About Us

Acting as our clients’ real estate advisor and services provider, our mission is to unfailingly provide our clients with superior real estate solutions through unparalleled expertise, market knowledge and innovation.

We represent privately held and publicly traded corporations, healthcare organizations, municipalities, professional practices, real estate investment trusts, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, colleges and universities and private investors. 

We have assembled the finest technological resources, market intelligence and highly specialized human talent to assist our clients in addressing their real estate issues so they are able to maximize the values that may be derived from their strategic decision making.

We best serve our clients when they seek our advice before they decide what action they should take (buy, sell, finance, lease, renovate, relocate, expand, operate, renew, demolish, etc.) or when they should take it.

We act as their outsourced real estate department providing a seamless spectrum of unique services – be it for a single transaction or on a permanent, portfolio-wide basis. We pride ourselves on responsiveness, creativity, client advocacy, and unfailing dependability in providing our clients with the finest quality of services they have ever experienced.

  • J. Michael Smith, C.E.O.
  • Steve Leonhard, C.F.O.
  • Bruce H. Hunt, V.P. Facilities Management
  • Jordan Debes, V.P. Multi-Family Asset Management
  • Gregg Bryant, V.P. Corporate Services

Mr. Smith founded THE CABOT GROUP, a diversified commercial real-estate services and advisory firm, in 1971. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in the management, leasing, financing, disposition, and adaptive re-utilization of real estate. As a consultant, Mr. Smith has provided advisory services to a wide variety of corporate, educational, municipal, health care and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Smith has represented a number of financial institutions needing assistance with troubled real estate and has served as a court appointed Receiver for a wide range of real estate properties throughout Upstate New York.

Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business Administration at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and did advanced study at Miami University in the School of Business Administration's M.B.A. program. Mr. Smith is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of New York, has received the CERTIFIED PROPERTY MANAGER designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, is a member of The International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives and holds the designation of MASTER OF CORPORATE REAL ESTATE SERVICES.

Mr. Smith serves as a Director on a number of corporate, not-for-profit or community service boards.

Mr. Leonhard has over twenty-five years experience in the real estate management and development industry. Prior to his appointment as Vice President/CFO of THE CABOT GROUP, he served as the corporate controller. He is responsible for the financial reporting, tax accounting, budgetary planning and internal control procedures of the corporation. In addition, he supervises the accounting and information technology department, assists with preparation of project financial projections, administers the cash management systems and interfaces with financial institutions and investors.

Prior to his activity in the real estate industry, Mr. Leonhard was employed with an international public accounting firm as a Senior Auditor. In this position he was responsible for the fieldwork on client audit engagements in the real estate, banking and commodities industries.

Mr. Leonhard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the School of Business Administration at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of CPAs.

Mr. Hunt has over thirty years of experience in asset management and facilities maintenance of commercial, medical, retail, manufacturing, warehouse assets throughout Western New York.

Prior to joining THE CABOT GROUP in 2001, he held positions as Director of Real Estate for Richard Gollel & Companies, Property Manager for Wegmans Food Markets and Senior Facility Manager for Eastman Kodak Company. Mr. Hunt is experienced with proactive maintenance procedures, project management, financial budgeting, energy management, team leadership and customer service.

Mr. Hunt is a graduate of the State University of New York at Canton and is a licensed Real Estate salesperson in the State of New York.

Mr. Debes has more than a decade of experience in the real estate asset management field, successfully improving the net operating income and average occupancies of every portfolio he has managed . Prior to joining THE CABOT GROUP in 2004, Jordan served in a variety of property management positions with Home Properties. Mr. Debes has extensive experience in executive management of large portfolios, repositioning of distressed assets, administration of capital improvements, financial and operational analysis, market evaluations, expense reduction, team building, and strategic planning.

Mr. Debes is a graduate of Boston University, holds the designation of Certified Property Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is an active member of the Western New York Chapter of IREM. 

Mr. Bryant has been actively involved in assisting not-for-profit and for-profit entities to meet their real estate objectives for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the corporate real estate function, including strategic planning, transaction management, site selection, development, project management and market analysis.

Mr. Bryant spent five years as a consultant with Coldwell Banker in Baltimore, MD working extensively with both national and regional office, warehouse and investment clients. Later, as a development associate for Rouse and Associates, a national office and industrial park developer, he was responsible for analyzing development opportunities, selecting properties for development and managing the delivery of industrial and office projects.

In 1990 Mr. Bryant joined THE CABOT GROUP as a project manager, and was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Services in 1996. He has worked closely with the firm’s corporate, institutional, and not-for profit clients to provide in-depth consulting, strategic planning, site selection and project management services. He has been directly involved with the planning for, acquisition of, and project management relating to delivery of corporate headquarters facilities, distribution centers, specialized outpatient medical facilities, surgery centers, business incubators, student housing and hotel/recreation complexes. Mr. Bryant’s client list includes County of Monroe, University of Rochester, Rochester General Hospital, Monroe Community College, Radiologics, Harris Interactive, Army Corp of Engineers, John Hancock Insurance, PACTIV, Federal Express, Cardinal Health, Fresenius, DaVita and Enernoc.

Mr. Bryant received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Finance from Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of New York, is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and holds a Masters of Corporate Real Estate.