Norfolk / Hampton Roads Logistics Team

Executive Vice President / Principal

Direct: (404) 442-2401 | Cell: (770) 778-5175
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Brett joined the Lee & Associates office in Atlanta in 2010. He has 29 years of experience in Industrial Real Estate Brokerage; Site Selection; Location Consulting; and coordinating Build-to Suits. He is accomplished in both Landlord Agency and Tenant Representation on a national basis. He has represented major industrial corporations with their real estate projects for both manufacturing and distribution operations.

He has concluded real estate transactions and site selection/consulting projects in 30 states. Site Selection/Consulting has included: operating cost analyses and incentive negotiations at the state, county, and local level. Incentives have included various tax abatements, creative financing deal structures and a wide array of infrastructure improvements.

Brett has concluded Sales/Leases with a value in excess of $480 million and transactions totaling over 26 million square feet and 1,800 acres.

Career History / Professional Recognition

Chambless Partners, Inc.- Founder/President- Atlanta
The Walker Companies- Vice President-Atlanta
Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia- Atlanta


University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
B.S. Commerce & Business Administration, Corporate Finance (1983)


  • Real Estate Broker: Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
  • 2011 – Top 10 Industrial Tenant Broker – Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
  • 2002 – “Who’s Who” in Commercial Real Estate” – Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Member – Society of Industrial & Office Realtors(SIOR) since 1997
  • SIOR Georgia Chapter Treasurer – 2009-2014
  • 2001 – Site Selection magazine’s William Dorsey Service Provider Award – recognized as Top 10 Site Selection Consultant in U.S. (awarded to firm)

Recent Transactions

  • WalMart
  • The Home Depot
  • Continental General Tire
  • Anderson Group-ESAB
  • United Technologies
  • Deals – Nothing Over a Dollar
  • John Deere
  • Weil Brothers – Cotton
  • Fleming Foods
  • Michelin

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Direct: (610) 400-0484 | Cell: (609) 851-8814
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Mr. Knowles is a founding Principal of Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC (LAEP), where he also serves as the Marketing and Recruitment Chair and a member of the firms Board of Managers. His transactional focus includes site selection, tenant representation and the disposition of industrial real estate for clients on a national level with a concentration throughout the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware markets.

Career History / Professional Recognition

Mr. Knowles is an alumnus of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Institutional Management from West Virginia University. Mr. Knowles began his real estate career at CB Richard Ellis and quickly became Senior Vice President of Industrial Services serving Central and Southern New Jersey. Brian then joined the Staubach Company as a Principal to lead their Northeast Industrial Services Practice. In 2008, the Staubach Company merged with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). At JLL, Brian was a lead member of the Industrial Services Group and member of JLLs Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions team. Knowles co-built the practice from a zero market share to nine broker plus support team to a market leading position.

Mr. Knowles provides industrial clients with expertise and best practices in evaluating real estate portfolios and supply chain initiatives to uncover cost saving opportunities. Brian has completed in excess of 30 million square feet of transactions for his clients and sold over 3,000 acres of industrial land. Additionally, he has represented many companies on their consolidation projects, build-to-suit initiatives, site selection and disposition projects throughout the local and many other US/global markets. Some of Mr. Knowles clients include Kelloggs, Mannington Mills, Proctor & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Burlington Coat Factory, and Destination Maternity.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Knowles has been recognized multiple times as a CoStar Power Broker, has been named the Industrial Broker of the Year by Liberty Property Trust and recently recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as Philadelphias top regional Industrial broker. While at JLL, Mr. Knowles was a Top 10 national producer and recognized multiple times as Top Gun and Top Achiever, placing his performance within the top 1%-10% of the company. Mr. Knowles also served as a national board member for JLLs Industrial Services Group. Mr. Knowles is accredited with a Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation and a Certified Commercial Investment Member, (CCIM) designation.

Affiliations / Education

Mr. Knowles is an active member of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC). Mr. Knowles is also a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and is the former Chairman of the Gloucester County, NJ Chamber of Commerce.