Vice President of Development, Design & Construction
Franklin leads the development, design and construction functions for The DESCO Group. Franklin's expertise in real estate spans numerous sectors, with a concentration in grocery-anchored shopping centers. Since joining DESCO in 2006, he has been responsible for developing 10 shopping centers totaling 1,280,000 sf, 1,000,000 sf of industrial property, and 220,000 sf of office product.
Prior to DESCO, Franklin was employed by McEagle Development, a St. Louis-based commercial developer. At McEagle, he was integrally involved with the development of the WingHaven planned community in St. Louis, with projects including land development, senior living, hospitality, office, and retail. Franklin started his career with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, presently Pfizer, where he was involved in the development and construction of office, clean room, and lab facilities.
Franklin graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with highest honors, earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and holds a certification as a Development Professional from the International Council of Shopping Centers.