Commercial Real Estate, Capital, Insurance, Leasing & Management

NAIOP Hall of Famer Joins Franklin Street as Regional Managing Partner in Tampa

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Industry veteran Patrick Kelly to help guide real estate firm’s regional recruiting and growth initiatives.

Tampa, Fla. – Franklin Street, a full-service, commercial real estate firm, recently hired Patrick Kelly as regional managing partner for the Tampa Bay area.  Kelly replaces Brad Robinson, who now serves as the chief learning and development officer, a national role within the company. Kelly will provide strategic guidance for Franklin Street, helping to grow the firm’s market share and expand its investment sales, capital advisory, insurance, property management, project management and tenant and landlord representation services throughout Tampa Bay.

“Pat’s more than three decades of experience in commercial real estate, capital markets and management will take our business development and talent recruiting efforts to the next level,” said Franklin Street’s Kurt Keaton, president of Real Estate Services and Management Services. “His strong transactional and development background within multiple asset classes will help Franklin Street offer substantial expertise on behalf of our private and institutional clients. Pat is a tremendous cultural fit and his diverse experience fits perfectly with our integrated platform across all product types.”

Prior to Franklin Street, Kelly served as president for Redstone Commercial, a major commercial real estate brokerage and development firm with over 75 properties totaling more than 4.5 million square feet in 15 states. Kelly’s initial industry experience stems from his debt and equity background, having financed multiple office properties throughout Florida and the Rocky Mountain states. 

His capital markets focus shifted to commercial development when he became the Florida regional partner for one of the country’s largest developers, The Vantage Companies. Kelly managed the development of over 2 million square feet of flex and Class A office, industrial and retail product throughout the Southeast. Previously, he worked as managing principal of a company that managed, leased, and sold over 10 million square feet of commercial real estate assets within multiple markets in Florida, along with Atlanta, Raleigh, Memphis, Nashville and Denver. 

In Tampa Bay, Kelly led the infrastructure development for several office parks (Carillon Park, Highland Oaks, University of South Florida Research Park, Crescent Park). He also negotiated many large office lease transactions, representing both tenants and landlords, including Franklin Templeton, GTE, Aegon, PBS&G, New York Life, URS Greiner and the Perot Group. In 2014, Kelly was inducted into the NAIOP (formerly the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks) Tampa Bay Hall of Fame in recognition of his significant contributions to commercial real estate and the Tampa region.

“I was very impressed by Franklin Street’s core value-add focus and how they collaborate on various business lines like investment sales, leasing, property management, project management, insurance and capital markets,” said Kelly. “I am thrilled to join the team during this accelerated growth period and look forward to building our brand throughout the Southeast and nationally.” 

Kelly, a sixth-generation Floridian raised in Miami, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Florida State University. He is actively involved with Florida State University’s Real Estate Program, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa Bay and Tampa’s Westshore Alliance. 

About Franklin Street: Founded in 2006 during one of the toughest real estate climates, Franklin Street 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 – Investment Sales, Tenant and Landlord Representation, Capital Advisory, Insurance, Property Management and Project Management – Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide. Learn more about Franklin Street at


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