For the first time in the company’s storied 70-year history, the board of directors of Newmark Grubb Zimmer has selected a non-family member to serve as president and CEO. It was announced this week that Mark Long will take the reigns, with his appointment effective immediately.
Long succeeds CEO Ellen Darling and President David Zimmer, but Long isn’t exactly a fresh face at the company, as he has spent his entire career with the firm, beginning in 1995.
And Darling and Zimmer will both continue their ties with NGZ in new capacities – Darling is set to serve as chairman of the board while Zimmer will move to serving as vice chairman. “Mr. Long has been an integral part of the NGZ leadership team and as in all things he is involved with, will certainly be successful in this next chapter of his career,” Darling said in a statement from the company. “There is no doubt that NGZ is poised for continued growth under Mark’s leadership and I am confident we will see this happen.”
While Long came on board in 1995, he was named director of sales and leasing in 2003. He is also a part of the firm’s executive management team, and throughout his tenure with NGZ, Long has completed more than 700 transactions. Just this past November, Long participated in Ingram’s 2018 Commercial Real Estate Assembly, sharing his years of expertise with the group.
“It has been a privilege to be part of the NGZ team for my entire real estate career and I have been fortunate to have been associated with the Zimmer family,” Long said in the statement. “Our firm has benefited greatly from their vision, and their leadership in our industry and community. Our goal moving forward is to continue our long-standing position as one of the areas most respected and most active real estate companies.”