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Harry Lake

Chief Executive Officer

Harry Lake serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Koa Partners (Koa) and is responsible for the overall strategy of the privately-held firm. In this capacity, Mr. Lake leads a character-driven team focused on delivering real estate solutions to clients it is called to serve.

Prior to founding Koa, Mr. Lake was the Chief Investment Officer for Neal Richards Group (NRG) and was responsible for the investment strategy of the firm as it organically grew its diversified portfolio beyond $1 Billion in asset value. Mr. Lake oversaw acquisition, asset management, disposition, and capital market activities as the firm interfaced with individual and institutional stakeholders.

Prior to joining NRG, Mr. Lake served ten years with the Trammell Crow Company (TCC) and was the Principal responsible for the US acquisition strategy for the firm, a wholly owned development-and-investment subsidiary of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). Mr. Lake led a central team to manage the investment of acquisition capital on behalf of TCC and its partners across 15 nationally distributed offices. Mr. Lake was also responsible for supporting the capital markets function within TCC in order to raise debt financing and deploy programmatic capital focused on commercial real estate development.
Mr. Lake has worked in the real estate investment industry since 1998 and honorably served six years in the Hawaii Army National Guard. Mr. Lake is a triple-major graduate from the University of Hawaii (UH) and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS).

Mr. Lake is active in the communities that he serves. He is active in the Urban Land Institute’s Redevelopment & Reuse Council (RRC), Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), The Real Estate Council (TREC), and the Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Red Cross Blood Services Board in Dallas as well as a graduate of the Associate Leadership Council (ALC), Leadership Dallas, and Leadership SoCal. Mr. Lake is a licensed broker in both California and Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional focused on advancing sustainable real estate practices.

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Leander Johnson

VICE PRESIDENT, BROKERAGE & INVESTMENT

Leander Johnson serves as Vice President of Brokerage and Investment at Koa Partners. In this capacity, Mr. Johnson oversees the strategic development and implementation of brokerage activities at the firm.

Prior to joining Koa Partners, he worked extensively as a landlord rep broker focusing on office transactions helping many large national tenants, owners, developers, and investors. His experiences include Design/Space planning, Micro/Macro market strategy, Creative deal structuring, Project/Construction Management, and Asset Management, which has enabled him to drive strategic financial and transactional results in excess of $80MM

Additionally, in prior roles he has experience working with Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) borrowers advising on matters such as loan workouts and modifications, assumptions, structured defeasance, lenders consents, and other complex issues.  He has developed strong relationships within the commercial real estate community by producing measurable bottom-line results with integrity.

He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and has also completed additional coursework through the Harvard Business School (HBS) finance certificate program. Mr. Johnson is active in the commercial real community, serving on the Advisory Board of Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) DFW Chapter and the UrbanPlan Committee. He is the Co-chair of ULI NEXT and is active with The Real Estate Council (TREC). He serves on the board of Friends of Fair Park and was selected to be a part of NAIOP’s Developing Leaders National Forum. Leander was also appointed by the Mayor of Dallas, Eric Johnson, to serve as Chair of the South Dallas/Fair Park Opportunity Fund to help facilitate economic development projects in neighborhoods surrounding the South Dallas/Fair Park community.

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