Background & Experience
Joe Tavormina started his career in commercial real estate in the Northeast with Kentucky Fried Chicken, Marriott Corporation (Roy Rogers, Casa Maria), Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurants, and Cineplex Odeon Cinemas. He relocated to Southern California in the 1990 to become Senior Director of Development for Acapulco Mexican Restaurants where he managed the expansion of the Acapulco and El Paso Cantina brands throughout the Western U.S. In 1994 he joined Prandium Inc. as Director of Real Estate Development, overseeing the U.S. expansion of CoCo’s/Carrow’s, El Torito Mexican Restaurants, Keystone Grill, ET Express Mex, Chi Chi’s and Koo Koo Roo.
In 2000, Joe joined Retail Net Lease Properties in El Segundo, CA to provide brokerage and consulting services to both landlord clients (Continental Development, RREEF and Madison Marquette) and tenant clients including; Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Capital Grille and Seasons 52), Il Fornaio Cucina, Elephant Bar Restaurants, Mimi’s Cafe, Prandium Inc. (El Torito Mexican Restaurants, ET Express & Koo Koo Roo), Counter Burger, Tender Greens, Boston Pizza, Lazy Dog Cafe, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Pat & Oscar’s, Baja Fresh and Wendy’s Hamburgers.
In 2006 Darden recruited Joe as a Real Estate Director to oversee development of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden brands in the Western U.S. (12 States) and he remained in-house until 2011, when he joined Main + Main Inc. based in California as a Director of Brokerage & Consulting Services with clients including Francesca’s, Nekter Juice Bar, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Brio Tuscan Grille, Raley’s Markets (Nob Hill & Market 5 ONE 5), Kona Grill, and California Fish Grill. His landlord representation has included Continental Development, DJM and Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas for the Howard Hughes Corporation.
Joe is a master in his discipline. He has provided sophisticated brokerage and consulting services to retailers, grocery stores, restaurant chains and property owners nationwide. He relocated to Asheville NC in 2017, and recently joined NAI Beverly-Hanks based there.
BS Quantitative Business Analysis; Manhattan College
MBA Real Estate Development; CUNY Baruch College
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