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JLL Broadens its Retail Business in Florida with the Addition of THE Retail Advisors

Limited new supply of retail space drives increased retailer activity in South Florida and Tampa

TAMPA, Feb. 23, 2015 — In response to escalating demand for retail leasing and tenant representation expertise in Tampa and South Florida, JLL today announced that the firm has deepened its retail brokerage services with the addition of THE Retail Advisors’ experts. THE Retail Advisors founder, Andrew D. Carlson CRX/CSM/CLS joins the firm as a Vice President, along with Drew Carlson and Vanessa Perez, who join as Associates. Together, they bring more than 30 years of real estate management and leasing experience to JLL, and are tasked with building the firm’s retail platform in Tampa, and developing its South Florida tenant representation capabilities.

“The rapidly expanding economy, tourism and consumer base in South Florida is translating into unprecedented opportunities for the retail sector, making Florida a top priority for JLL’s growth,” said Naveen Jaggi, President of Retail Brokerage for JLL. “Retailers are aggressively looking to grow their footprint in core Florida markets, and the addition of Andy aligns with our clients’ growth strategies. This is just the first of many anticipated recruits that will bolster JLL’s retail brokerage expertise in major U.S. markets.”

THE Retail Advisors brings with them an extensive list of tenant relationships including, RUE 21, Bright Now Dental, Shoe Carnival, El Meson, Valija and Lucky Me in Florida, and Men’s Warehouse, Michaels, Gap, Outback Steakhouse, Pier 1 Imports, Nordstrom Rack and Shoe Carnival in Puerto Rico.

“We’ve been waiting for the right time to round out our Tampa client service offerings with retail brokerage, and now we’re seeing renewed interest from retailers and investors to enter and capitalize on the market’s upswing. The addition of Andy and his team deepens our bench of talent and rounds out our Florida business. They’ll provide specialized on-the-ground retail market knowledge, which is so crucial to the success of a retailer’s expansion,” added Doug Irmscher, Florida Market Leader for JLL.

Andrew (Andy) Carlson brings 27 years of experience spanning development, asset management, landlord leasing and tenant representation, and has completed more than five million square feet of retail transactions. Prior to founding THE Retail Advisors, he held positions with Forest City Enterprises, Jim Morris and Associates, Inc. and the Sembler Company of St. Petersburg. Andy Carlson attended College of The Redwoods, and earned the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Certified Retail Property Executive, Certified Shopping Center Manager and Certified Leasing Specialist designations. He has been active in ICSC including the ICSC CLS Test Review and Certification Committee, Next Generation, The West Florida Idea Exchange and the Caribbean Conference planning Committee. Andy Carlson is a licensed real estate broker in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Joining Andy Carlson, will be Associate Drew Carlson who brings experience in landlord leasing and tenant representation services to the firm. He has completed several retail transactions, for Bright Now Dental, Lucky Me, and Shoe Carnival. Drew Carlson attended St Petersburg College and the ICSC John T. Rirdon School for Leasing, and is a member of ICSC. He is also a licensed real estate broker in Florida.

Vanessa Pérez also joins JLL as an Associate, bringing with her skilled expertise in market launches, research and marketing. Pérez holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, is a member of ICSC and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. She is also a licensed real estate broker in Florida.

JLL’s Retail Group serves as the industry’s leader in retail real estate services. The firm’s more than 800 dedicated retail experts in the Americas partner with investors and occupiers around the globe to support and shape investment and site selection strategies. Its retail specialists provide independent and expert advice to clients, backed by industry-leading research that delivers maximum value throughout the entire lifecycle of an asset or lease. The firm has more than 90 retail brokerage experts spanning more than 25 major markets, representing more than 440 retail clients. As the largest third party retail property manager in the United States, JLL’s retail portfolio has 350 centers, totaling 67 million square feet under management in regional malls, lifestyle centers, grocery-anchored centers, power centers, central business districts, transportation facilities and mixed-use projects. For further information, visit

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual fee revenue of $4.7 billion and gross revenue of $5.4 billion, JLL has more than 230 corporate offices, operates in 80 countries and has a global workforce of approximately 58,000.  On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3.4 billion square feet, or 316 million square meters, and completed $118 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2014. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $53.6 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit