Franklin Street Orlando Announces Big Hire

Terrence HartAnother accomplished commercial real estate professional, Terrence Hart, has joined Franklin Street’s Orlando office as Senior Director of Retail Leasing. Working primarily with institutional owners and developers as a tenant and landlord representative, Hart will oversee the leasing of client properties throughout Central Florida.  He will also focus on business development initiatives to expand the division’s geographical footprint and client base. Hart comes to Franklin Street with more than 14 years of commercial real estate experience in the Central Florida market.  He has extensive tenant representation and agency leasing experience and is an expert at maximizing each property’s full potential through management, acquisition, and disposition.  

“Terrence’s addition to the Orlando team allows us to continue our momentum in this market and start bringing our diverse platform of service offerings,” said Kurt Keaton, President of Real Estate and Management Services for Franklin Street. “Talented, motivated and dedicated people like him are key to our organization as we look to grow and take on more market share in Central Florida.”


“Coming to Franklin Street was a decision I did not take lightly,” Hart said. “I spoke with several professionals in the industry and every one of them held Franklin Street in the highest regard.” Hart continued, “I consider Franklin Street the ‘A Team’ when it comes to retail, so I’m looking forward to elevating my career while working side-by-side with some of the best in the business.”

Hart has devoted his entire commercial real estate career in Central Florida.  Most recently, he was vice president in the retail division at JLL. Prior to JLL, he spent several years at Forness Properties as vice president of Leasing and Sales focusing on a portfolio of more 18 retail centers in Florida and closed on deals valued over $28 million in 2014-2015 through leasing and tenant representation. Franklin Street opened its Orlando office in early May with the hiring of Melissa Hazlewood as Vice President of Property Management. Since then, the company announced that it had secured a contract to manage more than a half-million square feet of office assets for Starwood Capital in Orlando and Tampa. Keaton said he plans on announcing more new-hires and account wins in the coming weeks.  

“We are reaching the milestones for success and growth that we established when the Orlando office opened,” Keaton said. “Once other commercial real estate professionals start learning about our platform and unique culture, there is no doubt that we will meet or exceed our growth goals faster than expected.”


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