Andrew Ackerman, managingdirector of Sands Investment Group's Atlanta office.

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

Andrew has been in the commercial real estate business for10-plus years and during that time he has cemented himself as oneof the leading experts on investment sales in the convenience storespace. He has closed more than $1-billion in volume includingmultiple portfolios of over $20 million in the last 18 months. Hehas also helped grow a team that competes on a national level inthe auto, industrial and medical office space and has helpedpioneer many of the strategies that has helped the company grow andexpand across the company.

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