A STORY OF OPPORTUNITY & PERSEVERANCE

At Okada & Company, we are constantly seeking ways to add value for our clients, finding rare opportunities for our partners, and growing our core businesses. Our story begins in 1967, when Naomi Okada made the choice to leave Japan in search of opportunity.

  Naomi Okada (Passport photo taken 1965 )

Naomi Okada (Passport photo taken 1965 )

Coming To America | 1967

Naomi Okada immigrated to New York City from Osaka, Japan in 1967. With $200 to his name, he moved in with a friend in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and immediately began searching for work. His first two years in New York City were marked by exploring his new hometown, and working odd-jobs at retail stores throughout Manhattan.

                                                      

                            THE EARLY YEARS | 1969

Seeking better opportunities and career prospects, Naomi answered an advertisement in the newspaper seeking commercial real estate agents at The Futterman Organization (not to be confused with RKF). He began working as a retail leasing agent. After three years of learning the ins and outs of real estate transactions, Naomi finally began to successfully close transactions on a consistent basis, and had his first prime retail transaction at 277 Park Avenue where he placed Shimbashi Restaurant. That same year, while visiting family in Tokyo, he met Marie Wada. The two reunited in New York, and were shortly married thereafter. 

  Marie Wada & Naomi Okada March, 1974

Marie Wada & Naomi Okada March, 1974

From Tokyo to NYC | 1974-1985

Over the next decade the interest of the Japanese in New York City continued to grow. Naomi was at the center of it all with the representation of hundreds of Japanese based corporation seeking to expand to the United States. Key clients included Takashimaya, Mistukoshi, Itochu Corporation, Panasonic, and Mitsubishi.

 

 

 

A New Beginning | 1985

By the summer of 1985, Naomi Okada was one of the most sought-after commercial real estate brokers in the United States. With the level of interest from Japan in New York City real estate, Naomi decided it was time to strike out on his own. He became founder and CEO of Okada International Corporation.

  1330 Avenue of the Americas sold by Naomi to Japanese insurance company Shuwa Corporation.

1330 Avenue of the Americas sold by Naomi to Japanese insurance company Shuwa Corporation.

1986 -1995 | THE S&L CRISIS

During the famed Savings & Loans Crisis of the 1980's & 1990's, the market went into a tailspin and real estate with it.  The Japanese interest in NYC real estate was at its peak when the market crashed. Initially, the Pacific based companies were uneffected, however, by the mid-1990's the companies had liquidity issues back in Japan, which required a swift exit of their non-core investments. Okada, initially hired to acquire investment properties, was hired again to sell them by the end of the crisis. 

2002 | THE Next GENERATION

In 2002, under the mentorship of his father, Christopher N. Okada began working at Okada International and focused on tenant representation of small and medium sized companies as well as the sale of middle market buildings in Midtown Manhattan.

 

  Christopher N. Okada

Christopher N. Okada

 

2006 | A PATH OF HIS OWN

In 2005, Naomi Okada revealed to his staff that he wished to go into semi-retirement and no longer wished to run Okada International. With the choice of taking over the company or striking out on his own, Chris decided to follow his vision and in January 2006 opened Okada & Company.

 

2008 -2010 | THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

During the financial crisis of 2008-2009, all regular real estate activity came to a halt. It was at this point that Chris made the decision to focus on distressed mortgages collateralized by buildings in Midtown Manhattan. Within those 2 years Chris consummated close to $700M in distressed debt sales.

 

 

 1 466 Broadway (NYC) $400M in distressed debt sold

1466 Broadway (NYC) $400M in distressed debt sold

  First project in New York City 45 West 34th Street.

First project in New York City 45 West 34th Street.

2011 - PRESENT | ACQUISITIONS

By 2011, the market began recovering, but there were still large Inefficiencies in the marketplace. This is when Chris began acquiring core plus and value added properties throughout the region seeking to build a diverse but prime commercial real estate portfolio. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PORTFOLIO

 
  AUGUST, 2014   | Naomi Okada passes away, and Christopher N. Okada takes over as family head in real estate.

AUGUST, 2014 | Naomi Okada passes away, and Christopher N. Okada takes over as family head in real estate.