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James P. Lighthizer, SIOR, CCIM
Principal, Managing Partner
Mr. Lighthizer started Chesapeake Real Estate Group, LLC ("CREG") in 2004 after spending 16 years at CBRE, where he achieved the titles of Senior Vice President and Partner and was a consistent "Top 5" producer. His past institutional landlord clients include RREEF, Ohio Teachers, First Industrial, Opus, Invesco, Cabot, and CalEast/LaSalle Advisors. He also served as a tenant representative leader with the National CB Global Logistics Practice Group.
Since starting CREG Lighthizer has led the company’s acquisition and development of many of the highest profile industrial business parks in the Maryland Region as part of the company's initiative to both own and develop commercial real estate. CREG has acquired, developed and/or has held ownership in over 20 industrial, office, and retail projects that total over $400 million in value. The company's partners have included Prudential Real Estate Investors, USAA, The Carlyle Group, EverWest Investors, TA Advisors, Atapco Properties, Osprey Property, Somerset Construction, and Holland Properties.
Immediately after starting CREG, Mr. Lighthizer negotiated a few of the region's largest industrial transactions, including representing General Motors in the sale of their Baltimore Van Assembly Plant, which consisted of 182 acres and two million square feet of industrial space to Duke Realty for $33 million. Mr. Lighthizer previously represented GM with their acquisition of 80 acres in White Marsh, Maryland for their 800,000 square-foot Allison Transmission Plant. Lighthizer also acquired and developed a 240-acre, 1.5 million square foot planned business park known as Baltimore Crossroads @95.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS: (past and current)
- NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties)
- SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors)
- CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
- Board Member, Anne Arundel County Partnership for Families and Children
- Board Member, US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Chapter
- Commissioner, Severna Park Green Hornets Boys Lacrosse
- Board Member, Anne Arundel County Park and Recreation Boys Lacrosse Coach's Association
- CLM (Council of Logistics Management)
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Board Member
- AACIA (Anne Arundel Commercial & Industrial Association)
- Mount St. Mary's President's Council
- Fund-Raising Chairman, Mount St. Mary's (Class of 1988)
EDUCATION & DESIGNATIONS:
- CB Richard Ellis/USC Formal Sales and Corporate Service Training
- Bachelor of Arts, Mount St. Mary's College, 1988
- Gilmour Academy High School, Cleveland, Ohio, 1984
Matthew A. Laraway, SIOR
Matt brings twenty-two years of commercial real estate experience to CREG and serves as Executive Vice President and Partner. In that capacity Matt is responsible for strategy and oversight of the company’s operations and is also in actively involved in the leasing, capital markets and joint venture relationships for the firm.
Prior to joining CREG, Matt spent seven (7) years as a Senior Director in the industrial practice group at Cushman & Wakefield where he was annually recognized as a top industrial broker in the Mid Atlantic region. Matt has represented many of the nation’s top institutional owners including Prologis, Exeter Property Group, First Industrial, and PGIM Real Estate/Prudential.
Matt has been involved in several of largest industrial transactions in the region including the representation of Kohl’s Department Stores in the acquisition of their east coast e fulfillment center (1.0 million SF), representation of Liberty Property Trust in a 945,000 SF BTS with Clorox and the disposition of Restoration Hardware’s 1.2 million SF distribution center for Weeks Robinson Properties, and represented CREG in a 500,400 SF lease to Best Buy for their Mid Atlantic Distribution Center.
Matt is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston where he received his BS in Economics. He is a licensed salesperson in the State of Maryland and an active member of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) where he is the current chair of the E-Commerce II forum. Matt is also the current President of the MD/DC/NOVA Chapter of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).
Whit serves CREG as Vice President of Development. Since joining CREG in 2014, Whit has managed the development of 3,136,000 SF of industrial real estate, deploying $186,600,000 in investment capital and construction financing. Whit’s passion for construction, especially site development, continues to deepen his value we bring our development partners.
Whit’s approach to development is based upon teamwork, drawing on CREG’s network of partners across the spectrum of authorities, engineers and contractors who touch our projects. Whit is responsible for managing our project’s design, permitting, construction, financing and reporting. Whit works on the initial due diligence, underwriting and venture structure of potential development projects.
Prior to joining CREG, Whit spent six years in public accounting at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered. Whit is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Maryland, bringing
extensive audit, accounting and tax experience to CREG’s team. Whit received a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Baltimore. Whit’s expertise in accounting and finance offers our partners a unique advantage in our development project’s financial reporting, bridging the inherent gap between the books and the field.
Chris Murray joined CREG in 2016 and brings more than eighteen years of progressive real estate experience to the company. Chris oversees the 5 million SF CREG Management Portfolio for owners TA Realty, Prudential, EverWest and Bentall GreenOak, in addition to heading all office and retail leasing and construction. Additionally, Chris is responsible for new acquisition underwriting, due diligence and financing.
Chris formerly oversaw all office and retail leasing activities, acquisition, property manage- ment and redevelopment initiatives for Towson-based Mid-Atlantic Properties in his role as Vice President. He received the National Developing Leader Award from NAIOP in 2013 and is a board member for GB Charities and The Chesapeake Baysavers.
Murray earned a Bachelor Degree in Politics and Policy and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is also a member of NAIOP and the Greater Towson Committee and holds a real estate license in the State of Maryland.