The Team

Atlanta Restaurant Real Estate Specialists

The Shumacher Group is an Atlanta-based restaurant real estate company that specializes in two principal areas: site selection for regional and national restaurant chains and the sale of existing restaurants, retail stores and all businesses . In addition the company lists surplus properties and selected sub-leases.

The majority of the company’s work is in the metro Atlanta area but we have worked throughout the Southeastern United States directly or through referrals with other brokerage companies.

The Shumacher Group was founded in 1987 and has successfully negotiated several thousand transactions.

Harold Shumacher

Harold Shumacher

Harold V. Shumacher


Harold V. Shumacher was the Founder of The Shumacher Group, Inc. In his 20+ year career, Shumacher has successfully negotiated hundreds of leases, purchases of existing businesses, and land purchases with an aggregate value in excess of $500 million.

Among the companies Shumacher has or is currently working with are Legal Sea Foods, Lettuce Entertain You, J. Alexander’s, Houston’s, Golden Corral, Jim N’ Nick’s, Verizon Wireless, Hooter’s, Schlotzsky’s Deli, and Logan’s Roadhouse.

A Michigan native, Harold moved to Atlanta in 1970 and initially worked as a public school teacher. Prior to starting his own company, he was a restaurant reviewer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (and the author of two restaurant guidebooks), the president of a restaurant consulting company, Training Director for the Atlanta Hilton and Towers Hotel, and an administrator at Georgia State University.


Peter Kruskamp

“President and Broker”                                                    

“Tenant Representation”

A University of Georgia graduate and CCIM Candidate, Peter joined The Shumacher Group in 2011. Peter’s main focus is site selection for regional, national and local restaurant and retail groups, negotiating leases, land purchases, and property dispositions.

Contact Peter:
Phone: 678-923-3495



Steven Josovitz

Steven Josovitz

Steven Josovitz

Buying, Selling & Leasing Businesses, and Restaurants, Commercial Real Estate, Surplus, or Investment properties.

“Senior Vice-President” 

STEVEN JOSOVITZ is President Vice-President of The Shumacher Group, having joined the firm in 1992. As an Associate Real Estate Broker, he heads up the company’s restaurant business brokerage division in addition to providing commercial retail and restaurant real estate site selection, sales, and lease negotiation expertise.

A former restaurant owner and trained professional chef, Steven has an extensive background in restaurant and hotel management. He also offers consulting, appraisal services and has been retained by law firms for his expert opinion to help settle disputes. Mr. Josovitz earned a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Florida International University in 1981 and has studied in Europe.

Mr. Josovitz is a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB), International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Retail Brokers Network. As a 29-year GABB member, Mr. Josovitz was awarded Life Member and The Phoenix Award and annually receives the Multi-Million Dollar Club Award and Top Five Award for business and restaurant brokerage sales in Georgia.

Steven’s goals and thoughts are always “Make sure all parties, Buyers, Sellers, and Landlords walk away from the closing table happy. Maintaining integrity and honesty along with professionalism and expertise is a must. The needs of your clients and those you work with must always come first before commissions or personal gain.”

Contact Steven:
Phone: 770-840-2121
Fax: 770-840-6334


Irving Jacobson                  

“Leasing and Site Selection”


A South Africa native, Irving has been actively involved in the commercial real estate business for over 30 years. As Vice-President and Associate Broker, his primary responsibility with The Shumacher Group is representing national and regional tenants for land purchases and lease negotiations.

Contact Irving:
(Leasing & Site Selection Only)
Phone: 770-396-4074
Fax: 770-396-4657

Kathy Thirolf

Kathy Thirolf


Kathy Thirolf

“Associate Broker”

Kathy Thirolf, one of Atlanta’s leading land brokers, has joined the Shumacher Group, Inc. effective April 1, 2014.

Thirolf has over 20 years of experience representing Owners and Tenants, which have included Simon Properties, Cadillac Fairview, and the Scott Hudgens’ portfolio of properties. She has been involved in the sale of peripheral land at Stonecrest Mall since its inception, with land values exceeding $90 million. She also has handled investment acquisitions and the sale of improved properties at Town Center Mall, Gwinnett Place Mall, and other Metro Atlanta areas.

While at Wheeler/Kolb/Brand Mgmt. Thirolf worked with a variety of retailers which included Tanger Outlets, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Quik Trip, and Brand Bank. Additionally, she has leased space at grocery-anchored and other retail /office centers.

A California native, Thirolf attended the University of California, at Fresno and Fullerton for a degree in business. She is an Associate Broker, member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a Member of the Atlanta chapter of the CCIM Group and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.

Contact Kathy:
Phone: 770-464-6022


Wayne Taliaferro                

“Associate Broker”                                            

Wayne Taliaferro joined The Shumacher Group, Inc. in 2017.

Contact Wayne:
Phone: (404) 290-1153