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Lee & Associates taps NJ executive for East Coast expansion

Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in North America, has announced that Brian Lynch, president of Lee & Associates New Jersey, has been named chief strategy officer in charge of East Coast expansion.

“After continued successful U.S. expansion and growth into Canada and Europe, Lee & Associates is committing additional resources to continue expanding our East Coast presence,” said Jeffrey Rinkov, CEO of Lee & Associates.

“Brian brings an excellent understanding of the landscape and a keen eye on the dynamics of this broker market. We are excited to have him lead our expansion efforts.”

According to Rinkov, the primary push will be focused on the Boston, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Raleigh Durham, and Miami markets, with an additional 10 to 12 Eastern markets expected to be added in the next two years.

Prior to joining Lee & Associates in 2009, Lynch founded Commercial Realty Associates in 1995, providing landlord representation, property management, and construction management services to small and mid-sized companies.

He later expanded his services to his clients, founding CRA Architecture and Design in 2007.

Said Lynch: “Before I joined Lee & Associates, I operated a successful, profitable New Jersey firm. Since joining Lee, I now service clients on a national and international basis. Many of the clients I now have would never be my clients before I had the Lee platform. I simply could not have serviced their needs the way I can now.”

According to Lynch, the revenue generated by Lee & Associates New Jersey is up over 1,000 percent in eight years, staff has increased from four people to more than 50 with almost 30 agents.

“Lee & Associates provides the best of all worlds by allowing me to operate a brokerage firm without bureaucracy, but still provides me the infrastructure and network to service client needs. And because of our unique business model, which provides a platform of which each office is 100 percent broker-owned and managed, Lee is a model that has proven itself over and over again.”

In the last two years, Lee & Associates has opened offices in Walnut Creek, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Pasadena, CA; Vancouver, B.C.; Eastern Pennsylvania; Cleveland and Columbus, OH, Houston, Texas and Seattle, Washington.

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