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Thomas M. Lee

Executive Managing Director

Thomas Lee is as an executive managing director with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. An office specialist with a diverse, 30-year career in commercial real estate, Mr. Lee has significant expertise in all aspects of landlord and tenant representation, investment sales, build-to-suit and ground-up development and land sales. His understanding of complex real estate and development transactions, extensive market knowledge and insightful perception of economic indicators allows him to provide invaluable perspective to his clients. Throughout his career, Mr. Lee has completed lease transactions representing over 15.0 million square feet in the Denver region, including ground-up development project experience totaling 25 different buildings and over 4.0 million square feet.

Mr. Lee's focus on headquarter relocations, ground-up development and build-to-suit projects continues to re-shape the Denver skyline. He has successfully concluded leasing and marketing campaigns for some of the most high-profile developments in the Denver metropolitan area, including Panorama Corporate Center, Westmoor Technology Park, MediaNews Group Corporate Headquarters and Gates Corporation World Headquarters. He played an integral role in prospecting tenants for 1800 Larimer Street that resulted in delivering the project 78.3% pre-leased in a down market. Completed in 2010, it is the first high-rise office building constructed in Denver's CBD in over 25 years and one of the first in the country to receive LEED Platinum status.

Focused on cost-effectiveness, timeliness and bottom-line results, Mr. Lee has earned a reputation for building strong networks and long-standing client relationships. These connections, together with his intimate market knowledge and understanding of complex financial conditions, enable him to construct result-driven client strategies for clients.

GROUND-UP DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS:

  • Westmoor Technology Park: 10 buildings: 1.2 million SF
  • Panorama Corporate Center; 7 buildings: 820,000 SF
  • 1800 Larimer: 495,000 SF
  • Media New Headquarters: 320,000 SF
  • Gates World Headquarters: 285,000 SF
  • CoBank Headquarters: 276,000 SF
  • Z Block Redevelopment: 220,000 SF
  • The Point at Inverness: 187,000 SF
  • IHS Building: 180,000 SF

PARTIAL LIST OF TRANSACTIONS AND CLIENTS:

Landlord Representation

  • Westfield Development/Westmoor: 1.2 million SF
  • CarrAmerica, Blackstone/Panorama Corporate Center: 820,000 SF
  • Shea/Village Center Station: 750,000 SF
  • Westfield Development, Invesco/1800 Larimer (Lease): 500,000 SF
  • Lionstone/900 & 990 South Broadway (Lease): 308,000 SF
  • Legacy, Kennedy/Gates Corp. World Headquarters (Build-to-Suit): 285,000 SF
  • SKB/1660 Lincoln (Lease): 283,000 SF
  • McWhinney/Grand American/Z Block: 220,000 SF
  • Legacy Partners/Alamo Plaza (Lease): 192,000 SF
  • KBS/The Point at Inverness (Lease): 187,000 SF
  • Legacy Partners/700 17th Street (Lease): 182,000 SF
  • Los Angeles Daily News Publishing Company/Headquarters Building (Sale): 123,360 SF; $29,000,000

Tenant Representation

  • Media News Group (build-to-suit) : 675,000 SF
  • Charles Schwab (Lease) : 272,000 SF
  • Square Two (Multiple Transactions) : 150,000 SF
  • MCI (Lease) : 107,000 SF
  • Morgan Stanley (Two Leases) : 67,055 SF
  • Liberty Global : 70,000 SF
  • Transamerica Capital (Lease) : 59,000 SF
  • Boy Scouts of America (Lease & Sale) : 21,000 SF Lease; 53,000 SF Sale
  • Old Mutual (Lease) : 43,000 SF
  • Marsico Capital Management (Lease) : 42,000 SF
  • Chotin Properties/5675 DTC Boulevard (Sale) : 45,870 SF
  • American Lung Association (Sale) : 40,700 SF
  • Rivet Software (Lease) : 41,000 SF

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Top 10 Producer, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Denver, 2011
  • Number One Producer, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Denver, 2000, 2003 and 2008
  • Top Office Broker of the Year, NAIOP, 2000

AFFILIATIONS:

  • Board of governors, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
  • Board member, Downtown Denver Inc. (DDI), 2012 - 2015
  • President, Denver Board of REALTORS®, 1992 and 1993
  • Director, University of Colorado Real Estate Council
  • Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Board of advisors, University of Colorado at Denver Business School
  • Founding member, ExecConnect
  • Board member, Colorado Children's Chorale

Mr. Lee is a graduate of the 50 for Colorado Leadership Program offered by University of Colorado at Boulder's Leeds Business School. He also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in finance and real estate.

Thomas M. Lee
Thomas M. Lee
Executive Managing Director
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
1800 Larimer Street
Suite 1700
Denver, CO 80202
United States
T  303.260.4365
Fax: 720.264.8365


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Areas of Specialization
  • Office Leasing
  • Global Corporate Services
  • Build-to-Suit Projects

Years of Experience
31 years