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Emil Gullia, CCIM

Executive Vice President / Principal



Emil joined Retail Specialists in 2017 with more than 27 years of real estate experience working for public retail companies, in corporate outsourced services for retail real estate departments, and in brokerage and development, he understands the entire retail life cycle from strategy development to store opening. Emil has been the lead on all aspects of real estate rollouts including market feasibility and analysis, site acquisition and design, portfolio optimization and analysis, land and building disposition, and lease restructuring. His corporate services work includes acting as the Vice President of Real Estate or on the Executive team for several retailers.

Over his career he has represented the occupant and opened nearly 2,200 new store and restaurant locations. Since 2012 Emil has completed more than $800 million in tenant transactions in 26 different states. He has been a trusted advisor working with recognized brands of all sizes and uses including Cabela’s, Kroger, Conn’s, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Stores, Guitar Center, Hollywood Feed, Harbor Freight Tools, AutoZone, Glidden Paints, Core Power Yoga, Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Chicken Salad Chick, T-Mobile, Fifth Third Bank, First National Bank and PNC Bank.

Prior to Retail Specialists, Emil has worked for three Fortune 500 retailers as well as a private developer. He was a Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle for Outsourced Occupier Services as well as at Franklin Street.

He has been recognized with many industry awards during his career including CoStar’s Top Retail Leasing Power Broker multiple times as well as multiple Quarterly recognition awards. He was Broker of the Year for Cabela’s in 2013, and was given the Client Satisfaction Award for Kroger in 2011 while at JLL. While at Franklin Street he won the Sales Achievement Award for three years in a row, the Breakout Award, and the Leadership Awards.

He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has held several leadership and chair positions for ICSC throughout his career. Emil has been a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) since 2003.

Emil is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and upon graduation received the Real Estate Student of the Year award from Roger Staubach. In his personal time, he enjoys traveling with his family for new adventure destinations, following rugby, riding motorcycles, and nearly everything else outdoors.