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John Shlesinger

Vice Chairman

John Shlesinger Vice Chairman
Atlanta 3550 Lenox Road NE
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30326

Professional Experience

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.

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 B. Cates Award, 2000, 2019
  • Atlanta Board of Realtors Silver Phoenix

CBRE Awards

  • Colbert Circle (Top 3% Worldwide), 2002-2013, 2015, 2017-2020
  • CBRE Top Producer Worldwide, 2011
  • Skip Beebe Award, 2011
  • Gary J. Beban Teamwork Award, 2007
  • William H. McCarthy Award, 2004 (Top Award at CBRE)

Current Board & Organizations

  • TechSquare Capital Fund I, LP – Board of Advisors
  • Atlanta History Center Board of Directors
  • Director of Development
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Gridiron Secret Organization

Former Boards & Organizations

  • Goodwill Industries Board of Directors
  • High Museum of Art Trustee
  • Project Open Hand Board of Directors
  • Boys & Girls Club National Trustee
  • Standardized Club Board of Directors
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital – Sister of Mercy Board of Directors
  • Reflex Security (Board of Directors)
  • Mansell Group (Bought by Riverside Partners)
  • Buckhead Coalition
  • Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Central Atlanta Progress
  • Ameripark Board of Directors
  • Ironwood Insurance Board
  • Mansell Group


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


  • AGCO
  • Alston & Bird
  • American Cancer Society
  • Aprio
  • Arby’s
  • Atlanticus
  • Axis Reinsurance
  • Cox Enterprises
  • Crawford & Co.
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Equifax
  • Georgia Lottery
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Haverty’s
  • IBM
  • Jones Day
  • Manhattan Associates
  • Manheim Auto
  • NCR
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Oldcastle (CRH)
  • Oxford Industries
  • Piedmont Healthcare
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Shaw Industries
  • State Bank & Trust
  • State Farm
  • Sutherland
  • Synovus
John Shlesinger Vice Chairman
Atlanta 3550 Lenox Road NE
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30326