Dallas tells the story that Leonte was the catalyst for him starting T. Dallas Smith & Company. Dallas states, “He was a sophomore at Morehouse who wanted to get into commercial real estate and he had no real estate license or real estate experience. I told him to call me when he gets his license. Two months later he shows up at my door with license in hand. “Mr. Smith I have my license.” I was trying to get rid of the kid. For two weeks, I had Leonte getting my laundry, getting my dog from the kennel, getting coffee, whatever. He did it all and always with a smile and a very humble spirit. My epiphany was that his eagerness to get into this business was the same as mine was when I pursued Mr. Tift and Cushman & Wakefield. I knew I had to help this guy and so T. Dallas Smith & Company was born.” It was his tenacity and persistence after that two week hazing period that has become his Modus Operandi.
Mr. Benton joined T. Dallas Smith & Company from its inception. He has successfully represented companies such Gude Management, The Integral Group, E-Bay, AT&T, General Services Administration and A2D with their office space needs. Leonte is a result and relationship oriented high energy commercial real estate broker who has participated in transactions that range from a corporate mailbox to 400,000 square feet. Leonte specializes in tenant representation leasing and acquisition services for local and national companies.
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A graduate of Morehouse College (Bachelor of Business Administration), Mr. Benton’s goal is to understand his client’s core business so that he can deliver a tailor made solution/service. Mr. Benton currently serves on the Fulton County Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, currently involved with Core Net as a young leader, and as a volunteer with Youth Enhancement Services. Leonte has served on the Young Executives Board at the Commerce Club, as Financial Secretary for the Empire Real Estate Board, The Atlanta Youth Academy, and on the Leadership Council for The Posse Foundation. Mr. Benton has been certified as a specialist in Cost and Price Analysis of Leasing Proposals, Federal Real Property Lease Law and Real Property Leasing by the Federal Government.
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