Michael E. Griffin
Senior Managing Director
Savills Studley Occupier Services
Michael (“Mike”) E. Griffin is a Senior Managing Director for Savills Studley Occupier Services, a worldwidecompany known for its consistent deliveryof a full range of integrated real estate services across the globe. Mike joined Savills Studley in 2015 upon its acquisition of Vertical Integration, the Florida-based real estate solutions firm that Mike joined upon his graduation with a Business Administration, B.S. degree from the University of South Florida in 2003. Through his consultative, client-centric approach to tenant representation, particularly for multi-market accounts, during his career, Mike has completed commercial real estate transactions totaling more than 5.5 million square feetacross the globe for a diverse occupier clientele ranging from Fortune 500 companies to all levels of government entities. In the last few years alone, Mike spearheaded efforts resulting in cumulative savings to his clients in excess of $60 million and provided advisory services on over 220 million square feet of leased and owned facilities.
Complementing his professional experience, Mike is well-known for his civic endeavors. Mike is the immediate past Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce (“GTCC”) and was recognized as it’s youngest Chairman in the more than 130 year history of the organization. He began his involvement with the GTCC when he served as a charter Co-Chair of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay (formerly known as Emerge Tampa). He also chaired the GTCC’s Government Efficiency Caucus, charged with identifying cost-saving opportunities within local government, after having graduated from Leadership Tampa (Class of 2004).
Beyond his Chamber service, Mike has made his mark at his alma mater, initially servingtwo terms asStudent Body President and as the charter student member of USF’s Board of Trustees. As an alumnus, Mike hasserved as the founding Chairman of USF’s Financing Corporation that oversees the bond financing for USF system projects. Under Mike’s leadership, financing transactions valuing more than $1.2 billion closed, resulting in more than 1.8 million square feet of projects, ranging from residence halls to sophisticated medical research buildings and office space. Thereafter, Mike chaired the national USF Alumni Association,and presently, serves on the USF Foundation Board of Directors and the INTO-USF Board of Directors, a Public-Private-Partnership (P3) focused on the strategic recruitment of international students to USF.
Transcending his servant leadership to the GTCC and USF, Mike, an Eagle Scout, serves on the Executive Board of the Gulf Ridge Council for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida (Class XXVI), and in 2017, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Tampa Port Authority/Port Tampa Bay Governing Board. Mike is also Vice Chairman of the Rays 100 – a group of business and community leaders focused on keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the community through the development of a new ballpark. As a result of such significant leadership and civic engagement,Mike has received commendations from Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and Howard University, and is a recipient of the Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University. Additionally, he is the inaugural recipient of the GTCC’s Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award, and in 2007, was USF’s Young Alumnus of the Year. Mike was also one of the youngest named in Florida Trend’s 50th Anniversary Issue as one of Florida’s 50 World Changers, and recently, was recognized by the Tampa Bay Times as one of the top 25 most influential business leaders in Tampa Bay, a Power 100 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and by Maverick PAC as a Future 40 national leader in business and public policy. Mike also obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
Above all, Mike cherishes spending time with his wife Melanie, son Maverick and Golden Lab Molly.