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NAI Koella | RM Moore's James Roberson Named Industrial Broker of the Year for 3rd Consecutive Year


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James Roberson Receives Industrial Broker of the Year Award

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – FEB 2018 James Roberson, SIOR, CCIM, has been recognized as the 2017 Industrial Broker of the Year by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal and East Tennessee CCIM Commercial Real Estate Awards.

This is the third consecutive year that Roberson has received the award. Brokers from the East Tennessee region compete for this annual recognition among four industry categories (Office, Retail, Industrial, & Multi-family).

Combining 14 years of experience along with strong owner, tenant and broker relationships, Roberson closed 24 deals in 2017. Roberson faced the same challenge he did last year with low supply and vacancy rates hovering around 3.5%. He stated that, “creativity is key when it comes to making deals happen.” When asked about this “creativity” one tenant rep deal came to mind. He explained the tenant required a very specific type of building for their line of business. Roberson said, “I scoured the area only to find that nothing suited to their needs was currently on the market.” To find a solution, Roberson used his connections to reach out to owners he knew had that type of building to see if they might consider leasing.  “I found an owner that said they did not want to lease their building but would consider selling.” Roberson knew timing was important and quickly found an investor to purchase the building and lease it to his client. Roberson went on to say that “deals like this keep you sharp and increase your ability to not only help your clients grow but also bring new companies into the area.”

Roberson’s transactions in 2017 included the sale of a 30,000 square-foot building to Plastic Recycling, Inc. on Slate Rd. in Jefferson County; the sale of a 30,000 square-foot building on Williamson Dr. in Loudon TN to an investor who then leased it to Innovate Pets, Inc.; the sale of a distribution center to BARE-Co on Pine Dr. in Dandridge, TN.


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02/07/2018 - 09:00


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