Christopher W. Francoise (Chris)

Associate Broker

The Wilton Companies

As an Associate Broker, Chris Francoise specializes in the selling & leasing of office, industrial, and flex properties in the Richmond Metropolitan area. His core responsibilities include the leasing of The Wilton Companies' commercial real estate portfolio which includes approximately three million square feet of properties.

Over the years, Chris has developed extensive experience with over 15 years of transactional brokerage in all aspects of commercial real estate sales, leasing, investment and development in the Richmond metro area completing more than 350 successful deals. Additionally, Chris has represented local, regional and national companies looking to buy or lease office, industrial & retail properties primarily in the Greater Richmond Metro area including the City of Richmond and the Counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover.

Chris has represented large regional & national companies like EMC Corp., The Kroger Co., Progressive Insurance, The Hartford Insurance Co., Cox Communications and The May Department Stores. Additionally, he has worked for local interests like Central Virginia Health Network, Global Technology Solutions, Inc., Care Advantage, Indochine, KOR Food Innovation and Impact Makers.

The Wilton Companies

Chris joined The Wilton Companies in 2004 to lease their existing portfolio of office and industrial properties and help grow their third party/tenant representation presence in the Richmond metro area. Chris brings with him tremendous expertise with tenants, landlords and developers in the sale, lease, acquisition and development of office buildings, retail shopping centers and other commercial properties. Chris is a true "real estate technologist" with extensive expertise using computer and Internet applications for prospecting, canvassing, marketing and transactional data management. He utilizes these many skills in marketing to and prospecting for commercial office and industrial users and representing corporate clients. Chris is presently responsible for the management of Wilton's website presence. His outstanding record is based on a thorough understanding of the commercial real estate market, great networking skills and dynamic technology proficiency.

Scope of Experience

A Virginia native, Chris began his commercial real estate career in 1997 with Divaris Real Estate specializing in Tenant/Buyer Representation for corporate clients in office, industrial and flex properties and Landlord/Seller Representation in the sale and leasing of retail, office & industrial properties. Over the years, Chris has leased various commercial properties in the Richmond metro area to include downtown office buildings, neighborhood shopping centers, suburban office buildings, flex space and warehouses properties. He has completed in excess of $50,000,000 worth of sales and lease transactions from 1998 to 2013, including several of Richmond's largest industrial sector lease transactions. In 2002, Chris' focus shifted to investment sales for local and regional investors in various submarkets affiliating with Adams Property Associates, Inc. In addition, Chris taught real estate education classes including pre-licensing, post licensing and continuing education for Moseley-Flint Schools of Real Estate.

Chris has significant expertise as a Landlord/Seller Representative of commercial & retail space in the Southwest Quadrant, Northwest Quadrant and Downtown Richmond including the various submarkets of Innsbrook, Short Pump, the near West End, the Airport, the Central Business District (CBD), the Fan/VCU area, Monroe Ward, the Financial District, Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom, River's Bend (Chester) and the City of Ashland. Additionally, Chris has brokered commercial transactions in Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Hampton Roads and Southwest Virginia including Alexandria, McLean, Reston, Fredericksburg, Ashburn, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Virginia Beach.

Sectors & Specialties

  • Office Leasing (Downtown and Suburban Office Buildings)
  • Retail Leasing (Shopping Centers)
  • Industrial Leasing (Warehouse, Light Industrial & Flex Space)
  • Investment Property (Multi-family & Commercial)
  • Land Sales (Acreage, Outparcels & Land for Development)
  • Tenant Representation (Corporate)
  • Landlord Representation (Investment Portfolios)

Education

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Bachelor of Science in Business (1997)
  • Major in Real Estate & Land Development (RELD)
  • Additional coursework in Finance, Law, Negotiating, Appraisal, Land Use, Development, Property Management and Brokerage
  • Virginia Salesperson License (1998)
  • Virginia Broker's License (2001)
  • Virginia Real Estate Instructor License (2001-2004)

Professional Memberships, Affiliations & Designations

  • Member, Showcase.com
  • Premium Member, Loopnet
  • Member, Greater Richmond Assn. of Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE)
  • Member, VCU's Association of Real Estate Alumni (AREA)
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)
  • Consumer Certified Real Estate Consultant (C-CREC)
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member Candidate (CCIM Candidate)

Community Involvement & Interests

  • Member of St. James's Episcopal Church
  • Volunteer Coach of Youth Soccer at Fox Elementary (VYSA)
  • Volunteer, Peter Paul Development Center
  • Volunteer, River City Crew

Personal

Chris is married to Janet Peyton, his high school sweetheart from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Janet is a Partner with McGuireWoods, LLP. They have three teen-aged children.

NOTE: No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the foregoing information. Terms of sale and/or lease and availability are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.