NAI Realvest
1800 Pembrook Drive
Suite 350

Orlando, Florida United States 32810
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Director of Retail Services

Specialties:  Investment, Retail

Scope of Service Experience

Mez R. Birdie is Director of Retail Services at NAI Realvest. His focus and specialization is in retail, restaurant and shopping center services; which include brokerage, leasing, site selection, build-to-suit, tenant representation, surplus, receivership, expert witness and management services.

Background & Experience

Prior to joining NAI, Mez was Senior Vice President - Acquisitions & Portfolio Management for National Retail Properties (NYSE: NNN), a REIT specializing in retail properties and traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He has 24 years of hands-on experience in the field of commercial property/asset management, leasing and brokerage. At National Retail Properties, he was involved in the acquisition and portfolio management activities of over 425 retail properties located in 40 states, serving 110 retail tenants and concepts. With the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Mez teaches educational courses and is involved in writing the “Marketing & Leasing of Retail Properties” course. He has also written articles for the Journal of Property Management and given multiple presentations at IREM, CCIM and ICSC annual conventions. Mez has been a past president of IREM’s Central Florida Chapter and was named as CPM of the Year in his Region and Chapter. He was selected to serve on a team of CPM’s and CSM’s to create an IREM publication called Income & Expense Analysis-Shopping Centers. Mez has been inducted into IREM’s “Academy of Authors”.


Mez earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Embry Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL

Professional Associations & Designations
  • CCIM Institute - CCIM designation
  • Institute of Real Estate Management - CPM designation
  • International Council of Shopping Centers - CRX and CSM designation
  • National Retail Tenants Association - NRTA, Founder's Award
Transaction History

Mez has successfully closed large transactions with Institutional clients such CalPERS, Principal Financial, Chicago Transit Authority, Wells Fargo and others. He has negotiated brokerage and leasing transactions with several national retailers and restaurateurs such as; Walmart, Barnes & Noble, CVS, Walgreens, Academy, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Pier 1, Ashley, Dollar Tree, O'Reilly, Winmark, Food Lion, Haverty's, Ross, Captain D's, Wendy's, Burger King, Denny's, Golden Corral, IHOP, TGI Friday's, Yum Brands and other prominent retailers.