Jim Bowles

President | Principal
Lee & Associates Pacific Northwest - Seattle

Specializing in Brokerage & Consulting


Jim Bowles, SIOR
President | Principal

D: 206.773.2673
C: 206.947.7103



Over the past 4 decades, Jim has successfully built and/or managed 3 of the 4 largest Commercial Real Estate companies in the Puget Sound region.

Jim is the President | Principal of Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services for the state of Washington. Lee & Associates is the nation's largest broker-owned and operated organization with 38 years of success, in 57 offices and staffed with over 1,000 commercial real estate brokers. In his role as President, Jim is building and leading Lee & Associates regional growth and development starting with 24 Brokers servicing the Puget Sound region out of offices in Seattle and Tacoma.

Prior to his engagement with Lee & Associates, Jim spent 14 years as CBRE’s Senior Managing Director in the greater Puget Sound area. In that capacity, he led the company's growth to become the region’s largest Commercial Real Estate services team, comprised of over 800 professionals, delivering a full range of services to owners and users of commercial real estate and reaching annual revenue exceeding $200 Million.

A lifelong Seattle area resident and graduate of the University of Washington, Jim brings more than 39 years of experience and local community involvement to the commercial real estate services business. He has served the industry in various capacities, starting with a successful 10-year career as a sale and leasing professional in the Puget Sound office market. Since 1988, Jim has consistently succeeded in regional management roles with major national Brokerage companies, building their market presence and their overall business.

Professional Affiliations

  • Commercial Brokers Association (CBA) Board Member - 20 Years
    • Two-Time Past President & Executive Committee Member

  • National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) Washington

    • Past Regional Member of the Year

  • Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR) Member - 12 Years

  • University of Washington's Runstad School of Real Estate - 7 Years

    • Real Estate Board & Executive Committee Member

  • Pacific Real Estate Institute Member

  • Several Other Industry Organizations



  • B.S. in Economics - University of Washington