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Sam Holmes

Vice Chairman

Samuel Holmes Vice Chairman
Atlanta 3550 Lenox Road NE
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30326

Professional Experience

When the commercial real estate community thinks about the most-trusted and proven leasing advisors across the Southeast, Sam Holmes and his partner of 35 years, John Shlesinger, are the names that immediately come to mind. Together they have completed over 2,300 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 of office space users with leases, purchases, build-to-suits and government incentive packages.

Mr. Holmes and Mr. Shlesinger have successfully negotiated over 90 million square feet of leases and sales and 8,600 acres valued at more than $19 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. Holmes 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. He began his career at Cushman & Wakefield in 1987 where he was the firm’s youngest senior executive.

Mr. Holmes is a native of Monticello, Georgia and attended boarding high school at Baylor School. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the UGA Foundation and the UGA Real Estate Foundation. He is on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia which oversees the 26 higher education institutions in the state. He is a commissioner of the Georgians First Commission, a task force created by Governor Kemp to make Georgia the most attractive state for small business. He is a trustee on the Georgia Research Alliance which is a nonprofit, public, private partnership focused on launching new companies in Georgia and expanding University research capacity. In 2020, Mr. Holmes received the University of Georgia Terry Business School Most Distinguished Alumni Award. He is active with Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Leadership Georgia, coaches youth basketball and teaches Sunday School, and enjoys golf at Peachtree Golf Club. He is married and has three children.

Professional Affiliations/Accreditations

Industry Awards

  • Who’s Who in Atlanta Real Estate, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2000 – 2020
  • Ranked among the top five office leasing brokers in Atlanta for 19 consecutive years, 13 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
  • Real Estate Forum “Rising Star” in Real Estate, 1995
  • Atlanta Board of Realtors Alvin B. Cates Award for the most ingenious deal, 2000, 2019
  • Atlanta Board of Realtors Silver Phoenix for 25 years of Million Dollar Club

CBRE Awards

  • Colbert Circle (Top 100 Worldwide), 2002-2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • CBRE Top Producer Worldwide, 2011

Board of Regents 

Georgians First Commission 

Georgia Research Alliance

Northside United Methodist Church

  • Church Council, 1995, 1996, 2002-2006, 2009-2010
  • Chair of Stewardship, 2005-2006 & 2011-2012
  • Lay Leader, 2008-2009
  • Sunday School Teacher, 1995-current

University of Georgia

  • Terry College Distinguished Alumni Award, 2020
  • Foundation Board of Trustees, 2003 – 2017; Chairman, 2009-2010
  • Real Estate Foundation, Chairman, 2004-2007
  • President’s Club, 1988 - current
  • Terry College of Business Alumni Board, 2002 – 2006
  • Athletic Development Counsel, 2002-2009

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Atlanta Speech School – Board of Directors
  • Baylor School – Board of Directors (former)
  • Farmington Country Club, Member
  • Gridiron Secret Society, Member
  • Investment Club, Member
  • Leadership Georgia, Member
  • Ocean Forest, Member
  • Peachtree Golf Club, Member
  • Piedmont Driving Club, Member
  • Sea Island Club, Member
  • The Nine O’Clocks, Member


  • B.B.A., Finance, University of Georgia, 1987


  • Aaron’s
  • AGCO
  • Atlanticus
  • Avanos
  • Axis Insurance
  • Cadence
  • Cox Enterprises
  • Equifax
  • Georgia Lottery
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • IBM
  • James Bates
  • Kilpatrick Townsend
  • Manhattan Associates
  • NCR
  • Norfolk Southern

  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Oxford Industries
  • Piedmont Healthcare
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rockefeller Capital Management
  • SecureWorks
  • Sutherland
  • Synovus
Samuel Holmes Vice Chairman
Atlanta 3550 Lenox Road NE
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30326