Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Barbara Rea is responsible for developing, establishing, and directing the execution of the operating policies to support the company’s overall objectives and financial goals. Rea has oversight of the ongoing business operations of the $1.3 billion AUM firm, including Investor Relations & Capital Raise, Asset Management, Property Management & Leasing, Human Resources, Technology and Marketing departments.
Rea’s role is dedicated to ensuring the company has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures in place to properly execute the firms ongoing growth and that it is equipped with the exceptional people, systems and technology.
With more than 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate, Rea came to BKM in 2015 from Voit Real Estate Services where she was Executive Managing Director, reporting directly to the Founder & CEO. During her year tenure at Voit, she was responsible for the operational leadership of for the privately-held $50 million, 250 people firm.
During her career with Voit, Rea spearheaded the re-branding efforts that re-positioned the firm as a full service Western United States commercial real estate company that was previously thought of as an Orange County brokerage office. While there she was an integral part of the leadership of the company, focused on opening offices throughout the Western U.S. with key brokerage professionals that would help build the brand and create a footprint in markets attractive for the owner’s acquisition strategy.
Rea also was Director of Marketing at The Irvine Company where she developed and executed a multi-million-dollar strategic marketing plan for 8+ million square feet of retail properties for the leasing of centers such as Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center, The Market Place and Crystal Cove Promenade.
Rea graduated cum laude with a Marketing Communications degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and holds a Marketing Certificate from University of California, Irvine as well as her Certified Marketing Director and Certified Retail Property Executive designations through ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers). Rea is a member of Vistage in the Chief Executive Program, as well as a member of CREW-OC and an active volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast. She has also received recognition as Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence.