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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lee & Associates San Diego North Appoints President

Real estate veteran Howard brings extensive career background and vast industry knowledge

SAN DIEGO, Calif.—August 17, 2010—David E. Howard, a 25-year commercial real estate veteran, has been named president of Lee & Associates’ San Diego North office. Howard, who joined Lee in 2005, is a founding principal of Lee’s national accounts group, which today represents name brand national office and industrial clients throughout the country. In Mr. Howard’s new role he will be responsible for all management activities such as brokerage operations, sales support, information technology and ancillary services.

“While the San Diego real estate market has been lackluster at best, we are poised to take advantage of the new right sizing done not only by corporate America but all business owners over the last few years, and I’m extremely excited about taking the helm here,” said Howard. “There is no question that our ability to provide superior and all-encompassing service to our customers will allow us to increase our market share in and around the San Diego area to both regional and national companies.”

Prior to joining Lee & Associates, Mr. Howard was the president and CEO of RESOURCE Commercial Real Estate, Inc. (RCRE). The firm specialized in strategic representation to end-users of commercial real estate and buyers and sellers of investment properties. Under Howard’s watch, the firm expanded to six offices throughout the Western U.S.

A well-known powerhouse in the industry, Howard has been involved in major real estate activities including the Walnut Creek, Calif. relocation of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP; the new Orange County office of Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart LLP; and the relocation of the Discount Dance Supply’s distribution center in Anaheim, Calif. along with stores in San Diego, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim Hills and Temecula, Calif. In addition, he recently completed the sublease of Ace Funding’s regional office in San Jose, Calif.

Howard started his career in commercial real estate as a director of corporate services at Charles Dunn Company in Los Angeles as well as with CBRE as part of the Madison Advisory Group located in Newport Beach, Calif.

Howard replaces Brad Roppe, who leaves to assume a position outside of the real estate industry.

“David is an experienced commercial real estate professional, manager and entrepreneur, and a perfect fit for our broker-owned structure,” said Larry Strickland, founding principal of Lee & Associates, Carlsbad. “We are delighted to bring David’s managerial skills along with his marketing expertise to our office and we are confident he will be a great addition to our already successful team. I personally look forward to having him on board.”

Howard attended the University of Maryland and California State University, Fullerton majoring in business administration and real estate. Since then, he has also earned the Real Property Administration® (RPA) and Facilities Management Administrator® (FMA) designations from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and has frequented the list of “Who’s Who in Real Estate” over the course of his career. In addition to being a licensed California real estate broker, Howard has acted as a legal expert witness in commercial law cases.

Prior to embarking on his commercial real estate career, he was the director of real estate at TRW Information Services in addition to being the real estate operations manager with Macy’s department stores. He has also served with distinction in the United States Coast Guard.


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