John Ellis is a Managing Director in the firm’s Miami office. He joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2019, when parent company Newmark Group, Inc. acquired RKF. He is experienced in market planning, construction and lease negotiation and has represented both tenants and landlords in their retail needs.
John has worked with numerous national retailers, including Kroger/Lucky’s Market, BoConcept, Shake Shack, Fox Restaurant Group, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Walgreens, Citibank, Aesop Cosmetics, RED Digital Cinema, Boston Market, GNC, Spot Coffee, Vapiano, Longhua USA, Luxottica, Scavolini Kitchens, Bobby Berk Home, Freshii, Dress Barn and the Kohler Company: Baker Furniture and Ann Sacks Tile & Stone.
He has also executed numerous leases with regional and national landlords, including Brickman, Rockpoint Group, L3 Capital, Mass Mutual, Phillips Edison & Co., Ramco-Gershenson, Kite Realty, Equity Residential, General Growth Companies, Morgan Stanley, NorthEnd Equities LLC, Thor Equities, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, Duke Real Estate, Westfield, Prudential, Met Life, Regency Centers, The Carlyle Group and Inland RE Group of Companies.
Prior to joining RKF, John was the Director of Development for Southern Holdings, where he was responsible for all aspects of new store development from market planning through lease execution. Previously, he worked at iFloor in Seattle, WA as the Director of Development.
John earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. John received a Construction Administration License, Graduate Certificate from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the state of Florida and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.