A native New Orleanian, Keith received a bachelor degree from Louisiana State University after pursing studies in business administration at the Baton Rouge campus. While attending college, he worked summers for an established industrial developer located in Elmwood Industrial Park. That experience caused him to eventually seek a career in industrial brokerage. After getting a start as department researcher for CB Commercial, he joined the Elmwood based industrial firm of Max J. Derbes, Inc. in 1987.
Keith has over twenty years of specialized experience in commercial and industrial leasing, acquisition, marketing, design, development, consulting and management of income producing property. He has a keen understanding of the area user market with which he has been aligned through much of its growth and maturation. Keith has confected over 1,200 transactions involving tens of millions of square feet that total in excess of 125 million in dollar value. He has represented the interests of a host of companies and individuals who have benefitted from his depth of knowledge which has been responsible for the placement of clients throughout Southeast Louisiana, including those listed below.
Particular areas of expertise include publicly traded commodities warehousing of green coffee beans and non-ferrous metals, both of which require specialized facilities; the redevelopment of existing industrial facilities through adaptive change of use; and the marketing and disposition of special purpose property having narrow scope application. Other services provided are lease divestiture, highest & best use analysis through which greatest value is determined, summary appraisals for estate planning and tax abatement review to ensure appropriate assessment.
Keith also conducts commercial assemblages for a preferred developer of Walgreens, and has been involved with the efforts of a developer for Sav-A-Center and Lowes. He has performed strategic site selections on behalf of other national and regional concerns such as PF Changs, Krispy Kreme, Krystal, Extended Stay America, Safeguard Storage, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Exxon, Shell and Hancock Bank. Recent projects consist of marine related use property including river batture, petro-chemical plant site analysis and surplus land liquidation.
Keith is an active member of various professional and social organizations. He has served on committees and panels, and has helped create and perfect many of the firm contracts that are widely used by the company’s seven member brokerage team. The Derbes brokerage team is responsible for a majority portion of the industrial brokerage completed each year in the New Orleans metropolitan area market.
Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission
Licensed by the Mississippi Real Estate Commission
Address5440 Mounes Street, Suite 100
New Orleans, LA 70123