ATLANTA – March 15, 2018 – Berkadia today announced the addition of Managing Director Russ Hardy to its Atlanta office. He will work in conjunction with the high-performing investment sales team, led by Senior Managing Directors Andrew Mays and Paul Vetter, who have closed over $1.1 billion in apartment sales over the last two years alone.
“Russ brings a strong combination of energy, charisma and transactional experience, which meshes perfectly with our Atlanta-based investment sales team,” said Keith Misner, Senior Vice President and Head of Investment Sales at Berkadia. “His proven track record and commitment to client service will immediately impact our team.”
Hardy brings extensive multifamily investment sales experience to Berkadia, joining the organization from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was a Senior Vice President for a team that transacted over $7.5 billion in sales over five years. During his career, Hardy has been directly involved in the sales and marketing of more than $2 billion in institutional multifamily assets across the Southeast. He specializes in multifamily properties across a variety of construction types, geographies and risk profiles.
“It couldn’t be more exciting to join such a high-performing team with the foundation of a forward-thinking and collaborative platform,” said Hardy. “This winning combination is demonstrated by the entire team’s success, not only on the investment sales side, but also on the mortgage banking side. I’m thrilled to join this dynamic group with such a unique combination of work ethic, instinct and experience and to continue to raise the bar on performance and client success.”
In addition to his experience at Jones Lang LaSalle, Hardy also worked for the boutique private equity firm Westplan Investors, a closed-end real estate investment fund creator and manager, where he focused on Class A multifamily assets in the Southeast and new development opportunities. Hardy started his career in commercial real estate with Bell Partners, Inc., an apartment investment and management company focused on high-quality multifamily communities throughout the United States.
Hardy earned a bachelor’s degree in management with a marketing concentration from the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an Master of Business Administration in finance and a Master of Science in real estate from Georgia State University. He also served proudly in the United States Marine Corps.