Commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews plans to open an office in the East Bay in the first quarter of next year, as well as opening its first Southern California office, in San Diego, on Jan. 15.
The East Bay office will be in or near Oakland, said Kidder CEO Jeff Lyon.
The 450-employee company based in Seattle has doubled its size and revenue in the last 10 or so years, largely by expanding to Northern California, where it already has three offices, in San Francisco, Redwood Shores and San Jose.
The company has 74 brokers in the Bay Area and expects to hire 10 to 15 brokers in the full-service East Bay office. The company already has a property management office in Pleasanton, which manages 415,000 square feet in the greater Bay Area.
Companywide, there are a total of nine offices, and Kidder is projecting revenue of $90 million this year, up more than 8 percent over last year, said Lyon.
Kidder hired Jim Bowles, a veteran leader in the Puget Sound area's commercial real estate industry, to help Kidder Mathews get bigger by expanding in California. Kidder is the fourth large real estate services company that Bowles has helped lead, and Kidder CEO Jeff Lyon said Bowles "has got the grand slam now." Bowles is the company's new president of the brokerage division.
In addition to hiring Bowles, Kidder is expanding the leadership role of company President and Chief Operating Officer Gordon Buchan, who will now also serve as the company's chief financial officer.
The move comes as part of management's succession plan for the company.
"Not that I'm going anywhere," said Lyon, who is 62.
Kidder is a privately held brokerage known for using commission structures and a nontraditional corporate structure to land top-producing brokers.
Lyon said that Kidder's long-term growth strategy is to be a West Coast company.
"To bring in Jim is really significant for us because of the breadth of his experience," he added.
Bowles, 58, has worked in the industry since 1978. He led another large brokerage, CBRE, for 13 years until resigning at the end of June. He previously worked at Colliers International and Cushman & Wakefield.
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