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Branson Edwards

Executive Managing Director

Branson Edwards runs Retail Occupier Services, a specialty practice within Newmark Knight Frank's Global Corporate Services, and as such is responsible within the firm for integrated services delivery to retailers. Among other services provided to retailers, Retail Occupiers Services

  • manages retail portfolios ranging from several hundred to several thousand locations
  • opens more than 1,000,000 square feet of new retail stores annually,
  • administers thousands of leases, including full rent/ bill pay, and CAM audits,
  • executes more than 1,000 lease renewals annually,
  • delivers store relocation and disposition services,
  • coordinates more than $30 million in project management annually
  • coordinates and implements integrated database, workflow management, lease administration, and GIS IT solutions

Mr. Edwards is an entrepreneur and senior retail executive with 23 years of retail real estate field and national corporate management experience.  As an employee, consultant and entrepreneurial owner, Mr. Edwards has built and managed some of the largest retail initiatives of the last two decades.

During the 1990s, Mr. Edwards climbed through the ranks of several retail real estate departments, from deal maker to regional vice president, to senior vice president and chief development officer at high growth retailers including Boston Market, Hollywood Video and Blinds To Go.

In 2000, Mr. Edwards founded The Standard Group, a consultancy which provided the critical functions of a retail real estate department to retailers on an outsourced basis: strategic planning, transaction management, project management, lease administration and facilities maintenance.  The Standard Group managed the development of several thousand new stores for clients such as T-Mobile, Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse, Bright Now Dental, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and others.  Selling The Standard Group to Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008, Mr. Edwards sought a leaner, more nimble international platform, and reconstituted the retail services business at Grubb & Ellis, now Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

Mr. Edwards is active in historic preservation in the city of Chicago, and is active in charities associated with The Art Institute of Chicago.

Mr. Edwards holds his Master of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his A.B. degree, Cum Laude, in English from Duke University.

Branson Edwards
Branson Edwards
Executive Managing Director
500 W Monroe Street
Suite 2900
Chicago, IL 60661
United States
T  312.404.5055


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Areas of Specialization
  • Strategic Planning
  • Systems Integration
  • Process Management
  • Transaction/Asset Management
  • Project Management
  • Lease Administration
  • Facilities Maintenance

Years of Experience
23 years