Chris Baker

Senior Consultant

Christopher Baker is a Senior Consultant with ARES Group and has 34 years of commercial real estate experience.




Chris is an effective strategist, negotiator, and client advocate drawing on his diverse experience. He brings knowledge from the landlord, tenant and lender perspective.


Prior to joining ARES Group, Chris was an Assistant Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank where he managed loan work-outs and troubled asset portfolios. He was recruited by Trammel Crow Company to manage both tenant representation and landlord retail leasing. His “in-house” corporate retail experience includes fast food and casual dining as Regional Development Manager at Pizza Hut / PepsiCo, Vice President of National Retail Development for Chevy’s Restaurants / PepsiCo and Vice President of Development for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. Chris has also been a mortgage lender originating over $300 million of loans.


Chris received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Duke University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in California.

Tenant Experience

Pizza Hut / Pepsi Co:
• Senior Real Estate Manager


Noah’s New York Bagels
• Vice President, Chief Development Officer


Chevy’s FreshMex
• Vice President Acquisition & Development

Landlord Experience

Trammel Crow

  • Retail Leasing Associate

Finance Experience

Wells Fargo

  • Assistant Vice President Real Estate Workouts

Residential Mortgage Lender

  • $300M and 500 loans over 10 years

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