Bill Nork has been in the real estate business in the Bay Area since 1977. Formerly a Senior Vice President and Manager of the San Francisco CB Commercial office, he assumed his position with Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank in 1996, first opening the firm’s Walnut Creek office then in 1999 the Emeryville office. He serves clients throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.
Bringing a wide range of experience to his position, Mr. Nork’s major landlord responsibilities have included the marketing of 101 California Street and 580 California Street in San Francisco. Both high-rise projects were developed by Gerald D. Hines Interests. He was also Marketing Manager for Hines’ major high-rise in Oakland, 1800 Harrison.
Mr. Nork heads the marketing the EmeryStation East building in Emeryville; a speculative 245,000 square foot office and laboratory building, Heritage Square in Emeryville and Point Richmond Tech Center 1 and II in Richmond. These projects were developed and are operated by Wareham Properties.
He is also in charge of leasing and sales for the Midrise and Waterfront buildings in Marina Village in Alameda, a 1.1 million square foot 34 building office and R&D park in Alameda which is owned by Legacy Partners.
He is currently the leasing agent for Hines’ 345,000 square foot office tower at 2100 Powell Street in Emeryville.
Mr. Nork was involved in the sale of Marina Village in 2006. He also worked with Eastdil/Secured Capital on the sale of the Watergate office project in Emeryville, a 4 tower 1.2 million square foot park which EOP sold to Hines in late 2006.
In Contra Costa, Mr. Nork’s leasing assignments included Prometheus Development’s Civic Executive Center, Locklin Center, the Morgan Building, and Burton Village, all in Walnut Creek. He was also responsible for leasing Desco Plaza I in Lafayette and Enea Square I in Concord.
Other responsibilities included a successful sub-leasing campaign for Raymond Kaiser Engineers for almost 200,000 square feet of space in the Oakland Kaiser Center area.
Mr. Nork has represented tenants in transactions totaling in excess of 2,000,000 square feet. His knowledge of the "landlord’s side" of the transaction has proved invaluable when negotiating on behalf of his tenant clients and in facilitating sublease programs for them. These clients include Aetna Life & Casualty; Bank of America; Blue Shield of California; Wells Fargo Bank; Nike; Travelers Insurance; and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. In the high-tech sector, he has represented Silicon Graphics; Cadence Design Systems; Intel; Cholestech; and Metromedia Fiber Systems. Mr. Nork has also worked with numerous non-profit organizations including the Salvation Army; the March of Dimes; International Institute of the East Bay; and the Public Health Institute.
He has assisted the State of California with many relocations including the Department of Justice DNA lab, the Department of Rehabilitation and the Department of Corrections.
Mr. Nork co-chaired the Committee to Attract International Business for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in 1994 and was a member of the Lafayette City Offices Task Force.
Mr. Nork graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Business Economics in 1974 and received a Masters of Business Administration in World Business Finance from San Francisco State University in 1980. His Master’s thesis was entitled "A Marketing Program for a Suburban Office Building".
Mr. Nork is married, has three sons, and resides in Lafayette in the East Bay.