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Making News: Our Clients in the Headlines 7/7/16



  1. Wilbertblogphoto(1)How did you celebrate Independence Day? In Atlanta, CRE pros displayed their patriotism by participating in the city’s many events, as reported in this Bisnow article by Jarred Schenke. Wilbert client North American Properties’ Liz Gillespie donned red, white and blue during the firm’s first annual 4th on the Square event at Colony Square in Midtown. The event took place Monday with music, food and a place for spectators to watch the Peachtree Road Race participants.
  1. In the June issue of Real Estate Forum, the magazine profiled “CRE’s Best Bosses.” Coming in at number one is Andrew Wright, Franklin Street CEO and Wilbert client. Wright won based on a poll by Real Estate Forum’s readers, totaling nearly 4,000 votes. The young CEO was 26 when he established the company in 2006. Since then, he has grown the full-service CRE firm from four people to 200 staffers in six offices in major markets throughout the Southeast, all focused on delivering value-added solutions to CRE owners and occupiers nationwide.
  1. WIlbertblogphoto(2)Mickey Mouse toothbrushes. Minnie Mouse watches. Toys, t-shirts and trinkets. Is there a brand or product that simply shouldn’t be Disneyfied? Incredibly, the answer might be no. Disney recently joined with clothing and accessories brand Coach on a collection that includes a $250 wristlet with oversize Mickey Mouse ears, a $1,995 leather motorcycle jacket with a studded Mickey Mouse silhouette on the back, and $245 Mickey Mouse sneakers. Wilbert client Revenue Analytics’ Jared Wiesel detailed his opinion of the matter in this MarketWatch article, saying, “If executed correctly, this unique offering should be relatively insulated from direct competitive threats and create a reason for new and existing customers to engage with the Coach brand.”
  1. Last month, Breakthrough Atlanta, in partnership with the Atlanta chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association and Wilbert client Aaron’s, hosted its second Celebrity Basketball Game at The Lovett School’s Wallace Gymnasium. The game featured a friendly competition between Team Dale Ellis and Team Dikembe Mutombo, along with several of their fellow NBA legends. Breakthrough Atlanta’s programs help middle and high school students develop the academic skills and study habits to enroll and succeed in college – and, ultimately, in life.
  1. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s J. Scott Trubey Wilbert clients Colony Square and Peachtree Center were “mixed-use before mixed-use was cool.” Now these Atlanta landmarks are gearing up for major overhauls that their owners say will open the developments to their surroundings. In December, North American Properties and equity partner Lionstone Investments acquired the two office towers and mall and announced plans to turn Colony Square into Midtown’s “living room.” For Peachtree Center, the basic design won’t change, but there are plans to add restaurants and shops in the outdoor plaza to make the complex more inviting.


Learning our clients’ businesses – one meal at a time



We’ve been eating-and-learning a lot lately. We hosted our client Monetha Cobb, managing director of Franklin Street Real Estate Services, for breakfast. (She is pictured below with Wilbert account executive Savannah Duncan.) Over muffins and coffee, Monetha told us about her career, her industry and what trends she is seeing the marketplace. She specializes in retail tenant services throughout the Southeast, and is a trusted advisor for retailers such as PNC Bank, Dollar Tree Stores and Cabela’s.


We also hosted client Ron Pfohl, director of leasing for North American Properties, for lunch. Ron is the director of leasing for North American Properties and he walked us step-by-step through how he leases up a property such as Avalon.


Wilbert invests in developing everyone’s subject matter expertise – even interns. A lot of PR firms skimp on that investment. Our subject matter expertise helps us think strategically when we develop PR programs for our clients, and it helps us pitch compelling stories to the media. As a relatively new member of the real estate practice here, I have been thrilled with how well my colleagues know real estate and with the opportunities for me to learn from clients like Monetha and Ron.


Thanks Monetha and Ron for your time!

Monetha Cobb of 11Alive & Wilbert's Savannah Duncan

Monetha Cobb, managing director of Franklin Street Real Estate Services & Wilbert’s Savannah Duncan


Making News: Our Clients in the Headlines


by Shannan Jordan

#1 Camana Bay restaurant Michael’s Genuine was featured on for its recent unveiling of a new fall salad.

#2 Zagat shared a list of new restaurants to visit in and around Atlanta. See what Avalon restaurant was mentioned here.

#3 Multifamily Executive looked to Jake Reid of Franklin Street for his insight on the Class C real estate market.

#4 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shared the news about Riverwalk Village, a mixed-use development slated for to Roswell.

Making News: Our Clients in the Headlines


by Shannan Jordan

#1 Robert Simons and Leslie Booking of Hartman Simons gave their insight on fast-casual restaurant leases in the October issue of Sopping Center Business Magazine.

#2 Read what The Washington Post had to say about Cooper Carry taking office buildings and turning them into schools in Northern Virginia.

#3 Atlanta magazine shared 10 facts about Alpharetta’s Avalon to get you ready for its grand opening on Oct. 30.

#4 Gary Saykaly joined Franklin Street as a senior director. reported on the new hire here.

#5 Camana Bay isn’t short on great food, but if you can’t make it there check out this Lionfish slider recipe from Caribbean Journal.