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.
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.