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LEED AP, SIOR
Managing Principal Hughes Realty Advisors Licensed in NC, SC, GA and CA
Russell has experience in negotiating office leases and build-to-suit transactions both locally and on a national level for his clients.
Russell began his commercial real estate career in 1998 in Los Angeles. For the past eighteen years, he has worked with companies in the financial services entertainment, advertising, and Biotech industries, as well as Fortune 500 companies.
Through his tenacity and understanding of the monetary value embedded in every lease, Russell provides his clients with the best possible opportunities and solutions. His SIOR designation and LEED AP credential proves his desire to go a step above. Russell’s dedication to the needs of his clients is the foundation of his success.
Compare Foods, S&ME national portfolio, Levine Properties; Dimensional Fund Advisors; Netflix; Montgomery & Co.; Canon USA; Cannon Design; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; First Look Studios; Altour International; Shell Oil; Heyday Films; KB Homes; Learning Annex; Lion’s Gate Entertainment; McElroy Advertising; WKT Public Relations; Countrywide Home Loans, National Payment Networks, RBZ. LLP
University of Michigan-Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy ; Real Estate license in North and South Carolina, California and New York;
Junior Achievement of the Carolinas Board, Arts and Science Council Board, Olde Providence Foundation Board, Charlotte Chamber, USGBC Charlotte Chapter, Executive Committee Board of Governors Cedars Sinai
As the national representative for S&ME, Russell was responsible for their Charlotte office 30,000 SF sale lease back. Renewing the headquarters in Raleigh, Integrating real estate nationally from mergers, and over 150,000 SF of national portfolio work.
Russell represented over 400,000 square foot of new acquisitions, relocations, and renewals for KB home on a national basis. Transactions included their Corporate Headquarters, 80,000 sq. ft. in Las Vegas, 30,000 sq. ft. in Charleston, Indianapolis, Reno, Sarasota, and Phoenix. The team coordinated all aspects of leasing from acquisition, analysis, project management, and lease administration on behalf of KB Home throughout their portfolio.
Representing RGG as Director of Leasing on 300,000 sq. ft. Modify-to-Suit in Las Vegas, developing property for Fortune 100 company headquarters.
Melissa Rafford began in real estate 25 years ago in residential leasing in Cincinnati and then Boston. After moving to Charlotte with her husband and two daughters she became licensed in General Brokerage . After several years in the industry she is excited to now be pursuing the Commercial side of real estate at Hughes Realty Advisors.
Ohio University, Real Estate license in North Carolina
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