Senior Vice President, Partner
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I had the pleasure of working with Carla Scimemi on a few, substantial, and complex lease transactions for the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), on behalf of The Regents of the University of California.
The University of California has specific organizational processes and systems which are intricate and unique. The organization protocol within the University poses challenges to counterparts in the commercial sector. It takes a very savvy professional that encompasses a depth of understanding to coordinate lease transactions between the corporate sector and the University.
For several years Carla Scimemi has successfully brokered on the Landlord's behalf commercial space UCSF selected to lease in the County of San Francisco. This entailed Carla to effectively work with UCSF's Real Estate department that included approvals and collaboration from counterparts in the Office of the President, Deans, Vice Chancellors, Medical Center, and Department Chairs.
Carla is valuable to any organization or work system. Not only does she think outside the box and has great advisory skills, but she also has the flawless ability to build bridges of understanding between different organizations to exceed common goals.
- Diori Johnson, UCSF Real Estate
I want to express my deepest appreciation for the hard work Carla Scimemi did to help secure our commercial office space. I was on a tight schedule and a limited budget. She not only found our dream office space, but locked down a rate that was unheard of in the San Francisco market. I highly recommend Carla's experience, connections, and negotiating skills. I am extremely thankful and recommend her to anyone looking for professional commercial real estate service in San Francisco. I have had the best experience working with her!
- Kyu S. Kyung, President and Founder, SF Station
Carla's clients recognize and appreciate her expertise. Here are a few of the things they are saying about Carla Scimemi:
As the General Manager for LECIEN U.S.A. Inc., (a Japanese company which made a decision to locate their U.S. office in Emeryville, CA), it was extremely fortunate that we were introduced by our Legal Counsel to Ms. Carla Scimemi.
Our needs and concerns with establishing a viable and economically affordable location were expertly and professionally handled by Ms. Scimemi. Her ability to know how to effectively locate, negotiate, and bring to closure a deal is exactly what we needed.
Ms. Scimemi was sensitive to the cultural 'differences' with regards to how to approach an issue that would occasionally arise with the company we were negotiating with. Her ability to find a happy medium for the Japanese Managers that oversaw the project charged with locating office space and those we were involved with was very impressive.
It is without hesitation that I recommend Ms. Scimemi for the purpose of searching and bringing to fruition commercial space for anyone who requires an excellent location and professional care.
- Gary Marcus, LECIEN U.S.A., Inc.
Throughout the entire process of looking for new office space in South San Francisco, Carla always kept the best interest of my Company first. It was a pleasure to deal with someone with so much integrity and local market expertise.
- Brad Steinberg, PWS, Director of Development, The Laundry Company
I have worked with Carla Scimemi on numerous deals in a variety of capacities. I can honestly say I go nowhere else when it comes to commercial real estate needs. She goes way beyond the call of duty, and unlike many in the business, she thinks about the long term relationship and not just the quick sale. Her customer service and integrity are only matched by her quick wit and negotiation savvy. When I go into a negotiation, I rest easier knowing she is on my side.
- Mitch Kossar, Director of Business Development, Tyco Thermal Controls
In the startup community, you have a million things to do and limited time to get it all done. Searching for a new office is one of those impossible tasks. Trying to find a workspace that can accommodate so many needs is exhaustive.
That is why I am happy that we worked with Carla Scimemi and Young Song in our office search. Their approach has not only been extremely professional, but also incredibly accommodating. We have changed our search criteria, refined our needs and received an education during the process. You can imagine that searching for an office would be frustrating, but when you work with Carla and Young, they do all of the heavy lifting. They make the process effective, efficient and enjoyable.
Their level of interaction with you is amazing, because they make you feel like you are their only client. In this day and age, that level of customer service is rare and seemingly becoming extinct. It is a relief to know that there are brokers out there that care so much about your office that they will work hand in hand with you until you find the perfect fit.
These are my kind of people and for anyone looking for a new office in an established business or in the start up world!
- David Marino, Director Of Operations, Grockit, Inc.
As an early stage company in need of new office space for our growing business we didn't have the resources to become experts in the commercial real-estate market. We took some of the basic steps of looking through Craigslist.com and other commercial real-estate listings, but it was all very hit or miss. We wasted a lot of time visiting inappropriate sites given our lack of experience with real-estate jargon or our understanding of what to expect from the descriptions provided.
During our search for space, we ran into Young Song and Carla Scimemi of GVA Kidder Mathews and they quickly understood the essence of what we were looking for. Not only did they take our current needs into consideration, but also explored our future needs and brought up issues that we had never considered but were important. Even more valuable however, was having them by our side through the offer and negotiation phase with the property owner, helping us make sure that the lease agreement we were considering protected our interests at least as much as the landlord's. They helped clarify the terminology and suggested ways to reduce our risk in the transaction.
Young and Carla will be our real estate advisors for any future moves we plan to make, as their diligence in staying on top of the process was just the sort of support our company needed to make this real-estate transaction painless.
- Pierre-R. Wolff, CEO, AdPassage, Inc.Back to top