Property Management, Brokerage, and Development
HB manages over $3 billion worth of multifamily real estate and controls entities specializing in development, management, large-scale acquisitions, and brokerage. HB has been an instrument for large institutional investors and family offices throughout North America. In addition, HB has diversified interests in other asset classes such as hospitality, retail, transportation, and communications.
HB is the business and investment management entity of the Hewson and Breiner combined family offices, headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The earliest multifamily investments date back to the 1950s, before the combination of the Hewson and Breiner offices, beginning with real estate on the east coast of the United States, mainly in the New York City suburbs located in Connecticut. Much of the portfolio still exists in partnerships today. In the 1990s, strategies changed and both families started expanding their investments to the west coast of the U.S. due to the explosive growth of high-tech jobs and population in and around Seattle, Washington. In 2004, the Hewson and Breiner families joined forces to form HB, and have since then purchased, developed and acquired all of their businesses and real estate investments together as partners. The managing principals of HB are Edward Hewson and Jonathan Breiner, second and third-generation managers of their family businesses. HB’s subsidiaries in the multifamily space include Indigo Real Estate Services (Property Management), HB Development, and Paragon Real Estate Advisors (Brokerage).
Edward Hewson, a principal partner in HB, is a Seattle native who began his multifamily real estate career in 1989 as an associate of institutional property brokerage Marcus and Millichap, and began purchasing apartment buildings soon thereafter. Ed has degrees in Economics and History from Connecticut College, where he was President of his class, and graduated Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management program in 2003. Ed and his wife Lisa have been married for 28 years and live in Seattle with their three children. Ed enjoys skiing, hiking, and coaching sprinters and hurdlers, many of whom have gone on to become state, national, and collegiate champions.
Jonathan Breiner, a principal partner in HB, is originally from Connecticut and moved to the Seattle area to attend college at the University of Puget Sound, where he graduated with degrees in Economics and Mathematics. Jon began his commercial real estate career with Paragon Real Estate Advisors, where he and Ed quickly became investment partners and joined forces, ultimately purchasing Paragon from the remaining company founders in 2010. Jon graduated from Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management program in 2010. Jon and his wife live in Seattle with their two children. Jon is a dedicated skier and also enjoys sailing, hiking and coaching soccer.