Industrial Broker Team Spins Off from TNRG
Lee & Associates Houston Adds 17 Brokers to Roster
The agents, who come from TNRG, will give Lee a firm grip on industrial brokerage in the region
HOUSTON, Texas—December 1, 2015—A group of 17 industrial specialists of The National Realty Group (TNRG) have joined Lee & Associates Houston, giving the Houston office a firm clamp on local and regional brokerage in the industrial market.
With this addition, the Houston office of Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in the nation, increases its brokerage team to 28 members, making it one of the largest CRE brokerage houses in the area.
“I am incredibly excited about what this means to our office and our national outreach,” said Chris Lewis, managing partner of Lee & Associates Houston. “The transition to Lee & Associates Houston has been an amical split by both the brokers and TNRG, and we anticipate our relationship with TNRG to remain strong and fruitful.”
Jeffrey Rinkov, CEO of Lee & Associates, echoed Lewis’ comments:
“This is one of the single largest broker moves in our company’s history. To have the opportunity to gain this much expertise and experience is incredibly satisfying. I am looking forward to the dynamics this team will bring to not only our Texas brokerage but our national network, as well.”
Mike Spears, SIOR, CCIM, who was president of TNRG Brokerage Services, will serve alongside Lewis as the Co-Managing Principal of the Houston office. Spears was the catalyst in the decision and managed the transition.
“TNRG, which maintains a strong reputation in the Houston area with its wide range of services in development, management, and brokerage, will continue its full services and anticipates this move to be mutually beneficial to both firms,” said Spears.
During Spears’ tenure with TNRG, which began in 2001, he built a strong team of industrial brokers that services the Houston markets. In fact, they continually produce some of the highest transaction volume in the Houston industrial market. However, for Spears and his team, the move to Lee & Associates was essential because of the vast resources and information Lee & Associates Houston possesses, as well as their national network.
“We felt that, given the changes occurring in the Houston market, it was crucial to deliver a wider range of services to give our team a regional and national reach,” said Spears. “In order to maintain a high-level of success, it was imperative we aligned ourselves with a brokerage house that would not only give us a strong national presence, but allow our entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.”
A member of SIOR, CCIM and the NAIOP, Spears has been recognized as one of Houston’s “Heavy Hitters in Commercial Real Estate” by the Houston Business Journal, NRG 20 under 40, and was most recently recognized in the October 2015 issue of Real Estate Forum as a Top Investment Sale Broker.
In addition to Spears, other key members who will be joining Lee & Associates Houston include Stephen Kuper, and partners Robert McGee, Preston Yaggi, SIOR, CCIM, Patrick Wolford, CCIM and Thomas Leger. The other brokers in this team include:
- Reed Vestal
- Taylor Schmidt, CCIM
- Chase Cribbs
- Eric Bunting
- Justin Tunnell
- Mark Ward
- Ryan Searle
- Robert Noack
- Jon Sellers
- Brad Able
- Michael Evans
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