In the May issue of SD Metro, JLL’s Lynn LaChapelle is featured as one of 20 Women Who Impact in San Diego, which is a group of outstanding professional who have made a name for themselves in their careers and are making significant contributions to our community.
Many of San Diego’s major real estate deals include Lynn LaChapelle. As a Managing Director for JLL, Lynn executes, oversees and transacts capital markets deals in San Diego (and Phoenix). She and her partners lead the valuation, marketing, disposition and financing of premier office properties. Lynn has broad-based experience in corporate solutions, leasing and development, having transacted leases, ventures and sales in excess of $10 billion.
In 2014, Lynn earned the #1 ranking in her office for production. Also, Lynn was instrumental in opening JLL’s office in San Diego in 2007 and was responsible for recruiting many of its transactional professional. Today the office boasts over 172 professionals.
Lynn is considered one of San Diego’s commercial real estate community’s pre-eminent brokers, regardless of her gender, but as a female star of the industry, she is especially sought-after as a speaker and a mentor. Many have benefitted from her advice and skills.
Additionally, against all odds and in the midst of a recession, Lynn channeled her drive, experience and resources as one of San Diego’s premier real estate investment brokersleveraged her skills and reputation as one of San Diego’s top capital markets real estate investment brokers to turn 30 acres of land in Escondido’s Highland Valley into a working winery. In so doing, she is also making good on a long-term dream. While still full-throttle at her day job, manaleveraged l to turn 30 acres of vacant land in Escondido’s Highland Valley into an estate vineyard and winery. In developing the estate, she pulled from her experience working with developers, landscape architects, designers and planners – all skills she acquired from her education and career in commercial real estate – to bring this shared dream with her husband to fruition. Over these past years, while she was developing the estate, she has maintained her full-time role at JLL as one of its leading investment brokers. After seven years in development, the winery opened its doors to the public in December 2014. Domaine Artefact, as the winery is known, consists of over 15,000 vines and will, at build out, harvest over 30 tons of estate Rhone grape varietals. Over the next five to seven years, this start-up winery will be one of the largest producers in north San Diego County with over 3,000 cases (36,000 bottles) annually.
Lynn has served as a NAIOP San Diego board member, has mentored NAIOP’s junior members, is an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) San Diego, speaks on many industry panels, participates in Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a former active member of San Diego’s Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) chapter.
She participates in JLL’s women’s leadership team for Southern California and nationwide, and was a recent panelist at one of the firm’s educational events, speaking about success, life balance and pursuing your passion. Through JLL’s national mentor program, she has mentored several of her fellow capital markets brokers in Washington D.C. and San Diego.
Lynn has served as a board member for the Girl Scouts Imperial Council and on the board for its capital campaign to assist in redeveloping several of its camps and headquarters in Balboa Park. She has also served on the board of directors for the San Diego Children’s Museum, the San Diego Community Foundations’ charitable real estate board, the San Diego Center for Children and the San Diego Museum of Art.
Lynn and her husband donate five percent of their proceeds from their winery to fund wildlife rescue organizations such as Project Wildlife and Helen Woodward Animal Center. They also donate Domaine Artefact wine for charity events focused on animal welfare and to support educational causes. Wine donation recipients have included Helen Woodward Wildlife Rescue, San Diego Vintners Association, Vista School District, San Pasqual Academy and several others.
Lynn was named one of CoStar’s investment sales Power Brokers for 2014. Also in 2014, Lynn earned the #1 ranking in her office for production and transacted two very complicated disposition assignments: – the San Diego Tech Center for $255 million, which received the San Diego Business Journal’s top land transaction of the year award as well as Editor’s Choice Deal of the Year from the San Diego Daily Transcript, and Blackstone’s San Diego Office Portfolio for $155 million, which received the San Diego Transcript’s Deal of the Year Award.
Lynn was selected in 2014 along with 21 other women throughout JLL to participate in the company’s 30-month International Director Protégé mentorship program. This program is designed to develop future female leaders within the firm with an intensive tutorial covering all JLL’s business lines to prepare candidates for high-ranking leadership roles. Attaining this designation was one of Lynn’s primary career goals when she joined JLL.
In addition to managing a very demanding professional real estate career, Lynn also managed to develop and build her winery. She is already seeing tremendous success from that venture, undoubtedly due in part to her broad-based experience and overall business savvy.
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