• Tenant Representation
  • Pad Sites
  • Surplus Property Disposition
  • National Retail Chains
  • General Brokerage


Michael Thum is a Senior Vice President with The Retail Connection and has over 30 years of experience in retail commercial real estate.

Thum specializes in regional and national advisory for several well-known tenants. He currently represents Carter’s and Shoe Carnival in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and for Maurices his territory also includes Texas. Thum was an integral part of the team that handled the real estate strategy and expansion of Visionworks around the country; he was personally responsible for the rollout in Detroit, St. Louis and the expansion in Phoenix. The TRC Visionworks team has negotiated over 300 new store leases and renewals nationwide.

Another of Thum’s specialties is the disposition of existing pad site buildings. He was successful in selling several former Burger King locations for its parent company and he also disposed of over 15 former Long John Silver’s throughout Texas.

Thum began his professional career at the Weitzman Group in 1991 after graduating from Tulane University with a degree in finance. He is also a member of The International Council of Shopping Centers [ICSC] and heavily involved with ChainLinks.

Thum has been married to his wife Sherry for 30 years and has three sons.