About Riser Retail Group

Riser Retail Group (RRG) is a boutique commercial real estate brokerage company that specializes in the acquisitions and dispositions of retail, office, and industrial properties throughout the United States. Through our industry expertise, capital market knowledge, innovative marketing techniques, and creative deal structuring abilities we are able to deliver the highest level of service for our clients.

RRG’s extensive nationwide investor relationships provide a national marketplace for our client listings. Our team is exceptional at importing capital from inflationary driven markets to higher yielding investments generating maximum property value for the Seller and a higher yielding return for the Buyer. This win-win approach coupled with our client focused relationships often results in long term relationships where RRG becomes an extension of the client’s team.

John Riser


John Riser started his commercial real estate career with Marcus & Millichap in 2001 and quickly achieved the status of Senior Director. In 2004, John earned his first membership into the Chairman’s Club and entrance into the firm’s Seven-Figure Club. He was the Top Multi-Tenant Retail agent (2004 & 2005). John left Marcus & Millichap in 2008 to start the independent boutique brokerage firm, Riser Retail Group. In his spare time he calls the TV time outs for the Indianapolis Colts games and passionately enjoys mountain and road biking, traveling, wine tasting, and golf.

– Shortridge High School , Indianapolis, IN
– Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Indiana University

Professional Affiliations:
– International Council of Shopping Centers

Investment Specialization:
– Regional Power Centers
– Enclosed & Open Air Malls
– Grocery Anchored Shopping Strips
– Wal-Mart Shadow Anchored Retail
– Single-Tenant, NNN Retail
– Shopping Center Redevelopment
– Value-Add Retail

Jason Johnson 


Jason Johnson joined the Riser Retail Group in 2003 and has been actively involved in the disposition of over $500 million in real estate. He is the lead financial underwriter and escrow manager for the Riser Retail Group. Other responsibilities include new business development, legal document preparation, and IT management.

– Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne, IN
– Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Butler University
– MBA in Finance from Butler University

Investment Specialization:
– Regional Power Centers
– Enclosed & Open Air Malls
– Grocery Anchored Shopping Strips
– Wal-Mart Shadow Anchored Retail
– Single-Tenant, NNN Retail
– Shopping Center Redevelopment
– Value-Add Retail

Paul Somers


Paul D. Somers joined the Riser Retail Group as a Broker based in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Acting as a corporate employee for larger companies and owning his own business since 1991, Paul has 33 years of real estate experience in a multitude of areas from site selection for single tenant users to shopping center development, including construction and all forms of financing.

In addition, Paul has headed up a property management company, sold commercial property, including single tenant properties, office buildings and shopping centers. These experiences have provided Paul with a well rounded understanding of the real estate business and will allow Paul to understand issues and problems relating to potential buyers and sellers in today’s market. Paul currently holds a Real Estate Broker’s Licenses’ in the states of Indiana, Georgia and Florida.

Investment Specialization:
– Medical Office
– Grocery Anchored Shopping Strips
– Single-Tenant, NNN Retail
– Shopping Center Redevelopment
– Value-Add Retail

John Fairbanks


John Fairbanks started his professional career as a member of the PGA of America developing and managing PGA TOUR and SENIOR PGA TOUR golf facilities with developers Jack Nicklaus and Tony Kindred. Following 19 successful years as a Class A member of the PGA of America, John spent six years with Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services as a specialist in the Office and Industrial Property Group and the Healthcare Real Estate Group. In January 2011, Mr. Fairbanks joined forces with John Riser to cultivate and grow current client relationships, as well as uncover and assist new clients in the disposition or development of investment properties.

– St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Sewanee, Tennessee
– University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
– Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (Bachelor of Science in management)

Professional Affiliations:
– PGA of America – Class A, elected 1992
– PGA of America – Indiana Section Member
– NFL – Sideline TV Timeout Coordinator
– Titleist – Top 100 Club Fitting Professional
– PGA Presidents Council
– Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra – Board of Directors
– United States Golf Association

Investment Specialization:
– Medical office
– Multi-tenant office
– Sale leaseback industrial /manufacturing
– Build-to-suit office and manufacturing
– GSA leased office
– Golf course and resort property acquisition
– Development and advisory services

Blake Palma

Blake Palma began his commercial real estate career with Marcus & Millichap in 2013, shortly after graduating from Indiana University. There Blake received his Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a Management degree and a business minor from the Kelley School of Business.

During his tenure with Marcus & Millichap, Blake exclusively represented owners in the sale of both single and multi-tenant retail properties across the United States. His experience included working on one of the top retail teams in the Midwest, having closed over 130 transactions for more than $210 million. Mr. Palma now plays an integral role in establishing new business development and asset marketing for the Riser Retail Group, and prides himself on continually providing his clients with market leading information and advisory services.

– Carmel High School, Carmel, IN
– B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University
– Business Minor from Indiana University

Investment Specialization:
-Grocery Anchored Shopping Centers
-Outlot Strip Centers
-Shopping Center Redevelopment
-Value-Add Retail
-Single Tenant NNN Retail

The Riser Retail Group Advantage

National Exposure:

The Riser Retail Group has relationships with investors across the country and the team is exceptional at importing capital from inflationary driven markets to higher yielding investment properties in the Midwest and Southeast.

Market Knowledge

The Riser Retail Group is actively involved in the market through our contact with investors on a daily basis. We keep our finger on the pulse of the market and forecast trends in the market before they happen, constantly keeping our clients ahead of the curve.

Product Knowledge

The Riser Retail Group has been primarily focusing on retail properties since its inception and has developed a thorough understanding of the intricacies associated with retail properties.


The team has executed over $1 billion in transactions, making us one the leading retail brokerage teams in the country.

Capital Market Expertise

The Riser Retail Group’s strong relationships with financial institutions and conduit lenders helps ensure the Buyer will receive the most aggressive debt quotes on every transaction.

Financial Analysis & Property Valuations

Our team’s attention to detail ensures that properties are accurately underwritten using institutional standards. We are often able to uncover hidden value in a property as well as potential hazards to a deal through the comprehensive preliminary due diligence we perform on each deal.

Escrow Management

The team’s transaction experience and proactive approach to escrow management are what separate us from our competition. Our transaction management ensures the escrow leads to a successful closing.

Client Focused Relationships

We consider ourselves an extension of our client’s team, constantly focusing on our client’s best interest. Our input, knowledge, experience, and resources are always available to our clients.

“My company has been doing business with John Riser for approximately 11 years. First, with his engagement at Marcus & Millichap, and later as Owner of The Riser Group. Over the years John has been directly engaged in the buying and selling of approximately $230 Million in commercial real estate for my firm, always with efficient, positive results. I’ve found John to be committed to the engagement and proactive in the process. John has become not only a valued business contact, but a friend that cares about the relationship as much as the transaction. I would highly recommend John’s firm to assist in the buying or selling of commercial real estate.”