Annie Baxter joined CBRE’s location strategy and incentives practice with more than 12 years of experience in economic development, a majority of which was spent with the Georgia Department of Economic
Development leading large site selection projects and negotiating incentives on behalf of the state. This
resulted in more than 6,000 new jobs and $2 billion in investments for manufacturing and distribution
centers. In 2015 and 2016, Baxter was named a Top 50 economic developer by Consultant Connect.
In December 2017, Baxter was named NAIOP Georgia Volunteer of the year, along with two others, for
her work with the first NAIOP Diversity Camp. She served as NAIOP Georgia board member from 2013 to
the present, NAIOP Future Leaders class of 2011, executive committee in 2012 and Future Leaders director
in 2013. Baxter was elected by the Georgia SIOR board as an associate member, serving from 2014 to 2015.
She was the first-ever state economic development member in Georgia. Baxter was a Leadership Georgia
Graduate in 2016.
Through NAIOP Georgia, she volunteers annually for various events benefiting the Ron Clark Academy, a nonprofit middle school
located in Southeast Atlanta. Baxter also volunteers annually as a judge for the Georgia 4H club’s State Congress competition.
Taking the time to learn the market from the ground up allowed Adam Abushagur to become a trusted
advisor, creating an investment advisory team specializing in industrial properties and long-term relationships with investors. Abushagur began his career in 2016 with Marcus & Millichap through its SIP
program, which is offered to less than 5% of new agents.
Abushagur established a team and grew it 10-fold within the last year acquiring agents and a full-time staff,
consisting of escrow, operations, marketing, research, strategy and analytics. Since 2017, his team has closed 43
industrial investment transactions in excess of $107 million.
In addition to Abushagur’s numerous achievements, the turning point and major accomplishment in his
career was being recognized as the top transitioned sales intern across the entire Marcus & Millichap brokerage team at its National Achievement Awards in 2017, recognized as the number two office/industrial
agent, and top 10 Texas agent in 2017 and 2018. Today, Abushagur ranks among the top three office and
industrial investment sales agents.
Abushagur impacts lives through the philanthropic initiatives of the North Texas Food Bank and Feeding America’s Million Meals
Initiative. The M&M Dallas office boxed 25 pallets ( 10,150 meals) and raised money to serve 300,000 meals to families throughout North
Texas in 2018.
Michael Bennett has more than two decades of experience designing industrial projects and has been involved
in more than 75 million square feet of industrial and manufacturing projects in the last five years. Bennett
began his 22-year career at Ware Malcomb in 1997 as a designer in its Irvine, CA office. He is now responsible
for leadership of Ware Malcomb’s East Coast region, helping build many offices, including the firm’s first
office on the East Coast in New Jersey, followed by a New York City office.
In 2013, Ware Malcomb designed the winning concept for NAIOP’s distribution/fulfillment center
of the future, which featured a five-story automated fulfillment center. Bennett now implements the
prototype on more than a dozen multi-story projects in development for Ware Malcomb in the
He is an active member of NAIOP and IOREBA, a LEED-accredited professional and National
Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certified. Bennett has presented on multistory distribution
and other industrial market trends at numerous events for NAIOP, ULI and others. He is a participant in
Ware Malcomb’s program Culture Designed to Care, celebrating the firm’s culture of giving. Bennett also mentors within the