PROFESSIONALS


Rick Marek

President and Founder

Four decades ago Rick spearheaded and then fine-tuned a tenant-only focus within Julien J. Studley, Inc, (now Studley, Inc.) and became one of New York’s leading real estate advisors specializing exclusively on tenant needs. He also created a unique customized approach which became the basis of Vortex, started with Scott Grayson in 2002 to focus exclusively on providing a high level of personal service to tenant clients.

Honored by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) for his outstanding humanitarian efforts after 9/11, Rick also Chairs REBNY’s prestigious Plaza Committee and serves on the Commercial Board of Directors and Ethics Committee. Through his involvement with REBNY, Rick has established long-standing contacts with key decision-makers and leaders of the real estate industry.

Having successfully negotiated leases on behalf of tenants such as Lazard Freres & Co., LLC and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Rick is one of Manhattan’s leading advisors to law firms and financial institutions.

Email Rick Marek: fmarek@vortexre.com
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Scott Grayson

Principal and Co-Founder

Scott has over 33 years of real estate experience in both the commercial and residential sectors. His career began at Julien J. Studley, Inc. in 1978 where he cut his teeth in the real estate world as a tenant representative. He was quickly recruited into the newly formed investment sales group where he brokered the sale of several Manhattan office buildings.

Three years later Scott went to Wall Street, first with E.F. Hutton and then with Bear Stearns directing the acquisition and public syndication of investment property on a national level. Later on, he established his own firm acquiring, renovating, and operating commercial as well as multi-family residential real estate in the New York City metropolitan area before refinancing and selling his entire portfolio through a combination of publicly traded conduits and commercial banks.

In 2002, he co-founded Vortex with Rick and has been actively involved in virtually every Vortex transaction to date. Scott is also responsible for the firm’s day to day administration.

Among the clients Scott has represented in lease negotiations are: Hypo Real Estate Capital Corporation, Milliken and Company, Coller Capital, Inc, and ALaS Consulting, LLC.

Email Scott Grayson: sgrayson@vortexre.com
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Jonathan Rudes

Senior Managing Director

Jonathan is a Senior Managing Director at Vortex. He has a broad range of real estate experience gained over a 40 year career in New York commercial real estate. He began at boutique commercial real estate firm Wm. A. White & Sons where he spent 15 years and rose to the rank of Senior Vice President. During that time he represented numerous corporate office users in the acquisition and disposition of office space. Most recently, Jonathan was National Head of Cresa’s Law Firm Practice Group that focused on assisting law firms in their acquisition and disposition of their office space.

Some of his more notable transactions included the representation of SIAC (the data processing subsidiary of the NY and American Stock Exchanges) in their search and eventual acquisition of a 400,000 square foot data center as the first private tenant in MetroTech. He represented Donovan Leisure in the 100,000 square foot renewal at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Mendes and Mount on their acquisition of 110,000 square feet at 750 Seventh Avenue and numerous transactions for News America and the Digital Equipment Corporation. One of his most important tenant rep assignments was in representing a consortium to find and acquire an industry building for the Dot Com Industry in New York City. After a strategic re-alignment and aggressive marketing program, Jonathan’s team attracted over 300 tenants to almost 1 million square feet in 13 buildings in Downtown Manhattan.

Beyond traditional real estate expertise, Jonathan has had remarkable experience with site selection, Economic Development Corp incentives, negotiation, demographic analysis and mobile officing solutions. He has also written numerous articles on technology and real estate.

Email Jonathan Rudes: jrudes@vortexre.com
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Greg Davis

Director

Greg’s experience goes well beyond the typical scope of a company’s real estate assignment and has been able to successfully propel the growth of emerging, innovative marketing companies. His 30 years of experience in driving new client expansion for many leaders in this sector, coupled with his understanding of today's complex marketing landscape, enables Greg and The Vortex Group to play an integral role as a real estate consultant for today’s evolving, digitally-centric marketing universe.

Before joining Vortex, Greg played a leadership role at a variety of iconic marketing agencies including The Kaplan Thaler Group, Sapient Nitro, and Berlin Cameron. He is recognized throughout the industry as a veteran rain-maker.

Email Greg Davis: gdavis@vortexre.com
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Jeffrey Burger

Director, Financial Analysis

Jeff is a Director at Vortex specializing in financial analysis, lease review and market research for our clients. With over a decade of financial experience in commercial real estate and private equity, Jeff has created a library of unique customized financial models which serve to expose every facet of potential lease liability to provide comprehensive financial analysis and projections for Vortex’s customers. Prior to joining Vortex, Jeff was a financial analyst at Georgia Malone & Company, Inc, a boutique commercial real estate firm where he was responsible for the financial due diligence and analysis for commercial equity transactions exceeding $500 million in the New York City metropolitan area. He represented and worked with real estate entities including multinational REITs, real estate funds, private building owners, managers and space users.

Jeff earned Bachelors of Science Degrees in both Finance and Accounting from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also holds a minor in Computer Science

Email Jeffrey Burger: jburger@vortexre.com
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Andrew Wiemert, Associate

Email Andrew Wiemert: awiemert@vortexre.com

Maxwell Franklin, Associate

Email Maxwell Franklin: mfranklin@vortexre.com

Michael Davidson, Associate

Email Michael Davidson: mdavidson@vortexre.com

Vincent Bell

Consultant

Vincent Bell joined Vortex in early 2014 as a consultant who is an expert in the legal sector. Previously, he worked as a legal administrator for three law firms in the NY area, including Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was the Director of Administration for 13 years. While at Akin Gump, he led the team that negotiated, designed and built-out the firm’s space at One Bryant Park. He has written articles and spoken at many legal industry events on real estate issues and state-of-the-art law firm design trends.

In early 2013, he formed his own consulting company, the Upstream Consulting Group, which provides strategic financial and operational advice to law firms. His affiliation with the Vortex Group is an added service that he can provide to his consulting clients.

Vincent has a BS and MS from New York University and an MBA from Fordham University.

Email Vincent Bell: vbell@vortexre.com