David is known for his attention to detail, integrity, creative problem-solving skills, and his commitment to exceeding client expectations. He rejoined ECR in 2019 to help continue building their tenant and buyer representation practices. David has focused on the Austin office market for 15+ years, bringing in-depth knowledge and expertise to the team. To ensure each client reaches the optimum solution for their real estate requirements, David combines an in-depth analysis of each client’s business objectives and facility requirements with market knowledge, financial analysis, and intensive negotiation skills.
David holds an M.B.A from St. Edward’s University and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a proud parent of two boys, a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, and an avid mountain biker, runner, hunter, and fisher.
We certainly benefitted from having David Dawkins as our representative in the leasing process and would recommend him to others as he was very helpful in our office expansion in several regards. He negotiated an allowance sufficient to cover planned improvements, maintained a level of control in selection of the contractor that would perform the build out, and planned our future growth so that we could avoid being in a reactionary state each time our office expands.
Steven Esche, Aguirre & Fields L.P.
We’ve used David Dawkins twice for our commercial real estate needs. His guidance was invaluable in getting us to a good deal both times, especially as the situation for our second lease was particularly complicated. David struck a great balance between being proactive and always available on one hand, and trying to minimize the amount of our time needed on the other. Start to finish, he was there to make sure we got the deal that was right for us.
Michael Golden, Golden & Marin, L.L.P.
We are small company with offices in Austin and Houston. Part of the firm was relocating to the Houston office and I saw this as an opportunity to downsize and save on rent. ECR was quick to point out how we could take advantage of the current market and laid out perfectly the financial benefit of moving our office. ECR came prepared and quickly distinguished themselves as the best choice in the industry.
Gerry Amoroso, C.O.O, Industrial Tax Consultants
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The Trail Foundation
Meals on Wheels Central Texas
When and why did you begin a career in commercial real estate?
I began my career in 2003. I was working as a project manager for an enterprise software firm. I really enjoyed the planning and implementation part of my job but wanted an opportunity to be entrepreneurial and work with a product that was “concrete”. I kept coming back to commercial real estate, finally jumped in and never looked back. You need to find something you enjoy and are passionate about doing every day.
What do you specialize in at ECR? / How do you approach client relationships?
Most of my time is spent with businesses and helping them find the right lease solution that enables their business to thrive. I also work with buyers and sellers of office and industrial properties. I save tenants money and time and reduce risk when leasing office and industrial properties. One of the great things about representing users of commercial space is every business and situation is different. Once you understand your client and their goals, you can help them formulate and implement a real estate strategy that supports those goals.
What has been your greatest accomplishment during your career?
I think my great accomplishment lies ahead. A recent accomplishment I am proud of was helping an oil and gas company position themselves for a sale of the company. Limiting their exposure to real estate costs achieved a higher sales price and they sold the company before we actually signed the lease.
Listening is key to understanding a company’s goals and how that impacts their real estate decisions.