Esmael Hill is an expert in business strategy, commercial real estate and corporate finance. He has over sixteen years of experience in the commercial real estate and investment banking sectors. Mr. Hill has successfully completed, advised, and structured transactions in excess of $5 Billion. Prior to founding The Net Lease Group, Mr. Hill and his partner, Philip Wickstrom, formed and managed the Net Lease Services practice in Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office.
Commercial Real Estate Investment Advisory and Brokerage Firm
The Net Lease Group (“NLG”) is an investment advisory and brokerage firm specializing in corporate, institutional, and private execution of single and multi-tenant, net lease transactions across all markets throughout the United States.
Successfully completed, advised.
Structured transactions in excess of $6 Billion
Years of experience
Commercial real estate experience
NLG’s commitment is to meet its clients’ needs by providing custom solutions that achieve their goals and objectives. NLG takes a comprehensive approach that combines expertise in real estate and capital markets to achieve superior outcomes.
The Net Lease Group represents a diverse client base ranging from small businesses to high net worth individuals, family offices, real estate developers, REITs, institutional and private investment funds to Fortune 500 companies. With our reach across the U.S. and into select international markets, NLG offers superior integrated coverage and market intelligence.
NLG’s ability to provide advice on all stages of a real estate project, including initial research, project finance, feasibility studies, lease structuring, construction, delivery and disposition, sets The Net Lease Group apart from all other net lease property advisors.
Meet The Team
16 years of combined corporate finance, investment banking and commercial real estate experience.
BBS earned in Finance & Real Estate from Georgia State University.
Completed over $5 Billion in Net Lease Transactions.
Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Hill spent eleven years with SunTrust Bank in various capacities. Mr. Hill was an investment banker with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. in its Capital Markets Structured Leasing Group, which was principally focused on sale-leaseback and build-to-suit mandates.
While at Robinson Humphrey, Mr. Hill was a member of the distribution and underwriting team responsible for pricing, underwriting and structuring new transactions. Mr. Hill also managed the disposition of assets acquired through sale-leaseback and build-to-suit opportunities.
Prior to joining the Capital Markets Group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Mr. Hill worked as a project finance and construction lender in SunTrust’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Group. In this role, Mr. Hill provided capital to finance all the primary types of real estate for commercial development on a project specific basis.
Mr. Hill earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Georgia State University. Mr. Hill is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.
Philip Wickstrom is a co-founder and Managing Principal of The Net Lease Group (NLG). The Net Lease Group provides investment sales, sale-leaseback advisory, build-to-suit advisory, development services, debt-equity placement, and private client services nationwide. NLG’s principals’ net lease transaction experience exceeds $10 billion.
Mr. Wickstrom is a net lease, commercial real estate professional with over twenty years of experience in commercial real estate and the practice of law. Mr. Wickstrom is responsible for development services, investment sales, sale-leaseback advisory, build-to-suit advisory, and private client mandates. Mr. Wickstrom has successfully advised, structured, and completed transactions for developers, tenants, family offices, REIT’s, funds, institutional investors, 1031 exchange buyers and, individual investors nationwide.
Prior to founding The Net Lease Group, Mr. Wickstrom was a net lease services professional in Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Wickstrom practiced law for eight years with a focus on contracts, corporate transactions, labor law and intellectual property. Mr. Wickstrom represented corporate and private clients including Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses and professional athletes.
Mr. Wickstrom earned his Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona, his Masters of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.
Mr. Wickstrom is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wickstrom was previously a member of the NFL Players Association and served on the Business Advisory Council for Florida ARF, a non-profit organization advocating for the benefit and rehabilitation of disabled persons.
30+ years of commercial real estate experience
Completed over $750 million in net lease transactions
Earned B. Arch, BFA Architecture and History as well as BA in Psychology from Syracuse University
Rick Ross, Senior Director, joined The Net Lease Group in 2016 and brings more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience including structuring and negotiating debt and equity to facility transaction closings. Prior to joining NLG, Rick was the Managing Broker at Marcus & Millichap, where he oversaw the closing of over $700 million in transactions, as well as recruiting and training 20+ professionals. During his career, Rick personally closed over $275 million in investment transactions both as a principal and a commissioned advisor.
Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Rick, co-founded Madison Capital Partners where he acted as Managing Partner and Director of Acquisitions. MCP acquired and managed US real estate investments on behalf of European investor clients. Rick’s duties included sourcing and analyzing various office, industrial and retail investment opportunities on a nationwide basis. He also negotiated, executed and closed sale contracts, partnership agreements as well as acquisition loans.
Rick graduated with multiple degrees from Syracuse University including B. Arch., BFA Architecture History and BA Psychology, with extensive studies in Urban Design at MIT. He actively serves in urban ministries with organizations including City of Refuge, Reach Forward, Charis Community Housing, Atlanta Youth Project and FCS Urban Ministries. Rick and his wife Jeannie have two full grown children and a daughter starting college in the fall of 2016.
Mark Lewensohn is the Senior Director of The Net Lease Group’s Chicago office. He focuses on originating net lease transactions of all types with more than 25 years of combined single tenant net lease fund acquisitions, institutional real estate advisory and development experience.
Mark has completed over $2 Billion in commercial real estate transactions with $540 million in single tenant net lease in more than 30 states.
Mark is an accomplished net lease and commercial real estate professional with extensive experience in building net lease portfolios, structuring sale-leaseback transactions, advising on investment strategy, asset management, disposition and real estate development. He has over 25 years in the commercial real estate sector and started his career in public accounting, concentrating on commercial real estate and holding companies. Prior to joining The Net Lease Group, Mark was a principal investor in single tenant net lease assets with Madison Avenue Capital, LLC.
Prior to founding Madison Avenue Capital, Mark spent nearly 10 years as the Head of Acquisitions for Brauvin Real Estate Funds, a Chicago based, nationally investing fund group, overseeing all facets of net lease acquisitions comprised of more than 200 net lease properties. Before that, he developed the single tenant corporate headquarters for Quaker Oats and the regional headquarters for Zurich Insurance US along with nearly a decade as an officer in the Chicago region of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds (f/k/a Equitable Real Estate Investment Management). While at MSREF, Mark was responsible for Separate Account and General Account regional acquisitions, asset management and dispositions with transactions numbering in the hundreds.
His career began in the world of public accounting concentrating on commercial real estate tax and audit work providing a unique perspective that he has carried throughout his career.
Mark earned his Bachelor of Science – Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business, is a current member of the Association for Corporate Growth and has his Managing Broker license in the State of Illinois.
Vice President, Marketing
Sarah Murphy joined The Net Lease Group in 2021 as the Vice President of Marketing. She specializes in executing new marketing strategies, digital media developments and creating dynamic brand awareness.
Sarah comes to The Net Lease Group with a diverse background and over 11 years of experience in marketing and design. She has been a marketing professional in the commercial real estate industry since 2016. Sarah was Senior Marketing Coordinator at Colliers International in Raleigh, North Carolina and served as the Marketing Manager at Pollock Commercial Inc. in Atlanta, GA where she worked on property marketing and rebranding redevelopment projects such as General Time in Athens, GA.
Originally from North Carolina, Sarah has a B.A. in Marketing and Management from The Art-Institute of Raleigh-Durham in Durham, North Carolina. Outside the office, Sarah can be found at the dog park with her 6-year-old Boston Terrier or testing out new recipes in her kitchen.
C. Ross Wood
Ross Wood joined The Net Lease Group in 2019 as an Investment Analyst and brings experience in real estate and investments. Ross performs financial analysis for capital placement and underwriting for Retail and Industrial acquisitions/dispositions, including cash flow projections, corporate credit underwriting, market research, and valuations. He also analyzes and manages due diligence documents throughout the transaction process.
Prior to joining The Net Lease Group, Ross was a Multifamily Investment Sales Broker for Horvath & Tremblay. He focused on selling multifamily investment properties in the Boston proper area and performed property valuations and developed cash flow analysis to efficiently value and sell multifamily assets.
Ross graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where he was a member of the Dartmouth Big Green Football Team and active member of the Gamma Delta Chi fraternity. He holds a Georgia and Massachusetts Real Estate License.
While not working, Ross enjoys working out, playing men’s league softball, and spending time with his niece and nephews.
Lauren Hopper joined The Net Lease Group in 2019 as their Marketing Coordinator to assist the company in branding and communications. She oversees all public relations and promotional activities to support the brand and marketing strategy along with managing and creating content for all social media platforms.
Before joining NLG, Lauren worked for a boutique real estate firm overseeing their marketing department. Lauren brings a solid background with many years of experience in commercial real estate brand development, social marketing strategies and communications.
Lauren graduated from Reinhardt University Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Graphic Design and is a proud Eagle.
When she’s not at The Net Lease Group, Lauren enjoys traveling, biking the Atlanta beltline and seeking the city’s best restaurants for brunch.
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