Tamela Thornton, CCIM, brings 30 years of experience in real estate management, analytics and development to her role as head of client services for E Smith Advisors, a partnership with Newmark Knight Frank (NKF). Currently, Ms. Thornton is responsible for new business development, strategic planning, market analysis, option development, site selection and transaction management.
In partnership with NKF, E Smith Advisors is part of a global network operating in more than 400 offices worldwide that offers clients a wide array of commercial real estate services, with customized solutions that maximize returns for investors, tenants and landlords. The firm offers an integrated service platform to its diverse portfolio of clients and, as a minority-owned business, offers an inclusive company culture. Both E Smith Advisors and NKF excel at creating customized real estate solutions that take the intricate, unique needs of each client into account, a shared methodology that make the two firms perfect partners.
Ms. Thornton is also a founding partner of E Smith Legacy Holdings, where she was responsible for leading business development for corporate real estate transactions. As leader of a full-service real estate advisory practice, she provided national and global clients with a wide range of services, including developing market strategy, site selection, leasing advisory, national retail rollouts, global portfolio advisory, space utilization, strategic planning and financial services.
Prior to joining E Smith Legacy Holdings, Ms. Thornton served as an executive for YUM! Brands and Starbucks, where she led the Central West Region construction and development team. She resides in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Thornton holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.