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John Shlesinger

Vice Chairman

John Shlesinger

Vice Chairman
+1 404 5047901
+1 404 5040027


3280 Peachtree Road, NE
Terminus 100, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30305
+1 404 504 7900
+1 404 504 0028

Professional Experience

When the commercial real estate community thinks about the most-trusted and proven leasing advisors across the Southeast, John Shlesinger and his partner of 31 years, Sam Holmes, are the names they go to. Together they have completed over 2,200 lease transactions and structured and negotiated virtually every conceivable real estate requirement from 1,000 SF to 800,000 SF, working new angles to solve the challenges involved in ground leases, net and gross leases, build-to-suits and government incentive packages.

Mr. Shlesinger and Mr. Holmes have successfully negotiated over 88 million square feet of leases and sales and 8,600 acres of land valued at more than $15 billion. Providing strategic solutions and portfolio optimization initiatives to a diverse range of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to technology startups, the duo has made a name for themselves by structuring the most creative deals in the industry.

No matter the size of the deal, they approach all assignments with the same intensity and attention to detail. With a track record of going the extra mile to understand a client's business model, clients have referred to them as “value-add team members” and "accessible and responsive above and beyond the call of duty." Their consultative approach and depth of services maximizes value for their clients and sets them apart as world-class.

Prior to the CBRE acquisition, Mr. Shlesinger was a Vice Chairman at Insignia, where he opened the Atlanta office, was the company’s top revenue producer in aggregate production over his four-year tenure, and led its integration into CBRE in 2003.

Mr. Shlesinger is a native of Atlanta and married with two children.

Professional Affiliations/Accreditations

  • Industry Awards
    • Who’s Who in Atlanta Real Estate, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2000 – 2017
    • Ranked among the top five office leasing brokers in Atlanta for the last 17 consecutive years, 12 times ranked #1, Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
    • Deal of the Year, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, Atlanta Business Chronicle
    • Deal of the Decade, 2010 (Awarded by Ernst & Young and Atlanta Business Chronicle) 
    • Commercial Property News “Hot Brokers,” 1997, 1998 and 2002
    • GRID Magazine “Top Tenant Rep Broker in Atlanta,” March 2001
    • Real Estate Forum “Top Ten Tenant Rep Brokers in the Country,” 1996 and 1999
    • Atlanta Board of Realtors Alvin Cates Award
    • Atlanta Board of Realtors Silver Phoenix
  • CBRE Awards
    • Colbert Circle (Top 3% Worldwide), 2002-2013, 2015, 2017
    • CBRE Top Producer Worldwide, 2011
    • Skip Beebe Award, 2011
    • Gary J. Beban Teamwork Award, 2007
    • William H. McCarthy Award, 2004 (Top Award at CBRE)
  • Professional & Civic Affiliations
    • CBRE Broker Advisory Board
    • High Museum of Art Board (current)
    • Gridiron Secret Society (member)
    • Oakland Cemetery Board (current)
    • Piedmont Driving Club (member)
    • Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (former Board Member)
    • Boys & Girls Club Southern Trustee (former)
    • Ironwood Insurance Board (former Board Member)
    • Mansell Group (former Board Member)
    • Project Open Hand Board (former)
    • Reflex Security (former Board Member)
    • St. Joseph’s Hospital (Sisters of Mercy) (former Board Member)


  • M.B.A., University of Georgia 
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University


  • AGCO 
  • American Cancer Society 
  • Arby's
  • Bank of America 
  • CompuCredit 
  • Cox Enterprises 
  • Crawford & Co.
  • Equifax 
  • General Electric 
  • GenOn 
  • Georgia Lottery
  • Greenberg Traurig 
  • Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
  • Haverty’s
  • IBM 
  • Jones Day 
  • Manhattan Associates 
  • Manheim Auto
  • NCR 
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Oxford Industries 
  • Piedmont Healthcare 
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers 
  • State Bank & Trust
  • Sutherland 
  • Synovus 

John Shlesinger

Vice Chairman
+1 404 5047901
+1 404 5040027


3280 Peachtree Road, NE
Terminus 100, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30305
+1 404 504 7900
+1 404 504 0028
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