Connie Rankin, LEED (R) AP


26 Laurenhurst Court Houston, Texas 77043 USA
+1 (713) 468-3833

Houston, Texas

Commercial real estate services

CRES + Associates

Connie knows commercial real estate and she knows Houston. The first 20 years of her career were spent working her way up to Executive Senior Manager of one of Houston's most prestigious commercial real estate firms (PM Realty Group). She has spent the last 12 making her mark as a successful independent broker with a sharp eye on the tenant's bottom line.

After establishing her firm, Customized Real Estate Services, Inc. (CRES), in 2001 Connie continued the pursuit of knowledge which has characterized her career. In 2008, she was the first certified woman-owned commercial real estate company to earn LEED Professional Accreditation. The LEED AP is a distinguish group of building professionals who have a thorough understanding of green building practices and the principles of the LEED Green Building Rating System. In 2011, she formed LEAD 2 GREEN to help tenants find environmentally sound spaces and landlords upgrade buildings to meet LEED standards. 

Connie's pro-active approach to real estate and community involvement has earned her the respect of the community and numerous well-deserved awards. Her Women's Business Enterprise National Council STAR Award in 2006 recognized her as one of 14 out of 3,000 women business owners nationwide for her business foresight and acumen. The Houston Business Journal has recognized her several times as one of the 50 fastest growing woman-owned businesses in Houston and in 2012 as one of the fastest growing businesses overall. Her contributions to business diversity have been rewarded with awards including Top Corporate Supplier, one of 100 WBE’s Impacting Supplier Diversity, and WBE Advocate of the Year.

Connie is active in various professional and non-profit organizations, including the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (Board VP), the Women’s Enterprise National Council (Forum Member), the Houston Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and Texas Executive Women.

Connie's work with energy, non-profit, small and large business, and local government clients has given CRES a broad spectrum of diverse experience in commercial real estate as well as an opportunity to help clients navigate complex real estate negotiations while having a positive impact on the environment.

She is a graduate of The Tuck School of Business ‐ Dartmouth’s Executive Program in 2003, and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM). In 2012 Connie graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,0000 Small Business Program and 2013 was in Class XXXI of Leadership Houston.


Tenant Representation

Lease Administration

Subleasing, Assignment, Disposition

Lease Audit & Advisory

Leasing & Renewals

• Site Selection

Sustainability & LEED Consulting

• Broker Opinions of Value

• Strategic Consulting

• Purchase & Owner/Users

Practice Areas

• Law firms

• Non-profits

• Schools

• Government & Institutions

• Office

• Oil & Gas

• Warehouse & Storage

• Industrial

• Retail

Following are a few interesting facts about Houston and its commercial real estate market…

  • The Houston is the fourth largest city in the US and the largest in the state of Texas.  According to the 2010 census, the city has a population of 2.1 million and an area of 579 sq miles (1,500 km2).  
  • Rated as a global city, Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters.
  • Houston is recognized worldwide for its energy industry—particularly for oil and natural gas—as well as for biomedical research and aeronautics. Renewable energy sources—wind and solar—are also growing economic bases in Houston. The ship channel is an important part of Houston's economic success. Ranking first in the United States in international commerce, it is the tenth-largest port in the world. Because of these strengths, Houston is designated as a global city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network and by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.
  • According to data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the Houston area is the top U.S. market for exports, surpassing New York City in 2012. It was also recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Cities for Jobs this Fall.
  • In 2013, Houston ranked as one of the top 10 cities in the country with the most robust growth in number and economic contributions of women-owned firms, by the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN.
  • In 2012, the Houston metropolitan area ranked first in Texas within the Category of “Big Cities Where Self-Employment is Growing the Fastest” by Forbes magazine. It also ranked first in 2011 as “Best Cities for Manufacturing Jobs” and “Fastest Growing Millionaire City in the U.S.”