A highly-driven entrepreneur, Andrew Wright founded Franklin Street, a full-service commercial real estate firm that boasts hundreds of employees and nearly $7 billion in current transaction value. After leading the firm as CEO for over 15 years, Mr. Wright today serves as Chairman of Franklin Street’s Board of Directors, helping to develop and define strategic goals and major initiatives for the firm.
Mr. Wright has been honored with multiple awards for leadership in business including being voted Real Estate Forum’s Best Boss of the Year, adorning the cover of their national publication. He was also recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500 most influential executives and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 25 People to Watch, as well as receiving 40 Under 40 awards from Florida Trend and the Business Observer.
Mr. Wright established Franklin Street in December 2006 and led the firm through the market downturn beginning in 2008. Prior to Franklin Street, he worked for a national brokerage company specializing in multifamily sales. Mr. Wright used this broad perspective to launch Franklin Street as a multifaceted real estate business. Since its inception, the strategy for the company has been to have a vertically-integrated business encompassing the entire life cycle of an asset.
Mr. Wright firmly believes that Franklin Street’s success has always come through the success of our clients. For more than a decade, the firm’s family of real estate companies—investment sales, tenant and landlord representation, capital advisory, insurance, property and facilities management and project management—has continuously surpassed the goals and expectations set within the firm, as well as those set by our diverse portfolio of clients. Franklin Street has also grown significantly, having completed transactions involving all asset types for local, regional and national clients across the nation. Franklin Street’s remarkable growth has led to several accolades including being named as one of Real Estate Forum’s Fastest Growing Companies, being listed as a Top Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firm and Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal several years in a row, and being ranked among the fastest-growing companies in Tampa Bay multiple times. However, the core values – Collaboration, Integrity, Hard Work and Accountability – remain unchanged and will continue to lead and guide the company throughout its growth.
An acknowledged leader and forward thinker, Mr. Wright has shared his business leadership, market outlook and economic forecast during a variety of industry conferences throughout the Southeast including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RealShare Conference series and others.
National Multi Housing Council (NMHC)
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Bay Area Apartment Association (BAAA)
Florida Tax Watch
Positive Coaching Alliance in Tampa Bay
The First Tee of Tampa Bay
Florida 500—Florida Trend, 2018, 2019, 2020
CRE’s Best Boss of the Year—Real Estate Forum, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year finalist—Ernst & Young, 2015
25 People to Watch—Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2015
People to Watch—Florida Trend, 2012
40 Under 40—Real Estate Forum, 2011
40 Under 40—Business Observer, 2010
Miami University, B.A. Finance