M. James “Jim” Mark

Chief Executive Officer
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Area of Expertise

Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, Development and Management
Real Estate Acquisition and Investment
Redevelopment Opportunities
Economic Development

Quote

“Portland is a incredible place to live and work, and our company has the good fortune to find success here. Our achievements are the result of a great team effort, not an individual one, thanks to the best minds in the real estate business working together for one company. I’m honored to work alongside an exceptional team of people who work very hard every day to deliver truly the best service.”

Overview

Jim is the third generation CEO in the Melvin Mark company legacy. He oversees all activity and provides leadership to all employees under the Melvin Mark Companies umbrella. Although he has been spearheading company operations since 2000, Jim’s background in the commercial real estate industry spans most of his life.

Jim learned the fundamentals of the business at a young age; he began his hands-on experience by providing maintenance for the company’s properties and serving as an operations assistant. After college, he got his official start as a leasing associate and brokered many notable deals throughout the region. As Melvin Mark evolved, Jim took on more responsibility and was able to build his skills in a variety of different management positions. Over the years, he learned three valuable lessons that helped shape him into a skilled leader: put people first, give back to the community, and demonstrate honesty and integrity.

Today, Jim’s mission is to continue to grow Melvin Mark Companies in a way that creates a positive impact on the Portland area. He is consistently looking to the future and believes that as the commercial real estate industry changes, the company should change with it. Jim continues to inspire and guide those around him by upholding the values that have made the Melvin Mark Companies a success over four generations.

Jim has a passion for fitness and athletics; when he’s not in the office, he is often hiking, skiing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Jim is also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys both riding and collecting unique and rare motorcycles.

Professional Experience

Jim has been involved in the real estate industry for nearly 40 years and has experience in operations, leasing, marketing, development, sales, and investment.

Education & Awards

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Colorado College

Leadership

Portland Business Alliance (PBA) - Immediate Past President
Oregon Community Foundation - Executive Board Member and Treasurer
Henningsen Cold Storage - Chair and Board Member
US Bank Advisory Board - Board Member
Portland Streetcar - Chair and Board Member
Oregon State Police Foundation - Vice Chair and Board Member
Greater Portland Inc. - Founder and Board Member
The CORE (Commercial Real Estate Network) - Network Board Member and past President
International Air Service Steering Committee (Port of Portland) - Member
Portland Building Owners & Managers Association - Member