About Us

Since its inception, Metro has brokered deals involving many of the areas most prominent Landlords, including Cord Meyer Development, Vornado Realty Trust, Kimco, Acadia Realty Trust, Marx Realty and Basser Kaufman as well as with many independent or individual Landlords/Owners.

Tenants that Metro has placed into existing or built-to-suit space include Home Depot, Levitz, McDonald’s, CVS, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, Staples, Rainbow Shops, New York Sports Clubs, Boston Markets, White Castle, Dunkin’ Donuts, Food Bazaar, Radio Shack, Applebee’s and others too numerous to list, as well as many smaller retail operators and businesses.


John Wilmarth is a licensed real estate broker since 1986, with over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate.  Originally working with LT Bicks Brokerage in Manhattan and later Van Riper Realtors in Bayside, Queens, in their commercial real estate departments while specializing in retail leasing and sales, he formed Metro Commercial and Business Brokers, Inc. with Gerry Dantone in August 1988.   Over the years John has gained particular expertise in the retail development of vacant or underutilized properties and the sale of developed retail centers.  He has also been instrumental in helping various retailers find the right locations for their business.  John attended Saint John’s University and NYU majoring in Business and Real Estate. He is a member of the ICSC and Retail Network.  John has consistently used his extensive knowledge of the retail markets throughout the Boroughs of New York City, Long Island and Westchester County to help his clients and customers. 

Gerry Dantone has been a licensed real estate broker since 1987 and began his career in the commercial real estate department of Van Riper Realtors in 1986 where he met his future business partner John Wilmarth.  He has specialized in the leasing of retail space and the development of retail properties to their best use.  Gerry has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and an M.B.A. in finance from St. John’s University, where he graduated with honors in economics and investments.  He consistently uses his financial expertise to determine the feasibility of potential retail developments and investments for his clients.  He has also headed the local branch of an international think tank and has authored an expert report that was used in a nationally prominent State Supreme Court decision.  He has appeared as an expert on various topics on CNN, FoxNews, and numerous local radio and TV outlets.  Gerry is also a member of the ICSC.

Joseph Povinelli joins Metro Commercial and Business Brokers with over 34 years of experience in the shopping center business. He most recently served as Senior Vice President Director of Operations and Leasing for Armstrong Capital. Previously, he served as Vice President of Leasing for Marx Realty & Improvement Company, Inc. where he oversaw the leasing for 6 million square feet approximately 78 properties in 20 states. Prior to Marx, he served as Senior Vice President Director of Leasing at Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR), a full service retail real estate investment trust, where he oversaw the leasing of a 13 million square foot portfolio for 7 years. Prior to that Mr. Povinelli spent 12 years as a regional real estate representative at Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) in Saddle Brook New Jersey, responsible for leasing approximately 4 million square feet of regional and neighborhood shopping centers located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. He started his career in 1981 as a Leasing Representative for Net Properties Management, currently part of Brixmor Property Group(NYSE:BRX), where he was responsible for the leasing of neighborhood shopping centers and office buildings primarily in the Northeast and Florida. Mr. Povinelli is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers as well as the Real Estate Board of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus.


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