Kenneth E. Morris spearheads Morris Southeast Group as C.E.O. and President. Since 1989, Ken has been a devoted practitioner of commercial real estate and has become one of South Florida’s top producing brokers representing property owners, investors and companies that lease or buy commercial buildings and land for their businesses. Through his designation as SIOR (The Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®) Ken has become a leading provider of corporate real estate services and completed dozens of transactions nationally.
Entrepreneurial and an early adapter of new technology and its applications in the commercial real estate service industry, Ken is the former chairman of the Technology Committee for an international network of commercial realtors and has led numerous “technology best practices” workshops in numerous U.S. cities.
In his career he has received recognition from numerous industry associations. In 2002, Ken was honored by SIOR with the most prestigious designation in the field. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Real Property Administrators Designation from the Building Owners and Managers Association. And in 2001, South Florida’s premier business publication, The South Florida Business Journal, awarded Ken the “Up & Comers Award” for his achievements in real estate.
He takes great pride in advancing the firm that his father, Allen I. Morris, founded in 1976. As an industry expert, Ken is a frequent source of information for businesses, economic development groups and trade publications covering commercial real estate.
In addition to operating a full-service commercial real estate firm, Ken holds director positions on several charitable agencies. Ken graduated from the University of Miami, School of Business and has been a resident of South Florida since 1973.
Alice Lucia Jackson moved her 25 years of brokerage business experience to Morris Southeast Group in July 2016, where she directs the firm’s Agency Leasing and Tenant Representation sectors. A specialist in Class A and B properties throughout Broward County, in the recent 36 months she has completed over 1.1 million square feet of transactions. Past and present clients include: Banyan Street Capital; New Boston Fund; W R Grace & Co.; UNUM Insurance; Northwestern Mutual; Talcott/Hartford; Sunbelt Investments, MCI, Motorola, General Motors, Liberty Mutual, First Capital Corporation, CitiFinancial, MetLife, Motorola, United HealthCare Services, Triple Net, Songy Partners, CDR Realty, Blackstone, Mainstreet Real Estate Services, and America’s Capital Partners.
Ms. Lucia Jackson has been in commercial real estate for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Morris Southeast Group, Ms. Lucia Jackson was a Senior Vice President at JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) for 10 years. Prior to JLL she was a principle with America’s Capital Partners (ACP) where her responsibilities included the leasing and oversight of 1.5 million s.f. of office buildings in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. She started her career with Cushman & Wakefield.
Education, Affiliations and Awards
A Fort Lauderdale native, Ms. Lucia Jackson graduated with honors from University of Bridgeport, CT with a bachelor’s degree, double major in Economics and Marketing. Ms. Lucia Jackson was the South Florida Chapter President of NAIOP in 2008 and served on its Board for eight years. She was the co-founder of the South Florida Broker’s Association and was one of the first five women in the State of Florida to receive the S.I.O.R. designation in 1988. She currently serves on the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s National Advisory Board, Community Foundation of Broward Board, Jack and Jill Children Development Chair and is a United Way Reading Pal. She also serves on the Housing advisory committee at the historic Indian Creek Country Club.
Ms. Lucia Jackson was named NAIOP’s Member of the Year in 2007 and Office Broker of the year in 2009. She was named a Woman of Influence in Florida by Florida Real Estate Magazine in 2008 and a Must Know Contact in Fort Lauderdale by Florida Trend Magazine in 2011.
Avi Baecht joined Morris Southeast Group in February of 2017 as Vice President and an office leasing specialist representing both landlords and tenants throughout Broward County. Previously, she worked with an office agency leasing team at CBRE representing a portfolio of approximately 2.5 million square feet of office space in Broward County, including Sawgrass Technology Park (645,000 SF), 1 East Broward in Fort Lauderdale (340,000 SF) and Weston Corporate Center I & II (150,000 SF).
Clients have included the California State Teacher’s Retirement System, Invesco Realty Advisors, BlackRock, Torburn Partners, Fifteen Group and many others.
Mrs. Baecht started her commercial real estate career in 2008 with Cassidy Turley in Virginia where she focused on landlord representation and completed more than 80 transactions totaling over 800,000 square feet. She is currently licensed in the State of Florida.
The Arlington, Virginia native has been active in the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) where she served on the National Board of Directors. Avi is a LEED Green Associate and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has lived in South Florida since January of 2014 and currently resides in Coconut Creek.
Adriana Lilly joined Morris Southeast Group in July 2016 to start her career in commercial real estate. Her initial work – in addition to training, is to establish new networks and contacts, enhance the company’s marketing platform and generate new business with a concentration on tenant representation.
Most recently, she held a management position at BodyTrac Health and Fitness in Weston where she was the CMO (Chief Motivating Officer) and responsible for membership growth, promotions, social media and charity events. Earlier, Adriana held a sales position with Aviation Concepts in Sunrise where she worked with commercial airline companies, assisted with inventory management of airplane parts and organized the European Airline Conference in Paris, France.
She brings a depth of people skills from years of working in the service industry, particularly food and beverage. Over the years Adriana has worked in sales, catering, bartending, special events and as an assistant manager at restaurants in Plantation, Tallahassee, Sunrise and Weston. She is proficient in Farsi and Spanish. Adriana earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Hospitality from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Promoted to Controller in recent years, Maria Lima has capably and faithfully served Morris Southeast Group for nearly three decades. Her early support for the firm included general administrative duties and managing the firm’s accounting systems. In addition, she is responsible for property management operations and financial reporting of assets under management. Originally from Cuba, Maria is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Maria earned an Associates’ Degree in Marketing from Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL.