Kennedy Advisors -- problem solvers in all aspects of leases, owned properties, and Real Estate

About Kennedy Advisors

After 21 years providing comprehensive Real Estate services within global firms to Fortune 500 accounts, Loren Kennedy founded Kennedy Advisors in Raleigh in 2004, and Dave Bodart joined a year later. Their intent is to bring enhanced service to a broader base of clients, especially small and mid-size firms needing more than just "Finders" of space.

As tenant representative operating like management consultants, Kennedy Advisors consults, advocates and problem solves for any size client with real estate challenges, including office, industrial and land transactions. It distinguishes itself by also identifying and securing development incentives available through local, state and national government agencies.

Small Shop big difference

Many of the Triangles’ most creative real estate solutions are found in small, non-corporate companies”. Business Leader magazine “profiles two…leaders who have made it work
Craig Rowe- Business Leader magazine

Enlightened Tenant Representation

1. Client-controlled commission, our Guarantee of Value: You’ll have no out-of-pocket costs for our brokerage services, and based on pre-set criterion, you’ll determine the percent of market-standard payments we’ll receive from building owners. We’re compensated based on your perception of the value we’ve provided, and any remaining funds are applied towards free rent or other landlord concessions. Your satisfaction is the measure of our success!

2. Uncommon Support: Tenant Representation- We’re problem solvers in all aspects of leases, owned properties, and real estate you hope to control. As Tenant Advocates we have just one client – real estate users, not landlords. Absent a conflict of interest, we’re better able to understand your needs, generate additional leverage and secure your greatest value.

“Consultants in Broker’s Clothing” versus “Finding Space- KA is a zealous advocate of our client’s interests, even if it negatively affects our fee. We negotiate not only the obvious costs and concerns but also the subtle, less apparent aspects of transactions that can end up being more significant. We take our fiduciary responsibility very seriously.

With a data-driven emphasis, we provide businesses the information needed to make better decisions, and:

  • Negotiate better agreements
  • Secure government incentives and
  • Create opportunities for real estate to contribute to long term goals

Kennedy Advisors - a Small Shop Making a Big Difference!
David Bodart - Partner, Kennedy Advisors, LLC

Economic Incentives- We help identify and secure maximum support from city, county and state governments for relocations, expansions or investments…surpassing $185,000,000 for our clients to date. These incentives included loans, guarantees, sale leaseback's, graEcamples Include:With a data-driven emphasis, we provide businesses the information needed to make better decisions, and:

  • $4.3 million to retain a family entertainment venue within NC
  • $900,000 for 50 new jobs following a $3 million R&D investment
  • $6 million for a new 300 employee customer service center in Texas
We’ve also enhanced packages other resources had initiated.


You tripled the incentive package we had already negotiated
Confidential Pharmaceutical client


National Site Selection- in 20 states, including customer service centers, renewable energy facilities, manufacturing plants, headquarter offices and distribution centers.

Your approach is far superior to what I’d experienced with other brokers
John McKenney - CEO SEC Associates


If you are facing a decision about renewing your lease, or searching for new space, we can make life easier and provide the data and insight to make both strategic and tactical business decisions easier, and save you both time and money.

We’re problem solvers in all aspects of leases, owned properties, and Real Estate in the Carolinas you hope to control.

Kennedy Advisors Personnel


Loren Kennedy, President

Loren Kennedy

Speaker and Writer Loren has spoken to at a variety of educational and business forums including the Fuqua School of Business at The University of North Carolina, The PBS television affiliate in Charlotte, the Capital Roundtable at New York City’s Harvard Club, the featured speaker at a National Funding Association luncheon and the featured speaker at a National Association of Corporate Directors luncheon in Raleigh. He has also had articles published in the Association for Corporate Growth Newsletter and CFO Magazine.

Impact Investors - Loren and his wife Barbara have for the last fifteen years sought to invest in companies that could make a difference. The current portfolio includes two remarkable companies. One is BioGas Corp, a company with a proprietary technology that converts food waste and other organic waste into compost and renewable electricity. They have secured over $150 million in power purchase agreements from Duke Power and National Grid and have a strategic partnership with Caterpillar Finance and Kennedy Advisors. TechShop, Inc. an eight location and growing fully equipped shop and education center where members can come to learn how to design and build almost anything. TechShop partners include Ford Motor Company the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration, Arizona State University, BMW and LOWES Home Improvement.

Board and Other Leadership Positions

  • Director, BioGas Corp
  • Director, National Board of The Counselors of Real Estate
  • Member, Wake County Chamber of Commerce
  • Trustee, The Stetson Kennedy Trust
  • Past Chair of the Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate
  • Past President of the Raleigh/Durham Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth
  • Past Chair of the Raleigh Chamber’s Life Science & Technology Committee
  • Past Director Artspace

Prior Experience - includes Co-Managing Partner of Master Plan Advisors, Managing Director of Landauer and Associates, and CEO of Chicago Tradeline, Inc, .

Loren Kennedy is Past Chair the Carolinas Chapter of The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) He currently serves on the National Board of the organization. During his last term as Carolinas Chapter Chair, the chapter was awarded “The Chairs Award” for innovation with the Creative Thinkers Awards. The CTA has honored the thinkers in America who have changed lives with real estate having a fundamental role. Past honorees have included David Murdock, CEO of Dole Foods and Kyle & Patti Petty of NASCAR fame.




Dave Bodart, Partner

Dave Bodart

Joining KA in 2005 following 18 years of energy, facility and IT consulting, and implementation of related outsourcing solutions and business management, Dave provides both business savvy and broker experience. Especially adept at recognizing opportunities for businesses to capitalize during periods of rapid change, Dave creates compelling solutions to reduce clients’ operating and transactional costs. Savings consistently exceed 20% for organizations ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 100, such as Guidant, Crescent Resources, Sageworks, Johnson Controls, Inlet Technologies and The CE Group.

Representative work includes

  • A challenging assemblage of urban properties for use by a confidential client requiring an exceptionally detailed search and evaluation process in order to identify the most advantageous result
  • Advisory services for the selection of best-in-class legal, architectural and lab design resources and process standards for an owner working to creatively re-use a historical textile mill for professional office, performing arts and restaurant use
  • Joint development of a critical analysis of the relative economic impact for the local county and for the state resulting from Tweetsie Railroad’s potential expansion or relocation. This analysis impacted decisions on both potential site selection and public sector finance awards, and ultimately led to xxx in xxx

Prior Experience and Education - in Regional Management and National Business Development roles within GE Capital IT Solutions, Johnson Controls, Control Data Systems and several smaller businesses, Dave was primarily responsible for the solutioning, implementation and ongoing support of complex facility, IT outsourcing and related project services within client firms undergoing major change.

While maintaining client retention above 95% in the prior 10 years, he successfully crafted, negotiated and supervised delivery of service contracts exceeding $83 million, before joining The Staubach Company and then Kennedy Advisors. Leveraging this experience, Dave now assists clients throughout North Carolina with their space-related challenges.

Dave graduated from Hanover College in Indiana in 1977, and received his Masters in Psychology from The Ohio State University, where he taught for 3 years.

Community Support - A passionate woodworker, landscaper and remodeler, Dave initiated a Men’s Service Ministry supporting orphans and widows thru his church, and currently delivers broad services to improve the comfort and affordability for living single as a senior, with the goal of enabling them to remain safely and as long as possible in their own homes. Significant brokerage work is also provided to economically challenged associations and training organizations at greatly reduced or no cost.

Special gratitude to our family who keep our operation running:

Barbara Kennedy – Treasurer
Rebeccah Bodart – ISP Interface
Jenn Kennedy - Digital Producer
Sean Kennedy – Web Developer / Designer