John Orr, CCIM

president | broker-in-charge



John is the President and Broker-In-Charge managing the retail services platform and day to day operations in the Charleston headquarters of the Carolina Retail Experts. He has successfully completed over 5 million square feet of retail transactions including leases, acquisitions, dispositions and build-to-suit development. He is a Carolina Retail Expert and specializes in the creation of value by executing Retail Commercial Real Estate Strategies for Property Owners, Retailers and Investors throughout the Southeast. Additionally, John, as an expert, provides special asset management and disposition for the courts, financial institutions, individual developers and investors. Inspired by a true love of the work and a commitment to approach every client and property as if it were their own, Carolina Retail Experts provides a return on investment that transcends numbers by translating concepts into communities.

During his three-decade-long real estate career, he has managed all aspects and processes of the development cycle including: site selection, contract and lease negotiation, due diligence, entitlement, design, financing, construction, property and asset management and disposition. He draws from this broad range of experiences to enable himself to handle any situation on any deal. John is a resourceful problem-solver and prides himself on his ability to rally a team and successfully move a project through the commercial real estate process. @JohnOrrCCIM is a pioneer in #CRE Social Media. His activity and engagement on the various social media platforms have led to national recognition and speaking engagements. Follow John for insights and ask any #CRESocial questions you may have.

professional highlights

  • Certified Commercial Investment Member and South Carolina Chapter President 2019 (CCIM)
  • CCIM Institute, Strategic Planning Committee
  • CCIM Institute, Two Three-Year Board of Directors Terms
  • Coastal Carolina University Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics Advisory Board
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)

professional accomplishments

  • Charleston Regional Business Journal Reader Rankings, Best Real Estate Agent 2023
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal Reader Rankings, Best Commercial Real Estate Firm 2023
  • Globe St., Influencer in Retail Commercial Real Estate Team 2023
  • GlobeSt., Best Bosses in CRE 2022
  • GlobeSt., Retail Influencer 2022
  • CREi, Top LinkedIn Influencer 2021-2023
  • CREi, Top Twitter Influencer 2022-2023
  • CREi, Top Instagram Influencer 2022-2023
  • CREi, Top TikTok Influencer 2023

community involvement

  • John is active in his Church and a proud husband and father to his family


  • Georgia College and State University

fun facts

  • John is a part-time, partly professional frenetic banjo picker and participates in Bluegrass Festivals and jams wherever they occur