Jarvis Commercial Real Estate


Ernest Drew Jarvis
CEO/Managing Principal


Ernest (“Ernie”) Drew Jarvis is a recognized leader with exceptional knowledge of, and relationships in, the region’s commercial real estate and business communities. Combining unique roles in management, tenant representation, and asset ownership responsibilities, he has the depth of experience to craft the very best real estate strategies. Ernie has had senior leadership roles in two publicly traded commercial real estate companies, including having served as CBRE’s Washington, D.C. Market Leader, one of CBRE’s largest offices. During his tenure, Ernie managed over 60 brokerage professionals and over 10 different specialty groups including:

  • Tenant Representation (National Nonprofit Chair)
  • Agency Representation
  • Investment Sales
  • Capital Markets
  • Public Sector Leasing Team
  • Industrial Leasing
  • Retail Leasing & Sales
  • Multi-Family Sales

Prior to his leadership role, Ernie represented the real estate interests of a diverse group of clients, ranging from the American Red Cross, Fannie Mae Foundation, and Radio One’s national headquarters, just to name a few.

Most recently, Ernie collaborated with First Potomac Realty Trust’s (NYSE: FPO) leadership team to create and implement a strategy for expanding its Washington, D.C. office portfolio. The company hit that goal. Additionally, Ernie created D.C. regional leasing goals and achieved an over 90% leased office portfolio. Ernie also played an integral role in the successful renovation of 440 1st Street, N.W.

As a fifth generation Washingtonian, Ernie has worked diligently to become part of the fabric of the community. He has been cited in a number of periodicals including the Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, Globe St., Bisnow, and other industry periodicals.

Ernie has taken an active role in the business community and has served in leadership positions in a number of prominent organizations, including:

  • Executive Committee – The Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • Past President – District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA)
  • Member – The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Board Service – Landon School, Urban Trust Bank, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee – NoMa Business Improvement District (BID), Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, Washington Performing Arts Society, the Urban League, and Project REAP’s Advisory Board, an organization designed to expose minorities to careers in commercial real estate.
  • Leadership – Washington Class of 2000

In addition to this service, Ernie was named to Washington Business Journal‘s “Power 100”– the most influential regional business leaders. Ernie is a graduate of Southeastern University.

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