Josiah Knapp

Josiah Knapp

Work History

Work History
Jan 2007 - Present

President, COO of NFI Real Estate

NFI Industries is a privately held $750 million real estate, supply-chain logistics, warehousing, and transportation company with over 5,000 employees nationwide.NFI Real Estate is an affiliated real estate development and management company with over $300 million worth of commercial, office, and industrial properties, consisting of over 7 million square feet of leased space throughout the country.

Directed the day-to-day operations, P&L, and budgeting of national real estate development and management company for commercial, office, and industrial properties. Reported directly to CEO of NFI Industries. Managed 4 department supervisors overseeing property management, finance, development, and leasing/acquisition departments, as well as 3 construction project managers.

·Located, acquired, obtained all governmental approvals, designed, and finalized construction bids to build 1 million square foot warehouse for key customer within 1 year.Saved over $3 million from original construction bids through negotiation and value engineering.

·Negotiated 20 year Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement with township, worth over $20 million, despite initial considerable township opposition.

·Finalized land purchase for 1.6 million square foot warehouse park, at a savings of several hundred thousand dollars, from difficult seller, despite several previous failed attempts by NFI Real Estate.

·Saved over $1 million by reconfiguring existing corporate headquarters, which eliminated planned construction of new office space.

·Reconfigured existing warehouse site plan enabling company to lease warehouse to large long-term customer, by creating 88 trailer parking spaces which engineering professionals had not thought possible. Saved approximately 1/3rd from budgeted construction costs.

·Implemented new filing system for property and development files which significantly increased efficiency and productivity.

Sep 1999 - Dec 2006

Senior Vice-President, General Counsel

NFI Industries

Directed all legal department aspects of transactional and litigation matters for entire organization. Reported directly to CEO. Managed 2 attorneys, 1 paralegal, and numerous outside counsel in both litigation and transactional matters. Dealt with federal, state, county, and municipal agencies nationwide on regulatory, labor, and land-use matters. Types of law practiced include: Contracts; Commercial Loans; Real Estate; Warehousing; Trucking; Logistics; Employment/Discrimination; Construction; Development; Bankruptcy; and Mergers/Acquisitions

·Performed transactions involving customer contracts, commercial loan agreements, software licensing agreements, mergers/acquisitions, bankruptcies, labor/employment, real estate purchase/sale agreements, leases, development, and construction agreements.

·Handled litigation regarding employment/discrimination, auto/general liability, insurance, contract, commercial loan, bankruptcy, collection, and real estate matters.

·Successfully completed 5 complex corporate mergers/asset acquisitions with values ranging from $8 million to $50 million, with no major disputes.

·Resolved major customer bankruptcy claim for close to full value, resulting in $1 million payment to NFI despite trustee's claim for NFI to pay back $3.5 million of alleged preferential payments.

·Resolved Indiana Department of Revenue fuel-tax assessment against transportation company at savings of $500,000, representing a 67% savings over original assessment.

·Saved company over $1.3 million by resolving substantial regulatory matter.

·Recovered over $800,000 for company in dispute with major national telecommunications company, without resorting to litigation.

·Saved company over $850,000 in dispute with insurance carrier over unpaid premiums.

·Created standard form agreements for warehousing services, temporary employment agencies, warehouse/retail/office leases, termination/separation, and real estate purchase/sales, to limit liability and facilitate uniformity across NFI organization.

Education

Education
1987 - 1990

JD

Rutgers University School of Law - Camden

Skills

Skills

Contracts

Throughout my career, I have dealt extensively with all aspects of drafting, reviewing, revising and negotiating numerous types of contracts.  These include, real estate leases, purchase and sale agreements, merger/asset acquisition agreements, employment/termination agreements, software licensing agreements, equipment lease/rental agreements, warehousing/logistics agreements and numerous other types of agreements.

Real Estate Development and Management

Both as President, COO of a national real estate development and management company and as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, I have dealt extensively with commercial, office and insdustrial real estate development and management.  This includes site selection, government approvals and incentives, design, construction and property management issues.

Negotiation

Objective

To secure a position as a senior executive in a company managing its real estate department.

Interest

Travel, golf, skiing

Summary

Innovative and resourceful Senior Executive with extensive national experience in real estate management, development, and construction as well as supply-chain logistics, warehousing, and transportation. Established track record of using outside-the-box and strategic thinking for solving complex problems. Proven ability to create unique, practical business solutions to maximize efficiency, cost savings, and profitability. Skilled at clarifying and facilitating communications at all levels of an organization. General Counsel experience with national transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters.