Robert Pliska serves as a owner/managing director for Sperry Van Ness (now SVN), specializing in the sale, financing, leasing, managing, consulting, auctioning and accelerated marketing of multifamily, retail, office, industrial, hotel and other investment and commercial properties. With over 35 years of commercial real estate experience, Pliska has secured over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions.
Prior to joining SVN, Pliska served as president and/or officer of several commercial real estate firms. He was the president of a full-service commercial realty firm providing sales, financing, leasing, property management and consulting services. Pliska’s past commercial development transactions boast a volume of over $400 million and ranged in product type from office, retail, multifamily, industrial and hospitality. In addition, he assisted in the financing of $500 million in real estate transactions. As a certified public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he advised real estate and financial institution clients.
Pliska is a local and national speaker, author, radio guest, panelist, and social media expert for many local and national organizations as the Counselors of Real Estate of the National Association of Realtors, the Commercial Board of Realtors, the state association of Realtors, the state association of CPA’s, the Chambers of Commerce, CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), the Real Estate Answer Forum and others on investment and commercial real estate. He is quoted in numerous publications as Globe Street, CCIM, the Counselors of Real Estate, local news publications, Midwest Real Estate News and others. He is followed by thousands in social media on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. He sits on local, national and international Board’s of CEO’s and organizations. He has been honored as Humanitarian of the Year by several organizations.
Pliska’s professional activity includes: former president and member of Detroit Area Commercial Realtors; member and elected chairman of the Detroit Board of Realtors for the Detroit Metro Commercial Investment Division; member of the Michigan Association and recipient of the organization’s “Realtor of the Year” award; member of The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), and recipient of the CRE designation.
Pliska’s community involvement includes: officer and/or board member of numerous community and non profit organizations, former president and recipient of membership growth awards from a CEO/President’s group.
Pliska received his MBA in accounting and finance from Michigan State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Detroit.