How it Happened

In 1992, Bruce Koniver first encountered Lyle Stern. At that time, Lyle was managing a prominent retailer's expansion on the West Coast of Florida, and Bruce was leasing a lifestyle center. Working together and having the opportunity to view each other in action, the two immediately realized that tremendous synergies existed between them. They soon decided to unite their unique talents, experiences and abilities in the hopes of building a firm that offered clients access to the combined benefits of their diverse backgrounds. Today, the result of that vision - Koniver Stern - is one of the most respected retail real estate combinations in the country.

A fifteen-year veteran of the real estate industry, Lyle Stern is primarily focused on the areas of retail real estate leasing, landlord brokerage and retail development consulting. Lyle has been responsible for representing multinational, national, regional and local tenants such as Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, Whole Foods Market, Starbucks Coffee and Mr. Chow.


Our Team

Michael Finkle, Managing Director

Michael Finkle began his real estate career at Coldwell Banker Commercial which he left when he created Respro Group, a boutique Commercial Real Estate firm specializing in retail properties and retail tenant representation. He sold the business to Summa Properties in 1991 where he remained as Executive Vice President and managed the Retail Division. He joined Adler Group in 1995 where he worked on various retail developments of numerous properties in the Southeast, including a big box, ground-up development in the Atlanta suburbs as well as tenant representation. Mickey then became the Florida Partner at Divaris Real Estate where he oversaw the operations of three Florida offices (Miami, Tampa and St. Augustine/ Jacksonville) and oversaw the leasing effort on one Regional Mall, a Regional Mall conversion and multiple supermarket-anchored centers as well as specialty centers. He joined Koniver Stern Group as the Managing Director in 2002. In addition to overseeing the firm’s operations, he is active in shopping center consultations and leasing as well as the exclusive representation of retail tenants including Whole Foods, Crate & Barrel/CB2, Maui Nix, Regal Cinema, Hooters, Brio/Bravo, Fleming’s, Red Robin, REI, Max Brenner Chocolate by the Bald Man and many others. He also sat on the board of the International Council of Shopping Centers for the Florida Convention for seven years.