Deborah Royal has been with CBRE since December of 2003 and is a member of CBRE's Tenant Advisory, with a specific focus on the Logistics Industry. Her first two years were spent as a member of the GCS Account Team, and the last seven years have been spent on the CEVA Logistics US Inc. account. She is an expert in logistics and has assisted various GCS clients in all phases of real estate services including development and implementation of strategic real estate plans, lease negotiations, renewals, expansions and lease administration solutions in over 24 states and 37 cities in the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico.
Prior to joining CBRE in 2003, Ms. Royal spent the last five years with APL Logistics, formerly GATX Logistics, the last two of which she worked as Director of Real Estate. She was responsible for the leasing and management of a 22 million square foot portfolio in over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
One of her notable transactions, while at APL Logistics, included the negotiation of the Build-to-Suit Atlanta Campus, for which she received the 2002 Deal of the Year, Industrial Division, and Best in Atlanta Real Estate Award. The project consisted of three (3) state-of-the-art industrial facilities totaling approximately 980,000 square feet, with flexible lease terms, a 10-year tax abatement, four months free rent, 1 month early occupancy, $1.00 in move costs, at an annual savings of over $1.1 million (over the previously occupied facilities)!
With more than 22 years of extensive Industrial, Office and Retail lease negotiations, lease administration and construction project management, including more than 13 years specializing in the Logistics Industry, Ms. Royal’s expertise has proven invaluable to her clients. Ms. Royal is recognized as one of the top Logistics and Supply Chain Executives in the Country.