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NewMark Merrill Companies’ Greg Giacopuzzi and Darren Bovard Selected as 2021 CoStar Power Brokers for Southern California Retail Leasing

Woodland Hills, CA. (March 15, 2022) – NewMark Merrill Companies, Inc., a Woodland Hills, California-based retail shopping center owner and development company, announced that Greg Giacopuzzi and Darren Bovard have been selected as 2021 CoStar Power Brokers for Southern California retail leasing.

Each year, CoStar identifies a select number of real estate firms and individual brokers who closed the highest overall transaction volumes in commercial property sales and leases within their respective markets. This year’s winners are based on transaction data in CoStar’s commercial real estate database for all deals completed in 2021.

In 2021, Giacopuzzi and Bovard secured 351,805 square feet of new leases and renewed releases totaling 334,365 square feet with top brands including ALDI, Sprouts, Burlington, Ulta Beauty, Five Below, Citi Trends, Snipes, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Ross/DD’s, and LOOK Dine-In Cinemas.  The pair also received the following Costar Power Brokers Quarterly Awards in 2021:

  • Top Orange County Retail Leasing Deal of Q3 2021:  dd’s DISCOUNTS – Bristol Warner Marketplace in Santa Ana
  • Top Orange County Retail Leasing Deal of Q3 2021: Goodwill – Bristol Warner Marketplace in Santa Ana
  • Top Inland Empire Retail Leasing Deal of Q4 2021:  LOOK Cinemas – University Village in Riverside

“The retail industry is constantly evolving and the past three years is no different as we’ve seen concepts come and go with the overall leasing market being as strong as ever,” said Sandy Sigal, NewMark Merrill Chief Executive Office.  “These awards for Greg and Darren are a credit to their hard work, experience and willingness to adapt to the market.”

About NewMark Merrill Companies NewMark Merrill Companies, Inc. owns and/or manages a portfolio of over 90 shopping centers valued at more than $2 billion. Since 1987, President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Sigal has led the company of shopping centers representing over 1,800 tenants and 12 million square feet in California, Colorado and Illinois. The Company has founded and invested heavily in BrightStreet Ventures, its technology company, which is working on leading edge solutions for landlords and tenants to succeed in today’s retail environment. For more information, please visit