Philadelphia Logistics Team

Principal

Direct: (717) 208-8671 | Cell: (717) 497-1276
Email: jvanbuskirk@lee-associates.com
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Biography

Mr. Van Buskirk is a founding Principal of Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC (LAEP), where he also serves as the Broker of Record, Research Chair and a member of the firms Board of Managers. His transactional focus includes industrial landlord and tenant representation work along with site selection and investor acquisitions.

Career History / Professional Recognition

Mr. Van Buskirk graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 1987. A year later he began his real estate career at NAI Commercial-Industrial Realty (NAI CIR), where he co-founded the Industrial Properties Group at NAI CIR, a dedicated industrial team that was among the first specialized practices in the Central Pennsylvania market. In keeping with his commitment to the industrial asset class, John earned certificates in both Supply Chain Leadership and Management from the Smeal School of Business at Pennsylvania State University in 2006. Prior to leaving NAI CIR, he served as a Mid-Atlantic Director of NAI Logistics Group.
In 2009, Mr. Van Buskirk joined Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as one of two leaders tasked with creating a dedicated industrial team for the Philadelphia market, with service capabilities including tenant representation, agency leasing and sales, site selection, and investment sales. By 2014, the team included nine brokers along with dedicated administrative and research support, and was generally recognized as one of the leading industrial teams in the market.

Following his departure from JLL in 2014, John completed the coursework and testing necessary to secure licensing as a Real Estate Broker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and currently stands as Broker of Record for Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC as well as Black Dog Realty Group LLC, a small residential brokerage firm he founded.

As a transactor Mr. Van Buskirk has executed large scale leasing and investment sale assignments on behalf of many of the nations leading multi-market landlords, including among others Prologis, Liberty Property Trust, AEW, IndCor, Hillwood, Industrial Income Trust, First Industrial, Industrial Realty Group, and USAA. He has also performed mission critical work on behalf of numerous corporations as well and counts Ahold USA, Ollies Bargain Outlets, SC Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart Stores, Nordstroms, and Norfolk Southern among his past and cur-rent clients. He has been recognized repeatedly as a top producer by JLL, NAI CIR and CoStar at both local and national levels.

Affiliations / Education

Mr. Van Buskirk is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), where he has held various Philadelphia Chapter leadership positions including Chapter President.

Principal

Direct: (610) 400-0484 | Cell: (609) 851-8814
Email: bknowles@lee-associates.com
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Biography

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.