CEO and Managing Partner, Franklin Street
A highly-driven entrepreneur, Andrew Wright established Franklin Street, a full-services commercial real estate firm, in December 2006 and led it through the market downturn beginning in 2008. Through his leadership and unyielding dedication, Franklin Street now boasts more than 180 employees in four offices in major markets throughout the Southeast. As CEO and Managing Partner, Mr. Wright develops and defines strategic goals and major initiatives for Franklin Street and its four dynamic verticals. He has deep experience in the industry, with personal involvement in more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. At Franklin Street, he has led the growth of an asset management portfolio of more than $250 million, and has been involved in more than $300 million-worth of financing transactions. He has also guided several clients through 22 Chapter-11 bankruptcy cases since 2006. His professional accolades include being named one of Florida Trend’s 2012 “People to Watch,” Real Estate Forum’s Forty Under Forty in 2011, and Business Observer’s “40 Under 40” top business leaders in 2010. Since 2011, Franklin Street continues to be named a top workplace by both the Tampa Bay Times and the Tampa Bay Business Journal, been named one of the fastest-growing companies in Tampa Bay, and has some of the industry’s top-rated real estate brokers and insurance agents. An acknowledged leader and forward thinker, Mr. Wright has shared his market outlook and economic forecast during a variety of industry conferences throughout the Southeast including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RealShare Distressed Assets Conference, and others. Mr. Wright maintains memberships with ICSC, ULI, The National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) the Bay Area Apartment Association (BAAA), Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce‚ Real Estate Investment Council (REIC), Tampa’s CEO Council, Florida Apartment Association (FAA), and is on the Board of Trustees for Florida Tax Watch. He also serves as a Founding Board Member for the Positive Coaching Alliance in Tampa Bay and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for ALM Real Estate Media Group, providing critical professional insight to highly experienced journalists and conference producers.