As the real estate industry becomes more complex, brokerage teams have become an emerging trend. Through hard work, collaboration and creativity brokerage teams are now positioned with a definitive business model focusing on overachievement and exceeding both client as well as team objectives.


Joseph V Barna, SIOR

Joseph Barna, SIOR, Principal—Started his commercial real estate career in 1986 after enjoying eight years as a major account team sales manager with the Xerox Corporation. After successfully completing five years as an industrial specialist with Grubb & Ellis (formerly Alder, Galvin & Rogers), Joseph co-founded CRESCO Real Estate in February of 1991.


Simon Caplan, SIOR

Simon Caplan, SIOR, Principal—Entered the real estate brokerage business in 1993 as a sales associate with CB Commercial Real Estate Group, a large international real estate firm based in Los Angeles, specializing in sales, leasing and build-to-suits of industrial properties. Simon moved to CRESCO in January 1998, as a Vice President. In February of 2001, Simon became a Principal of CRESCO, helping to create the largest and most successful industrial real estate brokerage in Northeast Ohio.


Eliot Kijewski, SIOR

Eliot Kijewski, SIOR, Senior Vice President—Started in the commercial real estate industry in 2005. He has been a licensed agent since 2001. During his brief career with CRESCO Real Estate, Eliot has quickly compiled a history of deals and satisfied clients. Eliot earned the SIOR designation in December 2012. 



George J Pofok, CCIM, SIOR, Senior Vice President—Since 1996, George has been active in the industrial real estate brokerage business. In May 2003, George joined CRESCO Real Estate as a Senior Sales Associate, and was promoted to Vice-President in November, 2005 and Sr. Vice-President in October, 2010. George earned the CCIM designation in October, 2005 and the SIOR designation in August, 2009. 

Why a Team? 

The team concept will benefit our existing and future clients by providing a full spectrum of value added services.
The benefits of a team include:

• Intimate knowledge about markets versus individual realtors in unfamiliar markets. 

• Better service because there is more manpower with different skill sets collaborating to complete the many tasks in a real estate transaction – independent realtor is overworked.

• A lead agent to manage, oversee, and coordinate each individual component of a transaction or assignment. 

• Levels of efficiency that allows us to delegate responsibility. It is not possible to be in more than one place so splitting up the tasks to get the job done effectively allows for a quicker and smoother transaction.