January 22, 1952 – February 24, 2011
Mark Richard Preston passed away on February 24, 2011 at the age of 59 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mark’s career in commercial office leasing spanned 35 years working in New Orleans, Houston, and New York. Mark was a consistent top producer, and started his Houston career with The Henry S. Miller Company, served as Senior Vice President with Grubb & Ellis for over 20 years, was a Senior Vice President at Moody Rambin Interests, and most recently served as Managing Director at Parkway Realty Services (PRS). He was recognized by his peers and the Houston Office Leasing Brokers Association in 2010 as the Landlord Broker of the Year.
Mark was an extremely generous and kind individual, known for his commitment to mentoring young professionals entering the real estate business.
Mark is survived by his beloved wife, Ashley Clark Preston, his sisters Jan Preston and Carol Wood and their families, along with a wide circle of friends and business associates. Services are scheduled for 11:00 o’clock a.m. Monday, February 28th at The Church of St. John the Divine at 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston.
I was fortunate to have met Mark early in my career. On the professional side he was one of the most respected and liked commercial real estate professionals in our market. I had the great pleasure to work on and close a few deals with Mark over the years. He was a highly competent and creative real estate professional and if there was a way to make a deal work, Mark would find a way.
From a personal perspective, Mark and I were not close friends, but the one quality about Mark that was so impressive is that if you spent five minutes with Mark, you believed you had made a new friend and the reality was that you had. He treated everyone with the same respect and it did not matter if you were a rookie breaking into the business or one of the most successful real estate veterans.
I can remember vividly my last conversation in person with Mark, as it was at the awards ceremony for the 2010 Landlord Broker of the Year. The event had winded down and there were only a few people left in the main ball room at Houston Country Club, from the several hundred who were previously there. I went over to personally congratulate Mark for winning the award, and I must have ended up chatting with him for about 15 or 20 minutes, and on a night that was all about honoring him, the entire conversation was dominated by him genuinely wanting to know what was going on in my life personally. The commercial real estate industry needs more individuals like Mark R. Preston, he will be missed.