Press Releases

March 12, 2024

ATLANTA – Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces the promotions of Thomas Savage and Cody Lolakis to Managing Director and Marcus Billie to Senior Associate within the firm’s Transaction Sciences Group. Led by Executive Senior Managing Director Clark Dean, the Transaction Sciences Group is composed of multidisciplinary consulting and brokerage experts who wrap real estate, finance, and consulting in science to spark innovation and help leaders structure better solutions.

“I’m proud to recognize the strong leadership and drive Tom, Cody, and Marcus demonstrate in everything they do,” said Dean. “Their teamwork, tenacity, and relentless curiosity have helped our practice become a natural extension of the executive teams we serve and will ensure that we continue creatively structuring solutions that help people flourish and organizations thrive.”   

Since joining Transwestern in 2013, Savage has been integral to the Transaction Sciences Group’s strategic advisory and national transaction capability, negotiating lease and purchase transactions totaling nearly $1 billion in gross value across the country. He has served on Transwestern’s Board of Directors and currently co-leads national and regional initiatives for the Transwestern Young Professionals (TYP) group.

From business consulting and portfolio strategy to financial structuring, Lolakis has developed a reputation for integrating sophisticated business modeling with transactional analytics to drive value for publicly traded companies, private equity backed businesses, and non-profit organizations. Since joining the Transaction Sciences Group in 2018, his capabilities in stochastic modeling and complex financial analyses have enabled clients to make confident, risk-adjusted business and real estate decisions.

Billie joined Transwestern in 2021 as Transaction Manager for one of the Transaction Sciences Group’s key national accounts, with a portfolio of over 275 locations. He has since expanded his role to serve the strategic and transactional needs of a wide array of clients, and in 2023, he received Transwestern’s National Newcomer’s Award. Billie is also a rising Atlanta civic leader, serving as board chair for Quest Communities and a member of Emerging 100 of Atlanta, a young professional auxiliary of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.

Beyond multi-market national account work for companies like BlueLinx and Randstad USA, the Transaction Science’s group’s notable recent accomplishments include transactions for Overtime Elite, TVS Architecture and Interior Design, NexGen Biobanking, Wellstar Health System, Open Hand Atlanta, and EAE USA, a Turkish-based manufacturer that established its North American headquarters and beach-head distribution hub in Atlanta last year.

“Transwestern’s Transaction Sciences Group is an invaluable resource for uncovering real estate opportunities by pushing past obstacles,” said Bruce Ford, Transwestern East Region President. “The expertise and creative thinking Thomas, Marcus and Cody bring to the company enable us to continually elevate client service.”

Transaction Sciences Group
The Transaction Sciences Group is a multidisciplinary consulting and brokerage team at Transwestern. This group works nationally, helping organizations thrive by structuring better real estate solutions. It wraps real estate, finance, and consulting in science to spark innovation and help leaders solve complex problems at the intersection of culture, function, and economics. Completing hundreds of transactions over the past decade, the team is known for helping build businesses, grow non-profits, and enrich communities across the country. 

About Transwestern Real Estate Services
Part of the Transwestern companies, Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) strives to add value for investors, owners, and occupiers across all commercial property types. Fueled by a holistic perspective of the real estate life cycle, agility and creativity are hallmarks of our approach, while vast national resources and sound market intelligence underpin customized recommendations and property solutions.

Four dynamic, integrated companies make up the Transwestern enterprise, giving us the perspective to think broadly, deeply and creatively about commercial real estate. Clients and investors rely on us for expertise that spans institutional and opportunistic investment, development, hospitality, and brokerage and asset services. Our award-winning, collaborative culture empowers team members with resources and independence to work across boundaries in pursuit of innovative solutions, reinforcing a reputation for service excellence that translates to measurable results. Through offices nationwide and alliance partners around the globe, we positively impact the built environment and our communities while fostering a work climate that champions career vitality for all. Learn more at and @Transwestern.

Media Contact:
Jaime Luckey

Thomas Savage

Managing Director

Atlanta, Georgia

(404) 842-6594

Cody Lolakis

Managing Director

Atlanta, Georgia

(404) 842-6640

Marcus Billie

Senior Associate, Transaction Sciences

Atlanta, Georgia

(404) 842-6530

Clark Dean

Executive Managing Director

Atlanta, Georgia

(404) 842-6568