a terrific job!

When experience counts, as a broker with more than 20 years experience in all aspects of commercial real estate that is certainly where Debbie shines. She is a great attribute to the team and we know we can count on her to make the right decisions in the fast-paced environment of real-time negotiation.  She knows what to ask for always keeping the best interest of her client a priority.

The stars shine on the New York Bagel Café’s brokerage team, a strategic affiliation that is not bound by specific networks as some other companies are. We have affiliations with brokers who are members of Chain Links, The Retail Brokers Network, CCIM, ICSC, IREM and national and regional Retail brokerage companies throughout the US. By using all his connections within the market, Jack works with the best and the brightest, not just those of one select network or another. “I choose a partner broker who knows their market and not just some company that is assigned a specific geographical territory because they have purchased a membership,” comments Jack.

There is a great synergy within the team members as the various skills complement one another. Some members like Debbie come from a corporate background working the markets from a big-box perspective and understanding the fiscal requirements in dealing with RIETS or larger corporate entities. While other team members know the streets, know the market and capitalize on the continued changing market conditions.

“Sometimes it comes down to instinct and knowing when we have reached the threshold based on the overall deal,” says Jack. “That is where the team concept comes in as I review each deal and correspondence I will often make recommendations and or suggestions and then the lead person on the assignment closes the deal.”

Several new stores have opened in December and January including: 

–      The Meadow Wood II Shopping Center, Newark, DE

–      Brick, New Jersey

–      Waldwick Shopping Plaza, Waldwick, New Jersey.

Other locations are in the process of build-out like the first New York Bagel Café location in Marshall, West Virginia, and The Oxford Point Shopping Center in Oxford Valley. PA. Additionally, leases are pending completion in North Carolina, Florida, and five new leases in New Jersey. Several signed at time of printing this article. All are anticipated to be open in the first quarter 2011.

As Jack likes to say, “We need boots on the ground and a local person who knows their specific market and territory. This is where I look to our partner brokers to have their ear to the ground and really know their markets, the landlords and the decision-makers within their firms to cultivate direct relationships with all the players.

Our partner brokers:

  • Frank Rudock Jr. – Jabe Companies – West VA – RBN
  • Abbitt Goodwin – The Shopping Center Group – North Carolina – Chain Link’s
  • A. Michael Toroyan – Toroyan Group LLC – Florida – ICSC
  • Michael Weiner – RHYS Commercial – Connecticut – ICSC
  • William L. Bosley – Sperry Van Ness – Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Brittany Danahy – Sperry Van Ness | Miller Commercial – Delaware
  • Joel A. Dicker – Metropolitan Waterfront Brokers – New Jersey – DE- ICSC
  • Deborah Davis – Metropolitan Waterfront Brokers – New Jersey
  • Jack W. Intrator – Aptcor Commercial Realtors – Pennsylvania – ICSC, IREM

By managing the entire process, Jack provides the advice and guidance as the “go-to” guy to help both the franchisee and the partner brokers. This direct liaison role between corporate and the partner brokers, keeps the lines of communication open down to what’s in the Letter of Intent to the deal terms.

Communication is the key with all of our partner brokers, the franchisees and corporate, and Jack jumps in where needed on every deal including scouting sites and sending information to partner brokers to analyze and follow up directly with our franchisees.

When we have team members like Debbie and others it makes the process seamless.  The results of New York Bagel Café and Deli’s expansion speak for themselves.

In the end it’s Joe Smith’s vision, he is the CEO of NY Bagel and Deli and Jack communicates with Joe several times a day, providing continued updates with regard to ongoing negotiations and site selection. This whole process begins with Dennis Mason the franchise broker, who signs every new franchisee and turns them over to the real estate team. Dennis continues to work and expand into new territories and relies on Jack’s ability to bring in the real estate team.  As the company grows so too will its network of partner brokers, with the addition of Florida and the second North Carolina, and Hilton Head locations.

“We are now focusing on the state of Texas,” says Jack. “I have already started reviewing locations and anticipate finalizing opportunities during ICSC’s May, Las Vegas conference.” The ground work is being completed now with procedures and implementation of standardized business terms taking place. LOIs will make sure that going forward every partner broker in every state will have all the same business terms and deal points that must be adhered to.

Investing in a franchise allows one to obtain a solid proven system and proven structure with all the kinks normally worked out through trial and error. Research demonstrates that overall franchises have an approximate success rate of over 90% as compared to small businesses started from scratch at only about a 15% success rate.

You can reach Jack W. Intrator CPM; RAM ARM Retail and Restaurant Leasing Specialist, Vice President Aptcor Commercial at 610 805 3849. Visit his LinkedIn page for more details about his real estate success.