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Emil Gullia, CCIM

Executive Vice President / Principal



With more than 20 years of industry experience, executive vice president and principal, Emil Gullia, CCIM, specializes in occupier and advisory service throughout the U.S. He joined Retail Specialists in 2017, formerly working with Franklin Street since 2012. From 2012 through 2016 he completed more than $175 million in retail tenant transactions focusing on Southeast markets. He represents national and regional retailers in leasing, land brokerage, and dispositions. He has worked with recognized retailers of all sizes, uses, and space demands as varied as Cabela’s, Kroger, Dollar Tree, T-Mobile, Guitar Center, Harbor Freight Tools, Jim and Nick’s BBQ, Hollywood Feed and PNC Bank.

During his career, Emil has been involved in a number of strategic planning and execution initiatives including: market feasibility and analysis, national retail rollouts, site acquisition and design, portfolio analysis, land and building disposition, portfolio optimization, lease restructuring, team management, and leadership. Prior to Franklin Street, he was with Jones Lang LaSalle. Emil has worked for several Fortune 500 retailers as well as a private developer.

He has been recognized with many awards during his career including CoStar’s Top Retail Leasing Power Broker award in 2018, 2015 and 2014, Broker of the Year for Cabela’s in 2013, and the Client Satisfaction Award for Kroger in 2011 from Jones Lang LaSalle. While at Franklin Street he won the Sales Achievement Award three years in a row for his outstanding sales efforts. He also received the 2013 Breakout Award, and the 2013 Leadership Award for his continued leadership throughout the company.

He has maintained industry memberships throughout his career and served in several leadership positions for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) state programs. Emil is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a member of its Georgia Chapter. He continues to advance his education and training by attending industry-recognized courses and seminars.

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