Real Estate Forum’s Influencers in Net Lease

Almost a decade ago, Chris Sands set out to create a different kind of brokerage firm: one that was built on honesty, integrity and fostered deep collaboration.

The result of that vision is Sands Investment Group, a Charleston, SC based company that is considered to be one of the foremost authorities in the net lease space.  Since 2010, SIG has grown exponentially in terms of headcount, new office openings and production volume year-over-year while competing with larger and more tenured CRE companies.

Over the past three years, the firm has seen its volume increase by 123% and its closed transactions grow by 60%.  Collectively, the SIG team has more than 400 closings on the books and has exclusively listed and sold $1.6 billion in transactions.  With a 90% growth in headcount since 2016, SIG is also one of the industry’s most sought-after places to work. The company’s above-average rating of 4.8 on Glassdoor, along with a 100% CEO approval rating, is also telling.

All the while, SIG has been able to maintain the values and culture that were so important to CEO Chris Sands. He is joined on the leadership team by Liz Sands, chief operating officer, and a trio of managing directors within its regional offices: Atlanta-based C-store specialist Andrew Ackerman, Dan Hoogesteger, an expert in the grocery space who operates out of Santa Monica, CA; and Max Freedman, an Austin-based specialist in the quick-service restaurant segment.

The SIG team believes that with success comes great responsibility.  Accordingly, the firm donates a percentage of its revenues to charity through its SIGives arm. Since its inception, SIG has provided more than $1 million to such charities and organizations as Meals on Wheels, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics and Wounded Warriors.


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