OAKLAND, CA—The Oakland office of Lee & Associates says that Ben Jones has been promoted to principal.

Jones, a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, joined Lee & Associates Oakland in 2008 as an associate. He specializes in the sales and leasing of office space in the greater Oakland Metropolitan market, and since January of last year he has completed more than 50 office leases and sales in the Bay Area.

“Ben’s promotion is a testimony to his passion and dedication in serving the clients,” said Craig Hagglund, president of Lee & Associates Oakland. “Our objective of recruiting the top brokers in this area as well as mentoring the young talent in our office has been extremely successful.”

Since April 2006, when Lee Oakland opened its doors with four brokers, the office has grown to 15 brokers who serve the industrial, office and retail markets. In addition to the national outreach that all Lee offices enjoy through the other 48 Lee offices, there are two other offices in Northern California including Pleasanton and Stockton, which add an additional 45 brokers to this region.

Lee is one of the largest broker-owned commercial brokerage firms in the nation.