About The Gurus

James Thomas Garner is an Entrepreneur, Published Author, & Commercial Real Estate Shark Committed to Excellence.

A Central Florida native, James received his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University with a focus on sales management and entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in commercial real estate, James served as a marketing consultant in Nanjing, China before landing in New York City. While there, James worked in a business to business capacity for Ingersoll Rand helping to coordinate new construction projects coming up in the city, while also starting his own marketing and small business consultation firm.

After leaving a mark on Manhattan, James set his sights on Tampa Bay, where he embarked on his real estate journey with Marcus & Millichap. At Marcus & Millichap, James is dedicated to helping investors and principals in the disposition and acquisition of commercial retail properties. In partnership with James Medefind, James Garner has been an integral part of building Medefind Retail of Marcus & Millichap. Based in Tampa, Florida, Medefind Retail is a group of multi-tenant and single-tenant retail specialists who focus their attention on assets in the Southeastern United States. Having transacted and valued over $1 Billion worth of shopping centers and net-leased properties, Medefind Retail focuses on advising real estate investors through their hold period in order to maximize value and return.

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Mr. Garner, specializing specifically in the restaurant net-leased sector, has unmatched tenacity when it comes to performing for his clients. Always a student of the business, James strives to be a leader in industry knowledge and an expert in restaurant net-leased properties. Prior to his focus on single-tenant net-leased food service assets, James had a focus on multi-tenant shopping centers across Florida markets, which has given him significant insight  and expertise across the two product types.


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Jim Shiebler is an executive chef with an unrelenting hunger to be the best in the industry of restaurant real estate investments.

Jim Shiebler is a Private Investment Property Broker in the Ft. Myers office of Marcus &
Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. He focuses his expertise on Multi-Tenant Retail and Single Tenant Net Lease Restaurant properties throughout Florida. As a specific market and product type skilled professional, Jim specializes in the acquisition, disposition and exchange of investment grade retail properties throughout the entire state of Florida with a particular expertise in the Southwest Florida region. After having
previously held a variety of prestigious executive positions operating hotels, resorts,
casinos and restaurants, Mr. Shiebler joined the Tampa office in March of 2016. Mr. Shiebler transitioned to commercial real estate investment sales to leverage his
comprehensive understanding of retail properties. As a former restaurant owner and
operator, he brings unique perspective to his work on behalf of investors.

He experienced immense success as an operator and also as an instructor at several of the nation’s finest culinary academic institutions and fully appreciates the rewards and challenges business owners face on a daily basis. His food & beverage expertise and Southwest Florida market knowledge provide him with a unique skill set to advise clients to maximize their return on investment. These services include, but are not limited to, advisory, underwriting, valuation, sale and acquisition strategies for investors and developers. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Jim is married, has two daughters and resides in Estero. Outside of work, Jim enjoys family time, traveling, sports and fitness.

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Together, the pair is unstoppable. Fully aligned, their philosophy is in relationships; they truly believe in Win-Win scenarios. For that reason, James and Jim consistently serve as true advisors to all clients and owners of retail properties. Even if there is no immediate business to be had, James and Jim go above and beyond to offer an unbiased perspective on your investment situation to help you execute on an investment strategy in whatever capacity that makes the most sense for you. Both are passionate, persistent, and strive to inspire their clients to make critical long term investment choices. As a part of Medefind Retail, James and Jim aim to integrate a culture that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation allowing for both personal and professional growth for their entire team, which translates to harder work and higher net proceeds for their clients.


For more information on how James Garner and Jim Shiebler can help you with your commercial real estate investments or restaurant net-leased properties, contact either of them directly or visit:


Where you can learn more about James Garner and Jim Shiebler, their Brokerage Team, and how together they can help you with your long-term investment strategy today.