Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

10:00-11:00        Morning Keynote: Transformational Leadership in the New Age of Real Estate


Christopher Lee brings with him over 30 years of experience in strategic and long-range planning, performance improvement, compensation and organizational development within the real estate industry. Mr. Lee's background, which includes diversified experience in real estate development, land-use economics, strategic planning, investment analysis, workouts, mergers/acquisitions, compensation, finance, and performance benchmarking, enables him to contribute an interdisciplinary approach to the overall process of analyzing and guiding real estate organizations and project teams.


Mr. Lee's areas of specialization include the following:

 Preparation of strategic and long-range business plans, development of optimal organizational structures and facilitation of strategic, leadership and management retreats; Analysis and determination of real estate investment opportunities and constraints;

 Operational and organizational audit/assessments to maximize profitability, performance and productivity;

 Assessment, design/development and implementation of Executive, Management and Company salary, annual and long-term incentive compensation programs;

 Merger and acquisition assistance, and capital formation;

 Creation of branding, marketing and business development strategies and plans; Concept development, product identification, leasing strategies and product positioning;

 Preparation of corporate asset, succession and governance plans;

 Tenant, resident, client, broker and employee satisfaction measurement programs.


Mr. Lee has been actively involved with many real estate companies as well as the financial planning and development of office, retail, mixed-use, lodging, industrial and residential projects. Mr. Lee and his company have completed assignments for approximately 500 different real estate firms. In addition, Mr. Lee has directed the preparation of nearly 6,500 preliminary business plans for troubled assets, was involved in the liquidation of 30 savings and loans, directed several secondary marketing transactions, and developed the initial, nationwide troubled asset review data system for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.


Mr. Lee is a frequent contributor to national journals and a keynote speaker at conferences sponsored by national real estate associations. Mr. Lee has authored a 2012 book entitled Transformational Leadership in the New Age of Real Estate, as well as From Good to Great to Best-in-Class, A Real Estate Leader’s Guide to Optimal Performance, and co-authored a book on the Development Process for lodging facilities. In addition, Mr. Lee has served on the Advisory Board for the Business School and Real Estate School at San Diego State University and serves on the Metropolitan Research Center, College of Architecture And Planning at the University of Utah. Mr. Lee recently served on the Board of Cogdell Spencer, a publically-traded REIT, where he was part of the team which guided the firm through its recent sale to Ventas. He is active in/with many professional organizations including: IFMA, National Apartment Association, BOMA, IREM, NAIOP, NAREIT, Urban Land Institute, National Multi Housing Council, and the U.S. Green Building Council. He has authored many articles on real estate strategy, compensation, and performance benchmarking which have appeared in a number of national professional magazines. Mr. Lee also serves as the editor for Strategic Advantage, a nationwide monthly e-newsletter received by approximately 12,000 senior executives of real estate companies. Mr. Lee has his Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Development.

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