Gregory May is the executive vice president and regional managing director for Newmark Knight Frank’s Southwest region. In this position, Mr. May leads brokerage operations for all service lines across the region’s 12 offices. He also manages revenue growth, profitability, client relations, fiduciary governance, strategic planning, top industry recruitment and business development and has oversight of more than 300 commercial real estate brokers.
In addition, Mr. May provides counsel on national corporate initiatives and is instrumental in strategizing and executing expanding markets. He has successfully expanded NKF’s Southwest region’s client offerings in the areas of capital markets, multihousing, occupier services, office tenant and landlord representation, retail and senior housing. A consummate advisor and mentor focused on operational excellence, Mr. May is credited with increasing the Southern California professional brokerage personnel by 155% over five years to 296 top-tier talented producers along with building an unmatched western regional marketing platform. Under his leadership, NKF advanced to rank second among commercial real estate brokerages in office and retail capital markets investment sales.
Prior to his transition from brokerage to management, Mr. May consistently ranked among Newmark Knight Frank’s top performing brokerage professionals nationally. His previous roles include vice president at Transwestern, leasing director of the USAA western region and vice president at the Newport Beach 0ffice of CBRE.
Over the course of a nearly 26-year career, Mr. May has worked with numerous regional national firms as well as many of Orange County’s premier landlords and tenants. His professional achievements have won him numerous awards, and the Business Journal has named him one of the “Most Influential People in Los Angeles and Orange County.” Mr. May is regularly quoted in regional and trade magazines, and he currently serves on the board of directors of NAIOP SoCal.