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For 24 years, native Charlottean Mr. Gibson L. Smith, Sr., traveled throughout the Southeast managing and leasing real estate for Belk Stores as Director of Real Estate. In 1964, at age 50, Mr. Smith resigned from Belk to form Gibson Smith Realty Company, a commercial real estate company serving Charlotte and the surrounding area. The Charlotte Observer reported that Mr. Smith’s resignation was “accepted reluctantly” by department store magnate Mr. John Belk. Mr. Smith served as President of Gibson Smith Realty Company until 1982. Upon his retirement in 1988, Mr. Smith sold the company to a group of his key, long-term associates. Now, more than 50 years after Mr. Smith started the business, the company is led by H.P. “Smitty” Smith and John Jones, two partners who are committed to Mr. Smith’s founding philosophy: Absolute integrity combined with the highest standards of professionalism. Since 1964, Gibson Smith Realty Company has been one of the most respected commercial-investment real estate firms in the Carolinas – one synonymous with success. Doing business throughout the Southeast, the company has earned a well-deserved reputation as a leader in the sale and lease of commercial-investment real estate and land for private investors, tenants, landlords, partnerships and corporations.