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Charles Jonas Joins CNL Commercial Real Estate

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CNL Commercial Real Estate is excited to welcome Charles Jonas, former senior vice president for Jones Lang LaSalle, as its newest partner. Jonas, who will begin his new role in early January, will help lead the company's ongoing growth in the Carolinas and will be based in the company's Charlotte office.

CNL Commercial Real Estate has been strategically focusing on continuing to provide sophisticated but personalized service offerings to its investor, occupier and nonprofit customers across the Southeast. To provide that depth and breadth, there has been a purposeful focus on its mid-South operation as evidenced by the recent acquisition of both Crescent's and Faison Enterprises' services businesses that included eight million square feet of leasing and management assignments and 54 employees. That momentum continues as the addition of Jonas will allow CNL to provide a focused depth in office product and the office markets across the Carolinas. This proven expertise will allow the delivery of an even greater solution set to customers across the Carolinas. Jonas is truly among the elite leading brokers and real estate professionals in the Southeast.

Since its founding in early 2007, CNL Commercial Real Estate has grown from 12 partners to more than 170 employees. The company offers a full-service real estate platform to deliver solutions to its investor, occupier and nonprofit/faith-based clients within its retail, office and industrial assets. Additionally, the company has a full-service development and investment platform focused on value add acquisitions and selective complex development opportunities in the growth markets in which it operates.

In his new role as the CNL Market Leader, Jonas will continue to be a producer in the Carolinas; lead the company's overall growth alongside his retail partner Susan McGuire, principal in Charlotte; drive strategic acquisitions and talent recruitment with Ken Loeber, president of services, based in Charlotte; and create selective investment opportunities with Pryse Elam, president of development and investments, based in South Florida. His top priority will be serving the company's existing clients more deeply and fully, building new client relationships, leveraging the platforms experience to provide highly personalized service, and recruiting talented professionals to join and support the growth story that is CNL.

"We are honored to have Charles join our company. His track record and experience speaks for itself but more importantly, we admire his character and integrity. We are very protective and proud of our culture and Charles exemplifies our core values," said Loeber. "Charles is a native Charlottean who learned from two great leaders in our local industry and we are excited that we offer him a platform where he will be able to build upon that experience to stretch his wings and grow in this new role. We are confident that our clients, our people and our community will benefit from his gifts, passion, talents and wisdom."

"CNL Commercial Real Estate is a very strong company that has been extremely successful over its eight-year history and I am excited to join a company with deep values, strong leadership and a proven platform," Jonas said. "CNL Commercial Real Estate orbits around its customers which drives service levels, innovation and long-term relationships and I am grateful to have the opportunity to come on board with CNL Commercial Real Estate and help continue its evolution of becoming an even better company that can serve our customers in meaningful and lasting ways."

Jonas started his real estate career with Trinity Partners where he served as a managing director, providing leadership in several areas of the company. He oversaw the Office Tenant Representation Group, assisting clients with locating and securing office space throughout the Carolinas. Prior to that role, Jonas led the firm's national relationship management and business development efforts, assisting with asset evaluation, valuation, and capital deployment throughout the Carolinas. For the last three years, Jonas was the senior vice president of asset leasing for Jones Lang Salle.

Jonas is most notable for providing his customers with superior market knowledge, accurate valuations, innovative marketing and asset-specific marketing, resulting in lease up and value creation.

CNL Commercial Real Estate is based in Orlando, Florida, with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Miami; Dallas; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta; and Southern California. The Charlotte office has experienced extraordinary growth in 2014 and has become the second largest office for the company.

About CNL Commercial Real Estate

CNL Commercial Real Estate is a full service commercial real estate company offering leasing and management, tenant representation, project management, facilities management and brokerage services, as well as a development and investment platform operating in all sectors of commercial real estate, including office, retail, industrial, multifamily, religious and educational. For more information, visit CNLCRE.com.

About CNL Financial Group

CNL Financial Group (CNL) is a leading private investment management firm providing global real estate and alternative investments. Since inception in 1973, CNL and/or its affiliates have formed or acquired companies with more than $29 billion in assets. CNL is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit CNL.com.

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CONTACT: Brittney Barnes Marketing Coordinator CNL Commercial Real Estate 407-540-7757

Source:CNL Commercial Real Estate