Franklin Street announces the hiring of Allie Kessler as Director of Retail Landlord Leasing in the Tampa office. Working primarily with commercial real estate owners and developers, she will focus on improving tenant retention, attracting new tenants, stabilizing operating income, and maximizing value for retail properties throughout West Florida.
Kessler works closely with Brian Bern, Senior Director, and Ryan Derriman, Director, to support the growth of the leasing team’s landlord platform throughout the west coast of Florida. Franklin Street’s Tampa retail presence has been expanding in the past year including adding three landlord clients Retail Properties of America, Inc., Pine Tree Commercial, and Sooner Investments.
“Allie is a great asset to the Franklin Street team and will help us continue to build our geographic footprint,” Bern said. “She has a proven track record of completing numerous complex transactions with great success,” said Bern. “Her experience in leasing is a huge benefit to our clients and will help them achieve their occupancy goals as we continue our team’s growth.”
Prior to joining Franklin Street, Kessler worked as a leasing associate for the JGB Companies in Washington, D.C. She was responsible for leasing the firm’s office portfolio across Northern Virginia. During her time at JGB, she and a team of six leased a portfolio of 10 million square feet across Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, while also securing anchor tenants for development projects in the metro area.
“Since moving back to Tampa, I’ve noticed how the city has changed in so many positive ways and I think it’s a very exciting time to be back,” Kessler said. “From a professional standpoint, it was an easy decision to join Franklin Street. It’s a well-established, mid-sized company that is on an incredible growth trajectory with a very unique, collaborative culture.”
Heavily involved in the commercial real estate community, Kessler is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Kessler graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University. She is a licensed real estate salesperson in Washington D.C. and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
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