David M. Valdez is Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Director of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc., the leading independently owned commercial real estate services firm in Florida. With nearly 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Mr. Valdez provides strategic real estate advisory and brokerage services to firm’s clients, and manages Blanca Commercial’s tenant-representation brokerage team.
His areas of expertise include strategic and capital planning, site selection, comprehensive financial analysis, build-to-suit advisory services, and complex lease negotiations focused on each client’s individual business objectives. Mr. Valdez works closely with companies to manage their total occupancy expense and secure optimal commercial real estate solutions, while also managing Blanca’s tenant representation operations, mentoring emerging brokers, developing best-in-class processes, and providing strategy and oversight to all lease negotiations and financial analyses on behalf of the firm’s clients.
Mr. Valdez has been involved in managing some of the largest office and special-use lease transactions within the South Florida and New York City office markets. Companies he has advised include McClatchy’s The Miami Herald, Akerman, White & Case, GMHC, and Lehman Brothers.
Prior to joining Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Mr. Valdez served in senior real estate management and brokerage positions at leading corporations and brokerage firms. He was Vice President of Corporate Services and Real Estate, Real Estate Transactions at Goldman Sachs, where he co-managed real estate transactions and strategy for all firm-leased and owned properties in the Americas—a portfolio of over 110 leases for 14 million square feet of office and special-use space. At Goldman Sachs he also co-led a team in managing the purchase, repositioning, and asset management of the Embassy Suites (now Conrad) Hotel and a retail complex in Manhattan’s Battery Park City. Mr. Valdez also served for nine years as Managing Director at commercial brokerage firm CBRE in New York and was a broker for six years with the Codina-Bush Group in Miami.
Mr. Valdez received a Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. At Harvard Business School, he attended the Goldman Sachs Nonprofit Leadership Program. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Miami program.