Rob Adams brings thorough analysis, creative problem-solving, and persistence to every transaction. His 20-year background as a commercial broker, residential builder, and CCIM has equipped him with expertise and vision to excel in all facets of commercial and investment real estate representation.

Adams began his commercial real estate career working directly with principal Scott Glenn in Santa Barbara, where he gained valuable experience in the local market. Rob then pursued his entrepreneurial dream in 2004, launching a residential building company in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Experiencing both the robust economy and the downturn that followed pushed Rob to refine his ever-growing skillset and embrace outside-the-box thinking.

Adams returned to his passion of commercial real estate in Santa Barbara in 2015, bringing his skills, values, and drive – plus extensive relationships throughout Southern California – to serve each client.

Professional Background

2018 – Present: Broker Associate, Hayes Commercial Group
2015 – 2018: Associate, Lee & Associates Central Coast, Santa Barbara
2004 – 2015: Co-owner, Adams & Adams Development, Tucson, Arizona
2001 – 2004: Associate, Radius Group Commercial, Santa Barbara


University of Arizona, BA in Political Science

Affiliations / Awards

  • CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Board of Directors, 2019-present; National Govt. Affairs Sub-Committee, 2018-present
  • ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), Member
  • Montecito YMCA: Board of Managers (2008-Present); Board President (2010-2012); Capital Campaign (2009-Present)
  • Leadership Santa Barbara County (Class of 2003/2004)

Notable Clients & Transactions

Santa Barbara Public Market represented seller in $10.25M sale of two properties totaling 24,000 SF including two businesses, and two liquor licenses
29 E Cabrillo Blvd seller representation of the $7.9M former El Torito restaurant building that was complicated by on-going litigation
309 W Quinto St represented 1031 exchange investor in a competitive multiple-offer situation for the initial purchase of, then 10 year lease to UCLA Health, and $3.8M disposition sale of this medical office building by Cottage Hospital
200 N La Cumbre Rd represented the Santa Barbara Housing Authority in $4.25M purchase of 3-acre site for future development
America’s Tire $3.25M off-market purchase of a fully entitled vacant 1-acre parcel in Goleta
Housing Authority of Santa Barbara multiple sale transactions totaling over 25,000 SF of apartment units
116 N Nopal St sold this 6,000 SF multi-tenant industrial M-1 zoned Santa Barbara property twice in three years
AVIS/Budget Car Rental $2.55M sale of a corner property in the Funk Zone at a record price/SF
Advanced Scientific Concepts represented tenant relocation to Goleta in 12,000 SF with custom buildout including Class 10,000 cleanroom
Calient Technologies, Inc represented tenant relocation in Goleta with custom buildout including office and lab space