Andrew Ackerman, managing director of Sands Investment Group’s Atlanta office.

ATLANTA—Andrew Ackerman stands out for not just his leadership in production but for his thought leadership in the industry. As managing director of Sands Investment Group’s Atlanta office, has built a business that has been able to thrive beyond not only his production but has helped to grow foster the growth of other brokers – taking them from $0 in GCI to several million dollars in production. He’s also one of the foremost authorities in the C-store space and is recognized as such.

Andrew has been in the commercial real estate business for 10-plus years and during that time he has cemented himself as one of the leading experts on investment sales in the convenience store space. He has closed more than $1-billion in volume including multiple portfolios of over $20 million in the last 18 months. He has also helped grow a team that competes on a national level in the auto, industrial and medical office space and has helped pioneer many of the strategies that has helped the company grow and expand across the company.

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Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel,, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including and Museums New York magazine.

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