Key Personnel

Charles G. Chan
Chief Executive Officer

Office:  (516) 326-8200 Ext. 128
Fax:     (516) 706-7548
E-mail:  charlesc@harvestinternational.net
 

Mr. Chan went to Honolulu Hawaii in his teens as a full-scholarship student from Hong Kong to pursue his academic studies in Hotel and Hospitality Management. After receiving his diploma, he continued his education in the University of Hawaii to better himself in the field of Accounting and Business Management. In 1979, he moved to San Francisco and got recruited by Delta Airlines. He started his airlines career in the Reservation and Sales Department while he continued pursuing higher education. Mr. Chan received his Bachelors in Human Relations and Behavioral Science from University of San Francisco and his MBA from Golden Gate University of San Francisco in which he was majoring in International Business Management and concentrating in Real Estate Investment.

Powered by his dream and ambition to succeed in the business world, Mr. Chan moved to New York, left the airlines career, and began his journey in the real estate industry in 1986. He started in the Merrill Lynch Realty (which later merged with Prudential Real Estate) and became a top producer. In 1990, he was recruited by Sutton & Edwards and started commercial real estate brokerage practice in the Metropolitan Area of New York City. In 1992, Mr. Chan followed his instinct and left the firm to form his own commercial real estate company, Harvest International, which models after major American firms.   He has dedicated himself to the growth of the company ever since.

Mr. Chan specializes in Restaurant and Fashion Tenants’ Representation.  More than a decade ago, he spearheaded a trend by bringing Asian tenants into American society and has brought customers to the national landlords like Rouse Company, Howard Hughes Corp., and Vornado Realty Trust, and more.

In recent years, Mr. Chan has turned his focus on real estate development in the Asian communities and had successfully brokered several mega-sized triple net lease projects (over 100k square feet in each case), and turned under-utilized buildings into maximized use.  Four years ago, he teamed up with investors and net leased the former Caldor Department Store building located at 136-20 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, Queens NY, and joined in redeveloping the department store into a vertical 160k square foot , Asian lifestyle in-door mall, known as New World Mall.  The property is above the number 7 train station.  The lower-level food court that is rich with various styles of Asian cuisines, the different available services provided by retail tenants, the grand restaurant providing great food, catering services, and a venue for special events, the convenient parking garage located below the mall, makes the mall a very popular and iconic gathering place unlike no other in the Flushing community.

Because of his dedication and professionalism in the business, Mr. Chan has earned himself a reputation of a well-respected and prominent commercial real estate broker. He has also been selected as one of the Power Brokers by the CoStar Group for the year 2009, 2011 and 2012.

As the CEO, Mr. Chan monitors the company's direction of growth and is constantly looking for talented people to work for his company. He has already built a core team and will lead the company to achieve bigger and greater success.

Degrees Received

Hotel Management, Cannon’s College of Honolulu, Diploma
Accounting, University of Hawaii (LCC), A.S. Degree
Business Management, University of Hawaii, A.S. Degree
Human Relations and Behavioral Science, University of San Francisco, B.S. Degree
International Business Management, Golden Gate University of San Francisco, M.B.A. Degree

Languages & Skills

Bi-lingual in Chinese and English both in Mandarin and Cantonese , some conversational Japanese and French.  Very global and cultural adaptive, well travelled and a seasoned communicator. 

Accomplishments

Gold Key Award, outstanding employee award for devising a monitoring system for Western Airlines (merged with Delta) competitive route and market studies, 1984

Completed the largest triple net lease projects both in Flushing, NY and Elmhurst, NY in 2004-05 and the New World Mall (former Caldor Department Store) and re-opened in 2011 – a broker turned partner in this project.

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