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NAIOP Names Westshore City Center ‘Best Office Project’ in Tampa Bay

Franklin Street is pleased to announce that Westshore City Center has been recognized as Tampa Bay’s “Best Office Project” by NAIOP, one of the most trusted professional organizations within the commercial real estate industry.

The NAIOP Tampa Bay chapter honored the market’s top commercial real estate projects and deals at its 27th Annual Best of the Best Awards gala on April 22 at Raymond James Stadium. Winners were selected for their outstanding contributions to the commercial real industry during a challenging 2020.

Franklin Street handles leasing, property management and project management for Westshore City Center on behalf of its owner, Ally Capital Group. Here’s what makes Westshore City Center Tampa Bay’s top office project:

“Since acquiring the 300,000-square-foot, 10-acre property, formerly known as Austin Center, in 2019, Ally Capital Group and Franklin Street have brought Westshore City Center from 35% occupancy to 85%, while implementing a $10 million renovation program, currently in progress. This project includes demolition to make way for new construction to house a First Watch cafe, significant interior improvements, exterior and structural improvements to include energy efficient windows, refreshed parking areas and new landscaping.

When the pandemic shut others down, Franklin Street and Ally Capital Group kept moving forward. Notably, Westshore City Center recently secured the relocation of the corporate headquarters of Heritage Insurance, which will occupy 88,000 square feet in a full 8-floor building.” — Excerpt from the award submission

Learn more about Westshore City Center here and view a full list of 2020 Best of the Best winners on NAIOP Tampa Bay’s website.

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Franklin Street’s John Tennant Recognized as Top Retail Influencer – / Real Estate Forum

Franklin Street is pleased to congratulate John Tennant on being named one of the commercial real estate industry’s top “Retail Influencers” by / Real Estate Forum. As Senior Director of Retail Investment Sales based in our Atlanta office, John is leader and top producer both within our firm and the retail market throughout the Southeast.

Despite 2020 being a challenging year for retail, he remained committed to marketing his clients’ assets and maximizing their value to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Over the course of his career, John has been involved in the development, leasing and investment sale of more than 10 million square feet of retail, primarily in the Southeast. After spending much of his career in development, John came to Franklin Street as a landlord leasing broker in 2010, as one of the first members of our Atlanta office. Since transitioning to retail investment sales in 2016, John has been able to leverage the strong relationships he built in the industry over the years. His success in 2020 was the culmination of decades of experience and relationship-building.

Congratulations, John, on this well-deserved and significant honor!

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Connect CRE Honors Tampa Office & Industrial Team with 2021 Top Broker Award

Franklin Street is pleased to congratulate our Tampa-based Office & Industrial Team of Chris Butler, Chad Rupp, Matt Alexander and Ryan McCurdy on receiving Connect CRE’s 2021 “Top Broker Award!”

The team was recognized as one of 10 Florida winners based on their outstanding performance in 2020.

The below except from Connect CRE demonstrates just a few reasons why Chris, Chad, Matt and Ryan are so deserving of this honor:

“In 2020, despite many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team had a strong year, completing 132 total transactions (118 leases, 14 sales) valued at $188 million.

The team was Franklin Street’s top-producing brokerage team for 2020. This is a major accomplishment considering majority of the team’s business is in office leasing, a sector of real estate that faced many hurdles over the past year. The Tampa team worked closely with occupiers faced with an abundance of unused space due to work-from-home protocols and assisted with planning for the return to work and new safety measures. While some office tenants were largely expected to downsize or stall expansion, Franklin Street also worked with clients who were looking to do just the opposite.

One of the most notable deals the team handled in 2021 was a 90,000-square-foot lease for the relocation of Heritage Insurance’s corporate headquarters from Pinellas County to Tampa’s Westshore City Center. The full-building lease was the largest office lease in Tampa in recent years and brought Westshore City Center to 85% occupancy, up from 35% when Franklin Street first took over as the leasing agent in 2019.”

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Franklin Street CEO Recognized as One of’s 2021 “Best Bosses”

Franklin Street is pleased to congratulate Andrew Wright on being named one of the commercial real estate industry’s Best Bosses by / Real Estate Forum! The 2021 award program honored leaders based on “their business acumen, how well they treat their employees and the type of culture and environment they set at their firms.”

Here are just some of the reason Andrew is one of the best bosess in the CRE business:

As the CEO of Franklin Street, Andrew Wright wears many hats. He is known as a driven and successful entrepreneur—he established the firm in 2006—and a storied industry veteran that has led the firm to close $5 billion in transactions, including $1 billion in 2019 alone. He also leads 250 employees, providing strong leadership in seven business divisions—investment sales, tenant and landlord representation, capital advisory, insurance, property management and project management. As the leader of the firm, he promotes a collaborative work environment and embraces new ideas. “Andrew truly considers Franklin Street and its employees as family and is dedicated to maintaining a good culture and the welfare of each and every team member. To Andrew, Franklin Street is personal, not just business, especially when it comes to its team members. He knows that without them, there wouldn’t be a Franklin Street,” says Kerrie Edington, executive assistant to the CEO. Other employees also commend Wright’s mentoring and willingness to foster internal growth. “Andrew is able to recognize talent and positive traits in people that they may not otherwise see in themselves, and that is a sign of a good leader in and of itself,” says Carrie Smith, managing director of retail at the firm.

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NAIOP Honors Franklin Street’s Laura Gonzales with Distinguished Service Award

Franklin Street is pleased to congratulate Laura Gonzales, Director of Capital Markets in Jacksonville, on receiving NAIOP Northeast Florida’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award!

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, recognizes excellence in the commercial real estate industry through its annual Best of the Best Awards program. The Northeast Florida Chapter presented its 2020 awards on March 18, 2021 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center Grand Lobby.

The Distinguished Service Award honors a NAIOP Member who demonstrates a strong commitment to supporting and collaborating with other members and helping connect their peers to opportunity within the commercial real estate market.

With Collaboration being one of our core values at Franklin Street, we are proud to have leaders like Laura representing our firm. Congratulations, Laura, on this prestigious honor!

See all of this year’s winners here.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal Names Franklin Street CEO Andrew Wright to “Power 100”

Franklin Street is pleased to announce that Andrew Wright, Founder and CEO of our company, has been named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2021 “Power 100” list!

This prestigious list, selected by TBBJ’s editorial staff and publisher, recognizes the region’s most influential business leaders.

The below quote from TBBJ Editor Alexis Muellner explains how this year’s distinguished recipients were selected:

“Narrowing it down was a daunting task, and we considered many individuals from across the Tampa Bay area and spent hours debating and crafting the List. In considering candidates, the team looked to assess not only organizational leadership but those who either visibly or quietly, through philanthropic or institutional means, shape the path and fortunes of the regional business community beyond their own bubble.”

Franklin Street congratulates Andrew and all others named to the “Power 100” on this exciting and well-deserved honor!

See the full list from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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Laura Gonzales Honored in Connect Media’s 2020 Women in Real Estate Awards

Franklin Street is pleased to congratulate Laura Gonzales, Director of our Capital Advisors division in Jacksonville, on being named a winner of Connect Media’s 2020 “Women in Real Estate Awards!”

Here are just a few reasons Laura received this must-deserved honor, according to Connect Media:

Gonzales joined Franklin Street in 2019 and has been recognized by her peers as being a leader/mentor from day one. With her expertise in the banking sector, she has provided incredible mentorship to different levels of employees through Franklin Street’s different lines of business and offices. Leveraging her knowledge and relationship with local developers has allowed her to fill her pipeline with debt and equity transactions.

Read the full writeup on this award from Connect Media.

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2020 Next Generation Honoree: Franklin Street’s Alex Zapata is True Team Player

As a senior financial analyst in the capital markets group for Florida and Georgia at Franklin Street, Alex Zapata has been recognized for his team-first attitude and remarkable work ethic.

Through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Zapata has worked evenings and weekends, all while continuing to market Franklin Street on social media. Through his positive attitude, work ethic and insight, Zapata has helped the firm through this time by continuing to close deals and find new partners.

Zapata did extensive research and contacted every partner at the firm to confirm what they were willing to do during the pandemic. This knowledge was critical so that Franklin Street could focus on the right partners to find new clients and close new deals.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Zapata to be one of the Atlanta and Southeast region 2020 Next Generation Award Winners. Connect Media’s fourth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

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