Our Team

Founded by Jeff Read and Ewing King more than 25 years ago, the firm’s expertise includes investment and development strategies, shopping center and build-to-suit development, leasing, tenant representation, property management, land sales and dispositions. The two founders seek to continue to give their direct attention to the integrity of the customer experience as well as the well-being and productivity of their dedicated management and staff.

Our team has significant experience in both medical and retail platforms.  

Jeff Read
713.782.9000, ext. 1011

Jeff Read co-founded Read King Commercial Real Estate in 1991. Building upon the retail platform, in 2011 Mr. Read co-founded and serves as managing partner of Read King Medical Development, a full service consulting, tenant representation, financing and development platform focused on build-to-suit opportunities for health care clients. Mr. Read has managed the development of over two million square feet of retail and medical for clients such as Whole Foods, HEB, Walmart, Texas Children’s Hospital, Walgreens, Health One (HCA), Neighbors Emergency Centers, Davita Dialysis, and IHOP.

Jeff is a native Houstonian and has been active in retail brokerage and development since 1982. He received a BBA in Finance/Real Estate from Baylor University and is currently involved in numerous industry, social and charitable organizations.

Ewing King
713.782.9000, ext. 1012

Ewing King serves as a Principal responsible for real estate development operations. Ewing brings over 25 years of high quality retail development expertise and leadership to the firm. He spearheads projects that combine the latest innovations and designs to integrate with communities and their needs. Ewing has a particular expertise in acquisition, design, construction and real estate portfolio management. He has time spent on a variety of development and redevelopment projects as well as representing national clients. Ewing has a BBA in real estate and finance from Baylor University.

Charles Scoville
Chief Operating Officer
713.782.9000, ext. 1067

Charles brings over 30 years of broad shopping center industry experience to his role as Chief Operating Officer for Read King. Over the course of his career, Charles has been engaged in all aspects of retail development, acquisitions, property management, leasing, and dispositions for hundreds of centers throughout the southwest, southeast, and midwest United States. In that time, he has served in senior leadership roles for national development and investment firms including both privately owned and publicly traded companies such as Transwestern, AmREIT, and Hines. His range of experience, his operational expertise, and the strength of his relationships across the industry and the nation will allow him to support and significantly contribute to Read King’s accelerating growth.

Charles is a native of Weatherford, Texas and a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

Blake Allen
Chief Financial Officer
713.782.9000, ext. 1019

Blake Allen joined Read King in 2007 and currently serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. He is a member of the Executive Committee and oversees all aspects related to the financial platform, lending relationships and joint venture partnerships. Mr. Allen is responsible for all capital raising activities including construction financing, long term permanent financing and investment sales. He serves as investor relations for all partnerships and plays an integral role in establishing the economic viability of potential developments.

During his tenure at Read King, he has successfully secured over $750MM in project financing and facilitated over $300MM in sales transactions. He is critically involved in establishing the direction of the firm and has the ability to recognize opportunities in all business cycles. Blake earned his BBA in Finance, Marketing and Real Estate from Texas Christian University.

Ryan Orr
713.782.9000, ext. 1014

Ryan Orr joined Read King in 2004 as a broker actively working on project leasing, tenant representation, and disposition services. Ryan plays an integral role in identifying and brokering new development opportunities for Read King as well as leading the brokerage team for Read King Medical Development. Ryan has been directly involved in the sale or lease of over 2,000,000 SF of space on various retail and medical projects.

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Ryan relocated to Texas to attend Baylor University where he earned a BBA in Finance. After making Houston his home upon graduation, he has become an active member of the community spending his time volunteering with local charities such as Boys and Girls Country, Yellowstone Academy, and the Star of Hope. Ryan is an active member of ICSC, serving on ICSC’s Next Generation Committee. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, watching Baylor sports, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Cort King
713.782.9000, ext. 1017

Cort King joined Read King in 2008 as a leasing agent specializing in project leasing, tenant representation and dispositions.  A fourth generation Houstonian in the real estate industry, Cort brings strong market knowledge and relationships to his clients.

Cort received his BA in Economics from the University of Texas and interned at the Weitzman Group while attending school.  Cort is an active ICSC member and a Texas Exes Houston Chapter board member.  In his spare time Cort enjoys playing golf.

Palmer Wilson
Finance Manager
713.782.9000, ext. 1064

Palmer joined Read King in 2018 as Finance Manager where he evaluates new investment opportunities, interacts with investment partners, and supports in portfolio management.

Prior to joining Read King, Palmer completed the Financial Analyst Program at Wells Fargo Bank where he worked in the Commercial Real Estate Group. While there, he gained experience evaluating and underwriting new debt opportunities for construction and acquisition transactions for a variety of property types across the United States. In addition, he assisted in the ongoing management of the loan portfolio.

Palmer is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Real Estate degree. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

David Lecky
Vice President – Construction
713.782.9000, ext. 1062

With more than 35 years of development and construction experience David Lecky brings a complete knowledge of development and construction process to the Read King Development and Construction team. David Lecky oversees all of the firm’s development and construction activities for the Medical and Retail Teams. During his career David has constructed more than 8 million square feet of retail, 8 thousands multi-family apartment/condo units, 3 million square feet of commercial and public office buildings and sport complexes. David has been a top construction executive for several local, regional and national construction/development companies such as Brown & Root, Swinerton Building, Tribble & Stephens, Hanover Company, Fidelis Realty Partners, and Read King. He has built for every regional grocery chain and most junior anchor retail stores including Fiesta, HEB, Kroger, Randall’s, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Ross, Marshalls, Michaels, Old Navy, Burlington, Academy, PetSmart, and others. He is a member current or past member of International Council of Shopping Centers, NACORE, IDRC, NAIOP, BOMA, AGC, and ABC.

Osagie John Okpamen
Senior Development Manager
713.782.9000, ext. 1024

Osagie John Okpamen joined Read King in 2012 and serves as Development Manager. His primary responsibilities include sourcing, programming, designing and execution of projects on our retail and medical platforms. Osagie is a detail-oriented architecture and planning professional with substantial experience directing architects, engineers, consultants and contractors in developing innovative user experiences. He has worked extensively with various multi-million dollar private and public organizations on their national real estate expansion strategies. Upon graduating from Prairie View A&M University with a Masters of Architecture, Osagie spent several years working with local architecture firms before joining Read King. Over the span of his career, Osagie, has been directly involved in the design, development, and construction of over 1.5 million square feet of commercial buildings. He is a member of several professional associations, and he actively serves in his local community and church.

Matthew Camp
Senior Development Manager
713.782.9000, ext. 1048

Matthew Camp joined Read King in 2015 as a Development Manager. He works with both medical and retail clients to manage and execute the development of freestanding medical facilities and retail centers in markets throughout the state of Texas and beyond.

Prior to joining Read King Matthew worked for a local architecture firm as a licensed architect and brings over 18 years of experience of design and construction knowledge to Read King. He has worked on institutional, residential, multi family, commercial, and industrial projects as a designer and project manager. His work with the Congress for New Urbanism has allowed him to specialize in urban mixed use development. He graduated Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and the University of Southern California with a Master of Architecture.

Julie Ward
Senior Development Manager
713.782.9000, ext. 1045

Julie is a Development Manager for Read King who utilizes her organization, forecasting, and excellent communication skills to build, execute, and manage project plans.  She creates structured schedules and strategies based on project goals, resources needed, potential risks, time to market, and budget constraints.  Julie is also responsible for tracking and adapting these plans based on evolving needs or issues that may arise to ensure on-time, high quality delivery of the project.

Prior to joining Read King, Julie has worked for top ranked architecture and development firms throughout the country. She received her Bachelors and Master’s degree of Architecture from Tulane University, is a registered Architect, LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction, Construction Document Technologist, and a loving mother of three.  Julie is actively involved in her church and community and can be found serving on the board of various local organizations.

Austin Read
Development Manager
713.782.9000, ext. 1040

Austin joined Read King in 2015, and serves as a development manager. His primary role is coordinating and assisting tenants during their entire buildout process. Austin also assists Read King’s development department with various aspects of design and project management.

Before joining Read King he worked on multiple projects in the construction and real estate development industries. Knowledge and skills learned from his past experience make him a valuable member of our team. Austin received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Texas A&M’s Mays Business School.

Kenya James
Senior Property Manager
713.782.9000 , ext. 1023

Kenya James serves as Senior Property Manager of Read King. Kenya’s primary focus is the daily overall operations of the properties. She brings a wealth of commercial real estate experience in managing diverse assets. Prior to joining Read King, Kenya oversaw 1.5 million square feet and directly managed .5 million square feet of commercial office and retail space. Kenya remains current on industry trends by aligning with BOMA and IREM. She is an active member of Lakewood Church and enjoys spending time with family & serving the community.

Tabitha Beaty-Garcia
Senior Accountant
713.782.9000, ext. 1022

Tabitha Beatty-Garcia is a Senior Accountant for Read King.  In this role, she oversees the coordination and reporting of financial activities for all corporate assets as well as all third-party properties managed by Read King. Her responsibilities include monthly financial reporting, accounts payable and receivable, tenant reconciliations, and draw schedules.

Tabitha, a native Houstonian, began her accounting career in the legal field after receiving a BBA in Administrative Management. She has had the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of industries, and most recently worked over three years in real estate before joining Read King.

Rebecca Sears
Property Accountant
713.782.9000, ext. 1031

Rebecca is the Property Accountant for Read King, where she helps individuals in the company meet goals both financially and operationally.  Rebecca works with property accounting and management, where she interacts daily in a client support function.

Rebecca graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing. Prior to graduation, she interned at a service company where she became familiar with business practices and skilled in customer database management, product marketing, and basic accounting. She also has experience identifying customers’ needs and providing excellent customer service, both in for profit and not for profit environments.

Sarah Dodds
Senior Marketing Coordinator
713.782.9000, ext. 1010

Sarah began her career in Real Estate when she joined Read King as Marketing Coordinator. With expertise in strategic planning and implementation, research, advertising, social media, and PR she assists our marketing department and brokerage team, striving to add value to Read King and their clients.

A native Houstonian, Sarah moved back to Houston shortly after graduating from Baylor University with a degree in Communications and Marketing.