October 1, 2023

Houston-based commercial real estate firm NAI Partners is officially rebranding itself as simply Partners as part of a decision not to renew its affiliation with New York-based NAI Global.
The rebranding brings all of the firm’s business lines — which include brokerage services, valuation services and its Partners Capital investment platform — under the same moniker.
Managing Partner Jon Silberman said the rebranding will allow the firm to establish offices outside of Texas. He added that Partners is eyeing locations in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Partners already has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
“Our announcement today represents a significant evolution in the growth of Partners,” Silberman said. “As we celebrate our 25th year in business, from Partners Commercial Realty, to NAI Houston, to NAI Partners, to Partners today, a few things have never changed: our unwavering commitment to our clients and putting their needs ahead of our own, our focus on creating value for our investors through our investment and development platform, and our dedication to providing best-in-class comprehensive commercial real estate solutions in Texas and beyond.”
Silberman added that a desire to better serve the firm’s clients necessitated moving on from its affiliation with NAI Global.
“This evolution will unequivocally enhance the breadth and depth of how we can partner with our clients and investors,”cSilberman said.
On Austin Business Journals latest ranking of the region’s commercial real estate brokerages in March, Partners came in at No. 19, based on nearly $156 million in local sales and leasing volume in 2021. At the time, the company also reported 20 staff in Austin. Gary Hebert is the firm’s managing director in Austin.
Partners was No. 4 on Houston Business Journal’s 2022 commercial brokerages list, with 100 licensed real estate professionals in that office.
Partners has been on a hiring spree in recent years. Since the pandemic began in early 2020, the firm has hired more than 60 people for its offices in Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
In February, the firm hired Cliff Parker to serve as senior vice president of property services, a role that has him overseeing the entirety of Partners’ property management portfolio across Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Parker was previously with CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), where he oversaw the management of 3009 Post Oak Blvd., a 310,000-square-foot office building near The Galleria in Houston.
In May, the firm hired Jennifer Clendening away from CBRE to serve as senior vice president of investor services. In that position, Clendening is responsible for pursuing opportunities to cross-sell the company’s investor services — including property management, project leasing, facilities management, construction management and investment sales — as well as the firm’s valuation and appraisal services offering.
In July, Partners hired Matthew Mitchell to become the firm’s director of valuation and advisory for the Central Texas region. Mitchell, who joined from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. (NYSE: JLL) is responsible for overseeing valuation services in greater Austin and greater San Antonio, as well as expanding the firm’s market share in those cities. Mitchell is based in Austin.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information about Partners’ recent hires and a photo of the company’s new branding.
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