Deborah McGill Smith

NameDeborah McGill Smith, SIOR
TitleVice President - Industrial Brokerage & Consulting | Partner
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Phone(205) 314-5534
Fax(205) 939-4441
Office Address2100 3rd Avenue North, Suite 700
Birmingham, AL 35203

Deborah joined Cushman & Wakefield / EGS Commercial Real Estate in 2008 and is a Vice President in the firm’s Industrial Services division. She specializes in industrial and land brokerage and brings a unique skill set to her clients due to her extensive background in the public sector and economic development. During her tenure at Cushman & Wakefield / EGS, she has utilized her expertise in land acquisition and development to assist clients, including Pharmavite, Hibbett Sports and UAB Medical West on site selection for new facility locations. Additionally, Deborah has worked on numerous high-profile disposition assignments and sizeable industrial site location projects including the site selection for Daimler and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International for their new Global Logistics Center, a 300-acre campus development with three new projects totaling over 2.6 million square feet. Deborah conducted communication for the project teams including site grading and provided coordination services for all utilities and infrastructure for the new campus.

Deborah is one of the most sought after real estate brokers in Alabama for site acquisition assignments due to her extensive knowledge of sourcing land, land ownership and her ability to negotiate with land owners. Additionally, she has an in-depth understanding of permitting, infrastructure and addressing environmental issues with both greenfield and brownfield sites.

Deborah’s select client list includes:

  • Auto Car
  • BL Harbert International
  • Daimler Real Estate
  • Hillwood, A Perot Company
  • Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
  • UAB Medical West & UAB Health System
  • Wood Fruitticher

Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University and a Masters of Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She currently serves as the President-Elect for the LA/MS/AL/NW FL Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and is a member of NAIOP, where she served on the National Board for six years. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and is an Advisory Board member of Truist. A demonstrated leader in the industry, she is also a nationally Certified Economic Developer and an instructor for real estate courses for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).