ACBR Diversity Program Event
A Fireside Chat with Dallas Smith and Dexter Warrior of T. Dallas Smith
Hosted by John O’Neill of Cushman & Wakefield
If you weren’t able to join us on Veteran’s Day for this special presentation, this is your chance to watch the video here. We so admire the time and talent of these extraordinary leaders who continually make our Association, and our Industry, more welcoming and inclusive to all. As Dallas Smith says, “2020 represents perfect vision, so let’s make sure we add greater clarity in our perspectives and purpose.”
Thanks so much to the Diversity Committee, led by Kirk Rich and Corey Ferguson, for putting together this highly entertaining, yet emotional and thought-provoking program, as well as the ACBR Board of Directors, led by Jeff Pollock, our 2020 President.
About Our Participants
Cushman & Wakefield
President Central Region
John O’Neill serves as President of the Central region. He is a member of the Americas Region leadership team and serves on the firm’s Global Advisory Board. He has the good fortune of working alongside an outstanding team dedicated to Cushman & Wakefield’s core values and client-focused culture.
Cushman & Wakefield feels strongly about supporting the communities it serves. As such, John is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and active with the following organizations: Chairman of the Board, The Rotary Club of Atlanta; Vice-Chair, Atlanta Police Foundation; Co-Lead, CFO Roundtable; Board member: Woodruff Arts Center, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Zoo Atlanta Leadership Council, Midtown Alliance and The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia.
John is Past President of Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, The Rotary Club of Atlanta and former Chairman of the Board and current Advisory Board member, Chastain Park Conservancy.
Other recognitions include:
- Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate, Atlanta Business Chronicle
- Most Admired CEO, Atlanta Business Chronicle
- 500 Most Powerful Leaders, Atlanta Magazine
- Top Ten Producer, Office Category, Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®
- President’s Award, Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®
T. Dallas Smith
T. Dallas Smith & Company
Founder & President
Dallas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at T. Dallas Smith & Company. He leads all new business development initiatives. His role includes overseeing all brokerage affairs related to the company and providing chief liaison services to key clients.
Dallas began his commercial real estate career in 1982 at Atlanta Air Center Realty under the guidance of Thomas W. Tift as leasing and management representative for the portfolio. In 1989, Dallas became the first African-American broker at Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia where his affiliation with the company opened doors for many minority brokers. In 1995, he pioneered the brokerage division for H.J. Russell & Company, an African-American owned construction and management firm, where he served as VP of the Brokerage Division. Dallas led the company initiative of acquiring 40 parcels of real estate, a full city block in the intercity of Atlanta resulting in a mixture of office, retail and multifamily developments now valued at over $20 million. In 2006, with the blessing of the late H. J. Russell, Dallas opened T. Dallas Smith & Company, specializing in tenant representation. T. Dallas Smith & Company has led projects across the country with metrics exceeding more than seven million square feet of commercial property leasing and acquisitions and five thousand acres of land purchases. Since its inception, the team has grown exponentially successfully leading transactions totaling over $15 billion in aggregate value. Dallas is an innovator and thought leader in the commercial real estate community and is intentional about cultivating and developing diverse talent to help shape the commercial real estate industry. He is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Among his many memberships, honors and awards are Georgia State University Foundation Board – Chair of the Real Estate Committee, Council for Quality Growth – Board Member, Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS-Board Member. He has been awarded as Atlanta’s Most Admired CEO (2017), Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtor’s Realtor of the Year (2018) and Empire Board of Realtists Broker of the Year (2018).
T. Dallas Smith & Company
Principal & COO
Dexter oversees the day-to-day operations at T. Dallas Smith & Company including all internal controls and regulatory compliance.
During his 30+ plus year career, Dexter has served in a variety of management and investing roles with top-tier companies such as Equitable Real Estate, Lend Lease, and with Morgan Stanley as an executive director and portfolio manager. He is a trusted advisor, strategically supporting major institutional real estate owners in achieving investment objectives in major markets across the country exceeding $8 billion in value. Dexter’s expertise includes urban and suburban office buildings; regional malls, power, lifestyle and neighborhood retail centers; multifamily communities; industrial warehouses/fulfillment centers; luxury resort hotels, and senior housing communities. Dexter is civically active with notable organizations including the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS, CoreNet Global, Empire Board of Realtists Commercial Real Estate Council and the Atlanta Business League. Dexter is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Real Estate.
Dexter’s list of memberships, honors and awards is far-reaching and continues to grow. He is the Chairman of the Board for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additionally he serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia State University’s Honorary Real Estate Council. He is a past Board Chair for Leadership Atlanta and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).