BBJ CEO of the Year Award

Robert Jolly Named Finalist for CEO of the Year Award

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Robert Jolly, CEO of Retail Strategies and Retail Specialists, has been named as a finalist for the Birmingham Business Journal’s CEO of the Year Award. Finalists are selected by a panel of editorial judges from a pool of nearly 50 nominations. The finalists are chosen based on leadership that has helped their companies achieve strong growth and success.

Jolly was a finalist for the CEO of the Year Award in 2015 for mid-sized businesses and was named CEO of the Year in 2012 by the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) in their small business category. Other accolades include Executive of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 by the BBJ.

I’m extremely proud to be a part of the teams at Retail Specialists and Retail Strategies,” Jolly said. “I consider both companies to be real estate and community innovators, and I’m happy to represent both teams with this nomination.”

Jolly is the co-founder and CEO of both companies, delivering the vision of growth while overseeing the day-to-day operations for each brand. He is a CCIM Designee, a Charter Member of Vistage International CEO Group, and a board member of SouthPoint Bank in Birmingham.

Outside of Jolly’s professional achievements, he is an active volunteer in the community as a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club benefiting The Crippled Children’s Foundation, a board member for Urban Ministry in Birmingham, and has been a longtime supporter of The Center Executive Leadership participating in prison ministry.

He and his wife, Mary Elaine, have three children and reside in Mountain Brook. They are avid Alabama football fans.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is a leading national advisory firm focused on retail market analysis, strategic planning, retail recruitment and development. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

About Retail Specialists

Retail Specialists, LLC (RSI) is the premier retail real estate services firm in the south. We are committed to long-term relationships in property management, retail representation, development, and leasing and brokerage.

Founded in 2005, we’ve thrived through tough times and shine under pressure. A unique mix of experience, technology, and data have proven successful in a business we love. RSI is licensed in eight states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee and currently represents retailers, developers, and retail property owners throughout this territory.

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