Robert Jolly, CCIM

Founder/ CEO



Robert co-founded Retail Specialists, LLC in 2005. As President and Qualifying Broker, he oversees all financial, development, and management aspects of the company. During his time at Retail Specialists, he has been involved with numerous retail developments and has assisted some of the most well-known tenants in the United States with their expansion into new Southeast markets. Robert brings years of experience to the company with previous sales and management positions at Eason, Graham, and Sandner, Inc. and Black and Decker Corporation.

During his business career, Robert has lived in Tennessee, Maryland, and California. He was the Birmingham Association of Realtors’ Commercial “Rookie of the Year” in 1998, was named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2004, “Who’s Who of Commercial Real Estate” in 2005 and 2010, and received the BBJ’s “Top Small Business CEO” Award in 2012.

Robert graduated from the University of Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and English. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a Life Member of the Birmingham Association of Realtors’ “Million Dollar Sales Club”, and in 2008 earned the coveted Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Real Estate Investment Institute. Robert holds a brokers license in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Robert currently lives in Birmingham with his wife and three children. He is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, hunting and playing golf.