Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) Global Corporate Services has hired James McLaughlin, a commercial real estate veteran whose career history includes managing ground-up developments, to be Senior Managing Director of Program Management, responsible for the U.S. southwestern region.
“This is a big hire for us in Houston,” said Jim Adams, executive vice president and managing director for NGKF’s Houston office. “The Texas markets are very dynamic right now and Jim brings significant experience working across all property and deal types to our global services team.”
Mr. McLaughlin, who has spent over 30 years in various Houston area commercial real estate positions, was most recently a managing director with CBRE. He was Vice President of Project and Development Management for Trammell Crow Co. before it was acquired by CBRE.
“I spent 12 years overseeing a full-service department of project management professionals who delivered all types of ground-up development, including office buildings, industrial warehouses, retail centers, hospitals and tenant interior improvements,” Mr. McLaughlin said. For the past three and a half years, he was part of CBRE’s national healthcare team serving major hospital systems across the country.
The booming oil and energy business in Houston has fueled a super-hot real estate market, noted Mr. McLaughlin.
“There is more client-driven development going on here than anywhere else in the country,” he said. “Available space is very tight. I have a great deal of experience helping clients make things happen despite the challenges that may exist.”
“Jim is a strong advocate for our clients, the best project manager in the business,” said NGKF Senior Managing Director Brandi McDonald, who has worked with Mr. McLaughlin in the past. “We will mobilize his expertise across our Global Corporate Services platform.”
Mr. McLaughlin’s real estate career is rounded out by a second career as a professional jazz trombonist. Shortly after graduating from the University of North Texas music program, Mr. McLaughlin played in the house orchestra at Caesar’s Palace and other Las Vegas casinos, backing up stars like Sammy Davis Jr., Cher, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bill Cosby and Liberace. He remains a union musician, and recently performed in the orchestra with singer Johnny Mathis in concert at the Galveston Opera House.
“We could not be more enthusiastic about having Jim join NGKF’s band of professionals based in the region he has come to know and love so well,” said Mr. Adams.
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