Paul Ahern began his real estate career in 2009 working at Location Matters, a boutique real estate brokerage 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 intricacies between different neighborhoods 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 $100M 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.
Paul Ahern has been recognized as one of the top hospitality real estate professionals throughout the San Diego market, and is often named, quoted, or used as a resource in hospitality news and write-ups.
Raised By Wolves - Represented Consortium Holdings on new vintage spirit shop/reservation-only cocktail bar concept at Westfield UTC's $600M expansion. Named as one of Esquire Magazine's "Best Bars in America".
Square One Concepts - Represented Arizona based hospitality group in expansion of Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers concept in Carlsbad Village and the Historic Gaslamp District.
The Holding Company - Represented the proprietors of OB Noodle House & Skrewball Whiskey on an owner/user purchase of former cocktail lounge in Ocean Beach.
Black Rail Kitchen + Bar - Represented tenant on New American kitchen/bar concept inspired by the luxury social clubs of 1940's New York City.
The Aero Club - Represented buyer on owner/user purchase of one of San Diego's most iconic cocktail lounges.
Verant Group - Facilitated strategic sales of various venues between Pacific Beach, Hillcrest, and Carmel Valley.
Pouring With Heart - Represented tenant on acquisition of nightclub business and negotiated new long-term lease for Seven Grand location 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 off-market pub location in Huntington Beach.
RMD Group - Facilitated strategic sales of various venues between Pacific Beach and East Village.
Sunset Restaurant Mgmt Group - Represented client in multiple off-market restaurant purchase opportunities involving sale/new-lease negotiations.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Advertisings and an Allied Discipline in Marketing. Outside of work, Paul enjoys the great outdoors, surfing, international travel, spending time with his family, 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)
2906 University Ave. North Park
> Sold for $6,300,000
> 97% of Asking Price (repped Seller)
CVS Lease Downtown SD
> $12,000,000 over 20 years (repped Landlord)
Herb & Sea
> Brian Malarkey's 5,500sf restaurant in Encinitas
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
North Park 30th Street – Off Market Prime Retail building Acquisition $2,520,000
North Park University Ave. – 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.
Dino De Salvio
Dino De Salvio is a graduate of the University of San Diego with a degree in Real Estate and Business Administration. Born in San Diego and raised on Maui, Dino has a passion and appreciation for fine dining in beautiful places. His background includes a junior asset management and investment analyst role for a private real estate investment firm, which acquired income producing commercial and residential properties. As an avid surfer, and former president of the USD Surf Team, Dino has lived in New Zealand and traveled all around the globe searching for perfect waves.
With a unique perspective on cultural styles and architecture, along with his business education and background on the investment side of real estate, Dino serves as a well-rounded real estate consultant.