Chief Executive Officer
Robert Jolly co-founded Retail Strategies in 2011 and as CEO oversees development projects in our client communities.
Additionally, Robert serves as the CEO of Retail Specialists, a full-service commercial real estate firm that he started in 2005. As CEO of Retail Specialists, he focuses on the development, management, and human capital aspects of the company. He is the visionary for Retail Specialists and Retail Strategies, leading not only the direction and entrepreneurial ventures for the companies, but also acting as a mentor for many team members.
Robert started his career working for Black and Decker Corporation in sales management and marketing, living in every region of the United States. In 1996, Robert left corporate America to pursue an entrepreneurial career in commercial real estate and since has assisted companies like Winn-Dixie, Starbucks, Verizon Wireless, Chipotle, and Dave and Buster’s with their Southeastern market expansion.
Throughout his career, Robert has been the recipient of numerous accolades. Most recently he received the 2020 CEO of the Year award from the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ). He has been named Who’s Who of Commercial Real Estate by the BBJ for several years, Top 40 Under 40 in 2004, Top Small Business CEO in 2012, and the Birmingham Association of Realtors’ Commercial “Rookie of the Year” in 1998.
Robert graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and English. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a Life Member of the Birmingham Association of Realtors’ “Million Dollar Sales Club” and has his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Real Estate Investment Institute.
Robert holds a brokers license in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma. He is Board Director at Southpoint Bank in Birmingham, on the Culverhouse School of Business (University of Alabama) Board of Visitors, and is on the board of Urban Ministry.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Robert currently lives in Birmingham with his wife and three children. He is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, hunting and playing golf.
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