Mr. Steven Franco is a native Atlantan and real estate professional that has been an active dealmaker in commercial real estate across the southeastern United States for approximately 25 years. Over his career, Mr. Franco has managed the acquisition, development, redevelopment, leasing and management of commercial properties totaling over $1 billion in asset value and has completed approximately $350 million in deal transactions in the process. Steven is an expert in devising and implementing creative business strategies to maximize property values.
In 2018 Steven launched Beachworx, the first state-of-the-art coworking facility in Destin, Florida and is now innovatively changing the way business is conducted along the Florida panhandle. Steven has been a key player in many major real estate developments and redevelopments in Atlanta and across the southeast United States. Prior to forming Rodos Realty Partners in December 2012, he acquired 6 opportunistic shopping center properties as a principal with Southern Commercial Developers from December 2011 – November 2012, was a principal and managing member of Franco DeFoor Properties from 2003-2011 and a valuable executive at other real estate organizations: 1997-2006, including New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Equity Investment Group, Dewberry Capital Corporation and Grubb & Ellis Company. His experience as a real estate entrepreneur, work in an institutional public and private REIT, high profile development firm, and national brokerage company has given Steven a unique perspective of all facets of the real estate business.
Steven began his career in 1994 as the founder and principal owner of Global Sports Services, Inc. (GSS), a sports Marketing/real estate firm established for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Clients included sponsors, athletic organizations and Fortune 500 companies. GSS brokered strategically located properties near Olympic Venues for the purpose of merchandising goods and services and also secured large room blocks for VIP and staff lodging during the Olympic Games.
Steven is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (1994) and has actively held a Georgia Real Estate License since 1995 and obtained his Florida Real Estate Broker’s License in 2019. He is a member of prominent professional and civic organizations including International Council of Shopping Centers, Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as multiple Chambers of Commerce and foundations supporting the Arts, Military, Special Needs, Youth Enrichment Programs, etc. Most important, Steven is the very proud father of two thriving young women, daughters Bebe and Edie Franco.