New Hires

july 22, 2014

Geoffrey Harris Joins CBRE Capital Markets Debt & Structured Finance Team as Senior Vice President

CBRE has announced that Geoffrey Harris has joined the firm’s Capital Markets Debt and Structured Finance (DSF) team in Phoenix, Ariz. as a Senior Vice President.  Mr. Harris, one of the top finance professionals in the Phoenix commercial real estate industry, has had a nationwide focus on both net leased and other smaller loan financings, but will also offer clients the full array of CBRE Debt and Structured Finance loan programs.

”I am thrilled to welcome Geoff to the team. He is a wonderful complement to our team of best-in-class debt and structured finance professionals,” said Bruce Francis, vice chairman with CBRE’s Capital Markets Debt and Structured Finance team. “His experience and skill set will expand CBRE’s reach and strengthen our capabilities to serve the diverse needs of our investment clients across the country.”

Mr. Harris comes to CBRE from Meridian where he was a managing director for the past two years. Prior to that he was a top performer at Marcus & Millichap, where he was ranked as a “Top Five Broker” nationally from 2007 through 2011 and a “Top Loan Originator” for three consecutive years from 2008 to 2010. Additionally, he was the recipient of Marcus & Millichap’s National Achievement Award for five consecutive years. Mr. Harris brings nearly 16 years of experience to our Debt & Structured Finance team and has closed more than 2,000 transactions totaling more than $3 billion. 

“Geoff’s years of experience coupled with his deep market knowledge make him an excellent addition to our team. In addition, he is one of the most respected finance professionals in the Phoenix commercial real estate market,” said Craig Henig, CBRE’s senior managing director and Arizona market leader. “In our business things like integrity, trust and confidence define the line between success and failure. Geoff is the epitome of these qualities and we are fortunate to be able to call him one of our own going forward.”

CBRE Capital Markets combines the company’s investment sales and mortgage banking businesses into a single, fully-integrated global service offering. CBRE is the worldwide leader in the acquisition and disposition of income-producing properties for third-party owners, and the firm’s mortgage banking group is a leader in debt and equity placement for all property types. By encompassing debt and equity solutions, the group ultimately provides investors with the maximum flexibility to achieve their capital needs. CBRE's Debt and Structured Finance serves as a trusted advisor to provide innovative financial solutions for our clients’ commercial real estate investment needs.

Mr. Harris holds a B.S. in business management from Southwest Texas State University. Outside of CBRE he is actively involved in the community donating to and volunteering with numerous organizations including Boys Hope Girls Hope Arizona, Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Brokers for Kids of Arizona, American Liver Foundation, Arizona March of Dimes among many others. He is also very dedicated to raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.




june 12, 2014

CBRE Enhances Service Offering With Addition of Jay Lefevers, Founding Principal of Viewpoint Group, LLC

CBRE’s Phoenix office has announced that Jay Lefevers, founding principal of Phoenix-based Viewpoint Group, LLC will join CBRE’s Valuation and Advisory Services team. This addition further enhances CBRE’s platform and will position the company to better service its clients throughout the region.

“I am excited to welcome Jay to the CBRE team,” said Mike Rowland, senior managing director of CBRE’s Valuation and Advisory Services Intermountain Region. “Jay is one of the top appraisal professionals in Arizona and this addition ensures our ability to continue providing the highest level of service for our clients.”

CBRE repeated as the No. 1-ranked firm in this year’s Phoenix Business Journal's Commercial Real Estate Appraisers List. Rankings were determined by the number of appraisals completed in 2013. CBRE recorded 1,174 appraisals and was followed by Viewpoint Group, LLC with 760. CBRE has consistently been at the top of this list for several years. 

“Joining CBRE presents an unparalleled opportunity for my clients,” said Mr. Lefevers. “My extensive experience with large lending institutions and national corporations, coupled with the ability to leverage CBRE’s global platform, will allow for an unrivalled level of service for current and future clients.”

Mr. Lefevers has more than 27 years of experience in the appraisal business. He has served as a member of the National Grievance Committee for the Ethics/Counseling Department of the Appraisal Institute, was the Education Chairman for the Phoenix Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and has served on the Experience Review Committee for the Appraisal Institute. 

“Commercial real estate is a business where relationships matter – where things like integrity, trust and confidence define the line between success and failure. This is why our RISE values are so central to everything we do,” said Craig Henig, CBRE’s senior managing director and Arizona market leader. “Jay is the embodiment of those values and I’m proud to welcome him to CBRE. This is an exciting milestone as we continue to strive for excellence in the service we provide our clients.”

CBRE’s Valuation and Advisory Services Intermountain region, which is headquartered in Phoenix, provides comprehensive valuations on complex real estate in an expeditious and cost effective manner. Products and services offered extend beyond real property valuations to include market/feasibility studies, consulting services, rent surveys, site inspections, litigation support and expert testimony.