It takes a special kind of individual to stand out from the crowd in a sector that’s exhibiting standout performance. The young professionals on the following pages represent the best and brightest in their field, with the expertise, savvy and potential necessary to bring the industry into the next phase of the cycle. These are commercial real estate’s Emerging Retail Leaders.
Justin Berryman serves as director for Franklin Street Real Estate Services, specializing in retail leasing, outparcel sales and landlord representation with more than three million square feet of retail space throughout Georgia, eastern Alabama and southern Tennessee. Berryman works with a variety of local, regional and national clients, including Kimco, Westwood Financial, Armstrong Development and Sandor Development. Berryman has been responsible for the turnaround of many retail centers, including a 105,000-square-foot property with multiple junior anchor vacancies filled within six months of taking on the project. The value of the property increased significantly and the owners are considering taking the property to market for sale. In 2014, Berryman completed more than $6 million in lease transactions for over 75,000 square feet of retail space throughout metro Atlanta. Berryman’s expertise and knowledge of the business is confirmed by his active role with developers as he helps to plan and lease up new retail developments from start to finish.