Doug Nicholson is senior managing director of the Houston Investment/Industrial Services Group at Newmark Knight Frank. A licensed real estate broker since 1974, he has been active in the commercial real estate business since 1979. Upon graduation from Rice University in Houston, Texas, Mr. Nicholson joined Shell Oil Corporation as purchasing agent for Houston and later Gretna, Louisiana. In 1972, he joined Nicholson Company, an industrial supplier of pumps, generators and compressors and served as president, with management and sales responsibilities, until going full-time into the real estate business in 1979 when he joined the local real estate brokerage firm of Boyd/DeBlanc & Brown Company. His specialization and success in the Northwest Houston industrial market led to his becoming a partner in the firm in 1985 where he was named vice president.
In 1988, Mr. Nicholson joined Grubb & Ellis, formerly Henry S. Miller/Grubb & Ellis, which is the one of the largest providers of commercial real estate marketing services in the country. Within his first year at the company, he qualified as an Senior Marketing Consultant (SMC), which is based on the total volume of production. In 1996, he was awarded the NAIOP Industrial Broker of the Year award. Mr. Nicholson has consistently ranked as a “Top Ten” Producer for the Houston office since 1992. He was the #1 Top Producer for 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2001. He placed second in the Top Ten Producers for 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2007. Mr. Nicholson was the #1 Top Producer for the Texas region in 2001 and was ranked as the #3 broker in the Texas region for 2007 and 2008. On the Grubb & Ellis Top 20 National list, he ranked as #7 for 2003, #20 in 2007 and in 2008 he ranked #8. He was bestowed the honor by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s “MVPs Among the Heavy Hitters” in commercial real estate. Mr. Nicholson has consistently qualified for the prestigious Circle of Excellence award which recognizes the Top 100 brokers in the company. He was also a member of the Grubb & Ellis Board of Directors.
Mr. Nicholson was a three (3) year letterman in both baseball and football at Rice University from which he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree.