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​​As Executive Vice President, Bess Wakeman specializes in representing owners in the successful leasing and marketing of office buildings in San Diego.  ​


Commercial real estate leasing and marketing has its obstacles and choppy waters to navigate. That's where experience is often the best guide.  Bess is a marketing professional with experience implementing breakthrough strategies for many institutional clients with properties in San Diego.  She brings passion and soul to her work and her blend of local knowledge along with institutional ownership experience gives her a fresh perspective on the marketplace.  With over 20-years dedicated to commercial real estate marketing and leasing, she's tackled more challenges than you could count, and surmounted them all for nationally known companies like EOP, Kilroy Realty, Union Investment, Menlo Equities and the Irvine Company.   ​

Before joining JLL, Bess served as Leasing Director for the Irvine Company, where she was active with the leasing and marketing of the Irvine Company's 6.6 million s.f. San Diego portfolio located in UTC, Sorrento Mesa, Downtown and Mission Valley.  Prior to the Irvine Company, she was a 7-year veteran with Equity Office and was responsible for leasing their office and corporate headquarters portfolio in San Diego. Actively involved with overall portfolio strategy, including operations, dispositions and acquisitions, during her tenure, the EOP portfolio fluctuated between 2 – 3.5 million square feet in six San Diego submarkets.  Bess began her commercial real estate career at CB Richard Ellis where she earned the distinguished title of Rookie of the Year. 

Bess has helped her clients navigate through diverse challenges including smooth ownership changes, occupancy fluctuations, spec development, repositioning, reinvestment and reimaging of assets.  Bess' best of class service goes beyond the large transaction wins. Bess has completed over 1,000 leases in San Diego with corporate and local companies that are the backbone of the San Diego office market. These leases have ranged in size from 500 s.f. to 220,000 s.f.  Her success in leasing to customers of all sizes has benefited the owners she represents with increased occupancy, cash flow and asset value with minimal downtime. 

Education and affiliations

Bess received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from San Diego State University.  She was honored by the YWCA with a Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) award for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the San Diego real estate community.  Bess has twice been selected as one of the "Most Powerful Real Estate Women in Southern California" by Real Estate Southern California magazine and in 2015 was honored by BizNow as one of San Diego's top 50 Power Women in commercial real estate. As a member of NAIOP's San Diego chapter, she has served as a board member. Bess is active with the Downtown San Diego Partnership.  Bess is a member of JLL's Agency Leasing Executive Council, which is an advisory council consisting of JLL's top Agency leaders in the U.S. In 2014 and 2015 Bess was named to Costar's list of Power Brokers in San Diego.