Robertson joins ESG as executive managing director.
"Mariyon is without a doubt one of the most accomplished professionals in the real estate business today. We are delighted that he has chosen to join the ESG team," Siegel said. "Mariyon will contribute enormously to the continued expansion of our number one position in the New York City marketplace as well as our growth in markets across the country." Robertson will be based in ESG's Midtown Manhattan office.
Robertson had been president of Joseph Hilton Associates since 1994.
In over 11 years in the commercial real estate industry, Robertson has carved out a particular niche in serving the U.S. real estate needs of Japanese companies. The son of a U.S. diplomat, Robertson was born in Japan and is fluent in Japanese language, culture and business ethics.
The Bank of Tokyo, Nippon Credit Bank, Tokyo Gas Company, JETRO-New York, Japan Travel Bureau International, Maxell and AIWA are a few of the many Japanese companies he has represented. Among his numerous transactions, Robertson negotiated a series of leases for the Bank of Tokyo aggregating 380,000 sq. ft., as well as a 455,000-sq. ft. lease for Recruit USA, Inc. In a high profile transaction, Robertson brokered a 17-year, 70,000-sq. ft. lease for Nippon Credit Bank, which expanded and consolidated its space at 245 Park Avenue.
Most recently, he sealed a 140,000 sq. ft. lease for D'Ai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd at One World Trade Center. D'Ai-Ichi Kangkyo Bank was one of the original Trade Center tenants and this new lease increases the bank's presence by 25,000 sq. ft.
"After the terrorist bombing of the Trade Center last year, D'Ai-Ichi decided to move to another building," Robertson said. "But three things changed the tenant's mind: First, good alternative space is difficult to find, especially space that will accommodate D'Ai-Ichi's open-space layout. Second, the Trade Center offered a superb financial package. Third, the Center demonstrated to our satisfaction that security is now top-notch."
Robertson has worked in varying roles as real estate consultant, exclusive broker, and disposition agent. In addition to helping firms lease space and relocate offices, he has led companies in establishing premiere representative offices and in constructing complete data centers. In fact, Robertson was responsible for leasing the first "turnkey" computer and telecommunications complex in the U.S.
Robertson will help ESG to expand its reach among Japanese tenants. "We regard the Japanese business community in New York as a largely untapped opportunity," Siegel said. "Due to the well-chronicled problems in the Japanese economy, many real estate service providers in recent years have overlooked the potential of Japanese companies. We see a chance to fill this void in the marketplace."
Throughout his career, Robertson has assisted a wide spectrum of U.S. companies with their real estate requirements. He has also been active in foreign cities such as Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Sidney. Prior to joining Hilton in 1995, he spent 10 years as an international marketing executive in the Far East.
"I'm elated to be joining ESG," Robertson said. "This firm has the finest collection of real estate professionals anywhere and will be a platform for me to produce more and greater successes than ever before."
"After evaluating all the real estate firms, ESG was clearly my top choice. I intend to end my career at ESG," he said.
Robertson, 44, studied at the University of Kyoto's Graduate School of International Law and Babson College in Massachusetts. A gifted public speaker, he has conducted seminars in Tokyo and New York and lectured on international business practices at Colgate University and other colleges in the U.S. and Japan. He has been a frequent commentator on U.S./Japan business relations on Japanese television.
He is a member of the New York City Partnership, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Princeton Club and other organizations.
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|Title Annotation:||Profile of the Week: Edward S. Gordon Company; Mariyon I. Robertson|
|Publication:||Real Estate Weekly|
|Date:||Aug 21, 1996|
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