Jay Carnahan founded ORION Property Partners, Inc. after spending more than two decades in senior leadership positions with a number of the nation’s largest commercial real estate service, investment, and development companies. Over the course of his career, Carnahan has been involved in the acquisition, development, property management, and marketing and leasing of over 50 million square feet on behalf of leading institutional owners and for some of the most significant Class A real estate properties on the West Coast. He has held primary responsibility for acquiring, staffing, and directing a portfolio in excess of 35 million square feet of institutional third party property management and exclusive leasing assignments throughout the western US.
As Founder and President of ORION, Carnahan is responsible for the overall business of the firm, and is the senior executive primarily responsible for the delivery of ORION’s real estate services including project leasing, tenant advisory, investment and development, and market analysis.
Prior to founding ORION, Carnahan held senior executive positions with Cushman & Wakefield, Transpacific Development Company, PM Realty Group and Transwestern.
In his various leadership roles, Carnahan has been directly responsible for consummating more than 20 million square feet of lease, lease equity, and joint venture lease transactions either on behalf of institutional owners or tenants throughout California’s major office markets.
Unique to his experience, Carnahan has been directly involved as a general partner in all phases of the development, lease-up and management of over 5 million square feet of institutional quality high rise and suburban office and industrial properties throughout California and Hawaii. In addition, Carnahan was in charge of providing 3rd party leasing, property management for The Irvine Company’s then entire Orange County Office portfolio.
Carnahan graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He serves on the advisory board for The Center for Real Estate at the Paul Merage School of Business and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a California Licensed Real Estate Broker.