Get to Know Kyle Pesek, Market Analyst

Meet Kyle Pesek, Market Analyst and new HLC team member!

Kyle joined Holt Lunsford Commercial (HLC) in 2022 and serves as a Market Analyst in the Houston Office Group. His responsibilities include gathering market intelligence, producing competitive market sets, producing weekly analysis reports, assisting brokers in lease negotiations, and marketing HLC properties.

Prior to joining HLC full-time, Kyle completed three internships in commercial real estate. One with Dosch Marshall Real Estate, where he assisted with multifamily and land brokerage, and two with Lee & Associates, where he developed his office and industrial brokerage skills. During this time, he gained valuable industry experience which prepared him for his role at HLC.

Kyle graduated from Texas A&M University where he attended Mays Business School and received his BBA in Management with a minor in Economics. While at Texas A&M, Kyle was an active member of Beta Upsilon Chi, a National Christian fraternity that exists for the purpose of establishing brotherhood and unity in Christ. During college, Kyle met his wife, Claire, and obtained his Texas real estate license.

Kyle was born and raised in Houston, Texas and has two younger siblings.

What brought you to HLC?
I was fortunate enough to have been offered a couple commercial real estate internships while in college, and I really enjoyed them. I learned a lot interning in the industry, and my interest in real estate only grew as I got older. I started taking classes related to real estate at A&M, and eventually got my real estate license this past August. One of my good friends, Thomas Pfeifer, mentioned to me that his father had recommended me to HLC because of my experience interning with other companies. When I went back to A&M for my last semester, Thomas began working at HLC. We stayed in touch, and he kept me in the loop about how everything was going for him as a new analyst. He spoke very highly of HLC, the guys in the Houston office, and the overall company culture. After graduation, I knew I wanted to work in real estate, at a company that shared my values, and HLC seemed like the perfect fit. I was drawn to the size of the Houston office because it allowed me to become a core member of an emerging office leasing team immediately upon my graduation. Getting to join a small team whose market share is growing fast attracted me. Also, the core values of HLC and the Christian roots of the company played a major role as well.

How do you hope to grow at HLC?
I hope to grow in many different ways. I want to grow as a person, as a real estate professional, as a husband, and as a provider. I want to improve my sales and communication skills. I think it’s very important to learn how to sell and communicate effectively. Ultimately, I just want to grow into a refined version of myself, putting my strengths in action, and sharpening my weaknesses.

What about your role at HLC most excites or interests you?
I am most excited to help accelerate the rapid growth of HLC’s Houston office division. I am eager to see how my career progresses and how I develop as a real estate broker over time. I am also looking forward to gaining the market knowledge and experience needed to become a sophisticated real estate investor at a young age. My father led by example and taught me how investing in real estate can be a unique way to grow your income. Having a career in real estate is a great way to learn the market and the fundamentals of real estate investments.

Which HLC value resonates the most with you and why?
We Serve. It’s the #1 value here at HLC, and Christ calls us to serve, so I would say that is the value that resonates with me the most, although I identify strongly with all five of HLC’s core values.

What three phrases would you use to describe the HLC culture?
Service-oriented, Transparent, Committed to Growth & Success

If you could tell one person “thank you” for helping me become the person you are today, who would it be and why?
Definitely my parents. Both of them have helped me grow & mature in many different ways so it’s too hard to pick between them. If I had to break the tie, I would go a totally different route and go with Jesus because ultimately it’s the standard He set that pushes me every day to be the best man I can be.

Who or what inspires you?
My faith in Christ inspires me. It is the most important aspect of my life. It drives me and motivates me to live a life of eternal purpose and meaning. It affects my behavior and the way I interact with others. I would also say that people who are strong in the areas that I am weak in inspire me. They show me that you can conquer your weaknesses and your fears. So, anybody that exemplifies positive, Christ-like character traits that I am lacking inspire me.

What are three interesting things about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume?
I love country music. Classics like George Strait & Alan Jackson. Old timers like Willie Nelson & Johnny Cash. I also love the sound of newer groups like Flatland Cavalry, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, and a bunch more. Texas country is my favorite!
I once bowled a 243 during a bowling class at A&M. I still have no idea how I did it as I was by no means a good bowler at the time. I just had an incredible round. The highest score you can get in bowling is a 300, so 243 is like what professionals average.
I attend both Catholic churches and Protestant-Christian churches regularly. I just love the Christian faith and exploring it further. The communities have given me different perspectives. I see value, wisdom, and truth in both branches of the Church.

How do you define success?
Success to me is consistently accomplishing the unique personal goals that you set for yourself in life. I think success is subjective and it can be different for different people. It depends on the goals you set for yourself, whether or not you achieve those goals, and how frequently or consistently you do so.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife Claire, my family, and my friends. I have always loved sports— playing sports, watching sports on tv, going to games, and I still even play Madden and NBA2K on occasion. I also like history, theology, and politics so I’ll watch documentaries or YouTube videos and read articles on those subjects. I also love traveling and going on weekend trips!

If you were the CEO of a company name one thing you would make mandatory in the office and one thing you would ban.
As a Texan, I would mandate that fresh breakfast tacos be in the fridge at all times. I would want Tiff’s Treats on the countertop in the breakroom, and I would wear boots & jeans just about every day. I would ban selfish pride, arrogance, jealousy, and envy. That stuff is just a cancer to any organization.

Everyone has a good app idea. What’s yours?
A reliable metal detecting app!

Where is the furthest you’ve traveled?
Kennebunkport, Maine but it will soon be Kauai, Hawaii come June 2022!

What would you invent if you could?
I would invent a healthy and reliable pain killing device. The reason pain exists is to let your body know that something is wrong. I can’t stand physical pain at all, I hate it as I’m sure most people do. I would create a pill that connects to a device that lets you know that something is detrimentally wrong with your body without making you feel intense pain. If you break your arm, instead of feeling intense pain, it just says hey your arm is broken go get this fixed!

What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
“He’s a really nice guy, he loves me, but we don’t spend enough time together ever since he went to college. He’s not around much anymore. Every time he comes home, I’m just glad to see he’s alive!”

Favorite quote?
In my opinion, one of the best lines in the Bible is when Jesus addresses the crowd that is preparing to stone a woman for breaking Jewish law. He commands, “He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.” Upon reflection, I think this quote is crucial for people to remember – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

What can you teach me to do in five minutes?
How to do a proper Comp Set Analysis for an office property in Houston. I’ve gotten pretty good at those!

What character would you be in a book, movie, or TV show?
Growing up I did not enjoy reading all that much, but for summer reading I always loved reading this one series of books about a kid who could travel through time using his old baseball cards. As a sports-loving kid, I thought that was the coolest storyline ever because it blended two of my favorite subjects: sports & history. I would still love to be able to travel back in time to witness incredible sports moments and historical events.

What superpower would you like to have?
Invincibility is the clear #1, but time travel would be a close second.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
I would want God with me. I would want my wife Claire with me. And I would want a teleportation device to get us off the island when my beach-loving wife is ready to go home.

What’s your secret talent no one at work knows about?
I don’t think of this as a talent but one thing most people don’t know is that in high school, I created a Texas sports and culture-themed social media brand that garnered tens of thousands of followers across several different online platforms. Not sure if that is considered a talent, but I guess you could say I’m pretty good with social media.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
The last thing I watched was a Kauai video with Claire to get hyped for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. It was “Kauai in 4K” drone footage of the island. It looked beautiful!

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
My coworkers thought it would be funny to send Brandon (head of Houston office) a formal resignation email from my work computer while I was out at lunch. When I returned from lunch, I opened my computer and found an email titled “Resignation” in my inbox with a response from Brandon calling me into his office to explain why I was “resigning”. Thankfully, Brandon was in on the joke, as I am not planning on leaving HLC anytime soon!

What was the last gift you gave someone?
A pair of slippers with a smiley emoji on them for my sister’s birthday. A strange little gift but that’s what she wanted.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
I would probably be some form of bird so that I can fly around and have free access to whatever sporting event or fun activity is going on. I definitely would not want to be hunted, so I would need to be a protected bird that is strong, can fight off predators, and fly all over the world.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film or book, which one would you claim?
Even though I’m not an art enthusiast, I would go with a priceless art piece like the Mona Lisa or something like that. I would choose a very valuable piece of art, sell it to the highest bidder, and make a fortune.

Which animal would make the best type of president if the animal kingdom ever rose up and took over?
I would say a gorilla. It’s a strong animal but it’s not very violent. It would intimidate its adversaries but wouldn’t cause much harm overall. Plus, I’ve always liked gorillas, they’re one of my favorite animals.

Last meal?
Very simple, Lupe Tortilla beef, chicken, and shrimp fajitas with all the fixin’s (grilled onions, peppers, rice, charro beans, salsa, cheese, guacamole) and of course chips & queso with the sliced jalapenos and the classic Lupe Tortilla bean dip. Nothing too fancy, but simply the best.

Welcome to HLC, Kyle, we are glad you are here!