As Managing Director of the Western Region for USAA Real Estate Company, Steve Ames is responsible for new business generation including identification, coordination and implementation of development and build-to-suit transactions. He also handles real estate acquisitions in California, Nevada and Arizona for the company. He is responsible for all aspects of the acquisition process including sourcing transactions, market and property underwriting, due diligence and closing. Over the past five years, Steve has assisted the company in executing office, industrial and land development transactions totaling more than $650 million in value.
Steve has an extensive background in the management and marketing of USAA’s Western Region portfolio of commercial real estate properties in various locations such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Reno, Sacramento, Seattle, Phoenix and others. This experience affords the company and its clients a unique perspective on leasing, tenant relations, construction and expense management.
Prior to joining USAA, Steve was a Vice President with CB Richard Ellis/Koll Marketing Group for nearly eight years. He was responsible for marketing activities within Koll-owned and managed properties in the Orange County area. These projects totaled more than 4 million square feet of Class A and Trophy quality space including Koll Center Newport, Koll Center Irvine, Koll Center Irvine North and portions of Hutton Center.
Before joining CB Richard Ellis/Koll, Steve worked for six years with Grubb & Ellis and McCarter Burke, specializing in representing both corporate tenants and owners. At McCarter Burke, he was named Rookie of the Year in 1986. He began his career in marketing as a sales representative for Honeywell, Inc.
Steve served as the 2012 President of NAIOP SoCal and remains involved as past president. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (MBA) and California State University at Fullerton. He is also a licensed California real estate broker and holds the CCIM designation