NAI Partners Officially Debuts in Austin
Austin, TX, October 19, 2016 – NAI Partners, one of the largest independently-owned commercial real estate firms in Texas, formally announced its entrance into Austin and that it has hired office veteran David Dawkins as Managing Vice President to develop and lead its expansion into the Austin Market.
Mr. Dawkins comes to NAI Partners from ECR – Equitable Commercial Realty where he helped grow their tenant representation practice. Tim Laine, formerly of Cushman & Wakefield, has joined as Senior Associate; and rounding out NAI Partners’ Austin team is Ryan Clark as an Associate.
“We believe David is the perfect person to lead our new Austin office,” said Jon Silberman, Managing Partner of NAI Partners. “The breadth and depth of his experience, market knowledge and dedication to client service will be of great benefit throughout the company as we continue to expand and enhance the range of commercial real estate services we offer our clients.”
According to ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate, of the top 75 U.S. markets to watch, Austin has ascended to the number-two position.
“With the strong economics of the Austin market, this is an opportunity for NAI Partners to strike while the iron’s hot,” said Griff Bandy, Partner-in-Charge for Austin. “We are excited to build our firm regionally across several of the largest major cities in Texas. We will continue to pursue top talent in the Austin market to grow our dynamic team of professionals. We see the synergy among these three markets, and are very excited about the future of NAI Partners.”
Mr. Dawkins is a 12-year veteran of the industry and has experience in many aspects of commercial real estate, having representing numerous firms in the lease or purchase of office and industrial properties. Prior to ECR, Mr. Dawkins was with Commercial Real Estate Solutions where he developed and implemented a turnkey process for companies evaluating renewals, expansions, relocations and purchases.
As the market leader, Mr. Dawkins is activity working on building the office with the goal of hiring an additional 10 brokers within the next two years. Although he will initially focus on building the brokerage arm—geared towards the office and industrial sectors—the company will also move into developing and leading other lines of business in Austin to work in concert with our Houston operations.
“This is an exciting time for NAI Partners and I am proud to be a part of its growth,” said Mr. Dawkins. “I look forward to building and leading NAI Partners’ Austin office. With talent like Tim and Ryan to help assist in creating a dynamic team, I am thrilled to join such an impressive group of real estate professionals.”
Headquartered in Houston, NAI Partners has thoughtfully and strategically expanded its reach throughout Texas, having previously opened a San Antonio office in 2015.
Expanding to Austin and San Antonio has also served as a catalyst to developing new lines of business, which include a fully-integrated Landlord Services division which encompasses property management, third-party leasing, construction management and project management, as well as an investment management division the company is calling its Investment Fund. The latter has been charged with assembling a portfolio of office and industrial assets worth $200 million to $250 million.