David Auel

Vice President
Investment Office Leasing Sales & Leasing

  • Pittsburgh
  • Four PPG Place
  • Suite 300
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15222 US

David Auel, CCIM, has been active in the Pittsburgh commercial real estate market since 1986. Mr. Auel has worked representing both owners and tenants throughout his career. A partial list of clients would include; Arbor Realty Trust, Resco Products, The Alleghany County Stadium & Exhibition Authority, MassMutual, and The Disciplinary Court of PA to name a few. As owner of Griffon Realty, Inc., a boutique brokerage firm from 1998-2012, he was responsible for the leasing and sale of several million square feet of office and retail space throughout the Pittsburgh metro area. Projects included repositioning a distressed portfolio of eight properties comprised of 750,000 SF of office and retail space. Other duties included working with special asset manger’s at lending institutions and back filling over 200,000 square feet of vacant space in a four-year period. Prior to starting Griffon Realty Mr. Auel served as the Deputy Director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, where he worked on projects as diverse as the Pittsburgh International Airport’s airside business park and oversight of the Redevelopment Authorities loan portfolio. His start in commercial real estate began with Grubb & Ellis Company, where he specialized in retail site acquisition for multi-site users.

A graduate of the Smeal College of Business Administration at The Pennsylvania State University, David earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management, accompanied by a minor in Economics. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from the Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, in 1993. A Certified Commercial Institute Member (CCIM) since 1997, his professional education also includes course work in real estate law, investment and tax analysis, public finance/bond issuance and market feasibility.


Mr. Auel is active in a number of community and real estate organizations; including past Chairman of the Pittsburgh Board of Commercial Realtors, past Chairman of the Mt. Lebanon Economic Development Council and the Board of Directors for the Katz School Alumni Association. Currently, he teaches real estate classes for the Community College of Allegheny County, where he developed a class that introduces real estate professionals and small business owners to the science and technology used for making educated site acquisition decisions.


Mr. Auel enjoys fly fishing, photography and golf.