Michael Pakravan serves as FVP and National Director of Retail Leasing at Matthews Real Estate Investment Services. With more than 20 years of brokerage expertise, Michael leads the National Retail Leasing Division, consisting of 25 agents nationwide. Born and raised in Los Angeles, and officing out of El Segundo, Michael advises property owners, tenants, and buyers on retail leasing and investment sale transactions throughout Southern California. During his tenure, Michael has brokered over 800 transactions. As an effective deal maker with a proven track record, Michael achieves success for his clients by applying his versatile expertise, calculated market information, and aggressive business strategy. He has transacted deals with a multitude of national tenants ranging from grocers like Vallarta Supermarkets and Island Pacific to drive-thru restaurants such as Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Chipotle. Recent landlord representation transactions include Salt & Straw, Mendocino Farms, Laird Apparel, and Stiiizy. Currently, Michael exclusively represents well-known tenants such as Jersey Mike’s, Gyu Kaku, Silverlake Ramen, Health Nut, Bruxie Chicken and Waffles, and the Xponential Fitness brand, which includes Club Pilates, Yoga Six, AKT, Stretch Lab, Pure Barre, Row House, Cyclebar, Rumble Boxing and Stride. Michael also recently completed several transactions on behalf of highly acclaimed chef Jackson Kalb and new-to-the-scene StormBurgers. Michael’s intimate knowledge of the retail landscape and having brokered on average 80 retail lease transactions per year in 2020, 2021, and 2022, has given him a competitive edge in identifying investment sales opportunities and driving pricing on the disposition of the assets for his clients. Additionally, Michael’s impressive background has provided him with extensive knowledge and experience in real estate investment, development, leasing, and management across different asset types such as retail, multifamily, industrial, and office.
During the foundation of his career, Michael took his first step into the business by gaining a holistic insight into the complex and diverse world of real estate development. In 2004, he moved into retail leasing at Center Business Management (CBM). During his tenure, he represented landlords in over 100 shopping centers in Southern California. In 2013, Michael joined Kennedy Wilson as Vice President and expanded his business to include tenant representation, investment sales of commercial property and development land, and further expanded his expertise in landlord representation to include additional property types such as mixed-use development and high street retail leasing.
Michael enjoys spending his free time with his wife, two kids, and dogs exploring LA’s vast culinary scene.
B.A., Business Management
University of California, Santa Cruz