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Former Real Estate Attorney Brings Fresh Perspective to Enhance Brokerage Service

August 25, 2020

San Francisco – Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces that Gabe Chao has joined its San Francisco Occupier Solutions team as Senior Vice President. Chao brings nearly 13 years of experience as a real estate attorney before moving to brokerage in 2014. During his career, he advised numerous real estate investment trusts (REITs), life insurance companies and real estate funds, as well as some of the largest companies in the world on their real estate strategies.

“I chose to join Transwestern for the culture of a private firm with the resources of a large, national platform,” said Chao. “It offers greater flexibility, both personally and for my clients, and allows me the gratification of being intimately involved in, and a driving force behind, growing the firm’s West Coast presence. During the pandemic, I evaluated what is most important to my work and family life, and Transwestern’s commitment to its clients and to work-life balance aligns with that purpose.”

Transwestern’s approach to tenant advisory corresponds with Chao’s holistic brokerage style in which he serves as a real estate advisor through a transaction and beyond to help clients save time and money, as well as adding value by guiding clients through periods of economic uncertainty. He was with Newmark Knight Frank for the past six years, where he represented Parnassus Investments, CAI International and Zenefits with their respective San Francisco headquarters. He also advised Dohmen Life Science Services (recently acquired by Eversana) with four locations nationally, as well as leading transactions in India, Canada and Scotland.

Led by Senior Managing Director Jeffrey W. Moeller, Transwestern’s Bay Area office has expanded rapidly during the last two years, having added 11 key real estate advisors during that time. The growing Occupier Solutions team focuses on workplace strategies for life sciences and technology companies, complementing the robust capabilities the firm offers in all other service lines.

“As a sophisticated business expert and energetic self-starter, Gabe embodies everything we’re trying to achieve here at Transwestern,” said Moeller. “His clients know he puts their interests first and that his real estate knowledge from years of contract negotiations allows for him to guide them efficiently through even the most complex transactions. His dedication to his clients only adds to the synergy we’ve built throughout the whole Bay Area team.”

About Transwestern Real Estate Services

Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types through a comprehensive perspective and by providing solutions grounded in sound market intelligence. Part of the Transwestern companies, the firm applies a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Occupier Solutions, Capital Markets, and Research & Investment Analytics.

The privately held Transwestern companies have been delivering a higher level of personalized service and innovative real estate solutions since 1978. An integrated approach formed from fresh ideas drives value for clients across commercial real estate services, development, investment management and opportunistic programs for high-net-worth investors. The firm operates through 34 U.S. offices and global alliances with BNP Paribas Real Estate and Devencore. Learn more at and @Transwestern.

Media Contact:

Sasha Warren

Gabriel Chao

Senior Vice President

San Francisco, California

(925) 451-2221