About Lee & Associates

In 1979, Bill Lee’s vision became reality when he opened the first office of Lee & Associates in Orange County, California. Every Lee office is owned and operated by the real estate professionals, all of whom benefit from the sharing of real-time market intelligence that is vital to the delivery of superior commercial real estate services. The unique service platform has attracted some of the most experienced and talented real estate professionals in the industry, all of whom share Bill’s original vision of superior service through teamwork.

Lee & Associates offices offer a broad array of real estate services tailored to meet the needs of the company’s clients in each of the markets it serves. They include commercial real estate brokerage, property management, valuation, asset management and finance.

Now, the largest firm of its kind in North America. The company’s reach extends across the US, British Columbia and, most recently, to Europe through a strategic alliance with Gerald Eve.

Unlike other national firms that employ a traditional top-down approach to decision making, at Lee & Associates, we believe it's our brokers and principals in each independently-owned office who know best what their office and clients need. Each office is represented by its own President, who makes recommendations to a seven-member Board of Directors. The Board then works hand-in-hand with the CEO and corporate team to initiate, execute, and maintain policies that best serve the company and our clients.

CORPORATE LEADERSHIP

Jeff Rinkov, SIOR
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Jeff Rinkov, CEO of Lee & Associates, began his brokerage career in 1997 in our Lee & Associates Commerce office as an industrial agent. He transitioned from Associate to Shareholder in 2001; a designation earned based upon transaction volume and revenue. Rinkov served as the President of that office for eleven years, the last five of which he also served on the Lee & Associates Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee. In 2015, he accepted the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Lee & Associates, and during his tenure, company expansion and revenue growth have occurred at a record pace.

Rinkov graduated from Pepperdine University and is an active member in many industry organizations, including CCIM, CREW, ICSC, NAIOP, and SIOR. In his spare time, he can be found spending time with his wife and three children or training for an endurance race.

Mary Eckel
Director of Operations & Finance

Mary Eckel joined Lee & Associates in 1984 in our Lee & Associates Orange office. Three years later, she aided in the opening of the first Lee office outside of Orange County in Ontario, CA. Eckel is a graduate of the University of Redlands and has experience in operations, property management, and accounting.

Pamela Murphy
Director of Marketing & PR

Pamela Murphy joined Lee & Associates in 2015 in our Lee & Associates Houston office. In 2019 she was promoted to the position of Director of Marketing & PR for North America. Since the expansion of her duties, she has elevated the quality of every aspect of Lee & Associates' marketing program. Murphy specializes in the strategy, design, and implementation of marketing and PR collateral, social media strategies, and internal operations. She graduated from the University of Houston, focusing on marketing, finance, and corporate entrepreneurship.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Peter Braus
New York

Peter Braus, Managing Principal of Lee & Associates NYC, has been involved in the ownership and brokerage of real estate for over 20 years, specializing in the strategic repositioning of significant retail assets on behalf of owners and developers. He graduated from Emory University and completed his MBA at Columbia University. Braus serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and is an active member in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Real Estate Services Alliance (RESA). He has been involved in a wide variety of brokerage transactions and currently represents numerous tenants, including M&T Bank, Sprinkles Cupcakes of Beverly Hills, and Marc Restaurant Group of London.

Richard Clarke
Florida

Richard Clarke, President of Lee & Associates Naples/Ft. Myers started his career with Trammell Crow Company in Dallas, Texas, after graduating from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He spent nearly 11 years with Trammell Crow, serving roles including Project Manager, Director of Construction, and lastly, Partner. During his tenure with Crow, Clarke was responsible for developing thirteen projects from site acquisition, design development, construction, through lease-up. Clarke then served as the President of the Welk Real Estate Group and Welk Resort Group for five years. In 1996, he moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, and became the COO for a significant design-build architecture and interior design firm. In 2006, he accepted the position of VP of Development, South Florida, for Opus Development, a large privately held commercial developer. In 2009, Clarke and his partners started Grubb & Ellis – SW Florida, which ultimately became Lee & Associates - Naples/Ft. Myers in 2012.

Don Kazanjian
California

Don Kazanjian, President of Lee & Associates’ highest revenue office, Ontario, is an industry expert with 35 years of experience specializing in industrial sales and leasing in the Inland Empire. After starting his career with Cushman & Wakefield in 1985, Don joined Lee & Associates in 1998 as Partner & Senior Vice President. Over the 22 years at Lee & Associates, Don has worked with the region’s top Landlords, Developers, and Tenants and has consistently been ranked among the top producers in the Ontario marketplace. Don has served as President of the Ontario office for over 12 years, has served on the Lee & Associates National Board of Directors for the past five years, and was a part of the team that developed Lee & Associates’ strategic plan.

John Sharpe, SIOR, CCIM, LEED-AP
Illinois

John Sharpe, founding principal of Lee & Associates of Illinois, is an investment/industrial property specialist with extensive experience creating and implementing strategic real estate programs for clients. As a market expert for the past 32 years, he assists investors, owners, tenants, developers, and institutions with their sales, leasing, and build-to-suit industrial investment/vacant land projects. John is based in Chicago, although much of his corporate work involves regional and national assignments. He strives to establish long-term relationships by providing exceptional service and dedicating the highest level of servant leadership to every project he undertakes.

Allan Riorda, SIOR
Maryland

Allan Riorda, President of Lee & Associates Maryland, is an industrial, flex, and land specialist with 30+ years of experience, located in the Chesapeake Region. A graduate of LSU, Riorda started his career at Latter & Blum in 1987, focusing on industrial sales and leasing in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1990, he moved to NAI KLNB, where he led the industrial and office divisions in the Columbia, Maryland office. In 2013, Riorda founded the Lee & Associates Maryland office. He is consistently awarded the CoStar "Power Broker" award and has completed more than 2,000 transactions in his current market since 1990.

Mike Spears, SIOR, CCIM
Texas

Mike Spears, President of Lee & Associates Houston, is an industrial specialist with 20 years of experience, in which he has completed more than $1B in transactions. He served as the President of TNRG for seven years before merging his brokerage team to Lee & Associates in 2015. In addition to active participation in industry organizations, Spears also serves on several philanthropic, nonprofit boards, including CompassionateLEE, Love 146, We Are One Fitness, and is active in his children's school and extra-curricular activities.

Ken Wesson, SIOR, CCIM
Texas

Ken Wesson is a Founding Principal and serves as the President of Lee & Associates Dallas/Fort Worth. He specializes in institutional project leasing and tenant representation. Wesson's industry knowledge has provided him with a solid foundation for representing both local and national tenants and landlords across the metroplex, and is responsible for roughly 20 million square feet of industrial product in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Wesson has been recognized for his brokerage activities in the Dallas Business Journal for the last 15+ years as an "Industrial Heavy Hitter", in the CoStar "Power Broker" awards, and most recently in D Magazine "Power Broker" list.

Every Lee & Associates office delivers world-class service to an array of regional, national, and international clients - from small businesses and local investors to major corporate users and institutional investors. Our professionals combine the latest technology, resources, and market intelligence with their experience, expertise, and commitment to superior service to optimize client results.

2020 - Naples, FL
2020 -
Washington, DC
2020 - Boston, MA
2019 - Toronto, ON Canada
2018 - Cincinnati, OH
2018 - Raleigh, NC
2018 - Miami, FL
2016 - Seattle, WA
2016 - Walnut Creek, CA
2016 - Vancouver, BC Canada
2016 - Twin Cities, MN
2016 - Pasadena, CA
2015 - Eastern Pennsylvania
2015 - Columbus, OH
2015 - Houston, TX
2014 - Denver, CO
2014 - Cleveland, OH
2013 - Long Island-Queens, NY
2013 - Chesapeake Region , MD
2012 - Edison, NJ
2012 - Orlando, FL

2012 - Charleston, SC
2011 -
Fort Myers, FL
2011 -
Manhattan, NY
2011 -
Greenville, SC
2010
- Atlanta, GA
2010
- Greenwood, IN
2010
- Indianapolis, IN
2009 - Long Beach, CA
2009 - Elmwood Park, NJ
2008 - Boise, ID
2008 - ISG, LA, CA
2008 - Palm Desert, CA
2008 - Santa Barbara, CA
2006 - Antelope Valley, CA
2006 - Dallas, TX
2006 - Madison, WI
2006 - Oakland, CA
2006 - Reno, NV
2006 - San Diego - UTC, CA
2006 - Ventura, CA
2006 - San Luis Obispo, CA

2005 - Southfield, MI
2005 -
Los Olivos, CA
2004 -
Calabasas, CA
2004 -
St. Louis, MO
2002 -
Chicago, IL
2001 - Victorville, CA
1999 - Temecula Valley, CA
1996 - Central LA, CA
1994 - Sherman Oaks, CA
1994 - West LA, CA
1993 - Pleasanton, CA
1993 - Stockton, CA
1991 - Phoenix, AZ
1990 - Carlsbad, CA
1990 - Industry, CA
1989 - LA - Long Beach, CA
1989 - Riverside, CA
1987 - Ontario, CA
1984 - Newport Beach, CA
1983 - Orange, CA
1979 - Irvine, CA

LOCAL
MARKET
EXPERTS
REIMAGINING
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REAL ESTATE 

Lee & Associates delivers
world-class results.

Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned firm in North America, has been providing seamless, consistent execution and value-driven market-to-market services for our clients since 1979.

Our real estate services are tailored to exceed the needs of our local, national, and international clients by combining the latest technology, resources, and market intelligence with over 40 years of expertise to optimize results.