The CRA Team

Meet the team with a combined experience of over 100 years servicing the restaurant and hospitality industries.

John Dennis


Corporate Realty Advisors, Inc. was founded in 1988, by company president, John Dennis, a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. John has over 30 years’ experience as a licensed broker, specializing in commercial brokerage.

Stephen Grafton

Vice President

Steve joined CRA in 2009 and has been active in the retail real estate industry for over 37 years developing and executing leasing strategies for retailers, restaurants and shopping center developers. Prior to joining CRA, Steve spent 23 years with Homart Development and General Growth Properties where he most recently directed the retail and restaurant leasing for 17 regional malls in the northeast.

Steve is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers where he was a member of the Certification Development and Mentoring Committees. He holds Certified Shopping Center Management (CSM) and Certified Shopping Center Marketing (CMD) designations from that trade organization.

Garrett Wood


Garrett began her career in the real estate business working with a third-party developer. She later shifted her focus to tenant representation working on CVS Pharmacy deals in the Chicago area. Most recently, Garrett concentrated on expanding Cumberland Farms gas stations and convenience stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine and is now spearheading U.S. development for Caffé Nero, based out of London.

John Haas


John joined CRA in 2012 following a career as an engineering consultant. John has served in management roles in operations, business development and as project leader. John has over 20 years of experience collaborating with various clients in identifying and evaluating commercial real estate opportunities for multiple uses.

Chris Williamson


Chris has worked in a wide range of corporate real estate capacities for over 40 years, including at the Hanover Insurance Company where he was responsible for real estate decisions worldwide. Since Williamson Associates has joined forces with CRA, Chris has been instrumental in implementing expansion strategies in the Northeast for a number of national companies including Jimmy John’s and the Halal Guys. Chris’ expertise extends beyond a typical brokerage role to design, permitting and construction consultant.

Corporate Support Staff

Marianne McCarthy

Office Manager

Cristina Gaudino

Administrative Assistant