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Billy King is new president and CEO for Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate

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Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate has named William E. King as president and CEO. The appointment took effect on Jan. 1.

Known to colleagues and friends as Billy, King assumes the top job with a 31-year career in the industry.

“He holds many leadership roles in our community and is dedicated to making Hampton Roads a better place to live and work. His values are an extension of our firm, and we look forward to working with him,” Dawna L. Ellis, the company’s chief financial officer, said in a statement.

King joined Norfolk-based Harvey Lindsay in 1983 after three years of practicing law with Hofheimer, Nusbaum (now Williams Mullen). He developed his career in office leasing and since 1990 has worked in industrial brokerage. King has served as the firm’s vice president of industrial brokerage, team leader of industrial brokerage, senior vice president and member of the board of directors.

He also has been active in industry and community groups. After achieving his SIOR designation (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) in 1990, King served as president of the Virginia Chapter of SIOR in 1999 – 2000. He was a board member with the Norfolk division of the Commercial Real Estate Council of HRAA, and past chairman of the advisory board of Old Dominion Center for Real Estate and Economic Development.

In 2014, he served as chairman of the Norfolk division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance.

The company cited his appointment as a key element in the growth strategy of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate, which has operated in the Hampton Roads’ region for 70 years.

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