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.
John’s other passion is education. He earned his CCIM Designation over 20 years ago and is on a mission to create a smarter Commercial Real Estate Community. His South Carolina CCIM Chapter service includes a seat on the Board of Directors, election to the executive offices, and service as Chapter President for 2019. Additionally, John serves at the CCIM Institute level in various capacities including the Strategic Planning Committee and, most recently the election to a Three-Year Board of Directors Term.
- Georgia College and State University
memberships and associations
- Certified Commercial Investment Member and South Carolina Chapter President 2019 (CCIM)
- International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- Urban Land Institute (ULI)
- Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
He is involved in the Charleston community through leadership in the South Carolina CCIM Chapter. He is also a part-time, partly professional frenetic banjo picker and participates in Bluegrass Festivals and jams wherever they occur. He is also active in his Church and a proud husband and father to his family.