Joel Simmons joined Newmark Knight Frank as executive managing director in 2012. Newmark is a wholly owned subsidiary of BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global provider of financial products and real estate services. Prior to joining Newmark and BGC, he served as an executive vice president of Grubb & Ellis Company, a commercial real estate services and investment company. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, he was a senior partner at Cohen Financial Corporation, a national mortgage banking firm. During his 21 years at Cohen, he was personally responsible for over 900 real estate commercial property debt and equity placements, developed many of its correspondent institutional lender relationships and assisted in the creation and growth of the company's national mortgage banking platform.