Industry Veteran Jumps Ship To Join Blanca Commercial
Miami-based commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm Blanca Commercial Real Estate continues to grow its team of professionals with the addition of top industry professional Juan Ruiz, who will serve as executive vice president.
Mr. Ruiz’s arrival brings additional senior-level talent to the firm’s sales and leasing practice.
Prior to joining Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Mr. Ruiz served as director of Codina Realty Services where he was in charge of leasing Codina Partners-owned properties including Downtown Doral, a 120-acre mixed-use development in the heart of the City of Doral, Florida, home to the new $22 million Doral Government Center.
He benefits from more than 12 years of market expertise, having closed notable transactions with top-tier companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oceania Cruises, Humana/CAC, Firestone, Univision, and the U.S. General Services Administration, among others.
“Juan is a highly regarded and exceptionally talented professional; a blue chip addition to our growing team of professionals,” said Tere Blanca, President and CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “He has worked with some of the biggest, most established and respected names in South Florida’s business landscape and enjoys a track record of success representing high profile properties, institutional owners and major corporate users throughout the market. Juan’s impact on our current assignments will be felt immediately and we look forward to continuing to expand our client relationships with him on our team.”
Mr. Ruiz previously specialized in office sales and leasing as vice president of Flagler Real Estate Services where he completed an average of more than 100 lease transactions per year, representing institutional owners as the leasing/sales agent for more than 1.7 million square feet of office space throughout South Florida.
Before joining Flagler, Mr. Ruiz worked as leasing director for the Miami Free Zone, a joint venture between Prudential Insurance and Flagler/Codina, where he was responsible for the leasing of 600,000 square feet of industrial, office and showroom space in the foreign trade zone park.
In addition to his work as a commercial real estate broker, Mr. Ruiz is active in several business and civic communities throughout the community and in South America. He currently serves on the Miami-Dade Bus Tour Committee for the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial Parks (NAIOP), and is also an active member of the Doral Business Council. He is involved with the Medellin, Colombia chapter of “Club Activo 20-30,” an international non-profit organization that provides young adults with an opportunity for personal growth and leadership development, as well EAFIT University’s internship program where he serves as a mentor for Colombian business students interning in South Florida.
Mr. Ruiz holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management from EAFIT University in Colombia and a Master’s degree in business administration from Florida International University.
The arrival of Mr. Ruiz continues a year of steady growth for Blanca Commercial Real Estate. In recent months, the firm has announced the addition of Executive Vice President Alison Pages and Marketing Coordinator Jessica Rivero as well as new agency leasing assignments totaling nearly 350,000 square feet at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park in Miami’s Health District and Waterford Centre, a class A office building at 6205 Blue Lagoon Drive in Miami-Dade County’s Miami Airport submarket. In addition, the last 24 months saw the firm complete more than 1.8 million square feet of office leases and approximately 500,000 square feet of tenant representation assignments.
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