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Luke Gemperline


Trent Development Inc.

Joined Kilroy Realty immediately out of college

Focuses on the long-term performance of projects while delivering to targeted short-term market requirements

With eight-plus years in construction, development & acquisitions, Luke Gemperline brings a depth of industry knowledge to the Trent Development team as a development manager. A Seattle native, he joined Kilroy Realty immediately after graduating from the University of Washington, serving on the West Coast office REIT’s construction & development team.  

At Kilroy, Gemperline was involved in more than $750 million worth of ground-up development, office tenant improvements, building improvements and acquisitions. Most notably, he was involved in the development of 333 Dexter, leased to a Fortune 50 company, for the entire construction phase through occupancy; as well as the acquisition of the SIXO development site in downtown Seattle, which is planned for a two-phased office development totaling approximately one million square feet and 600 residential units.

Colleagues say Gemperline’s experience in the full development cycle and close relationships with industry peers lead his approach to focusing on the long-term performance of projects while delivering to the targeted short-term requirements of the market. 

These are just a few reasons we chose Gemperline as one of Seattle/Pacific Northwest’s 2022 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s sixth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come. 


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Trent Development's Gemperline

About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).