James “Jamie” M. Brown (B)

James “Jamie” M. Brown (B)

President, CCIM SIOR


Jamie specializes in the sales, leasing and management of office buildings, hotels, retail centers, industrial buildings and investment properties in Hawaii. He has been involved in transactions worth in excess of $1 billion.

Jamie grew up in Connecticut, went to a prep school named Hotchkiss, and then Yale University where he earned a BS in mechanical engineering. At Yale he was the captain of the Yale Sailing Team and twice finished 2nd in the national collegiate sailing championships and was named to the Collegiate All American Sailing Team.

After Yale, Jamie moved to Boston and worked for 5 years at General Electric’s Jet Engine division and at night earned a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University. He describes his job at GE as one of the coolest jobs ever.

Jamie won multiple national and north American sailing titles and twice represented the US in world championships, finishing 2nd in Australia. Then he discovered windsurfing, and his world changed.

Jamie moved to Honolulu in 1987 to pursue his obsession with windsurfing, despite not having a job or knowing anyone in Hawaii. After starting a computer consulting business and then selling cellular telephones in the late 1980s, Jamie started in 1991 as a commercial real estate agent at what is now known as Colliers International.

Jamie rose to be a senior executive and broker at Colliers and left in 2002 to start his own company, Hawaii Commercial Real Estate (HCRE). Since then, HCRE has grown to 11 agents plus support staff and is consistently ranked in the top 4 to 6 firms statewide. Jamie has sold several billion dollars’ worth of commercial properties including most of the downtown Honolulu office buildings, many hotels such as the Waikiki Beach Marriott and the Four Seasons Wailea, shopping centers such as Kings Shops in Waikoloa, industrial properties, apartment buildings and land including 112,000 acres on the Big

In 2020, Jamie merged his firm with Elite Pacific LLC, the parent company of Corcoran Pacific Properties. Corcoran Pacific Properties is among the top residential brokerage firms in Hawaii with 200+ agents, all of whom have residential clients who might be commercial real estate investors, owners or users. No other commercial real estate firm in Hawaii has such relationship with a residential firm.

Jamie is married with two adult children. His daughter is an agent at HCRE and research director at Fertility Institute of Hawaii. His son is an analyst Bentall Green Oak, an $80 billion real estate private equity firm.

Jamie is a lifelong waterman. He’s a former board member at Hui Nalu Canoe Club where he runs their sailing canoe program that includes races across all the channels in Hawaii. He’s won state paddling titles and is now obsessed
with foil surfing.


Company Experience

 Hawaii Commercial Real Estate, 2002─Present, Founder and President

 Colliers International, 1992─2002, Senior Vice President, Vice President and Office Leasing Specialist

 Verizon Hawaii, 1989─1991, Sales Representative

 Corporate Vision Hawaii, 1989, Founder, Business Automation Consulting

 General Electric Company, 1982─1987, Mechanical and Software Engineer

 Yale University, 1977─1981, Assistant to Engineering Business Office


 Yale University, BS, Mechanical Engineering, New Haven, CT, 1981

 Northeastern University, MS, Industrial Engineering, Boston, MA, 1987

 CCIM Institute, CCIM, Honolulu and Chicago, IL, 2000


Designations + Awards

 CCIM – The PhD of Commercial Real Estate

 SIOR – Specialist, Industrial and Office Real Estate

 NAIOP – Office Sales Transaction of the Year, 2001

 Colliers International – Top Producer, Office Group, 1995─2002

 Verizon Hawaii – Top Producer, Mobile Communications, 1990─1991

 4 Time Hawaii State Champion OCI Paddler

 Collegiate All-American – 1981 Sailing Team

 2 Time Runner-Up Collegiate National Sailing Championships

 3 Time North American and US Sailing Championships – 420 Class Racing Sailboat

 2 Time US Representative at Sailing World Championship – 420 Class Sailboat

Investment Sales

Jamie’s investment sales experience includes dozens of properties both large and small.

His seller and buyer clients have ranged from large institutions to local families. A select-
ed sampling is:


Office Properties

 Bishop Place Street — 450,000 sf class A office building

 Davies Pacific Center — 350,000 sf class A office building

 Pan Am Building — 205,000 sf class B office building

 Waterfront Plaza — 515,250 sf class A office building

 No.1 Capital District Building — 15,000 sf class B office building

 1100 Alakea Office Condominium — 6,053 sf class A office building

 Eaton Square Office Condominium

■ Royal Capital Plaza Office/Retail Condominium Investment Sales

Retail Properties

  King’s Shop — 73,571 sf resort retail center

■  116 S. Hotel Street — 18,478 retail and office property

 204 Hotel Street — 13,483 retail and office property

 Shops at Kalakaua — 12,000 sf of Kalakaua Ave retail space

 1102 Bishop Street — 9,720 sf retail property

 1850 Ala Moana Blvd — 7,000 sf restaurant condominium

 3631 Campbell Ave — 4,414 sf retail property


Industrial Properties

  2621 Waiwai Loop — 22,000 sf industrial property 



 Four Seasons Maui — 380 room hotel

 Waikiki Beach Marriott — 1,310 room hotel

 Hilton Kauai Resort (fka Radisson Kauai) — 350 room hotel

 King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel — 460 room hotel

 Aloha Beach Hotel — 216 room hotel


Golf Courses, Land, Other

  Luana Hills Country Club — 18 hole golf course with 43,278 sf clubhouse and 894 acres of land with various entitlements and zoning

  Waikoloa Land Portfolio — 13,797 acres of land of with various entitlements and zoning

 King’s Land — 112.4 acres of land for Hilton timeshare development

 Hilton Waikoloa — Leased fee land under 1,240 room hotel

 47-357 Ahuimanu Road — 2.68 acres agricultural land

Landlord Representation 

Jamie’s landlord representation has included office, retail and industrial properties both large and small. Notable assignments have included: 

 Pacific Guardian Center — 628,000 sf Class A office building

 1132 Bishop Street — 450,000 sf Class A office building

 Davies Pacific Center — 379,336 sf Class A office building

 Waterfront Plaza — 515,250 sf Class A office building

 Pan Am Building — 203,910 sf Class B office building

 Kapiolani Business Plaza — 79,848 sf Class B office building

 Waikiki Trade Center — 205,390 sf Class B office building

 Bank of Hawaii Waikiki Center (fka ANA Kalakaua) — 184,647 sf Class B office building

 Galleria Office Building (fka 2222 Kalakaua) — 275,720 sf Class B office building

 Milltown Center Business and Industrial Park — 16,000 sf industrial building


Tenant Representation 

Jamie’s tenant advisory assignments have included international, national and prominent local firms such as: 

 First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd.

 Smith Barney/Citigroup

 Crawford and Company

 Starwood Hotels and Resorts

 American Cities Business Journals (PBN)

 American Savings Bank

 Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays

 Honolulu Star Advertiser

 Hawaiian Insurance and Guaranty

 HMAA (Hawaii Medical Assurance Association)

 Insurance Factors

 Net Enterprise

 Prudential Advantage Realty

 Hawaii State Ethics Commission


Commercial Property Financing

 Jamie arranged financing for the following projects: 

 Waikiki Beachwalk Resort Retail Center — $50 million construction loan plus $40.8 million equity raise

 Naniloa Hotel and Golf Course — $6.1 million acquisition loan

 1100 Alakea Office Condominium — $2.7 million acquisition loan


Community Involvement 

 Hui Nalu Canoe Club – Board Member

 Yale Alumni Association of Hawaii — President Emeritus

 Plaza Club — Former Board Member

 Waialae Iki V Homeowners Association — Former Board Member

 Sales and Marketing Executives of Honolulu — Former Board Member

 Hawaii Technology Trade Association — Former Chair, Action Team

 Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu — Former Member

 Kalihi Elementary School — Former Reading enrichment program and Junior Achievement instructor

 Chamber of Commerce — Former Project JOBS volunteer




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