Meet JLL Houston’s 2016 Heavy Hitters

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May 20, 2016

Each year the local business journal sets out to identify some of the highest performing commercial real estate brokers in town. This year, four of our top producers were named Heavy Hitters. Combined, these top achievers have billions of dollars’ worth of transactions, tens of millions of square feet, and more than a century of experience under their belts. We’re proud to have them as part of the JLL family and congratulate them on their well-deserved achievements. We are pleased to introduce to you JLL Houston’s 2016 Heavy Hitters.


Heavy HittersGarrold Parratt, Executive Vice President – Office Tenant Representation

With more than 30 years of experience, Garrold Parratt has consistently been recognized as one of Houston’s leading commercial real estate brokers. Garrold is regularly ranked as a top producer within JLL and has been named a Heavy Hitter by the Houston Business Journal on numerous previous occasions. One of his most significant deals in 2015 involved helping a client consolidate their operations and move into a new headquarters space as a lead-tenant in a newly-delivered office building.

A cowboy at heart, Garrold is a member of the National Cutting Horse, National Reining Horse and National Sorting Cow Horse Association. He is also a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Not surprisingly, when not at work, Garrold can be found relaxing with family on his ranch in Richmond.

What do you like most about living and working in Houston?

“Having been born and raised in Houston, I would live nowhere else. The one thing that never changes in our city is the ‘can do’ mentality and overall friendly and positive attitude of all Houstonians.”


Heavy HittersSteve Burkett, CCIM, Executive Vice President – Office Tenant Representation

Steve Burkett has more than 35 years of experience representing tenants in transactions. Widely respected across the industry, Steve has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career including the NAIOP Office Broker of the Year award and The Staubach Company’s highest honor, the Champion of Excellence award.

When not working, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and cooking for friends. He’s also active with Theatre Under the Stars. He previously served on its board and is currently the immediate past Chair of the Board. As for what he knows now that he wishes he knew when starting his career: “Everything – as I knew nothing when I started fresh out of college.”

What do you like most about living and working in Houston?

“Houston is a great place to live, raise a family and, of course, work. The open and welcoming attitude of Houstonians is like a welcome mat to newcomers. Houston is truly a ‘wildcatters’ city. Hard work and a good attitude will go a long way here. The many great attributes of Houston can be shown through the arts: Theatre Under the Stars, the Alley Theatre, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet and the new MATCH facility in Midtown have all been developed by the private sector of Houston and truly demonstrate the generosity and focus on quality of life as a priority for Houstonians.”


Heavy HittersDavid Bale, Executive Vice President – Office Tenant Representation

David Bale is a 29-year veteran of Houston’s commercial real estate business. Over the course of his career, he has negotiated more than 5 million square feet of lease transactions and has been named a Houston Business Journal Heavy Hitter on six other occasions. He has previously served on the boards of the Post Oak YMCA and of Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Outside of work, David keeps busy as a longtime coach with the Post Oak Little League.

What do you like most about living and working in Houston?

“The people. People influence every environment, and Houston’s diversity and pro-business culture help create tremendous opportunities for those who choose to take advantage of it.”


Heavy HittersMark Nicholas, SIOR, Executive Vice President – Industrial/Land Brokerage

Mark Nicholas is an Executive Vice President within JLL Houston’s Industrial/Land Brokerage Services group. This was Mark’s 14th time being named a Houston Business Journal Heavy Hitter. In his 29 years of experience, Mark has successfully negotiated more than $2.2 billion in transactions for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.

Mark’s favorite deal in 2015 involved assisting a client consolidate four locations into a two-building Houston headquarters. Eight years in the making, the complex deal ultimately included 206,000 square feet of industrial space and approximately 20 acres of land.

When not at work, Mark can be found playing tennis with his wife, Erica, and daughter, Lola. A self-described tennis junkie, Mark and his family play tennis three to four days a week at the Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club.

What do you like most about living and working in Houston?

“I like the pro-business environment and working with international companies looking to locate in the Greater Houston area, and no zoning enables us to get deals done in a timely manner. I also enjoy the relatively low cost of living we have in Houston, compared to other major metropolitan cities.”

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