Project Description

John O. Birkeland, CCIM

Brokerage Advisor | York Office
D:  717.850.0849
F:  717.854.5367


John specializes in sales, leasing, investment properties, and corporate services and has been active in commercial real estate since 2001. John has a strong background in hotel and restaurant properties, previously working as general manager for Vail Resorts in Colorado before moving to York County in 2003.


  • 840 Carlisle Road, Alexander’s Restaurant, York, PA (York County) – 8,580 SF – Restaurant Sale
  • York Newspaper Group – 1M+ SF – Sale of 5 properties and 5 Leases of Office/Industrial
  • 200 S. George Street, York, PA (York County) – 57,428 SF – US Post Office Sale
  • 1800 Pennsylvania Avenue, York, PA (York County) – 67,761 SF – Industrial Lease
  • 100 Railroad Avenue, Westminster, MD, (Carroll County) – 40,912 SF – Office/Industrial Sale


  • Gish Furniture
  • Air Dynamics
  • Beacon Industries


  • Rotary Club of York
  • York Little League Board
  • Dallastown Cougars Athletics Club, coach / director
  • Dallastown Youth Basketball Organization, coach / director
  • Blossom Hill Homeowner’s Association, board of directors
  • Living Word Community Church, children and adult ministry volunteer


  • Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties (RAYAC)
  • ICSC, 2011-present


  • CCIM designation
  • Pennsylvania Real Estate, Broker License
  • Maryland Real Estate, Salesperson License
  • Colorado College, Bachelor of Arts, History
  • Cornell University, Masters of Management in Hospitality


“John Birkeland goes out of his way to ferret out spaces and match tenants with landlords. He doesn’t just “phone it in”, John works to dig out deals.”
Jill Rohrbaugh, Investor

“John Birkeland is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable agent who has given us excellent advice and help with our rental buildings.”
Jan Lehman, Investor

“I enjoyed working with John Birkeland. He acted very professionally, knew his market and worked through any issues that arose. I would recommend him to others.”
Howard Block, Regional Manager – Corporate Real Estate, M&T Bank

“Definitely the best in the business!”
Clint Sheffer, President, 1st Capital Harley-Davidson

“John has a great understanding of both the risks and opportunities within the central Pennsylvania commercial real estate market. He’s a consummate professional and one of my turn to people in the industry.”
Jay Andrzjczyk, Home Improvement Consultant

“I have done several transactions now with John and he has consistently gone above and beyond my service expectations. I am looking forward to doing another project with him.”
Michael Gish, Gish’s Furniture Amish Heirlooms

“I think John and the team at ROCK do everything possible to make this transaction easy. He went out of his way to make the deal happen and I will be eternally grateful. He always looked out for our interests and worked a lot on getting the sale complete.”
Kay Crumling, Property Owner

“I would highly recommend John Birkeland. He made the purchase of my property exceptionally smooth. He quickly responded to any questions. A pleasant experience. Thank you John!”
Minh Snyder, Owner, Snyder Endodontics

“We had a wonderful experience. John even sat down with in the conference room and allowed us to ask as many questions as we needed to make sure that the lease we were signing for our new business was going to work for us. He was very easy to get in touch with even after we had some issues with our water meter and alarm system. I have no complaints about the process at all and I do feel like my fiance and I were able to make a very informed decision.”
Samantha Reyes, Pet Whispers Grooming, LLC, Owner

“John Birkeland at ROCK went above and beyond to make my deal go through. Thanks again to John and his team!!”
Bryan Gurosko, Owner

“John Birkeland managed a challenging transaction with a can-do and pragmatic approach. I’d highly recommend John to anybody looking to do real estate business in eastern PA.”
Mike Liyeos, Co-Founder, Quattro Development, LLC

“Working with John Birkeland, he was exceptional and professional. He was so patient with us as a new business. He represents ROCK very well!”
Mary Ripley, RD Veteran Company

“Very satisfied with the service and professionalism. I have zero complaints and would gladly refer anyone I know looking to buy or sell a property to John Birkeland and ROCK.”
Mike Heron, Owner, Trail Bikes LLC

“Could not have been better. John Birkeland is very efficient and gets back to me faster than any other realtor I have dealt with.”
Nicole Crills, Regional Service Coordinator, County HomeMakers, Inc.

“John Birkeland is meticulous, well thought out and fair to all parties. He went through the property, gave suggestions on what needed to be done to market it properly, recommended the right people to implement what was needed, worked with my needs and concerns. And he came through with a good tenant. John was a pleasure to deal with.”
– Eli Akerman, Owner, Hilltop Plaza, LLC

“Very professional. They covered all the bases and used ingenuity to make the sale. John Birkeland always got back to me with answers and always in good humor. It was a pleasure to work with John.”
Deborah O’Connor, Owner, O’Connor Millworks

“John Birkeland was great. He always got back to me and was very helpful.”
Jody Nicholas, Owner, Nicholas Insurance

“John was very easy to work with and always kept me updated on the progress of my land purchase. He was ethical and transparent and made the transaction a smooth and pleasant experience.”
Donald Keller, Investor