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David Howard

President, Lee & Associates

David Howard is president of Lee & Associates. Prior to becoming the commercial real estate firm’s president, Howard served on Lee & Associates’ board of directors for four years. His team specializes in strategic representation of tenants, buyers and sellers of investment properties. He co-founded the firm’s Tenant Advisory Group. He came to Lee in 2005 from Resource Commercial Real Estate, a tenant representation commercial real estate company that he founded and grew to six offices and 62 agents. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Howard’s recent accomplishments include increasing Lee & Associates annual revenue 36 percent. He also developed a sales training program for junior agents and associates in San Diego. For his efforts, Howard has received the Leaders in Lee Award and the Most Valuable Manager, an annual company award.

ALMA MATER: California State University Fullerton

FUN FACT: He has been to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. He has lived in Guantanamo Bay, San Juan, Puerto Rico and in Saint Thomas while in the Coast Guard.

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Never let fear decide your fate.”