Alan Charron is President of Real Property Specialists, Inc., a commercial real estate company he founded more than two decades ago. After graduating with a finance degree from the University of Central Florida, Alan started in the appraisal business to gain an overall knowledge of the real estate industry. He worked in the appraisal business for five years to obtain the coveted MAI designation prior to going into commercial brokerage. Alan has performed appraisals on all types of commercial properties from high rise office buildings to shopping centers and subdivisions.
In 1992, Alan formed Real Property Specialists, which specializes in site selection and the sale, leasing, management and development of shopping centers, restaurants and tourist oriented properties. In addition to brokerage, Alan has actively been involved in receivership/asset management and development. Presently, he owns more than a dozen retail centers across central Florida and others are in the planning stages of development. Alan is currently working on a half dozen new developments around central Florida.
Alan’s firm has been recognized as the “Firm of the Year” and has also been recognized for being in the top 20 in property management companies and top 20 brokerage companies in Central Florida. Individually, Alan has been recognized by the Central Florida Commercial Real Estate Society for being a four time top five retail producer.
In addition to the many companies Alan manages, he started "Retailer One-on-One" more than 15 years ago together with Julia Sosa. This nationally recognized program has helped propel his company into being one of the local leaders in the industry. In 2011, Alan and his partner formed the Orlando Franchise Show. The success of both events have lead Alan to become a franchisor, and the successful sale of Retailer One on One.
In 2003, Alan formed Retail Investment Specialists, LLC (RIS). RIS is a retail development holding company which owns numerous retail shopping centers from central to south Florida. RIS recently redeveloped a 44,000-square-foot grocery store into a multi-tenant shopping center located in Windermere, Florida, an upscale suburb of Orlando. One of the company’s largest and most recognized properties is the highly successful Westchase Town Center mixed-use development in Tampa, Florida. In 2009, Alan formed Commercial Construction Specialists, LLC (CCS), a full service general contracting company specializing in all types of commercial construction projects including new construction, renovation, and tenant finish assignments. CCS was recently recognized by the Orlando Business Journal for being one of central Florida’s fastest growing construction companies. CCS is activing constructing new Race Trac gas stations, Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and retail strip centers throughout central Florida.
Alan’s community involvement includes having served as President of Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County as well as President of the Central Florida Commercial Real Estate Society. He has also been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel for his special assistance with the local Boy Scouts. In addition, he has assisted other charitable organizations through his Retailer One on One and Franchising One on One companies, has supported the Institute for Economic Competitiveness College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida, and was recently inducted into the prestigious UCF College of Business Administration Hall of Fame. Alan is also a member of the UCF President’s Trust Society. Further, Alan is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).