Who We Are
All commercial real estate firms are NOT created equally. It takes experience, expertise and tenacity to run a successful office in today’s commercial real estate industry and the two commercial operating partners overseeing this office and future growth in South Florida are Scott R. Maesel and Ashley Bloom.
Our mission is to partner with our clients in order to attain the highest value for their commercial investment properties. Our team is a tightly integrated group of talented professionals with access to industry-leading market research and market intelligence data analysis capabilities. Local knowledge and marketplace information is key for an effective understanding of how to provide strategies and goals of our clients’ businesses and investment portfolios.
Ashley B. Bloom
Ashley Barrett Bloom has been affiliated with SVN for approximately 10 years. Mr. Bloom has established his practice as a land expert locally, regionally, and nationally. By combining a strong network of Offices & Advisors with a spirit of collaboration, Bloom provides his clients with a listing team that provides local expertise with a regional & national platform. To further add value to clients, Bloom has taken on the role of owner’s representative in the entitlement process of multiple projects. With a long history in land development, Bloom has extensive relationships with industry professionals as well as buyers of both residential and commercial land. In 2018, Bloom and long time business partner, J. Chris Malkin, founded SVN Lotus Commercial Real Estate Advisors. SVN Lotus was founded with two offices in Charlotte & Sarasota Counties and is well positioned to service Southwest Florida. In 2020, Bloom teamed up with Scott Maesel (principal in SVN Chicago & Denver) for form SVN Commercial Partners based in South Florida.
Bloom initiated and was named the founding Chairman of the Land & Development Services Product Council for SVN. Under his leadership, Bloom has helped institute a national network of land advisors, collaborative marketing program, a SVN land website, and land specific sales calls. Bloom also created and leads the Florida Land Alliance which is a network of land advisors within the State of Florida. Personally, Bloom works on a portfolio of commercial and residential tracts in size from 1 acre to several thousand acres. His listing clientele includes large equity funds, national banks, land investment groups, and single investors. Bloom has a strong network of buyers that include local, regional, and national investors & developers.
Prior to joining SVN, Bloom specialized in land planning, horizontal development, and conversions/renovations. While developing these projects, Bloom has also taken the role of Managing Partner. During that time period, he has successfully acquired, entitled, and sold thousands of acres of land. Bloom still invests in land with a focus on entitlement and a long term hold strategy.
Bloom has been developing real estate for more than 20 years in Florida, North Carolina, and Arkansas. Prior to developing real estate, Bloom worked for Coopers & Lybrand LLP in the Financial Advisory Services division where he obtained his Certified Public Accountant’s (CPA) License. Relevant experience included Litigation Support Services, Acquisition Due Diligence, and Financial Modeling. Mr. Bloom has also served on an Advisory Board of a small community bank in South Florida.
Scott R. Maesel serves as Managing Director for SVN | Chicago Commercial in Chicago’s West Loop/Fulton Market. With over 20 years of industry experience, Maesel is a highly regarded Chicago CRE veteran and named one of Crain’s Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers.
Early in his career, he worked for Glascott & Associates and Garrett Realty & Development prior to co-founding the highly successful commercial division of Sussex & Reilly Real Estate. In 2008, he affiliated his own independent boutique company with SVN, an International Investment Real Estate Company.
SVN Chicago Commercial, which celebrates 12 years in operation, is consistently ranked as one of the top firms nationwide. Since its inception he and his partners have expanded the business to include over 50 advisors, servicing all commercial product types both locally and nationally.
Since 2015, Maesel and his partners have opened and / or created:
SVN Denver Commercial
SVN Cuba (an exploratory company)
SVN Chicago Property Management
SVN Industrial Division (Rosemont)
SVN Commercial Partners (Boca Raton)
Konnect – a real estate finance company
Maesel continues to be an active advisor and team leader of the SVN Urban Real Estate Team formed in 2012 and consisting of 4 other specialized team members. He and his team have positioned themselves as the definitive West Loop/Fulton Market and near west side commercial property experts. With over 115 completed transactions of both sales and leasing no other firm has more market share than SVN in the area.
Maesel is the former President of the Advisory Council for the highly acclaimed Mary Bartelme Park in the West Loop and past President of the West Loop Community Organization. He is a West Loop/Fulton Market business & commercial property owner as well as a resident. He enjoys adventure travel, adventure races, running, mountain biking and spending time with his family and young twins.
J. Chris Malkin
A 30+ -year SW Florida Resident, J. Chris Malkin, joined SVN in Sarasota, Florida in May of 2009, and is now a Principal Partner and Director of SVN LOTUS Commercial Real Estate Advisors, with business partner Ashley Bloom.
With more than 24 years involvement in the commercial real estate sector nationally, as an investor and a vendor to JMB Realty, Urban Retail Properties, Simon Properties & General Growth to name a few and as a developer along the Gulf Coastal region, Chris brings knowledge and experience that strengthens and elevates SVN within the company and along Florida’s Gulf and beyond. With positive results, Malkins’ focus has been on Industrial/Flex-warehouse, Hospitality, Self Storage, Land, and multi-family assets, including traditional purchase and sale, note purchase, and acquisition of foreclosure judgments throughout the State of Florida. Additionally, Chris has managed and facilitated Bank Owned transactions related to Industrial, Hospitality, Self-Storage, flex-warehouse and residential subdivisions assets to highlight just a few.
Malkin and partners launched the SVN office whose primary market area covered the local 3 counties. Along with the efforts of his partners, SVN has penetrated the market by providing a wide range of commercial real estate services including sales/leasing, Broker Opinion of Values, property management & stabilization and commercial association management.
This effort has been successful by combining national exposure with local expertise.
Malkin has been recognized and awarded for his practices as a Top Producer for SVN Florida going back to 2014 and received the Presidents Circle award for 2018.
Malkin is a Florida Licensed Real Estate Professional, FL Licensed Community Association Manager, and Certified Property Management Specialist.
SVN by the numbers
Our focus on moving the commercial real estate industry forward has attracted a strong and powerful team of real estate professionals. Together, we have grown the SVN® brand into a globally recognized establishment that continues to grow and prosper.