IRVINE, Calif. – Faris Lee Investments, the nation’s largest retail-specialized investment advisory firm, has named Chris DePierro as Managing Director. DePierro comes to the firm with more than 21 years of experience across a number of commercial real estate disciplines, most recently as a principal. Before joining Faris Lee, DePierro was a partner with Dana Point-based DePierro Realty Advisors, a family-owned business focused on retail property development, brokerage, and consulting.
“Faris Lee has always sought to bring the highest level of transactional and financial knowledge to its work with each client and property. Chris is an important addition to the firm as his knowledge incorporates both the broker and principal sides of the business, with hands-on experience in retail property ownership, development and management. Chris’ diverse, well-rounded background perfectly complements the deep pool of talent we have on our team of investment advisors,” said Richard Chichester, president and CEO of Faris Lee Investments.
DePierro spent 13 years at DePierro Realty Advisors, where he was involved in the development of single-tenant and multi-tenant properties, lease negotiations, asset management, construction and project management, and financing. Prior to that, he served as a successful retail property broker with firms including Grubb & Ellis and Pentz & Partners.
“Having worked with Faris Lee for 15 years as a developer and principal, I’ve always admired their culture and team. Time and again they proved themselves to be forward-looking advisors and creative dealmakers for my company,” said DePierro.
DePierro noted that he’s confident his long career as an owner will be a significant and unique asset to Faris Lee and its clients. “My experience allows me to anticipate needs and confront challenges strategically and proactively because I have first-hand understanding of the principal’s perspective,” he added.
DePierro earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Arizona and is a Member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).