Jeff Read co-founded Read King Commercial Real Estate in 1991, and he currently serves as a Principal and Managing Partner, overseeing the firm’s strategic planning, capitalization, and major tenant relationships. Under his leadership, Read King has grown into a leading retail, medical office, and build-to-suit developer in the Southwest. In addition, the company provides full-service brokerage and property management services for its own account and for select clients.
Within the past 20 years, Read King Commercial has developed over 3 Million square feet of Class A retail space, over 30 medical office properties, and dozens of build-to-suit projects. The firm has also recently expanded its development expertise to include office condominium and luxury multi-family to complement its horizontal mixed-use initiative. In 2016, Mr. Read co-founded Front Row Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of Read King, focusing on single-tenant build-to-suit development for retail, restaurant, and medical clients. Since its founding, Front Row has completed - or has under development – projects with a combined market value of over $300 million.
Prior to founding Read King Commercial, Mr. Read was an independent broker specializing in retail tenant representation. In that capacity, he completed over 250 transactions for tenants such as IHOP, Taco Cabana, Walgreens, Whataburger, World Gym, Carrabba’s, Sonic, and Amy’s Ice Cream.
Jeff is a native Houstonian. He has been active in retail brokerage, investment, and development since earning his BBA in Finance/Real Estate from Baylor University in 1982, where he met Lauren, his wife and most trusted advisor of 33 years. Jeff and Lauren have four adult children: Austin, Travis, Bryan, and Caroline. Austin and Travis are currently employed at Read King.
Jeff is active in numerous real estate, social, and charitable organizations. His spare time is spent with family and friends, and he enjoys travel, golf, fly fishing, summers in Colorado, and time on Galveston Bay.