Elyse Welch, CCIM




As a Partner of the Carolina Retail Experts, Elyse specializes in retail commercial real estate brokerage. She primarily focuses on Tenant Representation of marquee and best-in-class retailers, working with the Tenants to devise custom market strategies across the Carolinas to optimize market share, out-position the competition, and maximize sales volumes. Elyse is responsible for executing Tenant expansions.

professional highlights

  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Charleston, Chapter President 2021
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Charleston, Board Positions 2015-2022
  • South Carolina Commercial MLS, President 2021
  • South Carolina REALTORS, Board of Directors 2021
  • Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS, Board of Directors 2021
  • Commercial Market Forecast Committee Member 2016-Present
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • CREW Charleston, Awards Committee 2021
  • CREW Charleston, Chapter Champion 2022
  • Charleston Investment Division CTAR (CID)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

professional accomplishments

  • SCBiz News, Empowering Women Real Estate Team 2024
  • Globe St., Woman of Influence 2023
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal Reader Rankings, Best Commercial Real Estate Firm 2023
  • Globe St., Influencer in Retail Commercial Real Estate Team 2023
  • CREi, Top Instagram Influencer 2023
  • Universal Women’s Network, Woman of Inspiration | Dream Builder 2023
  • National Association of Realtors, National Commercial Award 2022
  • Starbucks, Spirit of Starbucks Award 2022
  • Charleston’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under 2022
  • SC Woman in Business 2022, Integrated Media Publishing (Statewide Business Magazines)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Charleston, Member to Member Business Award 2021
  • Charleston Trident Association of Realtors’ Commercial Realtor of the Year 2021
  • Awarded Starbucks Tenant Representation Account for South Carolina 2020
  • Initiated and Hosted CREW Charleston Virtual Lunch and Learn Series, eight episodes 2020
  • Lee & Associates Charleston, Retail Deal of the Year Award 2018
  • College of Charleston (NCAA Division I) Volleyball Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Class
  • DDR Deal of the Year Award 2016
  • Colliers International, South Carolina’s Most Generated Referrals Award 2015
  • Awarded four new REIT Portfolio accounts across the Southeast in 2014
  • Colliers International, US NewGen Scholarship Recipient 2013
  • Colliers International Charleston, Canvassing Contest Winner 2012
  • College of Charleston NCAA Beach Volleyball National Final Four 2012
  • Awarded National master broker account for the fast casual pizza concept, “Your Pie”
  • Grew portfolio to 2.8 million square feet within Landlord Listing Portfolio bringing six anchored centers and mixed-use projects to 100% occupancy
  • CoStar Power Broker 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

community involvement

  • College of Charleston Athletic Fund, Board of Directors 2019-Present
  • College of Charleston Athletic Fund, Nominations Committee 2019-Present
  • College of Charleston Athletic Fund, Executive Committee, Nominations Committee Chair 2023
  • College of Charleston Carter School of Real Estate and FYE Guest Speaker 2014-Present
  • College of Charleston, Charleston Edge Women’s Athlete Mentorship Program 2022-Present
  • College of Charleston Cougar Fuel Campaign (Athlete Nutrition) Spokesperson, Fundraiser 2022
  • College of Charleston Volleyball Alumni
  • College of Charleston Alumni Association


  • College of Charleston, BS, International Business
  • Minor in Spanish and concentration in Real Estate from Carter School of Real Estate

fun facts

  • Elyse is a mother of two: one boy, Jackson, and one girl, Blake
  • She met her husband, Justin, playing a beach volleyball tournament at the Windjammer
  • Her dog is a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix named Calbert
  • She played College of Charleston Volleyball (NCAA Division I), Hall of Fame
  • She is originally from Peachtree City, Georgia
  • She loves to cook, ride golf carts, go on walks with the family, and windshield time