Knight & Associates Property Managers
Robert F. Knight, CPM
Bob began his career in real estate management in 1971 with the Del E. Webb Corp. in Phoenix and spent 6 years traveling and providing management services to contract properties throughout the country. In 1977 he left Del Webb and formed Robert F. Knight & Associates and became a real estate management specialist while affiliated with Valley-wide commercial brokerage firms. For 17 years, primarily through broker and owner referrals, Bob and his associates serviced an average of 1.5 million square feet of office/industrial/retail product encompassing 123 clients and 156 sites. Tenant relations, accounting and the physical plant were always, and continue to be the focus.
In July, 1994, Knight & Associates' 1.8 million square foot client portfolio was merged with Eagle Western Management Company's 1.2 million square foot product base to become, under Bob's direction, Metro Phoenix's largest office/industrial/retail fee management firm, culminating with approximately 7.6 million square feet of managed assets by Spring, 1998. For 21 years, 28 property managers served under Bob's leadership and the majority are presently active in the Phoenix area real estate marketplace.
Grubb & Ellis Management Company acquired Eagle Western and Bob served out a two-year employment agreement to transition the staff/clients from a local to a national business environment. The resulting Phoenix/Tucson division became the firm's largest western regional office while supporting the largest Grubb & Ellis brokerage office in the U.S.
Bob then returned Knight & Associates to the private sector to begin a 3+ year exclusive consulting contract with Nationwide Realty Investors, a subsidiary of Nationwide Life Insurance Company regarding it's 1.6 million square foot assets in Columbus, Ohio and Phoenix. Finally, Mr. Bob Hufford and Mr. Joe Ladrigan joined Bob to emphasize third party service responsible for "creating real estate value through expert management."
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Arizona State University and a CPM from the Institute of Real Estate Management.
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Joseph F. Ladrigan
Joe joined Eaton International Corporation in 1978 where he held several positions from Controller to Vice-President of Real Estate. During this time, he was responsible for arranging construction financing for several class "A" office properties. In 1983, Joe was named Vice President of Real Estate and was responsible for all aspects of operations and management of the Eaton International portfolio of approximately 1.3 million square feet of office and industrial buildings. During this time, notable clients included First Interstate Bank (now Bank of America), Bank One (now Chase), Wachovia Bank and Trust, Salt River Project and Wendy's Restaurants
In 1985, Eaton International was acquired by Fairfield Communities, Inc. and the Pagosa Springs project was spun off to the parent company while the Phoenix commercial division continued to operate autonomously. In 1987, Joe was responsible for taking the commercial division private and setting up a new entity, JDM Properties, Inc., which continued to operate and expand the portfolio. Joe was named President of Real Estate in 1987 and continued to finance, develop and lease the portfolio until the entity was taken public in 1991 as Stratford American Corporation and began diversification into the oil and gas industry.
Joe assumed responsibilities for Chimiarra Investments, a private trust, in 1991 after a large part of the portfolio was sold to Chimiarra by Stratford-American. He managed the entire trust portfolio of approximately 600,000 square feet until 1997, at which time he established Landmark Property Management in order to diversify and establish relationships with other owners. In April, 2003, Joe joined Robert F. Knight & Associates, L.L.C. as a partner and brought his existing portfolio with him.
Joe received his BA in Accounting from Notre Dame and his MBA from Arizona State. He has been a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association since 1987 and has served on many committees and special projects. Joe has been a licensed Arizona real estate salesman/broker since 1985 and attained the Certified Management Accountant designation in the same year.
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Robert M. Hufford
Bob began his career in property management in August of 1989 with Robert F. Knight & Associates, Inc. As a roving building maintenance supervisor, he assisted two property managers, attending to physical plant issues and tenant relations for a multi-site portfolio in excess of 425,000 square feet.
In May of 1991, Bob was promoted to the position of Property Manager and during the ensuing years, his experience has been in virtually all areas of commercial product; office, medical, retail, and industrial. During the 1990's, Bob managed 18 sites consisting of approximately 1.8 million rentable square feet throughout Maricopa County. His client representation over the years include Harris Trust Bank, Nationwide Insurance Company, as well as various local partnership and family ownerships.
Bob became a Senior Property Manager with Grubb & Ellis Management Services, Inc. in June, 1998, and remained until March 1, 2003, at which time he returned to Robert F. Knight & Associates, L.L.C. to become a partner and be responsible for high-rise property as well as suburban building assets.
Bob attended Phoenix College and Arizona State University. During his real estate management career, he has completed courses presented for the CCIM designation, and also, in 1996 served as a member of the Central Arizona Chapter CCIM board of directors. In addition, Bob has completed all of the courses required for the Certified Property Manager, or CPM designation. He has held an Arizona real estate license since 1990.
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Doug began his career in the growing electronics market as facilities planning and management in 1980. Employed by corporations ITT, Alcatel and IDEA in the evolving requirements of space and location, he developed space planning and management for corporate relocations, expansions and reductions.
Doug obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in the College of Business, majoring in Real Estate. He graduated Suma Cum Laude and was a member of the College of Business Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.
As a consultant to Grubb & Ellis Property Managment, Doug assisted with the audit of a potential client's mis-managed retail portfolio.
With the reporting of the lost earnings and misappropriation of funds of previous management, Grubb & Ellis earned the client's respect and the portfolio management. In August of 1999, Doug joined the Grubb & Ellis group to manage the east valley portfolio. The east valley portfolio was increased to 1.1 million square feet of office and retail properties during his management representing institutional, corporate and association clients.
Doug worked directly with the owner-managed Arizona portfolio of Diamante Properties. This 750,000 square foot retail/office portfolio included the historic train depot in Prescott requiring sensitivity to the preservation of the building converted to office space. During his management, the aged receivables were reduced by nearly 50 percent and improvement projects totaling $1.2 million were completed for parking lots, roofs and building fascia to increase property values.
Doug has now brought his 25 plus years of facilities and property management experience to Robert F. Knight and Associates, L.L.C. and he has been entrusted with the southeast valley portfolio of retail, office and medical properties.
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BRIAN R. KUNDE
Brian began his career as an Asset Manager in 1970 with Nevander Asset Management, Inc. His responsibilities included overseeing the management of Real Estate Owned (REO per RTC guidelines under four RTC portfolios inclusive of 35 commercial properties).
In May 1995, Brian became a Commercial Property Manager at Vestar Development in Phoenix. Among his duties was the management of Arizona Properties, LLC, portfolio which consisted of approximately one million square feet of retail space.
Brian was hired as a Commercial Property Manager for Rubin Properties in 1997. After two years he became an Owner/Portfolio Manager of Investor Real Estate Services where he provided commercial real estate owners with day-to-day consultation and management services for the owners of several real estate entities.
From January 2006 to June 2008, Brian was a Portfolio Manager at Grubb & Ellis Management Services. He was responsible for direct client relations with eight owners/asset managers on a commercial portfolio of 1,450,000 square feet, comprised of office, retail, and industrial properties. Brian handled the lease administration including tenant relations, property maintenance, construction management, preparation of monthly reports and financials and managed a staff including a personal assistant and several building engineers.
Brian became the Vice President of Property Management at AZCO Properties, LLC, in Phoenix, Arizona handling management and business development for new real estate companies. Brian called on banks to obtain management accounts on foreclosed commercial properties and responded to RFP’s by submitting management bids to financial institutions.
On November 3, 2009, he accepted a position as a Senior Property Manager with Robert F. Knight & Associates, L.L.C., and immediately assumed responsibility for a portfolio of office and retail product.
Brian attended Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. He has completed courses and obtained the designations of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Real Property Administrator (RPA). He is a BOMA member and also holds an Arizona Brokers License.
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