SAN FRANCISCO — Jamie Saunders, formerly Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle in San Francisco, has joined Cresa San Francisco as a Managing Principal. Saunders, with 11 years of commercial real estate experience, will head the firm’s Downtown Market Group and work with Cresa’s other Marketing Principals, Craig Zodikoff in Cresa San Francisco and Matthew Elmquist and Scott Stone in Cresa’s affiliated office in the East Bay, which recently moved to Emeryville.
Saunders will focus on business development and staff recruitment to support the growth of Cresa in the Bay Area, where it is the largest corporate real estate advisory firm specializing in tenant representation.
A top producer at JLL, he started there as a Sales Associate in 2006 (for The Staubach Company, before it was acquired by JLL). He was promoted to Leasing Director and then Vice President. Also at JLL, Saunders was one of the founders of the Technology/High Growth Practice Group, working with Bay Area-based venture-backed companies.
Prior to JLL, Saunders served as a Sales Associate for NAI BT Commercial in San Francisco, where he was one of the founders of its Tenant Solutions Group.
“Jamie is an exceptional fit for Cresa and our business model,” said Zodikoff. “He has specialized in tenant representation throughout his career, he is highly experienced in strategic planning, and he has extensive knowledge of San Francisco’s Financial and South of Market districts. He is also very well connected with our area’s growing technology industry as well as the professional services sector, and we are confident that this will translate to significant growth for Cresa.”
“I think Cresa is a perfect place for me,” said Saunders. “I look forward to contributing to the outstanding team that is already in place, including the partners and brokers who work closely with the professionals in project management and strategic planning to provide integrated corporate services. This is an exciting time for real estate in the Bay Area, and there are great opportunities for Cresa to further its leadership in tenant representation.”
Saunders, a resident of Piedmont in the East Bay, received a B.A. from Hamilton College in New York. An avid runner, he has completed marathons in NYC and Boston.
Saunders serves on the board of CoachArt, which improves the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
California offices of Cresa include San Francisco, East Bay, San Jose, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Orange County, Ontario, and San Diego.
Cresa is an international corporate real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents tenants and specializes in the delivery of fully integrated real estate services, including: Transaction Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Workforce and Location Planning, Subleases and Dispositions, Portfolio / Lease Administration, Capital Markets, Sustainability, Industrial / Supply Chain and Facilities Management. With almost 60 offices, Cresa is the largest tenant representation firm in North America. Through its partnership with Savills, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate services firms, Cresa covers more than 255 locations in 40 countries. For more information visit, www.cresa.com.