Commercial Real Estate, Capital, Insurance, Leasing & Management

Rob Allen Joins Franklin Street as President of Insurance

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A 30-year veteran of the insurance industry, Allen will lead the firm’s national commercial insurance division

TAMPA, FL (March 24, 2022) – Franklin Street, a full-service commercial real estate and insurance services firm, has welcomed Robert W. Allen, ARM, as President of its Insurance Services division. Allen, who brings over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, will focus on leveraging Franklin Street’s collaborative platform to provide integrated insurance solutions for commercial real estate owners, developers and managers. 

Allen joins Franklin Street following a record year for the firm, which achieved nearly 50% organic revenue growth and $1.5 billion in total transaction volume in 2021. One of Franklin Street’s largest business lines, the Insurance Services division grew by over 25% last year, achieving record revenue, earnings, new business wins and renewals.

“Rob has an impeccable track record of managing top performing teams and growing business on an exponential scale,” says Franklin Street CEO Matthew Harrell, who was previously Franklin Street’s top insurance producer and played a key role in developing the division. “We are thrilled to have him leading our Insurance Services business line during this exciting period of growth for our company, as we look to further expand our market share, capabilities and talent.”

In his day-to-day, Allen will oversee a national team that provides the full spectrum of commercial insurance service offerings including program design, market placement, portfolio administration, lender compliance, risk management and claims advocacy.

“I am excited to be back in Tampa, leading one of the finest and most dynamic teams of real estate insurance specialists that I have encountered in my career,” Allen said. “Franklin Street has built an incredible platform, and I am looking forward to leading our team into new territory and historic growth.”

Allen began his career as an insurance broker in South Florida in 1988, with a company that would eventually become Marsh, one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage and risk management firms. Later, he spent 25 years with Willis, another leading firm, where he held a number of leadership roles throughout the Southeast, including Managing Partner of its Tampa office, where he helped lead that firm’s exponential growth.

Following his success in Tampa, he was promoted to a regional role managing several offices in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In 2015, he was named President & CEO of Willis Towers Watson’s Atlanta division, where he turned a shrinking organization into a leading growth office in just three years.

In 2019, Mr. Allen joined USI, where he served as a practice leader in the company’s property and casualty division. While in that role, he focused on growing complex accounts, coaching brokers and recruiting top talent.

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 lines of business, Franklin Street has grown to include seven business divisions – Investment Sales, Tenant and Landlord Representation, Capital Advisory, Insurance, Property Management and Project Management. With $7 billion in transaction value across all major product types, Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Chicago. Learn more about Franklin Street at

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