- Mathew Focht President
- David Stockwell Vice President
- Jessica JanesDirector
- Paul Green Modern Analyst
- Alan Katz Director
- Robert Johnson Associate
Mathew has served the top restaurant-entertainment concepts in providing comprehensive real estate services for over 15 years. Services include creating strategic growth plans, site analytics, and securing real estate sites. Mathew has served hundreds of restaurant-entertainment owners and developers of lifestyle and mix-use centers.
Mathew has worked with following restaurants and entertainment concepts; Bar Louie, Silverspot Cinema, The PUB, Levity Live, Improv Comedy Club, AZN, TAPS, Adobe Gilas, Concepts America, Devons Seafood, Houlihans, Cheesecake Factory, Brio, Bravo, McCormick & Schmick, Blue Martini, Hyde Park Steakhouse, BICE, Lucky Strike, and many other restaurants.
Prior, Mathew was Principal of Sierra Advisors and Vice President of RKF Retail Property Advisors providing comprehensive leasing, marketing, and consulting services to owners and developers of malls, lifestyle centers, and mixed-use projects. Responsible for securing national expansion sites for over a dozen top restaurant and entertainment emerging chains and executing leasing for the restaurant tenant mix of 400,000-square-foot mixed-use development New City in Chicago, IL; 350,000-square- feet of lifestyle retail space at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh, PA; the 400,000-square-foot mixed use portion of Mercato in Naples FL, and the 250,000-square-foot lifestyle retail portion of Towne Place at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Prior to RKF, Mathew was with Pyramid Companies and Steiner & Associates where he was responsible for leasing the firm's superior-regional mall redevelopments and mixed-use lifestyle projects. He has consulted on projects in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida.
Mathew earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, and National Restaurant Association.
As an associate in the Chicago office, Robert is responsible for deal procurement and acquisitions. Robert joined the Emerging Concepts team in October of 2016, bringing with him a background in finance and commercial real estate. Prior to joining Emerging Concepts, Robert worked at R.J O’Brien (a founding member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) and Milliman (an investment advisor providing hedging and consulting services to the retirement industry). Robert then spent a year working in commercial real estate acquisitions, specializing in office and mixed-use properties. Robert has an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the restaurant industry. Born and raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Robert earned his degree in Economics from Indiana University. He holds his real estate license in Florida and Illinois and is also a member of CCIM.