BROKERAGE FIRM OF THE YEAR
Founded in 2011 by David Asakura and Sean Tadaki, Commercial Asset Advisors (CAA) celebrated its 10th anniversary last year after having brokered several headline-worthy transactions since mid-2020.
CAA handles some of the largest and most complex sales and leasing transactions in the state. “We quietly and effectively do our job while maintaining focus on our clients’ needs,” says Sean Tadaki, the firm’s managing partner. Its client list, built through long-standing relationships, reads like a who’s who of local and national companies across business and government sectors: Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Dental Service, Commercial Plumbing, Lockheed Martin, McKesson, University of Hawaii, the City and County of Honolulu, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaiian Airlines and, of course, Amazon, among others. “I have the utmost trust in Jay and CAA. They know their business, are extremely hard working, and they have the highest moral standards.” – Randy Hiraki, Commercial Plumbing, Inc.
After running a two-person firm for nearly five years, the co-founders have carefully built a multi-talented brokerage and asset advisory team that now numbers seven brokers, supported by a controller and creative director. Jay Elicker and his team, Sean Do and Kevin Ko make up Industrial Group Hawaii, with a focus on warehouse, logistics, distribution, and industrial land. Sean Kettley and Craig Neher, are office and healthcare specialists with a keen knowledge of occupiers for such space.
The lean but highly productive team has shown its advantage in a market that can turn quickly. “The nimble nature of our brokerage allows us to quickly assess options and opportunities that best serve our clients.”
“We’ve been able to create a unique company culture where we share ideas and look at issues from different angles to find meaningful solutions for our clients. The synergy created by our highly specialized and hard-working team is like no other,” Tadaki says. “Bottom line – our team is made up genuinely good people who care about our clients and support one another.”