MEET THE TEAM

More than 160 years of real estate experience.


ROBERT MERICLE


LEW SEBIA


BOB BESECKER


JIM HILSHER


BILL JONES


JIM CUMMINGS

Robert Mericle (“Rob”) is the founder and president of Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services. Since 1985, he has coordinated the development of more than 19 million square feet of bulk industrial, flex, medical and office space in 15 business parks along Pennsylvania’s I-81 Corridor. He is credited with building the first speculative industrial facilities ever constructed by a private, for-profit developer in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Nearly 200 companies with 13,400 companies are housed in Mericle’s buildings in the Scranton/Pittston/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton area.

Mr. Mericle created a unique “master builder” model in order to self-perform Mericle’s 

projects and provide quality space quickly and at affordable prices to tenants and clients. Through this vertically integrated structure, Mericle’s close to 200 in-house professionals accomplish its various development projects. Mericle’s own employees find sites, design buildings, obtain all permits and approvals, perform site work, install infrastructure, construct buildings, customize build-out, and maintain the property once it has been completed. Through this corporate model, Mericle cuts out most of the subcontractors or “profit centers” that often slow projects down and drive costs up. This model allows Mericle to guarantee that its projects will be completed on time and on budget. Read more…

Lew Sebia is responsible for reviewing and preparing legal documentation related to all aspects of Mericle’s real estate business, including land acquisitions, development, construction, finance, property management, leasing, and dispositions.

Prior to joining Mericle in 1997, Mr. Sebia was a Partner in the Law Firm of Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald, L.L.P. of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where his practice concentrated on areas of commercial real estate transactions and corporate and commercial law. He has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development, finance, leasing, property management, and brokerage.

Mr. Sebia has also been admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, where he worked as an attorney for the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Field, and as the Director of Leasing and General Counsel for the John G. Shooshan Company, a commercial real estate developer.

He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

EDUCATION

University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Bachelor of Science, Pre-Law/Political Science
Syracuse University Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY
Master of Arts, Public Administration
Syracuse University College of Law
Juris Doctor Degree

LICENSES & DESIGNATIONS

Licensed to Practice Law in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania and District of Columbia
Licensed Real Estate Broker. PA License #AB066111

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
District of Columbia Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Growth Partnership, Board Member
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, Board Member
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Growth Partnership, Board Member
Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association – Chairperson of the Investments Committee
Pennsylvania Society Member

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Bob Besecker joined Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services in 1990. As Vice President, Senior Director of Leasing, he specializes in the leasing and selling of Mericle-owned real estate for industrial and office requirements. 

Mr. Besecker began his real estate career at his family’s residential real estate office and later joined the real estate department at Jewelcor, Inc., a former national retail catalog showroom company that was headquartered in Wilkes-Barre. While at Jewelcor, he helped to oversee the leasing and disposition of more than one million square feet of office and retail space in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and California.

He has helped Mericle grow its portfolio of sold and leased properties from eight buildings comprising less than 500,000 square feet to more than 100 buildings and approximately 18 million square feet. He has been instrumental in bringing many tenants to Mericle including Simmons Company, Graham Packaging, Travelocity, The Home Depot, Apria Healthcare, Maximus, C3i, and Sky Zone. Mr. Besecker is also Broker of Record, a position he has held since the inception of the Brokerage Division in 1993.

EDUCATION

The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 
Bachelor of Science, Real Estate

LICENSES & DESIGNATIONS

Licensed Real Estate Broker.  PA License # RM051447A
GRI – Graduate of the Pennsylvania Realtors Institute

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area, Inc. (IOREBA), Associate Member, 1992 – present
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Developer Associate Member, 2007 – present
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member
Tri-State, Scranton, West Branch Valley, Pennsylvania, & National Association of Realtors, Member

OTHER MEMBERSHIPS & COMMITTEES

Dallas Township Planning Commission, 2006 – present
Back Mountain Fire and EMS, Board Member, 2013 – present

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Jim Hilsher has more than 30 years of experience in economic development and commercial real estate. Prior to joining Mericle, he was employed as the senior marketing executive by The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.

Since joining Mericle in 1994, Jim has helped grow the company’s development portfolio of sold and leased buildings from 800,000 square feet to approximately 18 million square feet. In recent years, Jim played a key role in the recruitment of nationally known companies such as CVS Caremark, Michaels Stores, Inc., Sealy, Inc., Mission Foods, The Men’s Wearhouse, FedEx Ground, Quaker Oats, Neiman Marcus, and American Eagle Outfitters to Mericle properties.

EDUCATION

Mansfield State University, Mansfield, PA 
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

LICENSES & DESIGNATIONS

Licensed Real Estate Broker. PA License #RS216725L

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area, Inc. (IOREBA), Associate Member

Tri-State Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Organization, Member
Candy’s Place — Cancer Wellness Center, Board Member
Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA), Member
Penn’s Northeast Board Member

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Bill Jones joined Mericle in 1998 and works to bring industrial and office tenants and build-to-suit opportunities to the company. Since joining Mericle he has worked on more than 100 projects that have resulted in transactions totaling more than six million square feet of the company’s approximately 18 million square feet portfolio of sold and leased properties. Prior to being promoted to Vice President, Business Development, he served as Corporate Accounts Manager for Mericle Development Corporation. 

Mr. Jones has been instrumental in helping to secure the business of a diverse collection of industry leaders occupying a wide assortment of building product types including projects with Geisinger Health System, Corning Inc., Amazon.com, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Cardinal Glass Industries.  

He previously served as Sales and Marketing Manager for The Scranton Plan, the industrial marketing arm of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, where he played a key role in the recruitment of numerous national corporations to the Scranton area.

EDUCATION

Boston University, Boston, MA   
Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication/Marketing

LICENSES & DESIGNATIONS

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. PA License #RS282138

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area, Inc. (IOREBA), Associate Member, Past Board Member
Tri-State Association of Realtors
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ)
Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association

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Jim Cummings is responsible for supervising the development and implementation of all marketing programs for Mericle’s Development and Brokerage Divisions. This includes activities related to and including print and broadcast advertising, trade shows, press releases, special events, research reports, video production, and online marketing.

Prior to joining Mericle, he served as the first president of Penn’s Northeast, a five-county regional economic development and marketing organization, and administered a national marketing campaign designed to attract employers to Northeastern Pennsylvania. In his four-year tenure, Mr. Cummings worked with local economic development organizations to process more than 260 leads from manufacturing, distribution, and office companies, resulting in 17 successful projects, the creation of more than 3,000 new jobs, and a total capital investment of more than $210 million.

Mr. Cummings spent 18 years with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, serving as Vice President and administering The Scranton Plan, a marketing program designed to recruit new employers and help local companies expand. He served as Manager of Development Finance for the Chamber and helped dozens of companies secure low-interest real estate and equipment loans from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During his tenure, The Scranton Plan was twice named the nation’s top economic development program by the Council for Urban Economic Development. Mr. Cummings played a key role in bringing The Prudential, NatWest Bank, CIGNA HealthCare, Kemper Insurance, and JC Penney Catalog to Northeastern PA.

He resides in South Abington Township with his wife and four children.

EDUCATION

University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Bachelor of Arts, Communications
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Institute for Organizational Management, Graduate

LICENSES & DESIGNATIONS

Economic Developer of the Year for 2006, Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area, Inc. (IOREBA), Associate Member (1987-2008)
PEDA, Board of Directors and Communications Committee Chair (2006 – 2007)
Wall Street West, Marketing Committee (2006 – 2007)
Penn’s Northeast Marketing Committee (2007 – 2013)
Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Bioscience Initiative, Logistics Committee Co-Chair (2013)
Faculty Member, Pennsylvania Basic Economic Development Course (2008 – current)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Assistant Race Director, Steamtown Marathon (1996 – current)

Abington Gators Swim Team, Board of Directors (2007-2009)
Johnson College President’s Roundtable (2007 – current)

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