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Next Generation Honoree: JLL’s Katie Fernandez-Espinosa is Mixed-Use Leasing Pioneer

Katie Fernandez-Espinosa breaks the traditional labels of retail or office leasing agent to craft winning strategies for mixed-use properties. As Vice President, retail advisory at JLL’s South Florida office, Fernandez-Espinosa is one of the rate leasing agents that approaches leasing space from a truly holistic standpoint. For her, mixed-use projects are more than just a buzzword.

Fernandez-Espinosa has the unique background and skill-set to look at each space within a project and intuitively understand what type of tenant is best suited to the owners’ financial and place-making goals.

In the face of the often publicized “retailpocalypse,” Katie moved asset classes into retail and mixed-use leasing from office leasing, by embracing the evolution of the way people are now living. Katie has embraced an asset class in evolution and seized the opportunity to embrace the change.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Fernandez-Espinosa to be one of the Florida region 2019 Next Generation Award Winners. Connect Media’s third annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

Recognized by her peers as one of the hardest working agents in the market, Fernandez-Espinosa is a pioneer in understanding how different components of a project can impact the greater place, and is well deserving of recognition for her work.


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About David Cohen

David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector. Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA. David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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