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Thomas M. Lee

Executive Managing Director

Thomas Lee is as an executive managing director with Newmark Knight Frank. An office specialist with a diverse, 33-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 4.5 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 allowed it to be built, financed and leased. Most recently, Dairy Block at 1800 Wazee, a 285,000 SF office project in LoDo, is under construction after a successful pre-lease to Prologis.

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.


  • Westmoor Technology Park: 10 buildings: 1.3 million SF
  • Panorama Corporate Center: 7 buildings: 820,000 SF
  • 1800 Larimer: 495,000 SF
  • Charter Building: 325,000 SF
  • Media New Headquarters: 320,000 SF
  • Dairy Block Redevelopment: 285,000 SF
  • Gates World Headquarters: 285,000 SF
  • CoBank Headquarters: 276,000 SF
  • The Point at Inverness: 187,000 SF
  • IHS Building: 180,000 SF


Landlord Representation

  • Westfield Development/Westmoor: 1.3 million SF
  • Shea/Village Center Station: 850,000 SF
  • CarrAmerica, Blackstone/Panorama Corporate Center: 820,000 SF
  • Westfield Development, Invesco/1800 Larimer (Lease): 500,000 SF
  • Lionstone/900 & 990 South Broadway (Lease): 308,000 SF
  • McWhinney/Grand American/Dairy Block: 285,000 SF
  • Legacy, Kennedy/Gates Corp. World Headquarters (Build-to-Suit): 285,000 SF
  • SKB/1660 Lincoln (Lease): 283,000 SF
  • Legacy Partners/Alamo Plaza Redevelopment (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; $29.0 million
  • ProLogis Regional Headquarters (Lease): 76,000 SF

Tenant Representation

  • Media News Group (build-to-suit): 675,000 SF
  • MCI (16 leases): 330,000 SF
  • Charles Schwab (Lease): 272,000 SF
  • Square Two (Multiple Transactions): 180,000 SF
  • Morgan Stanley (Multiple Transactions): 75,000 SF
  • Liberty Global headquarters (Lease): 70,000 SF
  • Morgan Stanley (Two Leases): 67,055 SF
  • Transamerica Capital (Lease): 59,000 SF
  • Boy Scouts of America (Lease & Sale): 21,000 SF Lease; 53,000 SF Sale
  • Chotin Properties/5675 DTC Boulevard (Sale): 45,870 SF
  • Old Mutual (Lease): 43,000 SF
  • Marsico Capital Management (Lease): 42,000 SF
  • American Lung Association (Sale): 40,700 SF
  • Rivet Software (Lease): 41,000 SF
  • OpTerra Energy (Multiple Transactions): 40,000 SF


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


  • Board of governors, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, 2012 - present
  • Board member, Downtown Denver Partnership, 2012 - present
  • Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI), 1996 - present
  • President, Denver Board of REALTORS®, 1992 and 1993
  • Director, University of Colorado Real Estate Council
  • Board of advisors, University of Colorado at Denver Business School
  • Founding member, ExecConnect
  • Member, NAIOP
  • Former 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 holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in finance and real estate.

Thomas M. Lee
Thomas M. Lee
Executive Managing Director
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
  • Ground-up Development
  • Global Corporate Services
  • Build-to-Suit Projects

Years of Experience
33 years