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John Crossman Named CEO of the Year by Business Journal

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 25,2018) – Building a successful business is a team effort — that team requires a strong leader. The Orlando Business Journal has honored John Crossman, CCIM, CRX, of Crossman & Company, as one of Central Florida’s top CEOs.

Crossman was recognized as a CEO who has led their company to prominence and have had an outsized impact on the community and its economy.

Crossman & Company is one of the Southeast’s leading commercial real estate firms with offices in Atlanta, Ga., Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Boca Raton, Fla. focused on serving retail landlords exclusively throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Crossman & Company represents more than 395 shopping centers with over 28 million square feet under leasing and/or management.

“We’ve been having significant growth year after year,” Crossman said, “and that’s been good growth. I also get a lot of personal satisfaction from mentoring students, seeing employees grow professionally and advance within the company, continue a commitment to diversity, as well as increasing the range and scope of our company’s services.”

He serves on numerous community, higher education and industry boards and has been recognized with awards including Father of the Year by The American Heart Association, ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ at the prestigious 2018 Eagle Awards by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.

A strong believer in grooming tomorrow’s industry leaders, he serves on the executive board for the Florida State University Center for Real Estate Education, the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate and the Dr. P. Phillips Institute for Research and Education in Real Estate College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida.

He is a former trustee for Valencia College, named the No. 1 Community College in the America, and serves on the Florida A&M Foundation Board, the Advisory Board for Palm Beach Atlantic University and Bethune-Cookman University Business Advisory Board. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate from FSU in 1993.

Mentoring students at universities and colleges throughout the country, Crossman is a sought-after lecturer and panelist on student advancement and professional and personal success. One of Crossman’s popular presentations, “Top 5 Career Killers, Career Builders” is the basis and title for his latest book.

The future in the ever-changing commercial real estate industry will be challenging as well, he said.

Prior to joining Crossman & Company, he was a principal at Trammell Crow Company, where he led their Retail Council, which worked to advance the nationwide retail strategy.

Together John and his brother Scott have built Crossman & Company into one of the industries most respected and thriving commercial real estate firms. An Orlando resident for the past 24 years with his wife Angie. They have two daughters, Claire and Ava.

The past 12 months has been the largest transition of leadership at Crossman & Company in their history with Scott stepping down and changes to the organizational structure.

“How I overcame it? Listening,” noted Crossman. “I needed to hear from the key executives the truth of where we needed to improve. We then started a series of hard and healthy decisions. “I deeply care about our employees and their success. It’s vital to support the leadership team and expand our business, hopefully to open our sixth office next year.”

A total of 22 highest-level local executives were chosen by the Business Journal for this year’s awards for significant achievements in their careers in the past year, a strong record of innovation, outstanding performance in their work and community involvement.

For more information contact Crossman & Company Marketing Manager Gena Filion at (407) 423-5400 or Or visit



About Crossman & Company

Founded in 1990, Crossman & Company is one of the largest retail leasing, management and investment sales firms focused on serving landlords throughout the Southeast. With offices in Atlanta Ga., Charlotte, N.C.,  Boca Raton, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami Fla., Crossman & Company represents more than 400 shopping centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Tennessee with over 28 million square feet under leasing and/or management. Visit