Director with Franklin Street’s office and Industrial leasing team
Brought Westshore City Center to 85% occupancy from 35%
Member of the Real Estate Investment Council Young Professionals Group
As director with Franklin Street’s Tampa-based office and Industrial leasing team, Matt Alexander had an outstanding year in 2020. Despite many unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alexander and his team completed 132 total transactions (118 leases, 14 sales) valued at more than $188 million.
This is a major accomplishment considering the majority of the team’s business is in office leasing, a sector that faced many hurdles over the past year. Alexander played a major role in the team’s success, stepping up to go the extra mile for every deal.
At just 28, Alexander has already made a name for himself in the Tampa Bay commercial real estate market, as a lead agent representing one of Tampa’s most notable and transformative office properties, Westshore City Center.
In less than two years, Alexander and his team have brought Westshore City Center to 85% occupancy, up from 35% when Franklin Street first took over the leasing. In fall 2020, the team arranged a 90,000-square-foot lease at the property for the headquarters of Heritage Insurance. The full-building lease was the largest office lease in Tampa in recent years and made waves throughout the market.
Deals such as this contributed to Alexander’s team ranking No. 1 in terms of production within the entire company. The team was also recognized in Connect Media’s Top Broker Awards earlier this year.
These are just a few reasons we chose Alexander as one of the Florida/Gulf Coast 2021 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s fifth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).