Stephany Cruz and Katie Hartman will assist in the growth of Ackerman Retail’s tenant representation services.

ATLANTA, GA, May 11, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — As it continues to grow its services platform, Ackerman Retail has hired Stephany Cruz and Katie Hartman as leasing associates in roles focused on assisting Brian Lefkoff, the leader of the Tenant Representation Group, in strengthening services to clients and growing the Tenant Representation portfolio.

“Katie and Stephany are excellent additions to our team helping us to strengthen our comprehensive tenant representation platform,” said Brian Lefkoff, Executive Vice President for Ackerman Retail. “Their passion for retail and desire to succeed really stand out. They both have a drive to be the best and are each competitive in their own way.”

As Ackerman Retail grows its service platform, it maintains its long history and commitment to building a diverse team comprised of varying talents and backgrounds. In particular, Stephany and Katie will join the current staff of women in prominent positions, including Executive Vice President Courtney Brumbelow and Senior Vice Presidents Kelly Wilson and Suzanne Shank.

“As we continue to expand, Ackerman Retail’s aim is to look like the city of Atlanta. This city is a melting pot, and so are our clients, and we want to be representative of them,” Brian Lefkoff said.

Brian and his team assist clients – including big-box retailers, entertainment concepts, restaurants and service providers – in their market rollouts by identifying the best site options for expansion through extensive market research, operational and competitive analysis, and their extensive relationships in the industry. Ackerman Retail’s tenant representation clients include Goodwill, Kids Empire, My Salon Suite, Slutty Vegan, Ace Pickleball Club, Sucré, Tim Hortons, Pediatrix, Ponko Chicken and Tesla.

Stephany Cruz comes to Ackerman Retail from Horizon Group Properties, where she was Marketing Director in charge of developing and implementing brand strategy for The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta, a 400,000-square-foot property. Katie Hartman, a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Cybersecurity.

About Ackerman & Co.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ackerman & Co. is a privately held, full-service commercial real estate firm focused on providing quality investment, brokerage, management and development services in the Southeast. The company, founded in 1967, retains an expert team of 100 real estate professionals. To date, Ackerman & Co. has developed and acquired more than 37 million square feet of office, medical, industrial, retail and mixed-use space, has more than 4 million square feet under management and a growing focus on self-storage investment.

Ackerman Retail, a division of Ackerman & Co., offers a best-in-class services platform, delivering solid results for local and multi-market clients across the Southeast. To date, Ackerman Retail has completed more than 10 million square feet of transactions valued at $1.7 billion. For more information, visit

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