Robert (Bob) F. Knight began his career in real estate management in 1971 and formed Robert F. Knight & Associates, the predecessor to Knight Management, in 1977 and became THE Phoenix area real estate management specialist. For the next 17 years, primarily through referrals, Bob and his associates serviced an average of 1.5 million square feet of office/industrial/retail product encompassing 123 clients and 156 sites. Tenant relations, accounting and the physical plant were always, and continue to be the focus.

Then in 1994, Knight & Associates’ 1.8 million square foot client portfolio was merged with Eagle Western Management Company’s 1.2 million square foot product base to become, under Bob’s direction, Metro Phoenix’s largest office/industrial/retail fee management firm, culminating with approximately 7.6 million square feet of managed assets by Spring 1998. For over 36 years, 34 property managers have served under Bob’s leadership and the majority are presently active in the Phoenix area real estate marketplace. Bob is a graduate of Arizona State University.

Ed Valerio brings over 19 years of professional real estate experience to the Knight team. In his role as Director of Property Management, Ed oversees all property and facility operations of Knights’ portfolio of properties in order to enhance asset value, meet compliance standards, and improve building tenants’ experience. He focuses on increasing and enhancing tenant retention/renewals and maintaining property occupancy; collaborating with stakeholders to maintain high quality of properties and operations; overseeing client contracts, application of standards, negotiation and compliance; implementing programs and projects to maximize the utilization and efficiency of property operations; and identifying and implementing best practices and uses for all property and facility management activities.

Ed is a licensed real estate salesperson and a past chapter President for the Institute of Real Estate Management. He completed and received his Certified Property Manager designation from IREM in 2007.

In the 2018 Edition, Ed was named one of the People & Projects To Know in Commercial Real Estate. The publication highlights the stories of the biggest deals and projects to reach fruition in Arizona over the last 12 months along with the people and companies that make it all happen. Read about Ed here:




Joe joined Eaton International Corporation in 1978 where he held several positions from Controller to Vice-President of Real Estate. In 1983, Joe was named Vice President of Real Estate and was responsible for all aspects of operations and management of the Eaton International portfolio of approximately 1.3 million square feet of office and industrial buildings.

In 1987, Joe was responsible for taking the commercial division private and setting up a new entity, JDM Properties, Inc., and was named President of Real Estate as he continued to operate and expand the portfolio. Joe assumed responsibilities for Chimiarra Investments, a private trust in 1991 and managed the entire trust portfolio of approximately 600,000 square feet until 1997, at which time he established Landmark Property Management. In April, 2003, Joe joined Robert F. Knight & Associates, L.L.C. as a partner and brought his existing portfolio with him. Joe received his BA in Accounting from Notre Dame, his MBA from Arizona State and attained the Certified Management Accountant designation.

Bob began his career in property management in August 1989 with Robert F. Knight & Associates, Inc. And in May 1991, Bob was promoted to the position of Property Manager and during the ensuing years his experience has been in virtually all areas of commercial product: office, medical, retail, and industrial. During the 1990s, Bob managed 18 sites consisting of approximately 1.8 million rentable square feet throughout Maricopa County. Bob became a Senior Property Manager with Grubb & Ellis Management Services, Inc. in June 1998, and remained until March 1, 2003, at which time he returned to Robert F. Knight & Associates, L.L.C. to become a partner and be responsible for high-rise property as well as suburban building assets.

Bob attended Phoenix College and Arizona State University. During his real estate management career, he has completed courses presented for the CCIM designation, and also, in 1996 served as a member of the Central Arizona Chapter CCIM board of directors. In addition, Bob has completed all of the courses required for the Certified Property Manager, or CPM designation.

After beginning his career in the growing electronics market as facilities planning and management in 1980 and working for ITT, Alcatel and IDEA, Doug became a consultant to Grubb & Ellis Property Management and in August 1999, Doug joined the Grubb & Ellis group to manage the east valley portfolio. The east valley portfolio was increased to 1.1 million square feet of office and retail properties during his management tenure representing institutional, corporate and association clients.

Doug next worked directly with the owner-managed Arizona portfolio of Diamante Properties. This 750,000 square foot retail/office portfolio included the historic train depot in Prescott requiring sensitivity to the preservation of the building as it was converted to office space. In 2007, Doug brought his 25-plus years of facilities and property management experience to Robert F. Knight and Associates, L.L.C. and he has been entrusted with the southeast valley portfolio of retail, office and medical properties ever since. Doug graduated Suma Cum Laude from Arizona State University while majoring in Real Estate and was a member of College of Business Honor Society.

Brad possesses a superb record of accomplishment in the field of commercial real estate with a professional background that includes seventeen years of experience in the leasing and management of office, industrial and shopping center properties located throughout metropolitan Phoenix. As regional asset manager of Morrison Karsten Group’s Phoenix area properties from 2001 – 2014 consisting of 800,000 square feet, he had overall responsibility for annual asset management plans and budgets, tenant retention and related leasing activities, maintenance and enhancement of the properties and supervision of staff and vendors.

Prior to joining MKG he managed the Phoenix area office for a national real estate investment trust; and prior to that for many years he managed real estate portfolios ranging in size of up to 775,000 square feet for Grubb & Ellis, Opus Investments, and Perini Investment Properties. Brad’s extensive commercial leasing experience includes working at the onset of his real estate career as a commercial leasing agent with Rand Commercial Brokers in Phoenix. In March 2014, he brought a solid educational foundation in support of his current responsibilities at Knight Management, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in business with emphasis on real estate and accounting from Arizona State University and an Arizona state real estate broker’s license.

Steve has a diverse background in commercial real estate having managed all property types over a 10-year career, with a focus on office, industrial and retail buildings. Prior to his management career, Steve was a Project Manager at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. During this time, he gained invaluable experience overseeing multiple construction and renovation projects, which has easily translated to tenant improvement assignments in the management field. Steve’s other areas of expertise include lease administration, monthly reporting, vendor sourcing and facility maintenance. Two of his major clients include Southwest Eye and Central Garden & Pet. These attributes make Steve a valuable asset to any real estate investor.
Lindsay Bennett spent the past seven years as a personal banker with a local private bank in Phoenix, where she built her networking and business development skills in a professional environment. She also brings a background in public relations and event coordination to the company. Lindsay is responsible for new business generation, strategically researching opportunities for Knight and building relationships within the commercial real estate industry to broaden Knight’s reach in establishing new customers. Lindsay’s industry participation and extensive relationships with professionals in the real estate brokerage and building owner communities make her a strong advocate for landlords in Knight’s portfolio.
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