About Us

First Liberty Partners….. experience you need, results you can trust.

First Liberty Partners is a privately owned, commercial real estate brokerage firm.  Located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, First Liberty Partners was founded in 2006 by Frank Englund and Rick Bates and purchased in 2015 by Eric Stretch.  Frank rejoined the company as a Founding Partner in 2017, and together, Eric and Frank are solid business partners that consistently help businesses attain their real estate goals.

With 50+ years combined experience, Eric and Frank really know, and love, real estate. 

Eric A. Stretch, President

Since 1987 Eric has had a focus on industrial and office real estate specializing in South Eastern and South Central Pennsylvania. Eric’s extensive experience brings real estate expertise to his client relationships which encompasses all areas of commercial real estate.

Eric Stretch


  • 2015-Present - President/Owner, First Liberty Partners

  • 2012 - 2015 - Managing Director, Newmark, Grubb, Knight, Frank

  • 2000 - 2012 - Associate Vice President, Grubb & Ellis Company

  • 1992 - 2000 - NAI Geis Realty Group, Inc.

  • 1990 - 1992 - Source Realty Group, Inc.

  • 1987 - 1990 - Morgan Barclay Company


  • Chester County Commercial Industrial Investment Council (CII)

  • Board of Directors - 2006-2011, 2015-Present

  • President - 2009-2011

  • Vice President - 2007-2009

  • Chester County Economic Development Council

  • Marketing Committee - 2009-Present

  • Board of Directors - 2009-2011

  • Route 1 Economic Initiative 

  • Co-Chairman, Marketing Committee 2013-Present

  • South Eastern Economic Development Council of PA (Seedcopa) 

  • Board of Directors, 2009-2011

Eric spends his personal time with his wife, two teenage boys, and two 4 legged friends.  An avid basketball fan, Eric coached in the Upward Basketball program for numerous years.  As a devoted Penn State fan, you’ll find Eric in Happy Valley at Beaver Stadium on many fall weekends.

Frank D. Englund, Founding Partner

Frank Englund brings nearly two decades of real estate experience to his client base, specializing in office and industrial real estate. Frank has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, successfully representing landlords and tenants, and buyers and sellers.  Frank’s experience is demonstrated with his cumulative transaction square footage exceeding 15 million square feet.

Frank is a member of the Chester County Industrial Development Council and Exton Region Chamber of Commerce and has served as a Board Member for the organizations identified below.

Frank Englund


  • 2017 - Present – Founding Partner, First Liberty Partners

  • 2006 - 2015 – Owner, First Liberty Partners

  • 2002 - 2005 - Source Realty Group, Inc.


  • Western Chester County Commercial Industrial Development Authority

  • Chester County Industrial Development Council

  • Exton  Region Chamber of Commerce

  • Cornerstone Bank

  • Malvern Business & Professional Association

Outside of his professional life, Frank enjoys time with his wife and four children as well as most outdoor activities including cycling, tennis, golf, kayaking, and paddle boarding.