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Franklin Street Promotes Lisa Jesmer to Senior Vice President of Investor Client Accounts

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“Mixed-use projects are very hot at the moment,” said Jesmer. “An owner might have a need for apartment, retail and office management services. Now, we have just one person he or she can talk with to provide a turnkey solution.”

Franklin Street, a growing full-service commercial real estate company, announces that it has promoted Lisa Jesmer to Senior Vice President of Investor Client Accounts. She is moving from a regional role to one that is national in scope. 

Jesmer joined Franklin Street’s South Florida office one year ago as Vice President of Management Services for the industrial and office division. In her new position, she will focus on business development and client relationships across all property management product types and markets. 

“This newly created position is a cornerstone in our evolution to becoming one integrated management business, allowing us to deliver office, industrial, retail and multifamily management in a one-team collaborative approach,” said Kurt Keaton, Franklin Street’s President of Management and Real Estate Services. “Lisa is the perfect person for this job. In the short time she has been with us, she has proven she can generate new business, excel at client relations and solve challenges.” 

Since joining the company in October 2015, Jesmer has made significant contributions to Franklin Street. She was responsible for winning a contract to manage 2 million square feet of commercial real estate in South Florida for an international investor. In addition, she created an opportunity for Franklin Street to work for one of the largest institutional investors in the world by securing a retail management assignment in Miami. Most recently, Lisa was named a 2016 Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum. 

“I’m grateful and excited for this promotion, and for the opportunity to help Franklin Street achieve a major growth objective,” said Jesmer. “Going forward, we will be able to help our clients better meet their property management challenges by offering them a streamlined service. And ultimately, we believe this strategy will help grow our company’s management division.” 

Franklin Street offers management services in office, industrial, retail and multifamily. Instead of each product line operating as its own silo, each will now roll up to just one person: Jesmer. 

“We are now integrating our management business and bringing one service with several solutions to our clients,” said Keaton. “None of our competitors are aligned this way, but our collaborative culture gives us the opportunity to make this work. We think this gives us a big advantage in the market.” 

Jesmer said her new role comes at the right time to fulfill the demands of a growing development trend. 

“Mixed-use projects are very hot at the moment,” said Jesmer. “An owner might have a need for apartment, retail and office management services. Now, we have just one person he or she can talk with to provide a turnkey solution.” 

Prior to joining Franklin Street, Jesmer worked at CBRE in Miami where she oversaw a portfolio of 18 million square feet. 

Before CBRE, Jesmer managed the entire real estate portfolio for Jackson Health Systems in Miami. That followed a two-decade career with Jones Lang LaSalle working in the company’s Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Miami offices. 

Jesmer is an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). 

# # # # About Franklin Street: Franklin Street is a family of full-service real estate companies focused on delivering value-added solutions to meet the evolving needs of clients. Through a collaborative philosophy of leveraging the resources, expertise, and experience of each of its divisions—Real Estate, Capital, Insurance, Management, and Valuation.—Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide. For more information on Franklin Street, please visit

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