Professional Expertise

As Atlanta’s Market Leader, Chris’ foremost priority is to grow the Atlanta region into the premier occupier services and tenant representation firm by harnessing new business development opportunities and recruiting new, best-in-class talent for office and industrial tenant representation. Chris has an active practice and is an Atlanta Tenant Representative and Global Occupier Services veteran. He has more than 20 years of experience delivering labor and operations strategy, real estate transaction management, and corporate services solutions. He specializes in managing and optimizing corporations and professional services firms’ local and international real estate platforms. He is passionate about collaborating with Corporate Real Estate Executives (CRE) and the C-Suite to ultimately establish corporate real estate as a competitive advantage for their organization.

Chris has extensive experience disposing of excess corporate real estate, implementing data center projects and other mission critical requirements, and driving workplace strategy, labor analysis, and economic incentive negotiations. He served at Cushman & Wakefield from 1996 to 2015 as a Senior Director, where he was one of the top office tenant rep producers.  He also served as the Southeast Regional Occupier Service Leader for Cassidy Turley and DTZ’s Atlanta office EVP and Managing Director, both now part of Cushman & Wakefield.

Activities & Achievements

He is regularly one of the top 10 Tenant Representatives for the city of Atlanta.  In 2014, he won the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Office Real Estate Transaction of the Year” for the Worldpay headquarters transaction, which was a national labor and real estate search that concluded in moving 1,200 employees to Midtown, Atlanta, and restructuring their mission critical facilities.  In 2017, his team’s work on the Global Payments HQ was a finalist for the Transaction of the Year.   

He has published several articles on a wide range of topics including Outsourcing, CRE’s role in M&A Success, Workplace Strategy, and Analyzing Your Underlying Business Model to Reduce Occupancy Costs.

Chris is the founder of the CFO Forum, a best-in-class quarterly roundtable of networking and education for CFO’s in association with Emory’s Giozueta Business School.

Education

Chris received his B.A. from College of Charleston with a major in History and a minor focus in Business Administration. He received a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. Chris serves on the Board of Leadership Companies.

Chris and his wife Jennifer live in Midtown Atlanta and have two daughters, Lindsay and Caroline.

Transaction Volume

10 million SF+

 

Meet the Team

Doane Kelly
Executive Managing Director

+1 212 326 8676

 

Roy Abernathy
Senior Managing Director

Roy brings more than 20 years of experience as a workplace strategist, architect and corporate real estate executive. His areas of expertise include office/workplace strategy, sustainability, energy usage, business process and change management. To date, he has been involved in more than 11 million square feet of real estate transactions including four of the largest U.S. corporate mergers during the 1990’s (MediaOne, US West, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner and Continental Cable). His experience includes portfolios ranging from 2.0 million square feet to those with more than 100 facilities within the corporate, law, communications, education and healthcare sectors.

+1 305 423 1947

 

Kevin Rodriguez
Corporate Managing Director

As the leader of project management services for Savills Studley’s Atlanta office, Kevin’s responsibilities include coordination of all phases of project services from strategic planning and design management to construction and move management.

+1 404 504 0020

 

Ann Duncan
Executive Vice President, Head of Occupier Services

Ann Duncan provides a full range of integrated real estate services and can consistently deliver any type of assignment on a worldwide basis. Ann oversees strategic solutions, tenant representation, technology services, project management, and lease administration for both private and public sector clients.

+1 813 864 1688

 

Krystina Colyer
Assistant Director

 

Todd Edstrom
Assistant Director

+1 404 504 0221

 

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