Peter May, CCIM
Partner, VP of Finance, MBA, Principal Broker
1031 Exchange, Retail, Office, Restaurant and Industrial Lease and Sales, Business Sales and Investments
Licensed in the State of Oregon
Peter joined Compass Commercial Real Estate Services in 2007 and has consistently been one of the firm’s Top Producers since. Peter understands the unique challenges and opportunities of the small business owner, having been a founding partner in two successful companies and earning his MBA from Colorado State University. Peter was also president of the Commercial Investment Division of the Central Oregon Association of Realtors for two years.
Before joining Compass Commercial, Peter was an executive recruiter and salesperson in the high-tech marketplace for 15 years. Peter teaches community education programs at Central Oregon Community College on how to buy and sell a business. He was also a speaker at the popular Economic Development for Central Oregon PubTalk series.
Peter is active in the community, having served as a member on the board with Sparrow Clubs and committee chair for the Cub Scouts. He previously volunteered with Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol for six years. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking and camping with his wife and two kids in his free time.
- Master of Business Administration, Marketing, Colorado State University
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Allegheny College
Accomplishments & Accolades
- President’s Club — 2021
- Principal Broker License — 2017
- Awarded Shareholder — 2016
- Joined Compass Commercial — 2007
- National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
- Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), since 2011
- Past President of the Commercial Group of the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR)
- International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- Bend Chamber, Active Member
Deschutes Business Center
East Empire Industrial Park
Scanlon Building – 300 SW Columbia St
Crux Fermentation Project
Entre Prises Climbing Walls
CHI | Chinese and Sushi Bar
Sora Sushi Japanese Restaurant
“Peter May and Robert Raimondi guided me and my wife Olivia on the sale of our LEED Gold Mixed-Use building in NorthWest Crossing. They represented us as the seller and another team in their office represented the buyer. Both teams did an outstanding job which resulted in an enjoyable experience and quick closing for all parties. We also work with Compass on a daily basis in our architecture business designing projects. We highly recommend them.” — Scott Steele, President, Steele Associates Architects LLC
“I worked with Peter May and Darren Powderly to find a new home for growing DENT Instruments, Inc. They searched for months to find the ideal candidate for me — an FDIC bank property. Since it was a government-owned property the sale was never assured, but Peter and Darren wrote letters to the FDIC, enlisted the aid of local business development organizations, filled out countless government forms, and finally managed to create the winning bid. I really appreciate their help, stamina and the ‘extra mile’ they went to make this sale happen!” — Christopher Dent, President, DENT Instruments, Inc.
“Jay and Peter take all of the stress out of marketing and selling or leasing a commercial property in Central Oregon! They know the local market and are very responsive to their clients. They also offer the advantage of having a team around them to handle maintenance and property management of the properties they sell. All in all, working with them and their team takes the stress out of property ownership.” – Jacqui Pfeiffer
“We thank you, your partner Jay Lyons, and your property manager, Paul Weaver for finding a new tenant for our Redmond building that we are very pleased with. We feel like you and your team acted as if you were the owners of the property yourselves! That is a quality we truly appreciate and admire. Your team always arrived to our tenant meetings early and represented us in a professional manner with integrity we appreciate. It is really comforting that you not only provided the brokerage services we needed, but also the property management, and to top it off the tenant improvement through your construction company!” — Jim and Judi Knapp, Willows Properties
“Our whole company was VERY impressed with Peter and Russell in the listing of our business, all the way through closing. We had a very unique business/property and from the start, they were confident we would get the price we wanted and then some. After a very short time being listed, they MORE than delivered. As well as pricing, they were present every step of the way and helped guide us through the entire process as this was our first business sale for our firm. They were always available and incredibly knowledgeable in the restaurant industry and community. We would highly recommend Peter and Russell for any commercial listing/transaction and they will be the first we call if we ever need help related to buying and/or selling businesses in Central Oregon. We would like to thank them again for all their help in our business sale!” — Jim Spitler, Roll Tide Properties Corporation
“Peter May was such an incredible help to us! For years, he worked with my husband and I to find and evaluate businesses and commercial properties for sale. He’s endlessly friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and he went the extra mile, many extra miles, to help us every step of the way. He’s the very best broker by far!” — Nicole and Andrew Hunzicker
“Gardner and Peter — I just wanted to thank you again for your support, creativity and patience in helping H2PowerTech find the right new home for its business. I know our discussions were wide ranging and our needs evolved over the course of the process, but with your help, I believe we have found the best place amongst all of the alternatives. We are now going into full swing moving in and looking forward.” — Hal Koyama, President, H2PowerTech
“Peter May and Robert Raimondi were professional when it came to our purchase of Cascade Graphics. We had a very aggressive time frame in which to close the business and these guys got the job done without a hitch. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a business.” — Brad & Wendy Marlin, Owners, Cascade Graphics
“From start to finish Peter was incredibly knowledgeable and accessible. With this being my first business venture, I found that Peter’s support helped make this a quick and successful purchase. Thank you Peter!” — Suzy Reininger, Leapin Lizards Toy Co.
“We really enjoyed working with Peter May. He took the time to help us find the perfect place to relocate our regional office. He also helped to negotiate a lease at a rate lower than we had expected to get. We would definitely use Peter again for finding office space.” — Mark Allen, Head of the Property Committee, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
“In the midst of a truly dismal economy Ramsey and I decided to seek a restaurant opportunity in Bend and sell our catering facility. Peter May … from Compass Commercial assisted us in listing our business and finding the perfect restaurant for our style, budget and needs. The transaction was smooth and professional. We felt that Peter was always available for any question and concern we had, and any issues were quickly addressed and resolved. Considering a business purchase even in the best of financial markets is a big decision; we felt like the team understood our experience and supported us fully throughout the entire process.” — Ramsey and Juli Hamden, Barking Squirrel
“I worked with Peter … on both the sale and purchase of a Central Oregon business. I found [him] to be easy to work with, he followed through on promises and kept the confidentiality of both transactions. I would definitely use [Peter] again for the transfer of my business.” — Tom and Connie Seabaugh, Former Owners, Debbie Sue’s Cafe