The Team

Matthew F. Keefe, President

Matthew F. Keefe has been a leading Connecticut real estate broker and consultant since 1980. Mr. Keefe began his real estate career at New England Land Company in Greenwich. As head of the investment division and the most active broker in the company, Mr. Keefe took part in sale and lease transactions with prominent Fortune 500 names.

In 1982, Mr. Keefe was offered a position as Senior Vice President of Durfee & Company in Stamford, Connecticut. This firm was also owned by Peter Malkin of New York and Bruce Warwick of Greenwich, Connecticut. Mr. Keefe immediately established his position as top broker in the company, a position he maintained for the next twelve years. Corporate clients served include General Electric Capital, AMAX, Pittston, National Distributors, Conoco, Cadbury Schwepps, John Brown LTD, Turner Construction, IBM, US Tobacco and many others.

Mr. Keefe has specialized in tenant representation and investment services. He has won and maintained the position as Number One in investment sales in Connecticut over the past ten years. Recent sales included the 35,000 SF Parker Corporate Plaza in White Plains, NY, for 145,000 SF Diamond Building in Valhalla, NY. The 135,000 SF Bank of America Building in Yonkers, NY, the 120,000 SF class A office building at 1111 and 1177 Summer Street in Stamford, CT, the 155,000 SF Harrison Executive Park in Harrison, New York, the 605,000 SF Greenwich-American Centre in Greenwich; the 87,000 SF former Emery Air Freight building in Wilton; and the 285,000 SF multi-tenanted office building at 145 Huguenot Street in New Rochelle, New York.

Mr. Keefe is currently President and Owner of HK Group. He graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts/Science and a major in Finance. Mr. Keefe is active in local athletic and civic activities and serves on various boards. He has four children and resides in Southport, Connecticut.

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Franco Fellah, Executive Vice President

Franco Fellah’s involvement in Manhattan real estate began in 1979. While in Milan, Italy, between 1979 and 1990, Mr. Fellah and his family syndicated acquisitions of prime property in central Manhattan in conjunction with OTIC Corp., a New York-based firm. Property acquired at that time included, among others, 128 Central Park South and a 59-unit residential complex adjoining the Plaza Hotel. While proceeding with syndications of prime Manhattan real estate throughout the 80’s, Mr. Fellah was involved in condo conversions projects in Milan, Italy.

In 1994, Mr. Fellah was offered a position of Senior Vice President at a Westport, CT commercial real estate firm. During the five years with that firm, Mr. Fellah handled, among other projects, assignments including a 130,000 SF Sears anchored shopping center in Texas, the sale of a 50,000 SF Class A office complex in New London, CT , currently 100% leased to Pfizer, the sale of an entire mixed-use block of downtown Main Street Ridgefield, CT to a Connecticut-based Real Estate Investment Trust, the sale of a 31-unit luxury condo building in New York and the sale of over 210 apartments in two buildings in Waterbury, CT.

Mr. Fellah has represented the US Government – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – in the disposition of several of its prime commercial real estate assets in Connecticut, Stew Leonard’s supermarkets, Mid-South Investment in Longview, Texas, the Morelli family in Ridgefield and a number of partnerships and individuals, servicing their real estate needs.

In 1999, Mr. Fellah joined HK Group where he is Executive Vice President: his focus with the firm has been investment property sales such as shopping centers, office buildings and apartment complexes.

A sample of real estate transactions completed while at HK Group include the sale of the 200,000 SF Price Chopper anchored Torrington Fair shopping center in Torrington, CT, the sale of a 90,000 Shaw’s anchored shopping center in Tilton, NH, the sale of a 50,000 SF office building at One Greenwich Place in Shelton, CT and two long-term retail store leases to CVS in Norwalk, CT with an aggregate value in excess of $23 million.

For the third year in a row, following 2005, Mr. Fellah is the broker with the highest number of completed real estate transactions at HK Group.

Mr. Fellah, a resident of Westport, Connecticut is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Connecticut and New York.

Mr. Fellah graduated with top grades from the Universitá degli Studi in Milan, Italy and holds a degree in Political Sciences with a major in International Studies.

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Mal Jacobson, Executive Vice President

Mal Jacobson has been involved in Commercial Real Estate for the past 30 years, 19 of those years with HK Group. His transactions include the purchase and sale of local office and retail buildings and recently the sale of auto dealership property and the leasing of retail space to national retail tenants. Mr. Jacobson’s performance is high lighted by his increasing production every year culminating in a highly successful 2008.

Prior to his entry into real estate, he had been involved in the retail and financial world, most recently as a marketing executive for a large hedge fund.

Born in South Africa, he emigrated to the United States in 1977 with his wife and three sons. He became an American citizen in 1983 and has lived in Westport since 1977.

In South Africa, he was the Chief Financial Officer and a Director and Co-founder of what became the largest supermarket group in Southern Africa.

He is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand in Johnnesburg, South Africa with a Chartered Accountant’s degree which is equivalent to a Certified Public Accountant degree.

Mal has been actively involved in many charitable organizations including Rotary and PAWS.

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Ricardo E. Cordido, CCIM  – Vice President

Ricardo E. Cordido comes to HK Group from Realty Concepts Inc., a Guilford, CT based commercial real estate consulting, brokerage, and advisory service company. His responsibilities there included developing market research, site analysis reports, and asset management and due diligence research for acquisition and lending.

Prior to joining Realty Concepts Inc. Ricardo attended Roger Williams University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  Ricardo’s family has a medical background in New Haven County and as such, the medical industry will be his focus at HK Group.  He will be leasing medical office space as well as working in medical investment sales.  Ricardo speaks fluent Spanish.

Ricardo is an active member in the New Haven CID and at the Quinnipiac Club.

Ricardo currently resides in Hamden, CT.

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