As one of the founding members of Catalyst Commercial Group, Mike’s reputation was built on the ability to expertly represent Tenant clients on a national basis. As such, Mike and his partner formed Catalyst to service a great need in the industry, which was the exclusive representation of RETAIL Tenants as their primary focus. Having designed strategic expansion plans for many national restaurants and retailers, Mike’s ability understand the individual needs of each Tenant, lay out those needs as part of a specific framework for strategic growth, then having the tenacity to successfully implement those plans be it on a local or national level, Mike has garnered the loyalty from the retail community and his Tenants all of whom came to rely on Mike’s expertise and ability to get the deal done. A seasoned commercial real estate professional, Mike has over 22 years of commercial real estate experience working with Tenants and Buyers. Since 2008, Mike and his partner have led the complete Arizona rollout for Five Guys Burgers & Fries enabling metro Phoenix to become the #1 corporate market in terms of AUV for Five Guys system wide. Nationally, Mike helped a fledgling 11 store concept called Cold Stone Creamery grow to over 1,400 stores as he personally located and negotiated over 350 locations for them contributing for roughly 25% of their national growth since 2000. At Catalyst, Mike’s responsibilities include all facets of daily business operations. In addition, Mike spearheads Catalyst’s business development team, while still managing several client accounts personally. Some of Mike’s clients include Taco Bell, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Jersey Mike’s, Panda Express, Barrio Queen, Massage Envy, & The Joint; all of whom came to rely on Mike’s expertise in the areas of site selection and lease negotiation. Previously, Mike held the position of Vice President of Retail Leasing with MAS, Inc., an Arizona based full service brokerage company. Originally from the Boston area and still an avid Boston sports fan, Mike has been an Arizona resident since 1994. Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1993 and lives in Phoenix with his wife and two daughters.
As a founding partner of Catalyst, Chris brings 15 years of industry experience to the firm, having represented some of the nation’s top retail and restaurant tenants, including: Dave’s Hot Chicken, McAlister’s Deli, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Plato’s Closet, Play It Again Sports, Once Upon A Child, Massage Envy & Wingstop. Chris and his team work with their clients to oversee all phases of the real estate process – from strategic market planning and site selection, to aggressive LOI and lease negotiation. Chris’s comprehensive knowledge of the retail marketplace, combined with his strong relationships with local, regional and national landlords and brokers, enables him to consistently secure the best possible locations at “better than market” terms for his tenants and operate for many of his clients as their full-service outsourced real estate solution. Chris began his commercial real estate career in early 2001 at MAS, Inc., a boutique brokerage specializing in retail and restaurant Tenant Representation. In late 2005, he and the company’s other top producer, Mike Leonard, left to launch Catalyst Commercial Group. Throughout his career, Chris has handled 1,000+ Tenant-specific retail lease and purchase transactions, with an aggregate value of over $500 million.
Bryan brings 20 years of Real Estate experience to the Catalyst Commercial group, with the last 16 being specifically focused on tenant representation in the franchising industry. Bryan works tirelessly to put the clients brand first to make sure he is finding the ideal site for the clients new location needs.
Previously, Bryan held the position of Director of Real Estate and Development for Fun Brands, parent company to the Pump It Up, BounceU and Fun Brands Carousel portfolios. In that roll Bryan was in charge of all new store site selection, relocation, and renegotiation for the three brands under the parent company in both the Retail and Industrial arenas. Bryan’s assistance in store growth allowed the brands to grow to be the #1 national leader in its brand segment in both stores opened and AUV.
His roll entailed directing Discovery Days, Franchisee on-boarding, site selection, LOI negotiation, lease negotiation, and working with the Construction Managers during the build-out process. His ability to work from start to finish allows him to make sure momentum is not lost in the opening process.
Bryan has been a resident in Arizona since 1994 and Graduated from Arizona State University in 1998. Originally from the North Suburbs of Chicago, he now lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two sons.
As an associate, Priscilla’s primary focus is Tenant Representation for both Local and National Franchisees of retail and restaurant clients, in which she advises current and potential clients in several capacities, including: trade area analytics, demographic analysis, site specific economic analysis (measured on clients’ financial model parameters/objectives), client market tours, LOI negotiation, and finally general lease review.
Priscilla’s represents corporate accounts along with their Franchisees for groups including Cold Stone Creamery, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade, Wingstop and Pizza Patrón.
Priscilla graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While attending there, she was a member of the Women’s tennis team, and played at both the #1 Singles position and #1 Doubles position through the entirety of her collegiate career. She completed her senior year as the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and went undefeated at the #1 Singles position in the WAC conference.
After 25+ years in financial services and wealth management Dave rejoined the real estate world as an Associate Vice President with Catalyst Commercial Group. In Dave’s first foray into real estate he worked with a local developer on land purchases and real estate investments along with shared ownership and membership opportunities at an exclusive, private golf community. His focus at Catalyst is on working with local, regional and national tenants on strategic planning, mapping, site selection and LOI/Lease negotiation.
Dave’s passion for relationship building, networking and his involvement in the community make him a natural to play a leading role with Catalyst’s business development team. Dave is a Lifetime Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, and he has also been involved with Childhelp and Junior Achievement. Dave is originally from Massachusetts but has called Arizona home for the last 30 years. He’s a graduate of Framingham State University where he was a captain of the college soccer team. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and softball and spending time with his two adult children.
Some of Dave’s clients include Primp and Blow, Modern Acupuncture, Pigtails, Crewcuts and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Sugar Sugar, Tropical Smoothie Cafe & The Joint Chiropractic.