Paul Ahern began his real estate career working at Location Matters as the company’s first hire after inception. While specializing in sales and leasing of restaurant/hospitality related real estate and businesses, Paul quickly became one of the main driving forces behind the company’s success with his expertise in real estate, leasing, business sale transactions, alcohol licensing, and intimate understanding of various dining and nightlife markets.
Throughout his career in commercial real estate, Paul has been involved in retail and restaurant related sales and leasing transactions valued at over $60,000,000 on behalf of Landlords and Tenants. Described as an edgy, enthusiastic player who is always willing to go above and beyond; Paul attributes his accomplishments and success to his passion for helping others, competitive nature, strong client orientation, and dedication to always maintaining the highest level of integrity in both business and personal affairs.
213 Nightlife - Represented tenant on acquisition of nightclub business and negotiated new long-term lease for Seven Grand in North Park.
1060 Garnet Avenue, LLC - Represented owner by facilitating sale of their business and negotiated lease with new tenant.
American Hospitality Partners, LLC - Represented both tenant and landlord on a new lease for prominent 6,000 SF restaurant in Pacific Beach.
Baja Sharkeez Restaurant Group - Represented tenant in acquiring new pub location in Huntington Beach.
Flippin’ Pizza - Represented tenant on lease negotiations for new location in La Jolla UTC.
OB Noodle House - Represented owners on acquisition of business and real estate in Ocean Beach.
RMD Group - Represented owner by selling leasehold interest and business assets for restaurant in Pacific Beach.
Square One Concepts - Represented tenant in expanding new Arizona based concept for the first California location.
Sunset Restaurant Management Group - Identified multiple off-market restaurant purchase opportunities and represented tenant in sale/new-lease negotiations.
The Kebab Shop - Represented in San Diego expansion and relocating of the company’s headquarters.
Verant Group - Facilitated an asset sale of owner’s beer bar in Pacific Beach.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul graduated from San Diego State University while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Advertising and an Allied Discipline in Marketing. He currently lives in Del Mar with his wife, and outside of work enjoys spending his time out in the water surfing, cycling, stand-up paddle boarding, playing tennis, and drinking obscene amounts of coffee.
Nate Benedetto began his brokerage career in 2005 before starting Next Wave Commercial with Paul Ahern in 2016. Nate has a personal relationship with most of the retailers and restaurateurs in the downtown, uptown and coastal communities. These relationships allow Nate to more effectively match properties with tenants and buyers to maximize value and close more deals.
With over 300 lease and sale transactions completed to date, he has extensive experience representing tenants, landlords, buyers, and sellers. His trend analysis and knowledge of the urban and coastal neighborhoods allow him to outperform the competition and keep his clients looking one step ahead. He is also the founder of URBANIST (www.urbanistguide.com), which is a fold-out guide to locally owned restaurants, bars, and boutiques within San Diego's downtown & uptown neighborhoods.
"I needed someone to figure out what our brand represents and where we should be looking...Nate stepped in and talked me out of a lot of deals that, who knows, I might have regretted." - Mike Rosen, owner of Juniper & Ivy and the Crack Shack (in the San Diego Business Journal)
Born & Raised (rep landlord and tenant)
> Restaurant of the Year 2017
> Finalist for best hospitality design worldwide -AIA
> Finalist for Real Estate Deal of the Year -San Diego Business Journal
Herb & Wood (rep landlord and tenant)
> Restaurant of the Year 2016 -Eater.com
> Top 10 best new restaurants in the nation -USA Today
The Crack Shack (rep tenant on 6 deals and growing)
> Named #1 of 8 Breakout Brands in USA -Nation’s Restaurant News
> #2 Best Fried Chicken in USA -Food & Wine
Juniper & Ivy (rep buyer)
> Restaurant of the Year 2014 -Eater.com
> Restaurant of the Year 2014 -SDUT
Bencotto Italian Kitchen (rep tenant)
> Best Italian 2010 and nearly every year since -San Diego Magazine
> Best New Restaurant 2010 - critic’s pick -San Diego Magazine
Herb & Sea – Brian Malarkey's 5,500sf restaurant coming soon to Encinitas
North Park – Off Market Prime Retail building Acquisition $1,700,000
Pacific Beach - Retail Site Acquisition $2,050,000
Normal Heights - Off Market - Restaurant / Retail Site Acquisition $2,270,000
Golden Hill - Off Market - Mixed Use Building Sale $1,400,000
Encontro North Park - 30th and University corner
Cafe Gratitude - Little Italy and successful lease-up of 9,000sf of retail at Broadstone
Mallahat Spirits - Site Acquisition Miramar
Fall Brewing –Retail/Industrial Lease North Park
Bang Bang – 7,200sf Gaslamp nightclub
Originally from Chicago, Nate received his Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Indiana University. Outside of work Nate likes to surf, snowboard and spend time on the beach and in the mountains with his wife and kids.
Cam Lacey began his real estate career working with Canter Companies prior to Next Wave Commercial. Joining Next Wave Commercial Cam will continue to specialize in Tenant Rep/Site Selection throughout San Diego County and leasing/sales advisory in the La Jolla Coastal Community.
His focus, market insight and tenacity have helped his clients secure locations in highly competitive sites throughout San Diego County. Cam is always one step ahead of market trends and changes to provide his clients the best information regarding their real estate choices. His dedication to serving his clients is unparalleled.
Cam graduated from the University Of Tampa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Outside of work you can find Cam in the water surfing or outdoors enjoying the Southern California Coast.