Karen R. Beale, as Principal for the Virginia Peninsula office, is responsible for managing the commercial brokerage and property management services offered by Divaris Real Estate, Inc. in the region. The Virginia Peninsula region includes Williamsburg/James City County, Newport News, York County, Hampton and Gloucester. The Peninsula office also handles properties in Smithfield, Suffolk and Isle of Wight County.

Prior to joining Divaris, Beale held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Hamner Development Company in Newport News, VA, where she was responsible for marketing the company’s brokerage and development services and the leasing and sales of a variety of office properties on the Peninsula from 1994 through 2006.

Prior to relocating to Hampton Roads, Beale, as Vice President of Marketing and Leasing for national developer Lee Sammis Associates, Inc., managed the leasing and sales of the Sammis/Copley portfolio in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Her responsibilities included marketing in excess of 1.5 million square feet of office and flex space and over 700 acres of commercial land for development.

Her 27 years in commercial real estate include seven years as Director of Commercial Leasing with Gates, Hudson & Associates, Inc. In that position, she handled the exclusive leasing and property management of numerous retail and office properties in Northern Virginia. Beale started her career in leasing and property management with Beatty Management Company in McLean, VA in 1979.

A native of Richmond, she attended Longwood College and Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in Marketing and Communications. She has held a Virginia Real Estate Broker License since 1985 and holds the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) international designation as an Office Specialist.

Memberships and Associations

Beale currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Living Museum, has been elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Virginia State Chapter of SIOR, is a charter member and serves on the Advisory Board of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Hampton Roads, and serves on the Board of Directors of HRACRE (Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate).