Principal Matt McDougall of Lee & Associates Arizona achieves SIOR designation

Principal Matt McDougall of Lee & Associates Arizona recently earned SIOR designation

PHOENIX, Arizona – Principal Matt McDougall of Lee & Associates Arizona has achieved SIOR Designation from Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®. SIOR is a Washington, DC-based international professional organization of more than 3,000 commercial real estate professionals.

According to SIOR, professionals who earn the designation are recognized by “corporate real estate executives, commercial real estate brokers, agents, lenders, and other real estate professionals as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in any market.”

McDougall says that he is ecstatic to have earned the designation. SIOR designees must provide proof of gross deal production and have at least five years of experience. In addition, agents must obtain two recommendations from SIOR members outside of their company, take a number of classes and pass a rigorous exam.

“If you’re talking to a SIOR broker, then you are talking to a credible, successful and ethical broker that has been verified,” said Rob Martenson, 2017 president of SIOR’s Arizona chapter. The SIOR Arizona chapter currently has 53 active members. Visit for more info.


SIOR Becomes First-Ever Sponsor of Commercial Real Estate Shop at Junior Achievement’s JA Biztown

Left: Rob Martensen – SIOR Arizona Chapter Vice President & Colliers International Executive Vice President Right: Mark Gustin – SIOR Arizona Chapter President & JLL Managing Director

PHOENIX, Arizona – Through a new partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Arizona, the Arizona Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) has proudly established the first-ever sponsorship of a commercial real estate shop in JA’s popular JA BizTown facility in Tempe, Arizona.

Launched in 2001, JA BizTown gives students the opportunity to take business fundamentals they receive during a school classroom curriculum and apply them in a student-sized town, where they become business professionals for a day in a real-world mini economy. In 2009, in response to burgeoning demand, JA expanded their facility with the addition of a second, on-site JA BizTown, which runs the JA Finance Park program for approximately four months of the year.

With its sponsorship, SIOR has established a first-ever partnership for the commercial real estate business station at JA BizTown. The mock businesses – named Bizzy Commercial Real Estate – incorporates elements of the office, industrial, multifamily, retail and medical property sectors, giving JA BizTown participants a broad induction into the life of a commercial real estate expert.

“The new SIOR-sponsored station at JA BizTown will introduce children and young adults to the commercial real estate community and promote our industry as a future potential career,” said SIOR Arizona Chapter President and JLL Managing Director Mark Gustin. “It gives us the opportunity to help students learn more about office buildings, medical buildings, grocery stores and warehouses, and consider how each of these works as a critical element in a successful economy.”

Like every business station at JA BizTown, Bizzy Commercial Real Estate allows students to take on various job responsibilities that require them to conduct commerce with other businesses and navigate the realities of paying electric bills, taxes, rent and other everyday expenses.

“It’s an exceptional exercise in leadership, financial literacy and communication skills,” said SIOR Arizona Chapter Vice President and Colliers International Executive Vice President Rob Martensen. “We hope that by SIOR serving as the seed sponsor for this station, it will open doors and make it easier for our colleagues to join us in supporting this wonderful organization.”

Other support opportunities recommended by SIOR include volunteering at the Bizzy Commercial Real Estate station – giving students the opportunity to interact with real-time industry professionals – or attending a JA event, such as the organization’s 60th Anniversary open house celebration.

For more information, visit the Junior Achievement website at, call (480) 377-8500 or contact via email at


Andrew Cheney Awarded Prestigious Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) Designation

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Andrew Cheney

PHOENIX, AZ – Lee & Associates is proud to announce that Andrew Cheney, Principal, has been recently awarded The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) designation. The credential was awarded on April 1st at the Counselors’ 2016 Spring Symposium at Stanford University in California.

Recognized by their peers, clients and employers, this prestigious award is given for outstanding professional achievement, impeccable judgment and commitment to integrity in the field of real estate counseling. Invitation to membership is rare and Counselors must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice. Counselors are recognized in the marketplace as having consistently demonstrated the highest levels of knowledge, experience, integrity, and judgment.

Currently, there are only 20 CRE professionals in Arizona and less than 45 people worldwide who hold a CCIM, SIOR and CRE designation. Cheney is now part of that elite group of professionals. He is the second person on his high-achieving team, The Coppola-Cheney Group, to earn the three professional titles. Craig Coppola, Principal also carries these prestigious titles.

“In Andrew’s 13-plus years working in our industry, he has consistently provided quality service, shown impeccable integrity and provided proven leadership,” said Gerald Zaddack, Chair, Southwest Chapter, Counselors of Real Estate.

The Counselors of Real Estate, established in 1953 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is an international professional organization whose members provide objective, reliable advice and counsel on matters aff ecting all forms of real property in the United States and abroad. Members include ranking representatives of real estate consulting, fi nancial, legal and accounting fi rms as well as leaders of Wall Street, government and academia.

For more information, ANDREW CHENEY, CCIM, SIOR, CRE can be reached at 602.954-3769, or

Mark Irvin Ranked in SIOR’s Top 100 Office Transactions of 2015

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Mark Irvin, SIOR, CCIM

Mark Irvin Honored for MDA Building Deal in Tucson

Mark Irvin, SIOR, CCIM, with Mark Irvin Commercial Real Estate Services in Tucson was ranked on the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors’ (SIOR) Top 100 Office Transactions List of 2015 for his 82,942-square-foot deal, securing the 77th spot out of 100.

The lease of former MDA building located at 3300 E Sunrise Drive in Tucson, closed November 2015.

In one of the largest 2015 Tucson office leases, the former MDA building was leased to  Sunquest Information Systems to relocate their headquarters from Williams Center, having leased fully the 82,942-square-feet combined in both buildings. The Company anticipates a move-in date of fall 2016.

Sunquest Information Systems Inc. provides diagnostic and laboratory information systems to more than 1,700 laboratories. For the past 30 years, Sunquest has delivered solutions that optimize financial results, enhance efficiency and improve the quality of patient care. The company’s pathology-focused mission, outreach awareness and point of care solutions establish Sunquest as a leader in the healthcare technology industry. Headquartered in Tucson, AZ, Sunquest also has offices in the United Kingdom and India.

The 3300 E. Sunrise office building is considered by many to be an architectural treasure. It was selected by Sunquest for its iconic design, open floor plan, and dramatic views of Tucson’s high desert landscape through floor-to-ceiling windows. The building’s aesthetics foster employee collaboration and innovation, as well as become an inviting environment to host Sunquest’s international clientele.

Mark Irvin, SIOR, CCIM, along with Eric Ramer with Icon Commercial Interests represented the tenant. Andy Seleznov and Melissa Lal with Larsen Baker represented itself as the landlord.

The Top 100 transaction honoree list was announced during SIOR’s 2016 Spring World Conference in San Diego, which took place on April 13-16 and was ranked among nearly 580 SIOR members who reported more than 930 transactions, totaling more than $5.1 billion in leases and sales.