The Birch Group announced Wednesday that it hired Christopher DeLorenzo as executive vice president.
Formerly of JLL and Mack-Cali Realty Corp., DeLorenzo joins the Birch Group at a pivotal time, as the privately held commercial real estate investor, owner and operator has continued to expand its portfolio of trophy assets with nearly $800 million of commercial assets acquired since 2019.
DeLorenzo has 25 years of commercial real estate experience. In his role with the Birch Group, DeLorenzo will oversee leasing, asset management and operations across the company’s portfolio, managing brokerage relationships and working closely with the company’s growing team of professionals.
“As we look to the future of the firm and continue to stay focused on expanding our profile as one of the top owners of institutional quality commercial real estate assets, Chris’ experience both on the brokerage and ownership sides of the business is the perfect fit to support our evolution,” said Mark Meisner, founder and president of the Birch Group. “As one of the largest office owners in New Jersey, we have an exceptional line of sight into what’s moving the market. We look forward to tapping into Chris’ market knowledge and expertise to bring our company to the next level.”
Prior to this position, DeLorenzo was the executive vice president for JLL’s New Jersey brokerage operations, where he maximized brokerage efficiency and leasing activities while winning new business and overseeing national accounts in collaboration with marketing and tenant representation. He has 25 years of commercial real estate experience, including serving as executive vice president at Mack-Cali Realty Corp., where he was responsible for all leasing and asset management activities for a portfolio of 26.2 million square feet and was involved in over 1,500 transactions totaling more than $2.5 billion.
“Chris has unique and extensive experience in leasing, marketing and asset management that spans both tenant and landlord relations,” said Timothy Greiner, executive managing director and broker lead for JLL’s office leasing team in New Jersey. “We remain impressed with the Birch Group’s ability to execute and, as Chris joins the team to add his deep knowledge of the office asset landscape, JLL is excited to support him in this next chapter and continue to forge a strong relationship on the brokerage side of operations.”
DeLorenzo added: “Across my positions in the commercial real estate industry, I have garnered technical and strategic tools in leasing and operations that push portfolios to their full potential across all activities. I’m excited to join the team at the Birch Group as they forge their path ahead, and will work alongside Mark and the full team on innovative strategies that will support the company’s immense growth and build even further on opportunities in the market.”
Earlier this year, the Birch Group set a record for the largest office transaction in the first quarter for its $255 million acquisition of a prominent four-building portfolio in Short Hills. On its core assets, the Birch Group boasts a nearly 90% occupancy rate and continues its strong leasing activity across its entire portfolio.