Principal Brian Knowles, CCIM, SIOR and the Firm of Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania receive 2015 CoStar Power Broker Awards

Commercial Real Estate’s Leading Independent Information Provider
Recognizes Market’s Top Leasing and Sales Brokers

Camp Hill, PA – March 7, 2016 – Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that both the firm and Principal Brian Knowles, CCIM, SIOR have been named 2015 CoStar Power Brokers TM by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. This annual industry award recognizes distinguished professionals in commercial real estate brokerage by highlighting the achievements of the firms and individual brokers who closed the highest transaction volumes in commercial property sales or leases in 2015 within their respective markets.
With the largest independently researched database of commercial real estate property information available online, CoStar can easily identify the top firms and brokers in each market throughout the U.S. and Toronto, Canada. All awards are based on transaction data maintained in CoStar’s commercial real estate database.
Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania was named a “Top Sales Firm”, while Knowles qualified as one of the top commercial brokers in the Philadelphia Region in the Industrial Leasing category based on the total Industrial Lease transactions closed during the year. In order to be selected for this honor, the award winners’ overall transaction volumes were evaluated by CoStar against other commercial real estate brokers active in the region, and subsequently ranked among the top brokers in the market.
“It is truly a pleasure and an honor to be named to this distinguished list during our first year of operations,” said John Van Buskirk, Principal and Broker of Record for Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania. “Brian Knowles is simply a stud, and we are fortunate and proud to have him as a part of our team.” “I am very happy to have again been recognized as a Power Broker and I am loving being a part of the Lee & Associates team, added Knowles.
“With such an active year in commercial real estate, CoStar is proud to honor the firms and brokers who perform at the industry’s highest level,” said CoStar Group founder and CEO Andrew C. Florance. “These industry leaders deserve to be recognized for their hard work, expertise and superior deal-making abilities. We extend our congratulations to this year’s winners on their hard earned achievement.”
The complete list of 2015 CoStar Power Broker Awards winners can be found at


About CoStar Group, Inc.
CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP) is the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. Through LoopNet, the Company operates the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online with more than 9 million registered members. is a premier online apartment resource for renters that matches apartment seekers with great apartment homes and provides property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. CoStar operates websites that have over 19 million unique monthly visitors in aggregate during January 2015. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar maintains offices throughout the U.S., in Europe and in Toronto, Canada with a staff of over 2,400 worldwide, including the industry’s largest professional research organization. For more information, visit

About Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania
Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania began operations in 2015 under the leadership of Principals Brian Knowles, SIOR, CCIM, MCR Jack Shepley, SIOR and John Van Buskirk, SIOR. Long recognized individually as national leaders in the industrial real estate business, they have chosen to take their over 75 years of combined real estate experience in a new direction – as broker-owners of this new initiative. Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania is committed to providing market leading research and support, while remaining grounded in exceptional client service. Follow Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania on social media by visiting LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About Lee & Associates
Celebrating more than 37 years of leadership excellence in commercial real estate, Lee & Associates is the largest broker-owned firm in North America with locations across the U.S. and Canada including California, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vancouver BC and Wisconsin. With more than 800 brokers nationwide, Lee & Associates provides a wide range of specialized commercial real estate services on a local, regional and national level. For the latest news from Lee & Associates, visit or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.