Executive Vice President / Principal
Emil Gullia, CCIM
With more than 25 years of real estate experience, Emil brings a unique approach to each of his clients. Given his 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 2,000 new store and restaurant locations. Since 2012 Emil has completed more than $400 million in tenant transactions in 26 different states. He has been a trusted advisor working recognized brands of all sizes and uses including Hollywood Feed, Cabela’s, Kroger, Dollar Tree, T-Mobile, Guitar Center, Harbor Freight Tools, AutoZone, Core Power Yoga, Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Glidden Paints, Fifth 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 and worked at Franklin Street.
He has been recognized with many industry awards during his career including CoStar’s Top Retail Leasing Power Broker award for four years. He has been recognized as Broker of the Year for Cabela’s in 2013, and the Client Satisfaction Award for Kroger in 2011. While at Franklin Street he won the Sales Achievement Award for three years in row, the Breakout Award and 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.