MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC (“MCRES”) is proud to announce the acquisition of RKS Realty
(“RKS”), a commercial real estate firm based in Harford County, effective Thursday, May 1, 2014. Driven by the desire of
both firms to leverage local market knowledge on behalf of a growing client base, MacKenzie will expand its Harford
County presence, welcoming Donnell “Beetle” Smith, Jr., Thomas C. Mottley, and Frederick Kern. The additions of Smith,
Mottley, and Kern to MacKenzie’s Harford County team will double the firms’ presence in both office and retail, bringing
the total number of represented listings in the area to 98 properties.
“The opportunity to bring together the local relationships and market knowledge of RKS with the larger, more
comprehensive platform here at MacKenzie will allow us to expand our client services to more property and business
owners. Over the past 10 years, we’ve enjoyed a “friendly” competition between us, often competing for business from the same group of clients. Now, we have the unique ability to work together in meeting the needs of that same and growing
client list,” said Executive Vice President Thomas L. Fidler, Jr.
“Where the development has come in Harford County, RKS has been there. Now we have an opportunity to join with a
larger regional company that will enable us to better serve our clients, through the various information, administrative
systems, and services that Mackenzie has to offer,” said Smith. “We look forward to the union of our two companies; this
is a marriage of two top notch operations which will benefit both, as well as the Harford and Cecil Counties commercial
real estate market”.
RKS has served the Harford County and Wilmington, Delaware markets since its founding by Roger Rice, Kern, and
Smith, in 1988. Helmed by a responsive team known for its comprehensive and analytical approach to commercial real
estate, the firm’s moderate size has provided a nimble and proactive base from which clients can execute creative
strategies for projects big and small. Founding partners Smith and Kern, now joined by Mottley, will continue to operate
out of their current location in Bel Air, Maryland for the remainder of the lease term at which time, the Harford County
team will relocate to a new location along the I-95 Corridor. The firm is well-known throughout the Baltimore region for
their instrumental role in the development and growth of projects along the route 24 corridor from Bel Air to I-95 including; Water’s Edge, the Riverside Industrial Park, The HEAT Center, and Boulevard at Box Hill.
“In bringing these two strong teams together we solidify our presence in the Harford and Cecil County markets, paving the way for future expansion into Southern Pennsylvania and Delaware,” said President of MacKenzie Commercial Real
Estate Services, LLC Robert J. Aumiller. “Simply stated; this growth will allow us to better serve our clients in these
“This is a tremendous opportunity to grow and expand the services we provide our clients,” said Mottley. “MacKenzie’s
corporate culture is a fine match that will allow us greater flexibility and creativity in managing our relationships, allowing us the ability to laser-focus on their priorities.”
“At the end of the day, it’s about putting our clients first. It’s a dedication that defines both companies and helped this
merger come to fruition,” said President of MCRES holding company MacKenzie Ventures, LLC Gary T. Gill.
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