John Pruitt and Jessica Ochoa Join Cassidy Turley in Houston

Top Local Team Bolsters Office Project Leasing Efforts Industrial Brokerage Team also Adds Two New Market Leaders

Published on August 30, 2013

HOUSTON - Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced today that it is continuing its growth trajectory in Houston with the hiring of two local commercial real estate veterans, John Pruitt and Jessica Ochoa. Additionally, the firm has added two market leaders, Patrick Rollins and Joseph Smith, to Cassidy Turley’s Houston Industrial brokerage team.

Mr. Pruitt and Ms. Ochoa will serve as Executive Managing Director and Senior Vice President, respectively, and will help lead the firm’s Houston Office Project Leasing practice. The duo will be instrumental in the development and expansion of Cassidy Turley’s Houston platform and its investor services offerings.

“John and Jessica are local leaders in their field,” said Bret Bunnett, Regional Managing Principal of Cassidy Turley in Texas. “Adding this level of experience, skill and leadership to our Houston office is a important advancement for Cassidy Turley. They will be key in our effort to continue to build a highly collaborative environment where teamwork is executed at the highest level. As we continue to establish Cassidy Turley as a market leader in Houston, we are dedicated to bringing together the best and brightest professionals to serve our clients and our communities.”

Prior to joining Cassidy Turley, Mr. Pruitt and Ms. Ochoa were Executive Vice President and Vice President, respectively, at CBRE. Mr. Pruitt brings to Cassidy Turley 28 years of experience in metro Houston office leasing, and, while at CBRE, he successfully closed more than 3,500 office lease transactions with an aggregate value of more than $1.5 billion.

Additionally, Ms. Ochoa specialized in the marketing and leasing of office properties at CBRE and was responsible for a portfolio encompassing 2.5 million square feet in the Houston metro area for both redevelopment projects and speculative office developments.

“Jessica and I look forward to bringing our expertise and experience to Cassidy Turley’s office leasing team,” said Mr. Pruitt. “We are excited to help further expand Cassidy Turley’s office leasing capabilities in Houston and to further service existing clients, as well as fostering relationships with new clients.”

Mr. Pruitt has been named “Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firms” by Houston Business Journal. While at CBRE he received numerous leadership and performance awards, including achieving a “Number One Ranking” in 1998 and multiple annual “Top Ten Rankings” for the firm. He is a member of the Houston Board of Realtors, Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Designation (SIOR). He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston.

Ms. Ochoa is a member of NAIOP. She also chaired CBRE’s Hispanic Networking Group, and is a graduate of the University of Houston.

Mr. Rollins and Mr. Smith joined Cassidy Turley in Houston as Senior Vice Presidents in the Industrial Tenant Representation division.  They will support Senior Managing Director John Nicholson in the development of Cassidy Turley’s industrial brand in Houston and in procuring new clients and assignments. Mr. Rollins and Mr. Smith were most recently First Vice President at CBRE where they specialized in both tenant and landlord representation

About Cassidy Turley

Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,800 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $22 billion in 2012, manages approximately 400 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 23,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit for more information about Cassidy Turley.


Ashley Kosatka
Cassidy Turley
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