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NAI Knoxville’s James Roberson Named Industrial Broker of Year for 2nd Consecutive Year


KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – FEB 2017 James Roberson, SIOR, CCIM, has been recognized as the 2016 Industrial Broker of the Year by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal and East Tennessee CCIM Commercial Real Estate Awards.

This is the 2nd consecutive year that Roberson received this award for achieving East Tennessee 's highest total industrial transaction value.Brokers from the East Tennessee region compete for this annual recognition among 4 industry categories (Office, Retail, Industrial, & Multi-family). Roberson earned the Industrial category award for the second year in a row, for his role in brokering 18 deals totalling roughly 603,000 square feet.

“We are honored to congratulate James for this achievement, especially when the Knoxville industrial market supply has been at a record low” said Principal Broker Maribel Koella, of NAI Knoxville. “This award speaks to James’ ability to think outside of the box and find unique opportunities to meet a high demand for industrial space.”

Roberson recalled a particular transaction that illustrates the challenges of the low industrial market supply. "The space that the tenant needed was not readily available on the market. So, I worked with a developer to build a building specifically suited to accommodate the tenants’ unique needs.”

Roberson’s career began as a Forester/Surveyor and he was a Natural Resource Manager until he discovered his niche in industrial brokerage. Roberson’s transactions in 2016 included the sale of a 225,000 square-foot manufacturing building in Morristown, TN; the sale of a 120,000 square-foot distribution building in Athens, TN; the sale of a 57,000 square-foot manufacturing building in Roane County, TN; and the lease of 36,000 square feet of distribution space in Knoxville, TN. Roberson also earned the prestigious Society of Industrial and Office Realtors designation in 2016.

About NAI Knoxville

NAI Knoxville, a member of NAI Global, the world’s premier managed network of commercial real estate firms, is an organization of professionally trained brokers with international reach and local expertise in commercial real estate. NAI Knoxville is nationally certified as a woman-owned as well as a minority-owned small business and has provided full-service commercial real estate brokerage support to middle and East Tennessee since 1983.To learn more, visit


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