Testimonials

I can’t praise enough the excellent service provided by the team of Gary Cohen and James DeBuiser in the sale of my 15,000 sf industrial/commercial building in Ventura. Everything went smoothly and fast with a sale at 97% of the asking price. No surprises.. always focused!
— Alfred Contarino
Gary Cohen and James DeBuiser are incredibly hardworking brokers who will grind away until they have achieved the best possible outcome for their clients.
— Daniel Korda
Professionalism and knowledge are not easy to find in the Commercial Real Estate investment world. That is why I am writing this recommendation, because the Cohen | DeBuiser Marcus & Millichap team has this and then some. When buying or selling Commerical investment real estate - you are in the best hands with Gary and James.
— Todd Shillington - Fidelity National Title
If a company requires real estate space that’s just a little out of the ordinary, chances are it’s a client of Gary Cohen’s.

Cohen, a principal at Lee & Associates LA North/Ventura, specializes in sales and leasing of commercial real estate, but it is his tenant representation business that really shows Cohen’s talent for finding creative solutions for his clients.

Aside from his traditional brokerage services, Cohen’s career includes several years in leadership roles including Grubb & Ellis, where he was EVP, Managing Director for Los Angeles North, and Arden Realty, where he was portfolio manager responsible for 2.4 million sq.ft. from Calabasas to Ventura.

Recently Cohen also has developed a niche, leveraging his deep understanding of business and real estate, assisting companies with specialized needs. Last year he represented Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts for 11,250 square feet for its nationally ranked dance company. He transacted a 14,065 square foot purchase for Aldabella Custom Crush Winery and Storage for wine-making, storage and tasting operations complete with special events. He found another location for Rock Nation to expand its music education and rehearsal space and he assisted The Consignment Warehouse in securing a premium location 12,060-square-foot space for its furniture consignment showroom. Additionally, he found the perfect 14,000 square foot, highly efficient, state of the art office space for Keller Williams in Westlake Village to accommodate their expansion requirement.

Cohen has transacted more than $700 million in sales and leases over his 25 years. In 2012, Cohen transacted more than 80,000 square feet of sales and leases including office, industrial and retail real estate for his highly diverse roster of clients.
— Shelly Garcia Pacific Coast Business Times Who's Who in Commercial Real Estate
CT Realty is an owner operator of office, industrial and multi-family projects in Southern California with over $28 million worth of transactions completed in our history. During the past 20 years we have had the opportunity to work with many brokers
and leasing agents. In 2008 we acquired an 111,000 square foot office building
in Ventura, CA. The market proved to be very challenging given the economic conditions that we were faced with. We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Gary Cohen. We retained Gary as our in-house leasing director. During our relationship Gary was instrumental in completing over a dozen leases comprising over 45,000 square feet increasing our occupancy from 60% to 90% plus. Gary never accepted “no” as an answer from either the landlord or a prospect. He persisted and presented creative, compromise solutions which resulted in our extraordinary leasing activity while submarket vacancy remained stagnant in the 20% range. Our success was a direct result of Gary’s expertise, hard work and persistence.
— Marc Belluomini Executive Vice President CT Realty Investors
Dealing with Gary and his crew? Don’t ask. Just do it. No problems PERIOD. Did what they said they would do.
Don’t bother reading any farther . NO NEED.
— Warren Sharp
During the time I spent with Gary, I found him to be very knowledgeable of the industry, he and his team worked very hard in finding me the right buyer for my property. He spent time to develop a plan and prepared a great marketing strategy. Mr. Cohen, and his team listened to my concerns, and delivered the best results .
Thanks for a great job.
— Kambiz Hakimi
Cohen | DeBuiser have been very responsive, knowledgeable and courteous in my dealings with them. I experienced real professionalism in my dealings.
— Tom Malley
As a commercial real estate attorney and litigator, I am regularly in touch with the industry leaders including the finest firms in the real estate brokerage community. When it was time to purchase a property for my firm, I chose Gary Cohen to represent me because of his integrity, professionalism and market knowledge.
I appreciated his dedication, determination and focus in scouring the market to identify opportunities that fit my criteria and his diligent follow through on every level
of detail throughout the acquisition process. Following the closing, we retained Mr. Cohen to represent us in leasing up the excess 17,000 square feet of space in our building. He suggested creative solutions for demising the building and successfully
leased all the excess space.
I am impressed by his personal attention to detail, creative solutions, negotiating skills and follow through. It’s clear why Gary has a successful record of satisfying clients and earning repeat business and referrals. For commercial real estate brokerage services, Gary Cohen at Lee & Associates is my choice.
— Patrick C. McGarrigle, Esq. McGarrigle, Kenney & Zampiello APC
I am pleased to recommend Mr. Gary Cohen, Principal of Lee & Associates for your Commercial Real Estate needs.
I began doing business with Gary in December 2011 when I embarked on a new business adventure. After many years of working in the retail furniture industry, I decided to open my own, one-of-a-kind Organic mattress store. Suffice it to say that I was both excited and terrified at the same time.
Gary took great care in understanding my vision and worked diligently in finding the very best spaces available to accommodate that vision. Gary, my husband and I spent many hours discussing the needs and wants of a location; Gary found that perfect location for us almost immediately.
Gary was referred to me as being “the best in the business” and I can say with absolute certainty based on my experience that this is truly an accurate description.
Gary Cohen made my dream a realty - he negotiated a lease that was manageable, handled all of the grueling paperwork and was reassuring and comforting when I thought I was surely going out of my mind. He has been an instrumental part in the success of my business and I know he is looking out for me - he started out as my realtor and now is also my friend.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to me personally, I have listed my telephone number below; please fee free to contact me.
— Sharon Cook, Owner Snoozzz Mattress