Steve Ellis, CCIM


Steve began his career on the Landlord side of the business for Starmount Company in Greensboro, NC where he advanced to become the Sr. Vice President & Director of Leasing responsible for leasing 25 company owned properties (regional, specialty and neighborhood shopping centers).  His greatest achievement at Starmount was the redevelopment and re-tenanting of Friendly Center, a 1.2 M square foot open-air center located in Greensboro which became one of the most successful Lifestyle Centers in North Carolina.

After leaving Starmount, he had his own retail brokerage firm representing Landlords and Tenants through the Triad.  Looking for a greater challenge, Steve joined Staubach Retail providing site selection and lease deals for retailers with their expansion throughout the Southeast.  After that tenure, he became the Vice President of Leasing for Gemini Real Estate Advisors out of Huntersville, NC where he leased a retail portfolio of 4 M square feet across 11 states.

Steve joined Bell Commercial in June 2020 to head up the Landlord representation program.  The above experience and 30+ years of industry contacts has enabled him to effectively understand the appropriate tenant mix desired for a shopping center, freestanding building or outparcel.  In today’s ever-changing retail landscape, it is imperative to have an experienced leasing professional as an integral part of your team to ensure the success of your retail properties.