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San Diego - Jason Hughes

Jason Hughes

Jason Hughes Experience and Expertise


Jason Hughes is the Founder of Hughes Marino, a San Diego tenant and buyer representation company.

Hughes attended Pepperdine University, where he received a B.S. in business administration. From there, he went on to receive his MBA in finance from the University of San Diego. In addition to his degrees, Jason has also taken executive programs at UCLA and Harvard.

Hughes started his career representing buyers and sellers in the 1980s. He started with Cushman & Wakefield in Los Angeles, but he moved back to his hometown of San Diego in 1995. He was the President of Irving Hughes from 1995 to 2011. In 2011, he created Hughes Marino.

Hughes Marino

Jason Hughes has been extremely influential in the real property industry for at least the past 20 years. Hughes actually initiated and helped create California legislation that affects tenant representation, called the Dual Agency Disclosure Bill or SB 1171. The Governor signed the bill into law in 2014. The law increases transparency when an agent represents both parties in a commercial tenancy transaction. It specifically requires the broker who represents both the tenant and the landlord to inform clients of this potential conflict of interest in representation.


He has also personally negotiated some of the largest lease transactions in California. His experience extends to virtually all things lease negotiations, including build-to-suit developments, expansions, loan structuring, and project financing. He also assists with corporate purchases as well as general contract negotiations. He has experience with lease accounting and auditing, construction management (including planning and design), as well as physical distancing analysis and culture consulting.


Hughes and his wife, Shay, are both market leaders in commercial buyer representation and tenant representation. They pride themselves on providing services specifically tailored to their clients. Services go far beyond the traditional surface-level representation. They consistently provide service and results guarantees in all of their customer relationships.


Honors and Awards in San Diego and Beyond

Jason Hughes has had the distinct pleasure of receiving several awards in the San Diego area and across the State of California.


Examples include:

  • 40 Under 40 People to Watch from SD Metro 

  • 50 People to Watch from San Diego Magazine

  • Broker of the Year from the Irvine Company 

  • Most Admired CEO from the San Diego Business Journal

  • OC’s Most Influential People from the Orange County Business Journal

  • SD’s Most Influential People from the San Diego Daily Transcript

  • Top 100 Business Professionals, also from the San Diego Daily Transcript


Hughes has also been featured on the cover of the SD Metro on several occasions, and has also appeared on multiple television programs as an expert in his field.



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