MEET OUR TEAM

Senior Managing Director

TENANT ADVISORY

John A. DeCouto CCIM, MCR.h
Senior Managing Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
direct (404) 442-2822 | office 404-442-2822
cell (770) 313-7117 | fax (404) 442-2811
email: jdecouto@lee-associates.com


PROFILE

John is the Senior Managing Director and senior leader of the Lee Corporate Solutions – tenant advisory group and the national office practice leader for Lee & Associates. John’s expertise comes from his 30+ years as a client focused corporate real estate consultant. During this time, he has brokered over 1,000 commercial real estate transactions. John is a relationship-based, solutions-oriented, occupier services provider whose portfolio management experience, strategic planning expertise, team building and financial leadership have provided customized solutions for many companies at a portfolio level to one off acquisition and disposition assignments. John is a Founding Principal of the Atlanta office and he leads a national team of nine associates.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience / Company:

  • eBryit Technologies
  • Cornerstone Medical
  • Skitter TV
  • MINDBODY Online
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Waste Management
  • EnergyCom Network

EXPERIENCE

  • Lee & Associates– Managing Director, Principal (Oct. 2010—Present)
  • Bryant Commercial Real Estate Partners, Founding Partner – Atlanta (Mar. 2005 – Sept. 2010)
  • GVA Advantis, Senior Director (Feb. 1993 – Feb. 2005)
  • Royal LePage CRES, Vice President – Atlanta (Aug. 1984 – Jan. 2003)

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Associate Broker License – GA
  • Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors – Board of Directors (2001-2004)
  • Life Member Atlanta Commercial Board Million Dollar Club
  • Phoenix Award – Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors®
  • Alvin B. Cates- 2010 Award Winner for the “2009 Outstanding Real Estate Deal of the Year” (Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors®)
  • CoreNet Global Learning -Top Rated Faculty 17 years (1999-2016)
  • CoreNet Global Atlanta Board Member (1998-2008), President (2001-2002)

EDUCATION

  • Kennesaw State College
  • Institute for Corporate Real Estate
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member, CCIM
  • Master of Corporate Real Estate with Honors, MCR.h
Senior Director

TENANT ADVISORY

Justin Smith MBA, MCR
Senior Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
office 949.790.3151
cell 949.400.4786 | fax 949-790-3170
email: jbsmith@leeirvine.com


PROFILE

Justin is a Senior Director of the Lee Corporate Solutions – tenant advisory group, specializing in tenant representation and occupier services. Since beginning his career, Justin has successfully completed more than 420 transactions, in excess of $215,000,000 of consideration, and spanning 4,000,000 SF. He represents a diverse group of corporate users from privately held logistics companies to public staffing firms. His experience covers corporate headquarters relocations, sale leasebacks, subleases, build to suits, food manufacturing plants and distribution centers.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience / Company:

  • Berger Transfer & Storage
  • Trend American Cargo Express
  • Volt Workforce Solutions
  • Stillen Automotive
  • CR&R
  • Bluebrint Studios
  • Felbro Food Products
  • Vit-Best Nutrition

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • CoreNet Global—Master of Corporate Real Estate Designation
  • Argus Discount Cash Flow Certified
  • Global Logistics Specialist Designation in Process
  • University of California, Irvine – Center for Real Estate – Advisory Board Member

EDUCATION

  • University of California, Irvine – Bachelor of Arts, Economics
  • University of Southern California – Masters of Business Administration
  • University of Southern California – Masters of Real Estate Development
Director

Matthew Thompson

Director

direct 972-934-4009 | office 214-680-0423

email: mthompson@lee-associates.com


PROFILE

Matthew Thompson is a Director in the Lee & Associates DFW office, with area expertise in the industrial markets of South Stemmons and Northwest Dallas. Matt specializes in helping businesses acquire and/or dispose of real estate assets, site selection, lease vs. purchase analysis, and the development and implementation of lease up strategies for owners.

In addition, Matt has represented owners, operators, and end-users of data centers. Prior to joining Lee & Associates, Matt worked at Colliers International, where he was a member of the Colliers Technology Solutions Group helping secure wholesale, colocation, and managed services on behalf of his clients.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Business Administration – Real Estate Finance & Minor in Economics from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business
Senior Managing Director

TENANT ADVISORY

Kenneth Salzman NCE, SIOR
Senior Managing Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
direct 212-776-1227 | office 212-776-1200
email: ksalzman@lee-associates.com


PROFILE

Kenneth is the Senior Managing Director of the Lee Corporate Solutions – tenant advisory group, and senior managing principal of Lee & Associates NYC (Lee NYC), joining Lee NYC in 2012. Ken is an experienced tenant representation and corporate real estate advisory services professional. He helps occupiers meet their national or global real estate requirements with strategies that support their business plans and solutions that are tactical and creative. He helps clients reduce their real estate overhead, lower employee retention costs, and improve workplace environments. His approach is to evaluate space usage and create operating analysis so clients have the means to compare the operating costs of existing real estate holdings against alternative strategies. He has represented software, media, and marketing companies throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Ken is married with three children and enjoys travel, sports and family.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience / Company:

  • Corning
  • Four Square
  • Monster Worldwide
  • Blue Apron
  • Mykotronx
  • TMP Worldwide
  • Success Academy

EXPERIENCE

  • Newmark Grubb Knight Frank – New York (1996-2012)

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Associate Brokers License – NY State
  • Member, Real Estate Board of New York
  • Treasurer and Executive Board member, Union Square Partnership

EDUCATION

  • New York University, Master of Science (Real Estate Finance & Marketing)
  • Babson College, Bachelor of Science (Marketing & Entrepreneurial Studies)
Senior Director

TENANT ADVISORY

Andrew Cheney, CCIM, SIOR
Senior Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
direct 602.954.3769 | office 602.956.7777 | cell 602.488.4000
email: acheney@leearizona.com


PROFILE

Andrew is a Senior Director of the Lee Corporate Solutions – tenant advisory group and a Principal in the Phoenix, AZ office. He specializes in tenant representation, focusing on and aligning their real restate portfolio with their business objectives. A second generation Arizonan, Andrew’s extensive experience includes representing national tenants such as Motorola, MINDBODY Online and HDR Engineering. Andrew is deeply committed to the industry and takes active leadership roles within elite organizations such as CCIM and SIOR. He is one of 17 professionals in Arizona who holds both CCIM and SIOR designations. Mr. Cheney has completed over 900 transactions totaling more than 3 million square feet valued in excess of $1 billion. In addition to being on the Lee Corporation Solutions national team, Andrew mentors a team of five associates in Phoenix.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience / Company:

  • US Food Service
  • MINDBODY Online
  • Perkins Coie
  • Dickson Wright
  • U.S. Bank
  • California Casualty

EXPERIENCE

  • 2003 to present: Lee & Associates/Principal
  •  2000 to 2003: ATP Professional Tennis Tour

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2013 Class of 40 under 40 – Phoenix Business Journal
  • 2011 NAIOP National Developing Leader of the Year
  • 2010 NAIOP Arizona Chapter Emerging Broker of the Year
  • Completed CCIM and SIOR designations, one of only 17 in Arizona
  • Four-time U.S. Men’s Open Division Father/Son Doubles Champion
  • Formerly ranked #88 in the United States Tennis Association

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of California at Irvine
  • State of Arizona Real Estate License
  • FBI Citizens Academy
Director

TENANT ADVISORY

Rob Johnson
Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
 direct 713.744.7433 | office 713.744.7400 | fax 832-564-1895
email: rjohnson@lee-associates.com


PROFILE

Rob is a Director of the Lee Corporate Solutions–tenant advisory group specializing in tenant representation on a regional, national and international basis. Rob is a senior leader and tenant advocate based in Houston, Texas. Rob consults with his clients to create solutions tailored to align with the business goals of the organization. Rob is a third generation Houstonian, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and volunteers his time for a number of non-profit organizations including Easter Seals of Greater Houston, The Ronald McDonald House, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Heroes for Children.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience / Company:

  • Spectris/Malvern
  • Instruments/Servomex
  • Infineum
  • McLaren Software
  • AmerCable

EXPERIENCE

Rob has worked in commercial real estate for more than five years as a tenant advocate. With this broad experience, Rob is able to create leverage for his clients and works toward solutions that allow maximum flexibility as well as peace of mind. Rob allows his clients to focus on their core business while he shoulders the burden of the real estate matters that arise.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • President – Sigma Chi Houston Alumni Chapter
  • Board Member – Heroes for Children
  • Houston Technology Center Energy Advisory Council
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • NICU Advisory Board – Texas Children’s Hospital

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science, Vanderbilt University
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Texas
Senior Director

TENANT ADVISORY

David Newton, SIOR CFP
Senior Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
direct 714.564.7130 | office 714.649.9100
email: dnewton@lee-associates.com


PROFILE

David is a Senior Director on the Lee Corporate Solutions – tenant advisory group and is recognized as an expert in the delivery of occupier services to office and industrial users on a national basis. David began his real estate career in Chicago in 1985 where he represented tenants in the downtown and suburban markets. From 1988 through 2006, David was a principal/owner of Bayshore Partners, Inc., in Orange, CA. His experience includes brokerage and consulting services to numerous corporations throughout the United States and Canada. Clients note that David’s most important strength lies in his capacity to structure, organize and develop systems to manage and reduce occupancy costs for their portfolios. In addition, David is a recognized expert in areas of contract negotiations and investment analysis for users and investors of commercial real estate. David is also a Principal in the Orange, CA Lee & Associates office.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience / Company:

  • Independent Order of Foresters
  • CVS Health
  • Coram Specialty Infusion
  • Services
  • RX Two Pharmacy Services
  • Rite-Hite Corporation

EXPERIENCE

  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Member National Association of Realtors®
  • Licensed real estate broker in California and Illinois

EDUCATION

  • DePaul University, MBA in Real Estate/Finance
  • Illinois State University, B.S. in Criminal Justice
Senior Director

TENANT ADVISORY

Martin Pinover,
Senior Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
direct 404. 442.2832 | office 404.442.2810 | fax 404.442.2811
email: mpinover@lee-associates.com


PROFILE

Martin Pinover is a principal in the Lee & Associates Atlanta office and is a senior director of Lee Corporate Solutions – tenant advisory group. Martin is the leader of our Healthcare Practice group and has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He has extensive experience in the analysis, acquisition and disposition of medical facilities in secondary cities and major metropolitan areas including Europe and Asia. As a single point of contact for the team, Martin will direct, implement, and coordinate the steps in the real estate process for portfolio clients. Martin uses the Lee Corporate Solutions platform with healthcare-related organizations, bringing CRE best practices to the healthcare industry.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience / Company:

  • Tenet Healthcare Systems
  • Panalpina
  • Jackson Health System
  • Chesapeake Pharmaceutical
  • Four Corners Primary Care Centers

EXPERIENCE

Healthcare and office tenant representation, Industrial site selection and build-to-suit projects, national real estate strategic planning and implementation, municipal incentive negotiations, financial/sale leasebacks, portfolio optimization.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – Georgia and Pennsylvania, with reciprocal privileges in Alabama, New York,
  • New Jersey, Ohio, Delaware and Maryland
  • Former Member – Society of Industrial & Office Realtors® (SIOR)
  • Former Board Member—Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors®
  • Appointed Kentucky Colonel by the Governor

EDUCATION

  • University of Florida – Bachelor of Science (B.S)
  • New York University – Graduate Degree
Director

TENANT ADVISORY

Stuart Wiseheart, Director
Lee Corporate Solutions– tenant advisory
office:  314.400.4007mobile:  314.210.8671
fax:  314.400.4050
email: swiseheart@lee-associates.com


PROFILE

Stuart brings 25 years of  business ownership and commercial real estate experience to the Lee Corporate Solutions–tenant advisory group of Lee & Associates. Based in the Midwest, Stuart’s property, asset  and construction management experience provides occupiers a broad knowledge base of the landlord’s perspectives.

After accepting a position with a client to lead the reorganization and expansion of a specialized manufacturer and taking ownership of a troubled retailer, Stuart utilized his management and business ownership experience to become the Managing Broker of Realty Resource, providing tenant representation and occupier services since 1995. Stuart subsequently joined national powerhouse Lee & Associates to expand  his capabilities and network and was invited to join the Lee Corporate Solutions—tenant advisory group in 2015.

CAREER SUMMARY

Corporate Account Experience:  / Company

  • American Lung Association
  • Arch Air Medical-Life Net
  • Advanced Dental
  • Kidsmart
  • The UPS Store

EXPERIENCE

  • Lee & Associates, Inc. – Vice President- 2004 to present
  • Realty Resource– Managing Broker 1995 –2004

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • St. Louis Association of Realtors
  • Missouri Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Medical Group Managers Association

EDUCATION

  • ROTC Scholarship Recipient, 1985
  • B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University, 1988
  • M.A. from Webster University