Ajay  Malhotra

Vice President, Technology & Media Practice

Professional Experience

As a Vice President at CBRE, the global market and brand leader in real estate services, Ajay serves companies with interests in Portland with custom tailored real estate solutions.
Ajay specializes in representing local, national and international tenants who require services such as:
  • Office & Industrial Real Estate Brokerage Services
  • Labor Analytics and Economic Incentives
  • Project Management Services
  • Datacenter Solutions
  • Workplace Strategy
With over 20 years of industry experience in high technology and renewable energy, Ajay is a deep domain expert and brings a unique perspective when crafting real estate solutions with pertinent, compelling advantages for his clients.
As a former senior executive at global brands, Intel Corporation and Cadence Design Systems, Ajay “worked on the inside” at large, publicly traded companies and has a keen appreciation for the myriad drivers of corporate strategy, talent recruitment and retention, hardware and software development and domestic and international growth.
Ajay also had lead roles at startups in business analytics software and clean tech in both Oregon and California. As a result, he comprehends the dynamics - and real estate requirements - of venture capital backed Silicon Forest and Silicon Valley startups seeking stability and sustainable growth as they expand their operations and footprint.
During his own career, Ajay has had extensive experience conducting business, managing and growing organizations not only in USA, but also across Europe and Asia, especially in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and also China / Taiwan, Japan, and India. This multi-cultural fluency enables Ajay to be an effective partner to companies whose business interests transcend borders.
Established and younger growth companies seeking a strategic, informed approach to their real estate needs will enjoy working with Ajay to strategize a real estate plan consistent with their corporate strategy.

Portland technology testimonials & Media:

Luke Kanies, CEO and Founder of Puppet Labs, one of the fastest growing startups in the United States, Technology Association of Oregon’s “Technology Company of the Year – Rising Star” and a CBRE Portland client, observed that, “Since our relocation from Nashville in 2009, Portland has been a great place to grow and attract employees that have collectively made Puppet Labs a trusted name in the IT automation community. CBRE’s acknowledgment that the needs of companies like ours are unique and different from law firms or banks is commendable; so a tech focused practice makes sense to me — congrats to Ajay for carrying the flag for Portland.”

Cloudability CEO and Founder Mat Ellis, a TechStars graduate shared that “Among many other introductions Ajay introduced me to two investors, both of which joined our round. As a result, we were able to do a larger round and close sooner than expected. Connectors like Ajay are very rare. He is intimately familiar with the needs of startups, very well connected and maintains a very high profile in the local community, which means he’s in the right place at the right time to fully apply his network and expertise. We are very grateful to know Ajay and have his support.”

Nat Parker, CEO and Co-Founder of GlobeSherpa, a CBRE client and 2014 winner of Technology Association of Oregon’s “Technology Company Year – Startup” award is a leader in cashless mobile ticketing and mobile payment systems for public transit, added, “It was a delight to work with Ajay, who helped us find an incredible and painless solution after our recent graduation from the ISITE/TiE Pearl incubator. Ajay’s combined tech and business background enabled him to truly understand our business needs, and along with his team, helped us balance moving into a sophisticated office location that reflects our brand and culture while preserving the creative environment and energy that makes us a successful startup.”

“Our move into Block 300 was a critical move to get right,” said Bill Koefoed, CFO of Puppet Labs. “Our office space is tied closely to our culture and is critical in serving our customers. CBRE’s Ajay Malhotra and Sarah Drew were fantastic throughout the process and made sure the move was seamless - we were up and running very quickly with a negligible impact on our employees or operations.”

Scott Grout, CEO of Cedexis, "We had a great experience working with Ajay and the CBRE team. They quickly and efficiently found us a great new space to expand as we grow out our team." JoyceBoss, CFO of Cedexis added, "Ajay and Kristin were amazing to work with.  They consistently exceeded expectations and found us a variety of options that would work well for Cedexis.  Our CBRE team has exceptional customer service and is a true business partner."

Dudley Slater, Private Investor, former President, Direct Health Solutions (Cambia) and former CEO and founder, Integra Telecom commented that "After many months of prospecting for commercial property investments in a crowded, sellers market I was delighted to discover and benefit from the experience and relationship focused perspective offered by Ajay Malhotra and Kristin Hammond. They took the time to listen and think about my unique needs and brought me opportunities from a fresh and thoughtful perspective, ultimately allowing me to make some great decisions in a difficult market.

“Portland has continued to score high on many metrics important to tech startups, creating the vibrant tech community that exists here today. Our aim is to provide a resource-rich environment that will continue to foster and provide world class services and support for our member companies to expand nationally and internationally; and in this context, we applaud the creation of CBRE’s Technology and Media Practice and Ajay’s involvement,” said Skip Newberry, President of the Technology Association of Oregon.

CBRE Announces Completion of Puppet Labs HQ Relocation Project from Pearl to Block 300 Downtown
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CBRE Expands Services to Tech Companies With Technology & Media Practice
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New CBRE VP's tech resume helps sell creative spaces

Technology Association of Oregon taps 5 new leaders
Click here to read the full article on the Portland Business Journal's website

High-Tech Industry Growth Powers Strong Rent Increases In Portland Over Past Two Years