PROFESSIONALS

RYAN G. CHRISTIANSEN, CCIM

President and Founder

Ryan G. Christiansen, President and Founder, has been a key player in elevating commercial real estate services in Puerto Rico to compete on a global stage for more than a decade. First entering the industry as a commercial brokerage professional in 2004, Christiansen quickly became one of the island’s most sought-after real estate advisors. Striving to establish a new standard of industry excellence, he created Christiansen Commercial Real Estate in 2012 and has since grown the full-service firm into one of Puerto Rico’s leading commercial brokerages.

While success has led to the growth of a talented support team, Christiansen’s passion for brokerage keeps him involved in nearly every transaction that passes through the firm. As one of the island’s leading brokers, he is equipped to handle the needs of both private and institutional investors of office, industrial, retail, land and most all other commercial properties.

With more than $1 billion in gross sales volume, Christiansen brings with him superior market knowledge, deal-making expertise, and influential industry relationships.

In 2019, Christiansen was selected to represent the buyers in a joint acquisition of the island’s largest industrial portfolio. Following the transaction, the new ownership group was in need of a trusted and dependable property management and leasing team for the properties. Once again seeking to raise the industry bar, Christiansen partnered with Hector Del Rio Jr to create Puerto Rico Industrial Solutions Management (PRISM), where he concurrently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

Ryan G. Christiansen was born in Springfield, Virginia and graduated in 2002 from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business. Dedicated to his craft, he went on to earn CCIM designation from the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute and served as President of the Puerto Rico CCIM Chapter from 2012 to 2014.

notable transactions

Taconic Capital Advisors LP and Monarch Alternative Capital LP  Represented buyers in acquisition of 2.2 million square foot of industrial warehouse assets

Río Bayamón Community – Represented the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico selling a $12,000,000 plot of land positioned for a master-planned residential development in one of the most affluent neighborhoods of San Juan

American International Plaza & 270 Plaza – Represented Paulson & Co. in the acquisition of two of the largest office towers on the island – both located in the coveted San Juan financial district of Hato Rey – totalling over $100 million

Former Ball Corp. – Represented the Fortune 500 company in the disposition of a 238,000 square foot industrial facility situated on 27 acres in a distressed region

Hato Rey Development Site – Represented an institutional investor in the sale of one of the largest urban lots in the Hato Rey financial district for $11,600,000

Government Development Bank – Entrusted with the portfolio disposition of $27,000,000 worth of commercial assets located in Puerto Rico

Metro Office Park Bldg 4 – Represented a real estate investment group in the sale of a Class A commercial office building totaling more than 30,000 square feet in the heart of San Juan 353-355 Tetuan – Represented a seller offering two interconnected historic buildings in Old San Juan, totaling nearly 34,000 square feet

Distinguished Clients

DANIEL J. PRIETO, CCIM, MAI

Senior Broker & Certified Appraiser

2021 President Elect for the Puerto Rico Chapter of the CCIM, Daniel J. Prieto, joined Christiansen Commercial in September of 2015 and has quickly become one of the top producing broker professionals in the company. Focused mainly on investment sales related to commercial, office, industrial, hospitality and vacant land properties, Prieto has been involved in some of the island’s largest and most influential transactions. Whether providing brokerage services to real estate investors for individual assets or offering portfolio management services for institutional portfolios, Prieto brings superior value in leveraged relationships, market knowledge and deal-making aptitude.

Prior to joining our firm, Prieto had been involved in the commercial real estate business in Puerto Rico as a licensed appraiser since 2004 and continues to lead valuation efforts for Christiansen Commercial today. An active member of the Appraisal Institute, he holds MAI designation, has served as Treasurer and Vice President within the Puerto Rico and Caribbean Chapter, and formed part of the 40th Leadership Development Advisory Council (LDAC) for the National Board.

Prieto’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, involving a double major in Finance and Accounting.

notable transactions

Río Bayamón Community – Represented the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico selling a $12,000,000 plot of land positioned for a master-planned residential development in one of the most affluent neighborhoods of the San Juan metro area

Hato Rey Development Site – Represented Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in the sale of one of the largest urban lots in the Hato Rey financial district for $11,600,000

Urban Train Development Site – Represented seller regarding a prime development site in a competitive urban location which sold for $3.3 million

Government Development Bank – Entrusted with the portfolio disposition of $27,000,000 worth of commercial assets located in Puerto Rico

World Plaza – Engaged to sell a trophy tower in the Hato Rey Financial district. 22 floors of premier office space positioned to sell for $25,000,000 + value level

Distinguished Clients

MILTON E. COFRESI

Senior Broker & Tenant Representation Specialist

CCIM candidate, Milton E. Cofresi has been providing strategic real estate solutions to investors in Puerto Rico for nearly 20 years. Throughout his tenure he has structured and negotiated virtually every conceivable real estate transaction, ranging from build-to-suit industrial projects to call center office leases. His reputation and abilities have earned him the designation as main leasing broker for Metro Office Park 3, Cobians Plaza, Centro Europa, and Condado Astor, as well as strategic advisor for esteemed names such as Ericsson, Honeywell, FEMA, Starbucks and T Mobile. His experience helping both established companies and those new to the island assess their real estate needs and develop and execute strategic plans, is second to none. Cofresi’s comprehensive understanding of the market, socioeconomic influences, and deal methodology make him a valuable asset to any investor of office, industrial, retail, or land properties in Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining Christiansen Commercial in 2015, Cofresi worked with Cushman & Wakefield’s satellite office, Property Concepts Commercial, assisting many corporate clients with site selection, leasing, acquisition and disposition. During this time he developed an extraordinary understanding of the commercial landscape on the island, most notably as it relates to retail properties.

Cofresi’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans.

notable transactions

Cristalia Water – Represented seller in the disposition of a 238,000 square foot industrial facility in Las Piedras to packaging company, Cristalia Water

Old San Juan – Represented seller in the disposition of a seven-story office building in the historic Old San Juan district for $3,000,000

Parcel B Santurce – Represented buyer in the acquisition of a government-owned, prime development site in San Juan for $3.3 million

CIM – 1 BH Properties – Represented landlord in leasing the entire penthouse suite to Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group

Cobian’s Plaza – Represented landlord in the leasing of a 60,000 square foot call center

Negroni Building – Represented seller in the disposition of a four-story, mixed-use building to Habitat to Humanity for $760,000

Distinguished Clients

Andrea S. Suarez

Director of operations

Andrea S. Suárez has been with Christiansen Commercial since 2013, leading office leasing activity in San Juan as well as managing operations, human resources and accounting efforts for the firm. Since obtaining licensure in 2015, Andrea has proven to be a valuable asset to some of Puerto Rico’s largest investors, having successfully leased over 100,000 square feet of office space in the coveted, Hato Rey financial district. Most notably, she functions as the lead leasing broker for two of the island’s most sought-after trophy towers, American International Plaza and 270 Plaza. Her work has exposed her to dealings with a wide range of tenants including Federal and local government agencies, and all that is included in those complex, procedural leases. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Finance, Andrea brings with her an advanced understanding of deal economics, sophisticated negotiating skills, and a determination to exceed client expectations.

Though much of her time is dedicated to landlord representation, Andrea has experience handling a wide range of commercial transactions including acquisition, disposition, and tenant representation.

notable transactions

American International Plaza – Represented building ownership in the lease renewal and retention of KPMG’s 13,000 square foot office

Former Zipperle – Represented ownership in the sale of a 15,730 square foot restaurant which held significant historical value for $1.77 million

Former Oui Boutique – Represented seller in the disposition of a popular, 7,261 square foot women’s clothing store

Baxter International Inc. – Represented the Fortune 500 healthcare company as they renegotiated their 30,000 square foot office lease in Guaynabo, PR

Distinguished Clients

Luis G. Prieto

Broker

Luis G. Prieto joined Christiansen Commercial in 2016 as a member of the property valuation team and has since gone on to pursue a career as a brokerage professional. Equipped with a certificate from the Appraisal Institute of Chicago, Prieto is well positioned to create sophisticated analyses of property value and has a deep understanding of the Puerto Rico real estate market. With nearly 9 years of industry experience and $5 million in sales volume, Prieto has quickly grown into a trusted advisor for individual and corporate investors alike. Much of his work to date has been assisting loan servicing companies dispose of repossessed and distressed assets including commercial, residential and land properties. Prieto’s charismatic demeanor, service-oriented approach and diligent attention to detail lend to his value as a choice real estate advisor.

Prieto’s formal education includes a Business Degree from Sagrado Corazon University in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

notable transactions

Calle San Agustín – Represented seller in the disposition of a mixed-use commercial building in the booming Puerta di Tierra sector of San Juan for $1.13 million

Puerta de Tierra Apartment – Represented ownership in the sale of a three-story residential apartment building in San Juan for $1.05 million

Montehiedra Residential – Assisted sellers in the disposition of a repossessed home in an upscale suburban neighborhood for $450,000

Distinguished Clients

Laura C. Garcia

Broker

Laura C. Garcia has been with Christiansen Commercial Real Estate since 2016, succeeding as a brokerage professional as well as leading marketing efforts for the firm. Since obtaining licensure, Garcia has quickly become a valuable asset to many real estate investors, serving as the lead leasing professional for the Hato Rey Center office building as well as the retail component of El San Juan Hotel resort. Additionally, she has taken on many tenant representation assignments, assisting household names such as AT&T and Church’s Chicken navigate the island’s, sometimes complicated, real estate landscape. Her versatility extends into the disposition of a wide range of assets including residential, multifamily, hospitality, and medical properties, amongst others. Engaging, professional, and reliable, Garcia continues to impress both local, stateside and international clients alike.

Garcia is a graduate from Loyola University New Orleans, where she studied Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

notable transactions

Old San Juan – Assisted sellers in a competitive bid process for a three-story, mixed-use historical property in Old San Juan for $801,000

The Hato Rey Center – Successfully leased a total of approximately 30,000 square feet of office space increasing occupancy 13%

America’s Leading Finance – Represented tenant in the renewal of their 20,000 square foot office space in American International Plaza

Distinguished Clients

Jonathan L. Rivero

Property Manager & Broker

Jonathan L. Rivero joined Christiansen Commercial in 2018, serving as both lead Property Manager to several shopping centers and office buildings as well as Real Estate Broker to various clients throughout the island. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 6 years in the construction industry as a Project Supervisor and Estimator, where he was responsible for creating competitive proposals for potential clients including the Puerto Rico Highway Authority and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority. Rivero’s service-oriented attitude, confident versatility and genial approach make him a great extension to our client’s real estate teams.

Rivero is a graduate of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Construction Management.

Distinguished Clients

Christian Gonzalez

Property Manager

Christian Gonzalez joined Christiansen Commercial in 2018 as the property manager for the Hato Rey Center. Having graduated from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he has led a successful career in the industry holding various roles. With more than 10 years experience in the structural restoration and management of construction projects, Christian is able to provide world-class service to the Hato Rey Center and its tenants.

Noelia Alicea

Property Management Accounting

Noelia Alicea joined Christiansen Commercial in 2017, where she specializes in property management accounting. During her 15 years of experience in the accounting field, she has managed financials and reporting for residential portfolios, large multi-tenant commercial properties and financial institutions. Noelia is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico in Accounting.

Natasha Cruz

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

Natasha joined Christiansen Commercial in 2020 and specializes in property management accounting. She manages the financial reporting, rent payments and accounts payable of five multi-tenant commercial properties. Natasha is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and holds a degree in Finance.

Alan Soto

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Alan joined the Christiansen Commercial team in 2019 to lead facilities management in the Hato Rey Center.

Tony Ocasio

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Tony joined Christiansen Commercial in 2019 to join the facilities management team in the Hato Rey Center.