President and Chief Operating Officer
Rick Baer is the President and Chief Operating Officer of American Commercial Realty Corp. (ACR), which he founded with Mr. Andrew Cohen in 2002. Mr. Baer oversees all of ACR’s operations. ACR was founded as a private company to facilitate the acquisition, ownership, and management of income providing property, including shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family housing throughout the United States. ACR currently provides advisory, management and related services to private investors in many states. Mr. Baer brings his experience in complex negotiations, property development, investor relations and employee management to the company as it expands both its portfolio and client representations.
Prior to the formation of ACR, Mr. Baer was Vice President and Director of Real Estate for Baer’s Furniture Company where he oversaw the companys expansion from five stores and one warehouse in two counties to fourteen stores and four warehouses throughout southern Florida. Previously, Mr. Baer was Chief Operating Officer of Denver-based Meridith Property Management Co. where he originally developed the leasing department and was subsequently responsible for all aspects of the management company as it expanded its operations from Colorado east to Maryland. He began his career in the New York area, supervising the management, leasing, and redevelopment of properties throughout the country for Marx Realty and Improvement Co., Inc. and handling lease negotiations, governmental communication, and financing for Martin Heller and Associates.
Mr. Baer received a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 1977, where he also received a B.A. in Urban Studies. He is an active member of ICSC, having the Palm Beach County Board, chaired for five years until 2010. Mr. Baer is active in numerous charities and is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Palm Beach Jewish Federation. He founded its Real Estate Division and served as Chairman of its Business and Professions Division.