OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (5/13/08) – John (Jack) E. Fisk has joined retail real estate specialists R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc., where he will head a new unit focusing on the sale of restaurant businesses.

“Until now, our services for expansion-minded restaurant companies were limited to procuring sites in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania,” noted Richard J. Brunelli, president of the Old Bridge-based firm. “Jack will add a new dimension to our services for restaurant companies, banking on his extensive network of contacts in the hospitality industry and 30 years of direct experience as a restaurant operator. While most of his efforts will center on restaurant business sales, he will also be involved in finding sites for chains we represent.”

Fisk, who was named a business sales specialist at the firm, has a total of 30 years experience working in or serving the hospitality industry, including the last four as a licensed broker with 1st Jersey Commercial Real Estate, Toms River, N.J., where he specialized in restaurant consulting and the sale of restaurants with both property and leasehold locations. He entered the restaurant consulting and sales field following a lengthy career as a restaurant and hotel operator and as an insurance broker. The latter included nearly 25 years as a commercial insurance salesperson specializing in restaurant risk management, most recently at the E.B. Cohen Insurance Agency, Roseland, N.J.

Concurrent with his daytime career in insurance and business sales, Fisk spent 30 years in management roles with family businesses that operated four restaurants and a hotel in central New Jersey.

A resident of East Windsor, N.J., Fisk is a Past President of the Hightstown-East Windsor Chamber of Commerce and a member of the East Windsor Economic Development Committee. He holds B.A. from Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., is licensed as a real estate agent by the State of New Jersey, and is also licensed by New Jersey to sell all lines of insurance.

R.J. Brunelli & Co. serves as exclusive leasing representative for 29 existing retail properties and four centers under construction with a combined gross leasable area (GLA) of approximately 3.0 million square feet, along with 11 projects in the approvals stage with more than 1.08 million square feet of GLA. The properties are located throughout northern, central and southern New Jersey. The firm also serves as exclusive real estate representative in various New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania counties for more than 20 retail, restaurant and service chains, including such companies as Houlihan’s, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Sally Beauty, Strauss Discount Auto, Tuesday Morning, Ulta, Sixth Avenue Electronics, Turning Point, and Work Out World.

For additional information on the firm’s services, contact Richard Brunelli, president, R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc., 400 Perrine Road, Suite 405, Old Bridge, N.J. 08857. Telephone is (732) 721-5800.

Press contacts: At R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc., Richard J. Brunelli, president, (732) 721-5800; at Parness & Associates Public Relations, Bill Parness or Lisa Kreda (732) 290-0121.