Scope of Service Experience
NAI Puget Sound Properties (December 2018 - Present)
Metropolist Group (June 2017 - December 2018)
Cairn Consulting (February 2014 - Present)
Background & Experience
Kelly is a commercial real estate professional specializing in retail and restaurant tenant representation, triple-net leasing along with owner user and investment property acquisitions. He brings a unique entrepreneurial perspective to NAI with over ten years of business ownership. A Washington native, he spent the entirety of his previous twenty-five plus professional career in the Seattle area hospitality industry and his resume reads like a Zagat guide to top-rated Northwest restaurants.
Having opened thirteen restaurants and numerous retail and food-related businesses, Kelly brings a talent to the table that most cannot – years of experience in owning and operating businesses. He knows first-hand the challenges, pressures and typical demands that property and business owners face. This direct knowledge with his attention for understanding the client’s needs becomes a strategic service that is at the minimum targeted, relevant and trusted. Landlords benefit from his understanding of their goals, market assessment, fiscal risks, tenant demographics, and culture. He explores and presents various options that not only meet the financial goals but also align both parties for success and growth. When representing the tenant, Kelly is compelled to ensure that they are fully aware of what they’re pursuing with a sound understanding of business, ownership, financial ability and therefore, a plan.
Kelly is a natural relationship builder by his diverse spectrum of connections. He will be regarded as one of the most passionate, hands-on, hardest working brokers in the region. He invests his time to learn and understand the dynamics that drive the market to include key players/people.
Outside of work, Kelly is just that: outside. His propensity and tenacity to learn and overcome difficult objectives have naturally led him to mountaineer. He has successfully summited many of the Cascade peaks including Mount Rainier and most of the Volcanoes. Currently, his sights are set on Mont Blanc and Denali. When he’s not rock climbing, bagging peaks, in the back-country skiing, teaching at the Seattle Mountaineers or leisurely paddle boarding down a winding river, he can still be found in local kitchens helping his family of chefs. Kelly’s passion for local food is as infectious as his pursuit to live boldly and honestly. His robust personality has made him a well-known chef/figure and broker in his hometown Seattle.
Professional Associations & Designations
Commercial Brokers Association
Seattle Restaurant Alliance
James Beard Foundation
Washington Hospitality Association
International Council of Shopping Centers