Real Estate Veteran Joe Vargas Returns to Lee & Associates
LOS ANGELES--Joseph M. Vargas, who with more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience, has returned to Lee & Associates where he will act in a national advisor role.
“Joe’s reputation and experience speaks for itself. Joe’s prior role at Cushman & Wakefield as West Region President included business development, recruiting, retention and profit and loss responsibility”
Vargas, who is based in Los Angeles, will report to Jeff Rinkov, CEO of Lee & Associates, and the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in the nation.
“Joe’s reputation and experience speaks for itself. Joe’s prior role at Cushman & Wakefield as West Region President included business development, recruiting, retention and profit and loss responsibility,” said Rinkov. “His experience and notoriety within our industry make him an important addition to our team.”
Rinkov noted that Greg Gill, president of Lee’s Los Angeles/Long Beach office, was the catalyst for the union, which was based on a relationship that extends over a 25 year period of collaboration and friendly competition. Said Rinkov: “It is a tremendous opportunity for Lee & Associates to have Joe’s talents and experience back at our company during this important time in the market and our development.”
From 1998 to 2014, Vargas was with Cushman & Wakefield. He also served as the West Region President; Executive VP of the Southwest and Executive and Senior Managing Director, Southern California. His corporate and transaction success include his leadership in the acquisitions of Matlow-Kennedy, San Diego Corporate Real Estate Advisors and Burnham Commercial Real Estate Services.
In 1991, Vargas was President of Lee & Associates South Bay office in Los Angeles, where he led business development, recruiting and retention. From 1984 to 1991, he was VP of Grubb & Ellis Los Angeles South Bay.
“It’s very exciting to be back at Lee & Associates, especially during a time when the firm is in high gear of expansion and broker recruitment,” said Vargas. “My relationship with Lee has been long and I am ready to lend my services and help in any way I can to continue Lee’s vision of national, regional and local growth.”
A graduate of UCLA, Vargas is a member and has served on the boards of AIR, NAIOP and LAHQ. He is also a member of ULI, SIOR and LACRA. Vargas also was a member of the United States Olympic Water Polo teams in 1980 (boycott year) and 1984, where the team won the Silver Medal. He was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1992.
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