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.

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.