About Us

Our Team


John Thornton

As Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Broker of Capital Real Estate Group, John Thornton provides strategic office space advisory services for Fortune 500, professional firms and emerging technology growth companies in Atlanta and in the U.S. He focuses primarily on helping companies reduce their office lease costs, solve their complex office space problems and strategize for future growth across their real estate portfolio.

Mr. Thornton brings to the table over 13 years of exclusive tenant representation experience; he is known for his unparalleled service to all of his clients, his attention to detail, and his ability to solve any real estate problem that a company may have. In his real estate career, Mr. Thornton has consummated more than 350 lease and/or sale transactions within the Metro Atlanta area and the United States.

Prior to founding Capital Real Estate Group, Mr. Thornton was a Vice President at CBRE, Inc. where he was in the Office Tenant Representation group for seven years and prior to CBRE, Inc. part of the Office Tenant Representation group at Colliers International for three years.
Mr. Thornton is married and attends Northside United Methodist Church. He is an avid golfer and loves the outdoors. He has coached both youth football and baseball at Northside Youth Organization. Additionally, he volunteers at The Westminster Schools as a member of the Young Alumni Board.

Professional Affiliations/ Accreditations

2019 Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Phoenix Award
Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR), 2008-2018
ACBR Million Dollar Club, 2008-2018
Terry College of Business, Young Alumni Board
The Westminster Schools, Young Alumni Board
Peachtree Battle Alliance, Board Member


B.B.A. in Real Estate, Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia
The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, GA


Bennett Gottlieb

As Founder and President of Capital Real Estate Group, Bennett Gottlieb delivers unmatched comprehensive and customized real estate solutions to his clients. Mr. Gottlieb’s consistent service, attention to detail, ability to forecast market changes and long-term perspective on client relationships regardless of size have established him as one of the top real estate advisors in Atlanta and the Southeast.

Mr. Gottlieb’s career started at CBRE, Inc. in 2008 as the firm’s top office brokerage recruit. Throughout his tenure, he has gained a deep understanding of the Atlanta office market and the complexities surrounding lease negotiation. Mr. Gottlieb has structured hundreds of lease transactions for both public and private companies, across virtually all industry sectors including non-profits, legal, financial services, technology, hospitality, automotive and manufacturing.
Bennett is an Atlanta native with a passion for athletics, the outdoors and music.

Professional Affiliations/ Accreditations

Mercer University Athletic Foundation, Board Member
Northside Youth Organization, Alumni Board Member
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, One Group Member


ACBR Million Dollar Club
2015 CBRE Rising Star


B.B.A. Stetson College of Business, Mercer University
Holy Innocents Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA


Wayland Swann

As Vice President of Capital Real Estate Group, Wayland Swann provides companies with exceptional real estate solutions through his strategic client-first approach. Mr. Swann’s deep understanding of tenants’ real estate requirements has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous transactions throughout Atlanta. He concentrates on renewal negotiations, expansions, relocations, consolidations, and sublease services for his clients.

Mr. Swann’s career started at Hailey Realty Company where he focused on office tenant and landlord representation. Throughout his time there, he gained tremendous knowledge of the Atlanta office market. Mr. Swann has fulfilled real estate needs for a variety of industries including but not limited to financial, technology, hospitality, real estate development, legal, medical, advertising, professional counseling, and investment companies.

Mr. Swann is an Atlanta native. He attends Christ the King Church and enjoys golf, the outdoors, music, and volunteering with The Shepherd Center & The Covenant House.

Professional Affiliations/ Accreditations

Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR),
Young Council of Realtors


B.B.A. in Finance, The University of Mississippi, School of Business
St. Pius X Catholic High School, Atlanta, GA