Each year, Midwest Real Estate News inducts a new class into its Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Here’s a look at the career of Hall of Fame member Dax Hudson, principal and co-founder of Lee & Associates – Columbus in Dublin, Ohio.
After working for an investment bank for three years after graduating from college, Dax Hudson decided to make the career change to become a commercial real estate broker in 1994. Since then, the principal and co-founder of Lee & Associates – Columbus has completed more than $750 million in brokerage transactions, steadily growing his client base to include many institutional clients with significant holdings.
Eventually he and two co-workers bought out the owners of the same local, boutique brokerage he started working for 20 years earlier. They ultimately merged that company with national brokerage Lee & Associates to help further grow the brokerage and property management business. Since joining with Lee & Associates in 2015, the Columbus office has more than doubled the number of its sales agents and tripled its property management business to include more than 7.1 million square feet in central Ohio.
“I have been fortunate in this business to surround myself with many great clients over the past few decades,” said Hudson. “I have found that if you devote as much time as you can to doing a great job for those clients, they typically remain loyal to you for a long time. It can take decades to build that kind of loyalty, but it is worth it in the end.”
Hudson has been professionally recognized as a CoStar Top 10 Industrial Leasing Broker for nine of the past 10 years. Other past awards include the Columbus Board of Realtors Commercial/Investment Section Rookie of the Year and Top Producer. He was also recognized by Columbus Business First Newspaper as one of the “People to Know” in Commercial Real Estate in 2017.