With experience ranging over a combined 5 decades, the Platz Realty Group provides an exceptional experience to our clients. Our team members are are focused on serving our clients needs and delivering on promise and results.

Today’s commercial real estate market is an ever changing entity that has become more sophisticated as it evolves. Let our professional agents help you to navigate the industry waters in your efforts to buy, sell or manage your commercial property.



Contact Steve

Steve Platz has specialized in commercial real estate sales, leasing and development since 1981, negotiating transactions with national, regional and local companies. With over 35 years of experience, Steve is uniquely qualified to provide guidance in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

Steve has been a real estate agent and broker since 1996, specializing in the sale and leasing of retail, office and warehouse properties; land assemblage; consultation and development. Steve has successfully managed an ever-changing real estate market, and with the increasing demand for his skills and expertise, he formed Steve Platz Realty, Inc. in 2003.

Business professionals have long sought Steve Platz to assist in executing and fulfilling all of their commercial property needs. They know and feel comfortable that their investment property will have one of the region’s best working to help establish their real estate goals.

A Summary of Steve’s Career Includes:
• President/CEO: Steve Platz Realty, Inc.
• Vice President of Development: Edward J. DeBartolo Corp.


Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact Bob

Bob has been in the retail/commercial real estate industry for over twenty-eight years. Prior to joining Steve Platz Realty, Bob has been employed by both The DeBartolo Corp and Simon Property Group and later, Kelly-Visconsi where he specialized in commercial real estate sales.

As a retail property specialist, Bob has been a key figure in the leasing and re-development of shopping malls in Northeastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Western New York. He has worked with both national and regional retailers.

Bob attended Youngstown State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in management.

A Summary of Bob’s Career Includes:
• Commercial Real Estate Sales: Kelly-Visconsi
• Assistant Vice President of Leasing: The Simon Property Group
• Assistant Vice President: Edward J. DeBartolo Corp.


Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact Matthew

A newcomer to the commercial real estate industry, Matthew garnered extensive manufacturing operations experience with Towing Electrical Systems of Austintown, Ohio where he held the position of Manufacturing Operations Manager for the company’s U.S. production center from 2014 through 2016. Holding this position in a mid-size hands-on enterprise, Matthew was exposed to the challenges that can accompany the daily operation of a business in a commercial setting here in the Northeastern Ohio area.

Matthew brings his can-do attitude and willingness to tackle challenges to the Platz Realty Group and is ready to support the group’s clients needs. Matthew most recently completed real estate training through the Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration.

A Summary of Matthew’s Career Includes:
• Operations Manager: Towing Electrical Systems


Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact Adam

Having spent his entire life in the Mahoning Valley combined with an extensive business background, Adam values and understands the commercial real estate market and knows what it takes to help clients achieve their goals.

A proud Penguin alum, Adam received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Youngstown State University. He went on to achieve success by spearheading efforts to help an Austintown, Ohio manufacturer become ISO certified as well as expand plant operations through several acquisitions, including internationally with the opening of a facility in the Philippines.

On the real estate side, Adam performed property management for a company specializing in apartment buildings and rental complexes. His daily operations included overseeing the sale and lease of units and the maintenance and upkeep of facilities. His passion for real estate coupled with his experience in business made Adam a great fit for the Platz Realty Group.

Adam brings to the table the unique ability to not only know real estate, but also be able to discuss with businesses the financial and analytical side of making a purchase. Since joining the team, Adam has processed $5 million worth of commercial real estate sales in one year.

A Summary of Adam’s Career Includes:
• Director of Operations: Towing Electrical Systems


Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact Chuck

Chuck Joseph, originally from Salem, Ohio, attended Youngstown State University earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. He began working directly out of college with the Packard Electric Division of General Motors (now part of Delphi). His last position with Delphi was Packard’s Global Facilities Manager. He earned an Executive MBA from Kent State University in 1994. He retired from Delphi in 2001 with 31 years of service.

Chuck, licensed in 2002 and after a brief time with Centry21, decided to utilize his Delphi experience in facilities management and leasing by joining Routh-Hurlbert and working in the Industrial/Commercial side of real estate. Chuck’s business experience, plus his CCIM education, has been helpful in assisting his clients with real estate matters. Chuck also earned his Brokers’s License in 2006, and in January 2013 took over responsibility as Broker for Routh-Hurlbert. Routh-Hurlbert recently merged with Platz Realty in October 2018.


A Summary of Chuck’s Career Includes:
• Broker: Routh-Hurlbert Brokers of Business Real Estate
• Agent: Century21
• Global Facilities Manager: Delphi



Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact Gris

Gris Hurlbert spent twenty-five years in manufacturing , most of which with The Bostwick Steel Lath Company in Niles, Ohio. For fifteen years, he held the position of President, Treasurer, and CEO until Bostwick’s sale in 1989.

In 1992 Gris joined The Routh Company, a firm which had specialized in Commercial and Industrial Real Estate in the Warren-Youngstown region for over 20 years. Adapting quickly to his new field, he qualified for his Broker’s license in 1995. In 1996 Gris satisfied the course requirements for a CCIM designation.

Upon Cal Routh’s retirement in 2002, Gris started his own brokerage, Routh-Hurlbert — Brokers of Business Real Estate. His varied business/financial skills from 45 years in business have proven valuable to his clients in improving their business real estate situations. Routh-Hurlbert recently merged with Platz Realty in October 2018.

A Summary of Gris’s Career Includes:
• Owner/President: Routh-Hurlbert – Brokers of Business Real Estate
• Broker: The Routh Company
• President/Treasurer/CEO: The Bostwick Steel Lath Company


Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact Dan

Dan Crouse is a lifelong resident of Warren, he has been married to residential Realtor Darlene Mink-Crouse for over 20 years. A graduate of Howland High School and Youngstown State University, Dan has been licensed for more than 20 years as a sales agent and former owner of a real estate brokerage with his wife. He has served as the president of the Warren Area Board of Realtors twice, and was twice named Realtor of the year by his peers.

Dan was actively involved in residential development and construction for over 8 years and has been very active in Warren city redevelopment; and served as a Warren City Councilman at Large for 2 years. Dan marketed and sold mostly residential properties until his business emphasis shifted in 2010.

Bringing a wealth of marketing and sales experience, Dan combines innovative solutions with a solid business background to find common ground. With a vast knowledge of the Mahoning Valley’s assets, Dan can help identify solutions to buyers needs. After a history of working with Routh Hurlbert’s brokers to complete transactions, Dan joined the firm in 2011. Routh-Hurlbert recently merged with Platz Realty in October 2018.

A Summary of Dan’s Career Includes:
• Agent: Routh-Hurlbert – Brokers of Business Real Estate
• City Councilman: Warren City
• President: Warren Area Board of Realtors


Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact John

John has specialized in commercial and multi-family real estate throughout Ohio for approximately 30 years. He is also licensed as an associate real estate broker in Florida and has held both a Series 6 and Series 7 Securities License. John’s commercial real estate sales and leasing experience includes cell phone towers, multi-family units, warehouse leasing and leasing airport hangar space at the Akron Canton Airport. John’s experience in aviation has been as a flight instructor and charter pilot.

A Summary of John’s Career Includes:
• Owner: MHP Real Estate
• Agent: Landmark Real Estate
• Associate Broker: Level 3 Real Estate in Florida
• Ross Development

Michele McLaughlin

Sales / Leasing Agent

Contact Michele

Michele has a strong background in Office Administration in the Construction and Real Estate industries.  Having worked for Handel Investments/The Shops at Boardman Park for over 16 years, Michele has been involved in countless deals with major retailers and local businesses.  She has gained valuable knowledge participating in real estate transactions from start to finish.

Michele has been a Sales/Leasing Agent with Platz Realty Group since 2018.

A Summary of Michele’s Career Includes:
• Office Manager/Tenant Coordinator/Leasing Representative: Handel Investments/The Shops at Boardman Park
• Office Administrator: Augere Construction Company
• Secretary/Construction: The Cafaro Company
• Secretary: U.S. Army (Civilian)
• Telemarketer: New England Business Services
• Secretary/Receptionist: Roth Bros., Inc.