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 20+ years of brokerage deals in all aspects of commercial real estate leasing, sales, investment and development in the Richmond metro area completing more than 650 successful transactions. 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.

In addition, he has worked for local interests like Central Virginia Health Network, Global Technology Solutions, Inc., Care Advantage, Indochine, Electronics Doctor, Inc. and Impact Makers.

Wilton Realty, LLC

Chris joined Wilton Realty, LLC in October 2004 to lease The Wilton Companies' 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 January 1998 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 warehouse space. He has completed in excess of $50,000,000 worth of sales and lease transactions from 1998 to 2018, including several of Richmond's largest industrial sector lease transactions. Chris has been involved with the leasing of Willow Lawn Shopping Mall, a landmark retail shopping destination and West Broad Village, a 400,000 square feet lifestyle open-air shopping destination in Glen Allen.

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. In addition, Chris taught real estate classes including pre-licensing, post licensing, ethics and continuing education for Moseley-Flint Schools of Real Estate, the largest real estate school in Virginia. At Moseley-Flint, he was responsible state-wide for answering any questions about principles of real estate and Virginia rules and regulations.

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)


  • 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, CoStar
  • 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
  • Former Coach of Youth Soccer at Fox Elementary (VYSA)
  • Former Volunteer, Peter Paul Development Center
  • Former Volunteer, River City Crew


Chris is married to attorney, Janet Peyton, who specializes in intellectual property and data privacy. Janet is a Partner with McGuireWoods, LLP. They have three children, Sophie, 24, a graduate of the University of Texas (Austin), Laroy, 24, a graduate of Radford University and Will, 21, a Senior at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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.