Birch Group hires former Mack-Cali and Onyx exec as VP following banner year

The Birch Group on Monday announced that a former Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and Onyx Equities LLC exec, Mike Lyberatos, has been brought on to serve as vice president of property management and construction.

With over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, Lyberatos will oversee property management and construction across Birch’s trophy assets, leading capital improvements and tailoring each individual property and buildout for the optimal tenant experience.

Lyberatos joins the firm at a period of immense growth and activity, as the Birch Group leased almost 200,000 square feet to tenants across its portfolio throughout 2021.The firm also recently set a record for Long Island’s largest office deal in the past decade with its $212 million acquisition of a premier two-building portfolio in Jericho, New York, and the largest office transaction in the first quarter of last year for the $255 million acquisition of a prominent four-building portfolio in Short Hills.

Prior to this position, Lyberatos was with Onyx as director of operations, overseeing property management of the firm’s Bergen County portfolio, in addition to managing companywide residential and commercial office development. Prior to that he also served as senior director of property management at Mack-Cali Realty Corp., now Veris Residential, where he oversaw all of the company’s management and leasing activities across its New York and New Jersey portfolio.

“Mike’s expansive experience in property management will be a huge benefit to the firm in supporting our continued growth,” Mark Meisner, founder and president of the Birch Group, said. “The momentum we’re seeing across our portfolio is a direct result of the Birch Group’s strategy to provide prospective tenants with unique spaces and environments that go above and beyond their needs and expectations. We have entered the new year as the largest private office landlord in New Jersey and continue to expand our reach in the tri-state area to meet tenant demand for trophy quality, institutional assets.”

Lyberatos added: “With my extensive experience in the industry, I have honed my skills in commercial real estate, and am uniquely equipped with the necessary skill set to elevate the Birch Group’s property management and construction tactics to new heights. I’m looking forward to a successful partnership with the Birch team and will work alongside Mark to fulfill tenant needs and facilitate the best possible experiences across the portfolio.”