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Robert B. Thornton, SIOR
Industrial Specialist
Industrial Specialist, Baker Realty Co.
1487 Amherst Rd., P.O. Box 53471
Knoxville, TN 37950-3471
United States
Phone: +1.865.450.2999
Cell: +1.865.548.2990
Email: bobthornton@bakerrealtycompany.com
Website: http://www.bakerrealtycompany.com
 
Chapter:   SIOR Middle and East Tennessee Chapter
Member Since: 1995
 
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Bob Thornton is Director of Industrial Real Estate for Baker Realty Company, specializing in the selling and leasing of industrial property in Knoxville and throughout the East Tennessee Valley Region. Bob is an active member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) with thirty three years of experience in industrial development and industrial real estate brokerage.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1979, Bob began his career with Caterpillar in industrial sales of material handling equipment. In 1980, Bob was employed as an industrial development consultant for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Bob served as a liaison to corporations, industry executives, state representatives and local communities in East Tennessee for the purpose of recruiting new industry to the area. In 1985 he joined Baker Realty Company as an Industrial Real Estate Broker and since then has been involved in hundreds of industrial sales and leasing transactions involving buildings and industrial acreage sites in and around Greater Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley Region.

Select Clientele:

Kellogg’s, GE Transportation, Interstate Brands, Federal Express, TNT Logistics,Comcast, Toyota (America), Siemens Corp., Carrier Corp., Mountain Commerce, Continental Air, Avery Dennison, Levi Strauss, Whirlpool Corp., Carlisle Tire, Packaging Corp., WESCO, Waste Management, Guardian Materials, United Rentals, PBR Industries, GE Polymers, Power Systems, Republic Plastics, Honda (America), Brunswick Corp., American Bottling, Transmission Tech, Sears, BAE Systems, Ingram Books, Food Lion, Mission of Hope, Jeld Wen Industries, Poly-One Corporation, Masterbrand Cabinets, OZYX, USA, R&L Carriers, Rock Tenn, Pinnicle Bank

Affiliates
  • Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)
  • East Tennessee Industrial Council (ETIC) - Vice President (1983), President (1984)
  • Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) - Member
  • Society of Industrial Office Realtors (SIOR) 1995
  • Knoxville Chamber of Commerce - Member
Education
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Industrial Development Course (1984)
  • Economic Development Institute Graduate 1982 / 1983, University of Oklahoma, Norman
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville - B.S. Business Administration / Marketing (1979)
Transactions
2015

Michael Linder, SIOR

Colliers International
Columbus, OH

Shane Woloshan, SIOR

Colliers International
Columbus, OH

Joel Yakovac, SIOR

Colliers International
Columbus, OH

Robert Thornton, SIOR

Baker Realty Co.
Knoxville, TN

Industrial Lease

40,000 sq. ft.

Michael represented Guardian Building Products Distribution, Inc.
Shane represented Guardian Building Products Distribution, Inc.
Joel represented Guardian Building Products Distribution, Inc.
Robert represented Guardian Building Products Distribution, Inc.

Knoxville, TN - March 1, 2015
2011

Thomas Cooler, SIOR

CBRE
Indianapolis, IN

Robert Thornton, SIOR

Baker Realty Co.
Knoxville, TN

$263,437 Industrial Lease

Knoxville, TN - September 26, 2011

Michael Linder, SIOR

Colliers International
Columbus, OH

Robert Thornton, SIOR

Baker Realty Co.
Knoxville, TN

$450,000 Industrial Lease

Michael represented Guardian Building Products

Knoxville, TN - September 1, 2011
2010

Robert Thornton, SIOR

Baker Realty Co.
Knoxville, TN

Andy Markham, SIOR

Cushman & Wakefield
Phoenix, AZ

$3,000,000 Industrial Sale

Eloy, AZ - November 19, 2010
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SPB - Land 1/1/20061/1/2020
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