John D. Shlesinger

Vice Chairman


When the commercial real estate community thinks about the most-trusted and proven leasing advisors across the Southeast, John Shlesinger and his partner of 30 years, Sam Holmes, are the names they go to. Together they have completed over 2,000 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 80 million square feet of leases and sales and 8,400 acres valued at more than $14 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 kids.​​