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Kovacs Retail Team

Retail Tenant Representation Services

Delivering Top Results


Over the last 55 combined years, our team has successfully worked with well over 100 “Best of Brand” retailers, restaurants, and retail services. Our clients range from small business owners to junior-box and big-box users, as well as every restaurant category, from quick-service to fine dining. 

With a team of four brokers primarily dedicated to retail tenant representation, two marketing/research staff, and an in-house GIS professional, The Kovacs Retail Team has wide-ranging capabilities and influence. The team possesses a unique synergy and dynamic, allowing them to build and maintain a strong, cohesive team that provides clients with exceptional service. Their partnership approach with their clients not only impacts the success of each client individually but has influenced the local and regional community all around us. The team’s impact is greater than just a transaction – they are defining the future world where we live, work and play every day.


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 Cafe Ponte Capital One Cafe  CaliberCarWash_logo_vertical
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El Dorado  European Wax Center   First Watch
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 HomeGoods Honest 1 auto care   Jollibeelogo
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 Mastros Mantra Fitness  Medium Rare Logo_snag 
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 Rooms to Go  QuickHit  Restore Cryotherapy
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 Smokin Oak Pizza  Sola Salons Studios  The Coder School
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        Jim is a 34-year industry veteran and an expert in all facets of Retail Commercial Leasing and Tenant Representation, specializing in strategic planning, brand rollouts, legacy landlord relationships, and deal negotiations. As the senior broker and team lead, Jim has built a high-performing, world-class team that is highly sought after to work with. He has earned Colliers International’s coveted Everest Club designation multiple times, which recognizes the top 10% of all Colliers sales professionals. Jim is consistently recognized as a Top 10 Producer for Colliers Florida and has been ranked as a CoStar Power Broker for over 11 years. He was named a 2020 Leading Influencer in Retail by Jim’s professional affiliations include memberships in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Colliers Retail Specialty Council, Colliers Retail Steering Committee, Chairman of Tenant Rep Council-East Coast Colliers Retail Services Group, USF Alumni Association, and the USF College of Business Leadership Program.

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        Tyler is a 13-year industry veteran focused on Retail Commercial Leasing and Tenant Representation, specializing in leading brand rollouts, consolidating deal negotiations, and Real Estate Committee preparation. Clients and colleagues alike recognize Tyler as a best-in-class broker within the retail community. Tyler was the recipient of Colliers International’s Technology and Innovation award and was also a recipient of Colliers International’s Rising Star award. He was named a 2020 Leading Influencer in Retail by and has also been ranked as a Costar Power Broker. Tyler was also selected to the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2016 Up and Comer List in the Under 30 category. Tyler is an International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) member and has earned his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.

        alt=""          After relocating from New York to Florida, Melissa took a position in the marketing department to familiarize herself with the local market before transitioning to a brokerage role. Melissa quickly grew from supporting a close-knit team working with tenants throughout the region, to leading accounts on her own. In the relatively short time that Melissa has been in brokerage, she has built an impressive book of business. Melissa was named a 2020 Leading Influencer in Retail by She was also awarded the Colliers International Women’s Diversity Award and took on the role of National Leader of the Colliers Next Generation group, which focuses on mentoring and developing brokers with less than 10 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Melissa is an International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) member and is a Florida Chapter Event Committee Member.
        alt=""          Kyle is a young, up-and-coming associate and the newest member of the team. Kyle’s dedication to learning and understanding the retail market, along with his strong work ethic and attention to detail is part of what has contributed to his success and helped him to quickly become a valued member of the team. In less than 5 years on the team, Kyle has gone from a rookie associate to now taking the lead role on multiple tenant rep assignments. Kyle is team lead for Urban Land Institute Tampa Bay’s (ULI) Young Leaders Mentor program, whose goal is to plan and organize industry events with developers, landlords, and other key people within the real estate community. Kyle was named a 2020 Leading Influencer in Retail by and is an International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) member. Kyle was chosen as the Colliers Central and West Florida Rising Star, Top Producing Associate for 2020.
        Sandy Baer Name Card         Sandra has over 16 years customer service experience in marketing, management, administrative, health care and commercial real estate. Her current responsibilities involve a variety of tasks essential to the marketing, research and operations efforts of the team, which includes interfacing with clients, creating LOI's, preparing real estate committee packages, proposals, database management, team organization and social media. Sandra has been instrumental in improving existing operational procedures within the team structure. Prior to her career in commercial real estate, she worked in the restaurant industry and championed the first ever Darden franchise opening in Mexico. Sandra has a passion for photography and in her spare time has built a thriving business shooting weddings, family sessions and working with notable bloggers.
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        Tammy’s background is routed in marketing, administration, office management and service-related industries, with over 18 years’ experience focused in commercial real estate. She is a dedicated, senior commercial real estate assistant and her skills are varied and deep. Her current responsibilities involve a variety of tasks essential to the marketing and operations efforts of the team, which includes interfacing with clients, creating LOI's, preparing real estate committee packages, proposals, database management, research, team organization and social media. Prior to her career in commercial real estate, Tammy spent 10 years in the restaurant industry and worked as a corporate trainer for various chains traveling the country, opening new restaurant locations. In her spare time, she also runs a successful, personal lifestyle blog.

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Transaction Volume

      Total SF Leased  
Tampa Bay MSA, Central Florida,
Florida West Coast and Florida
Space/Treasure Coast for both
franchise and corporate locations. 


Colliers Florida
Top Producing Team
in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. 



13 years





$1 Billion (5 years)





1 Million+ SF (2019) 




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  • Jim and Tyler have completed the entire roll-out of Panera Bread in West/Central Florida for both corporate and franchise units. This relationship spans over 20 years and has produced in excess of 60 units.
TJ Maxx
  • Jim and Melissa work with The TJX Companies as their non-exclusive agent for all of Central Florida. The team produces 5 to 10 transactions a year for TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and have transacted more than 80 units during their tenure.
  •  Tyler and Jim work with First Watch and have completed over 20 deals for them since the inception of their initial roll out.
Capital One Cafe
  • Jim and Tyler were responsible for bringing Capital One Café to Hyde Park Tampa. Capital One partnered with Peet’s Coffee to create a unique space where regardless of bank affiliation, anyone can grab a cup of coffee, plan their financial journey and engage with the community. Capital One Café hosts seminars, financial literacy classes, money coaching programs and also offers meeting space free of charge to non-profits and college groups. Capital One wants to re-imagine the relationship between customers and the financial industry. This will be their first Tampa location.
Cafe Ponte
  • Jim and Tyler represent Chef Chris Ponte, a James Beard nominated chef and one of the most renowned restaurateurs in the Tampa Bay region. Current concepts include: Cafe Ponte, a fine dining destination; On Swann, in Hyde Park Village; Olivia in South Tampa and a new Midtown Tampa restaurant, currently in design and likely to be a showstopper.
  •  Jim was responsible for the land sale to Ikea for their Tampa Bay store.
Water Street Tampa
  •  Melissa won the highly coveted assignment as lead retail leasing broker for Water Street Tampa, which is a $4 billion, 50-acre mixed-use development, and a top 5 development project in the country. Water Street Tampa will be the first “well-certified” mixed-use neighborhood and will introduce a dynamic new lifestyle for one of the country’s fastest growing cities. It will add 1 million SF of retail and entertainment space within the 9 million SF development, changing the current landscape of downtown Tampa into a live, work, play environment.
  • Melissa worked with the popular Filipino chain Jollibee, with over 3,300 restaurants worldwide, to bring their first location to the Tampa Bay area. She worked with our in-house research department to identify pockets of Asian population to determine where to place the first unit. Jollibee opened in Pinellas Park in January 2020 and will open two or three additional locations within the next two years in the market.
  •  Kyle and Tyler worked with The Original Mattress Factory to establish their first factory/retail distribution center on the West Coast of FL.

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