James M. Barnes 2020-10-16T16:46:03+00:00

James M. Barnes

James M. Barnes, SIOR

Executive VP

NAI Carolantic Realty, Inc.
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Career Summary

Jimmy Barnes is one of the top commercial real estate leaders in the Triangle with a primary focus on client development and consulting. With nearly thirty years of experience in the local market, Jimmy specializes in all areas of leasing and sales. He provides exclusive tenant, buyer, and landlord representative services to local businesses, large corporations, and financial institutions and investors. He frequently represents large office developments in Cary, Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park — closing more than $100 million of transactions, exceeding one million square feet, in recent years.

Jimmy is well respected among both landlords and tenants and often approached by the media for his opinion on the local market. Some of his notable clients include Duke Energy Progress, FAISON Capital Advisors, BB&T, Wells Fargo, and Campbell Law School.


Mr. Barnes was awarded a degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Select Client List

  • Campbell Law School
  • Duke Energy Progress
  • FAISON Capital Advisors
  • BB&T
  • Wells Fargo
  • CBC America Corp.
  • Weston Parkway TIC Group
  • Autism Society of North Carolina
  • Williams Realty & Building Corp.
  • CIII Capital Partners
  • JPB Holdings
  • Select Bank
  • United Community Bank
  • Towne Bank

Professional Designations

Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR): Office Specialist. The SIOR designation is awarded to individuals who have met rigorous requirements based on their outstanding knowledge of the commercial real estate industry, professional and educational background and adherence to ethical standards.  There are 3,200 active SIOR members in 686 cities and 36 countries, of which 108 are in North Carolina.

Professional Affiliations & Organizations

NAI Global: NAI Carolantic has been the Raleigh/Durham office for NAI Global since 1982. This organization enables us to assist clients in multi-market expansions or dispositions throughout the world. Mr. Barnes serves on the NAI Global Leadership Board as Vice Chair.

Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors (TCAR): An organization of licensed commercial real estate brokers, enabling members to advance their education and knowledge of issues impacting commercial real estate on local, state and national levels.

Appalachian State University Board of Trustees: Founding member and former Chair of the Appalachian State University Board of Visitors. Currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce: Member & Past Chair, Economic Development Board.

Boy Scouts Occoneechee Council: Board Member; Past Chair of the Friends of Scouting Breakfast event, Finance Committee Member.
Towne Bank: Member of Bank Advisory Board.


2012 National Commercial Award: Awarded in 2012 by the National Association of Realtors for outstanding achievement in the commercial real estate industry.
2011 Commercial Realtor of the Year: Awarded by the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors, this is the highest honor given by the association and indicates the recipient has the highest principles, dedication to the Code of Ethics of the Association and most importantly, has the principals of good real
estate practice.
Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors Frontier Awards: Million Dollar Sales Club in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2015. Million Dollar Office Leasing Club in 2005-2009 and 2011.

NAI Global Elite: Top performer by NAI Global based on production in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

NAI Global Deal of the Year: Presented in 2011 to the Special Assets team for selling over $600 million in notes for the year for a major NC bank.
NAI Global Eagle Award: Presented to the firm in 2010 and 2011 in recognition of performance that best exemplified the “Right Stuff”: a combination of leadership, capital and resources; commitment to quality; the desire and energy to grow; and share the NAI Global vision for excellence in commercial real
estate services.
CoStar Power Broker: Designated as a Power Broker by CoStar in 2004-2009, 2011 and 2013. Mover & Shaker: Presented by Business Leader magazine in 2009 honoring rising leaders in the Triangle.
Trailblazer Award: One of five awarded the Trailblazer Award in 2008 presented by Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors.
Best Professional Commercial Real Estate Service Award: Presented in 2007 by Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW). The award is given to an individual who provides the best professional commercial real estate service, with consideration for industry knowledge, leadership ability, negotiating skills, work ethic and creativity.

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NAI Global Member firms are owned and operated by local market leaders which means they have far more at stake than the average commercial real estate brokerage: as owner-operated firms their entire existence hinges on your total satisfaction and the strength of their relationship with you. As a result, our Members take your business personally.

At NAI Carolantic, you can be confident that your needs will be our top priority – not just our next assignment – because our Members’ success is entirely dependent on your success. Our seamless network with NAI Global offers over 180 brokerage and property management firms with 6,700 professional local market leaders around the world are completely committed to your needs. They are all actively managed to work cohesively in your local market or around the world, sharing their very best ideas with a singular purpose: exceeding your expectations to earn your business again and again.

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Call on NAI Carolantic when you need sales, leasing, property management, development, build-to-suit, facilities management,  asset management, receivership, consolidation, or investment services. Use our services with confidence.

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