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John Gessford


  • (949) 930-6292
  • jgessford@gmail.com

John Gessford is the Director for the commercial division at First Team Commercial. In addition to managing the commercial division, John brokers investment properties, both commercial & multi-family properties in Orange County and surrounding counties in California. John has over 18 years of experience in the real estate industry and has brokered hundreds of transactions.


Chris Cathcart

Vice President


David Scott

Vice President


Fred Hayes

California Broker and Attorney


Karl Heim

Vice President


Chris Fraser

Commercial Leasing Specialist






We are a full service commercial brokerage company offering advisory services in dispositions, acquisitions and leasing for all product types:

  • Multi-Family
  • Retail
  • Industrial

  • Office
  • Hospitality
  • Land


We don’t treat commercial real estate like a commodity. Each piece of real estate and each client is unique. This is why we work closely with each client to develop a marketing campaign that maximizes the sale price, resulting in the highest potential profit for our clients. We deliver outstanding results by combining our research-driven market expertise with customized solutions for each client.


When we represent buyers looking to acquire commercial real estate, we keep one important fact in the forefront of our mind; when you make money in real estate, it’s on the “buy” not the “sale”. In other words, if you buy it at the right price, you’ll make money. We are also very aware each buyer has their own objectives and goals. Some buyers are looking for strong cash flow, while other seek capital appreciation. We find and present properties to our clients that meet their unique criteria.


First Team Commercial provides landlords with strategic leasing programs that enhance asset value, maximize cash flow, and decrease carrying and transaction costs. We develop strategic programs that capitalize on market timing, expedite leasing cycle time, and reduce downtime.


First Team Commercial’s tenant representation experts help tenants identify and align their business objectives with their real estate requirements. Whether we are providing clients with acquisition, renewal, relocation, or consolidation services, our services are unique by our in-depth knowledge of the local market.











About Us

Recognized for its market expertise, exceptionally trained professionals and consummate service, First Team Real Estate is the largest independent brokerage firm in California and is ranked #11among the largest privately held real estate firms in the nation. First Team was founded in 1976 by President and CEO Cameron Merage and is headquartered in Orange County. Our company has 35 offices, more than 2,500 sales professionals, and has maintained debt-free stability while growing to be a dominant industry force in Southern California.

In 2006, First Team formalized its commercial real estate operations to provide an even broader range and depth of specialized research and marketing resources, leasing, acquisition, consulting and sales services. The division’s dedicated management, training and service team is led by John Gessford Director of commercial operations. John began his commercial real estate career with CBRE in the early 90s and now enjoys managing the commercial division as well as broking commercial real estate transactions.

cameron-merageCameron Merage President & CEO
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