Lee & Associates Opens First Office in Pennsylvania
The firm’s introduction into PA is on track in its East Coast expansion strategy
PHILADELPHIA, Penn.—June 15, 2015--Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in the United States, has announced the opening of Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC, the firm’s first office in Pennsylvania.
The office will be led by former brokers from Jones Lang LaSalle and NAI, including Brian Knowles, CCIM, MCR, Jack Shepley, SIOR, and John Van Buskirk, SIOR. The three brokers, who have an impressive client roster that includes leading developers, institutional investors, and corporations in the region, total over 75 years of collective commercial real estate experience. In addition, the three managing partners bring strong track records in landlord agency, tenant representation, investment sales, and complex transaction work across the Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Southern New Jersey submarkets.
“Eastern Pennsylvania has always been an important link with the development of our overall strategy in national expansion, and this office provides us with another key presence in the East,” said Jeffrey Rinkov, CEO of Lee & Associates.
The Philadelphia region includes Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware. Within it are some of the country’s strongest performing industrial markets and a resurgent Philadelphia MSA with strong fundamentals across all the major asset classes.
The firm’s office is located in Camp Hill, near Harrisburg, and an additional office is expected to be added shortly in suburban Philadelphia as brokers are added.
For the three managing partners, the decision to join Lee & Associates was based on the opportunity to invest in a rapidly growing brand.
“We are confident the firm’s culture, platform, commitment to research excellence, and unique ownership opportunities will resonate with industrial, office, retail and commercial brokers throughout the market,” Knowles said. “Our goal is to form a full service commercial real estate firm that competes as a Tier 1 player in Eastern PA across all the asset classes.”
The opening of the Eastern Pennsylvania office is part of the Lee & Associates’ overall national expansion strategy, which has been in high gear since 2011.
In the last three years, Lee & Associates has expanded its flag in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas, with more office opening announcements coming this year.
About Lee & Associates
Celebrating more than 36 years of leadership excellence in commercial real estate, Lee & Associates is the largest broker-owned firm in the country, with locations across the nation including California, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. With 800 brokers nationwide, Lee & Associates provides a wide range of specialized commercial real estate services on a local, regional and national level. Additional information can be found at http://www.lee-associates.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.