UCR Annouces Karla Smith as New Partner

DALLAS, Texas, October 3, 2013 – UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, today announced the promotion of Karla Smith to partner. Karla joined UCR in 2003 and celebrated her tenth year with the firm in August.

Karla works on some of UCR’s highest profile accounts, managing site selection in Texas for accounts such as Target, Sprouts Farmers Market, Cabela’s and Pacific Dental services. Karla has worked with significant landlord clients and premier projects for Forest City, Hunt Properties, Duggan Realty, Direct Development, Rubloff Commercial, AVB Partners and United Commercial Development.

“Karla’s commitment to UCR is extremely important,” says Mickey Ashmore, CEO of UCR. “As an advocate for our clients, there is no one better.”

Karla’s unique ability to perform and connect makes her a favorite with clients.

“Karla Smith is easily our best broker across the country. She goes to lengths to understand her client’s business inside out and advocates on behalf of them as if she was an employee. She’s simply the best at what she does,” says Greg Thorburn, Pacific Dental’s real estate manager.

Her work ethic and communication style has also made her an attractive partner for brokers working within the firm.

“I had never partnered with anyone prior to Karla,” says Jean Smith, managing partner at UCR, “But when I saw her unique ability to communicate with clients, I latched onto her really quickly. She is organized, transactional, relational, and competitive. I am excited and proud to call her a partner.”

Karla is involved with industry organizations, including ICSC, CREW and NTCAR for which she serves on the Board of Directors and as 2013 Retail Committee Chair. Karla is also a founding member of Deals in Heels, a local networking group of professional women in retail real estate that educates and encourages the growth of women in the industry. Outside of the industry, Karla also enjoys spending time with her family and outdoors. She also actively participates in community service organizations and volunteers her time with the North Texas Food Bank, The Stewpot, Meals on Wheels and is involved in the National Charity League.

Karla has been recognized during her tenure at UCR being named a Dallas Business Journal’s Heavy Hitter, a Power Broker by the Real Estate Forum, voted by D CEO as one of the best commercial real estate brokers in Dallas and multiple Top 10 UCR recognitions.

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