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Jim Clark

Executive Managing Director, Market Leader - Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh

Jim Clark is executive managing director of the Columbus, Ohio, office of Newmark Knight Frank. Mr. Clark has headed the office, formerly the leasing and property management divisions of Continental Real Estate Companies, since 2016. In 2019, he was promoted to the position of market leader of the Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh markets. In this position, Mr. Clark partners with the executive managing directors in each office to provide strategic operational leadership and growth initiatives for their respective markets.

Mr. Clark has been in involved in Central Ohio's office and industrial real estate markets since 1991. In his current role with Newmark Knight Frank, he focuses on procuring new business, including brokerage, and managing the office's brokerage operations. Mr. Clark has significant experience in negotiating complex joint venture transactions as well as financing, incentives and infrastructure agreements. He has procured more than $25 million in public infrastructure and has negotiated more than 15 million square feet of leases since the start of his career. In addition, Mr. Clark has negotiated various incentives, including CRAs, EZAs, TIFs and state grants, with most of the local municipalities.

Mr. Clark's professional experience also includes nearly 20 years with Duke Realty, where he was the business unit head for the Columbus and Cleveland operations. His tenure at Duke was marked by the construction of more than 5 million square feet of new office developments and nearly 10 million square feet of industrial developments. In addition, Mr. Clark played a key role in the disposition of nearly $1.1 billion square feet of non-core office assets located primarily in the Midwest.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Clark has landed key office developments for such high-profile clients as Nationwide Insurance (400,000 square feet), Discover Card (326,000 square feet), BMW Financial Services (220,000 square feet), Alliance Data Systems (200,000 square feet), CenturyLink (156,000 square feet) and Lane Bryant (120,000 square feet).

Additionally, Mr. Clark has landed several significant industrial projects including Restoration Hardware (1.3 million square feet), Mars Petcare (1.3 million square feet), Kellogg (1.2 million square feet), Kraft Foods (937,000 square feet) and Bon Ton (750,000 square feet). He also helped negotiate a public-private partnership to jointly develop 1,200 acres with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed real estate broker, state of Ohio

Mr. Clark holds a Master of Science degree in banking and finance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from The Ohio State University.

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Executive Managing Director, Market Leader - Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh
150 E. Broad Street
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
United States
T  614.883.1068

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Areas of Specialization
  • Landlord Representation
  • Industrial
  • Business Development

Years of Experience
21 years