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Look no further than AEC Central for answers to your commercial real estate related questions.  Ask Our Experts provides a resource for you to communicate with experienced professionals who are eager to help you. Many of our experts are also available as guest speakers for community, corporate business and professional association meetings. Contact our experts directly via the email address provided.


Real Estate Attorneys

Commercial Real Estate Brokers

John Crossman, CCIM, President, Crossman & Company;  Retail Development Expert

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John M. Crossman is President of Crossman & Company, one of the largest retail leasing, management, development, and marketing firms in the Southeastern United States, with over 20 million square feet of properties in the Southeastern U.S.  He has been in the real estate business for over 20 years and has personally been involved with more than $1 billion in transactions.

As an active speaker and writer on national retail issues, John has been featured in The Wall Street Journal,, Shopping Centers Today, Shopping Center Business, South Florida CEO, CBS News Radio, The Orlando Sentinel, and each of the Business Journals throughout Florida, among others.

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Civil Engineers

Rick Baldocchi, P.E., Vice President, AVCON, Inc.; Civil/Structural Engineering Expert


Mr. Baldocchi has more than thirty years of experience in civil/structural engineering, including management of highway, bridge, aviation and development projects.  As a principal of AVCON, INC., Rick has designed numerous bridges within the state of Florida and has managed over $200,000,000 of construction projects since moving to the Orlando area in 1985.

Mr. Baldocchi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  He also has an MBA from Rollins College, Florida.  He is a Registered Engineer in the states of Florida, Georgia and California.

In addition to his technical expertise, Mr. Baldocchi has served in a variety of roles in our local, Central Florida Community, including serving as Vice Mayor of the City of Maitland and as City Councilman for the City from 1998-2004.


Environmental Consultants

Kelly Eger-Smith, President, American Environmental Consulting, Inc.; Environmental Contamination Expert

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With over 22 years of Experience in Environmental Science, Kelly Eger-Smith, is an expert in soil and groundwater contamination assessments and remediation; as well as all “brown environmental” issues (tanks, landfills, petroleum, pesticides). She applies the science of environmental investigation and analysis to provide sensible and appropriate solutions communicated in a practical and understandable way.
Speaker Experience: Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting School: Emerging Issues in Due Diligence (2008-2013); Florida Chamber Growth Management Conference (2010, 2011); Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Annual Update (2010)

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