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Georgia on My Mind: Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Is Booming

November 16, 2021 38 Minute Listen

As Atlanta celebrates its World Series championship, Cousins Properties’ CEO Colin Connolly and CBRE’s John Shlesinger and Ellen Stern join Spencer Levy to examine the business-friendly climate that has propelled Atlanta’s robust recovery and look ahead to future opportunity.

Georgia on My Mind: Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Is Booming

November 16, 2021 38 Minute Listen


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Colin Connolly

President and CEO, Cousins Properties

Colin Connolly is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cousins Properties, an Atlanta-based REIT. Cousins has extensive expertise in the development, acquisition, leasing and property management of Class A office towers. Their portfolio consists of approximately 20 million sq. ft. of office space in the Sun Belt markets.

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Ellen Stern

Senior Vice President

As a Senior Vice President with CBRE’S Atlanta Advisory & Transactions Occupier Group, Ellen Stern provides strategic real estate advisory services to all types of corporations ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to local professional firms. With roughly 18 years of experience representing tenants in the office leasing sector, Ms. Stern is a trusted advocate for her clients and is known for providing unparalleled service and creativity to solve her clients’ varying real estate needs.

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John Shlesinger

Vice Chairman

John Shlesinger is a Vice Chairman in CBRE’s Advisory & Transaction Services | Occupier practice, as well as the leader of CBRE’s Atlanta Consulting Group, which provides strategic planning, financial structuring and transaction management services to occupier clients.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.

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