John Shlesinger

Vice Chairman

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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.

With his business partner of more than 35 years, Sam Holmes, Mr. Shlesinger has completed over 2,300 sales and lease transactions across 90 million sq. ft., and have been involved in 8,600 acres of land transactions, all with a total value of more than $19 billion.

The team provides strategic solutions and portfolio optimization initiatives to a diverse range of clients, from Fortune 500 corporations to technology startups, and has structured and negotiated virtually every conceivable real estate requirement from 1,000 sq. ft. to 800,000 sq. ft., working new angles to solve the challenges involved in ground leases, net and gross leases, build-to-suits and government incentive packages all designed to meet clients ever changing needs.

In 2011, Mr. Shlesinger and Mr. Holmes were the top tenant representation brokers in the United States for CBRE, and in 2010, Ernst & Young and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named their work on NCR’s relocation to Atlanta the “leasing transaction of the decade.” Prior to joining CBRE, 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.

A sixth-generation Atlantan, Mr. Shlesinger gives back to his community by serving on the boards of the Atlanta History Center and Oakland Cemetery. Married, with two children, he also enjoys collecting art and attempting to play golf.