Today marks Jim Leslie’s first day as the new chief executive officer of Cresa, a national firm that specializes in tenant representation. The former president and chief operating officer of The Staubach Co., Leslie succeeds founder Bill Goade, who has served as chairman and CEO since the firm was launched in 1993. Goade will remain on board as an adivser for another year.
Leslie will be based in Dallas but travel frequently to Cresa’s Boston headquarters. He’s no stranger to the firm; he has served on its board since 2002 and also helped form its capital markets group.
Cresa has 55 offices nationally and, through a partnership with Savills to handle clients in Europe and Asia, 255 locations worldwide. It exclusively represents tenants—one of the few commercial real estate firms to do so—with integrated services that range from transaction work to supply chain and facilities management.
Leslie was a longtime executive at The Staubach Co. Most recently he has served as managing partner and developer of Frisco Square. He also serves on the board of Stratus Properties and is chairman of Ascendant Solutions.
He said in a statement that Cresa has just wrapped up its best two revenue years in the firm’s 20-year history: “I look forward to helping Cresa become even more well-known and respected as a global resource for large corporations, and as the industry leader in tenant representation services by local businesses.”