Blake Okland Named Head of US Multifamily for ARA Newmark

The former vice chairman of the company has been with ARA for 13 years.
Blake Okland, Head of U.S. Multifamily, ARA Newmark

Blake Okland, Head of U.S. Multifamily, ARA Newmark

Charlotte, N.C.—NGKF President James Kuhn appointed Blake Okland as head of U.S. multifamily for ARA Newmark. The former vice chairman of the company will act as a unifying figure for ARA Newmark’s offices throughout the country, aiming to increase collaboration and improve service to clients nationwide by identifying and executing strategic initiatives, business line and geographic expansion, and recruiting.

Okland will also lead business development nationally as the face of the brand, maintaining relationships with large institutional clients to help the firm secure business and engage on complex national and global assignments.

Okland temporarily held the title in 2016, while simultaneously serving as a senior partner in the Carolinas operation. He previously served on ARA’s National Executive Committee for five years and played a key role in the firm’s acquisition by NGKF in 2014. Okland has been with ARA for the past 13 years.

“ARA Newmark is a critical component of NGKF’s greater capital markets platform,” said Robert Griffin, US head of capital markets & president of the New England area for NGKF, in prepared remarks. “Blake is an exceptional leader and creating a national function for him to unify and grow the ARA brand reflects our commitment to providing the highest possible level of service throughout the platform.”


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