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Zimmel Associates - An Established Authority On New Jersey Real Estate

Father and son team Bernard (1928-2014) and David Zimmel formed company in 1986


Father and son team Bernard (1928-2014) and David Zimmel formed Zimmel Associates in 1986. Both men were already successful brokers serving the New Jersey commercial real estate industry when they were each offered a partnership interest in a new firm. Instead, they decided the time was right to form their own company. Within short order the duo were assigned exclusive listings and closing major transactions. Bernard Zimmel is recognized for originating the concept of industrial flex space for the industrial market in 1969. He shared the idea with a leading developer who implemented it and gave him the exclusive listing for the building. As other developers followed suit, the flex space concept had a major impact on the marketplace. Today, Zimmel Associates’ tradition of creative solutions and father and son teamwork are stronger than ever. David Zimmel serves as CEO and three of his sons represent the third generation of Zimmels at the firm. They and their associates are committed to delivering the best deals possible for their clients.

The Zimmel Associates Brokerage Team, experienced Real Estate Professionals with exceptional track records of success for office, industrial, retail, and investment brokerage.

David Zimmel CEO, Zimmel Associates

David Zimmel has dedicated more than 44 years to the real estate industry. He has participated in the closing of more than 5,000 real estate transactions, and $15 billion in investment sales. He is a highly experienced and skilled negotiator, armed with outstanding knowledge of the marketplace and the intricacies and tasks today’s brokers, investors, owners and tenants face prior to closing beneficial transactions. A solutions-oriented, creative thinker, David is often asked to share his market knowledge, insight and expertise with industry leaders, associations and media. He is a past president of IOREBA, an organization comprised of real estate professionals and owners in PA, NY, NJ and CT.

“Be honest, upfront and have integrity. Know the marketplace like the back of your hand. Be the best broker you can be. Treat every transaction, large or small, with importance. That is what my father taught me and it is a philosophy that continues at our firm. It is the foundation for our long-term client relationships and the key to our success.”

Jordan Zimmel, Vice President, Zimmel Associates

Jordan Zimmel joined the firm in 2009. He is a graduate of Monmouth University where he majored in Business Management. His responsibilities include organizing transactions and the acquisition and disposition of industrial, office and retail properties, lease and purchase negotiations and representing landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers.

“Having been taught the real estate business from both my father and grandfather has proven to be more inspirational, educational and valuable than words can express.”

Jordan and his wife Arielle recently welcomed their first child, Rory Brett.

Jaime Zimmel, Vice President, Zimmel Associates

Jaime Zimmel has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Penn State University. His friendly personality and negotiating skills are naturals for a successful career in real estate. Jaime is committed to continuing the Zimmel tradition of professionalism and perseverance, and enjoys problem solving.

“It’s all about finding optimum solutions. The process of finding a great building, negotiating the right price for the client, and closing the deal makes working at Zimmel Associates rewarding.”

July 26, 2020, Jaime Zimmel and Kristen Mendez married, additional blessings for the Zimmel family.

Jason Zimmel, Sales Associate, Zimmel Associates

Jason Zimmel has a B.S. in Business Administration and Real Estate from Monmouth University’s highly regarded Kislack Real Estate Institute. His education by esteemed industry brokers, bankers and developers prepared him well for success at Zimmel Associates where he specializes in the acquisition and disposition of office, industrial and retail properties.

“I am excited for the future and continued success of our firm. We all share mutual respect for each others skills, a lifelong passion for the industry and commitment to outstanding service.”

Terri Zimmel, Interior Designer Extraordinaire, Zimmel Associates

Touches of Terri are found in many of Zimmel Associates’ commercial real estate properties - office, industrial and retail properties.

The Zimmel family includes those who are ingrained with the same dedication, passion and ethics.

Joel Natter, Executive Vice President, Zimmel Associates

Joel Natter has been with the firm for more than 27 years. Joel is a knowledgeable and versatile corporate real estate professional who knows the New Jersey market and consistently delivers outstanding solutions for his clients. He has a B.A. Degree from SUNY Binghamton, is a talented musician, and serves on a local planning board and the Edison, NJ Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Joel is known for being a great listener, highly organized and attentive with every business situation. He enjoys leasing in the office sector and has a great track record of consistently increasing occupancy levels as Exclusive Leasing Agent.

“Zimmel Associates is a good fit for me professionally for many reasons. The company’s entrepreneurial nature works well for me, the support staff is excellent and the ability to interact with the company’s principals is extremely valuable.”

Lauren LoFaro, Director of Office Operations, Zimmel Associates

In 2015, Lauren LoFaro joined the Team of Zimmel Associates, bringing over thirty years of notable accomplishments, managing daily operational functions and steering projects to successful completion. By immersing herself in the commercial real estate market, she continues to have a positive impact on the overall performance and daily activities of Zimmel Associates.

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