Houston, TX (January 27, 2023) — Newmark announces the addition of perennial market leader and top producer in Houston office agency leasing, David Baker. Joining as an Executive Managing Director,Baker specializes in office landlord representation, expanding Newmark’s integrated client offerings in Houston to include agency leasing alongside existing property management and capital markets expertise.
Throughout his three-decade-long career, Baker has been recognized as a top national and local producer and has been recognized as a Houston Business Journal (HBJ) Heavy Hitter almost annually for the past 15 years. Additionally, Baker has won Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association Deal of the Year awards several times. Through all manner of market cycles, Baker has represented over 50 million square feet of leasing in over 200 buildings in every major Houston submarket, including completing over 65 headquarters leases. Baker is credited with hiring and training many of the top office agency leasing professionals in Houston and is an expert at curating project teams to maximize the leasing performance of an asset.
“Newmark leadership’s priority to serve clients from a brokerage perspective at the highest level and attract and retain top talent is apparent in the collaborative, high-quality brokerage and support teams and resources they have built across the platform,” said Baker. “I look forward to growing Newmark’s agency leasing practice in Houston and delivering local leasing results for Newmark’s vast institutional and entrepreneurial relationships.”
During the pandemic in 2020, Baker led teams that produced three of the year’s largest new lease transactions in Houston. In 2022, Baker executed over 40 leases, totaling more than one million square feet, including Houston’s largest new lease—Apache Corp.’s 327,000-square-foot headquarters—and almost 100,000 square feet of new leasing in Houston Center. Baker has over 425,000 square feet of new leasing in the pipeline for the first half of 2023.
“As our Texas presence and growth have continued to compound, bringing on a top-tier agency leasing talent like David in Houston is an important step in our integrated client offerings. Having the opportunity to bring in a hall-of-fame leasing professional like David is a rare opportunity and one we were not going to miss,” said Ran Holman, Executive Vice President and Texas Market Leader. “With a highly decorated career, and institutional client relationships with numerous client recommendations to show for it, David will further elevate the synergy between our North Texas office agency and Texas Capital Markets teams.”
“We are delighted to welcome David to the firm and know that his addition will be an immediate value-add for our clients as we advise them through a dynamic leasing and capital markets environment. David’s deep knowledge and relationships in the Houston market will prove crucial in navigating the current climate,” said Newmark Vice Chairman Chris Murphy, who specializes in office investment sales across Texas. “David’s experience and fundamental understanding of leasing market dynamics is something we are eager to leverage for the benefit of our clients.”