Archives: Team

Kendall Shelton

Kendall Shelton is the Director of Marketing at Clarity TR. With a strategic approach and a creative flair, Kendall oversees the development and execution of comprehensive marketing initiatives that enhance Clarity TR’s brand presence and market position. Her leadership is characterized by a keen understanding of industry trends, a commitment to innovation, and a focus on achieving tangible results. With a proven track record in marketing and a passion for driving business success, Kendall Shelton is a key architect in shaping Clarity TR’s marketing strategies for sustained growth.

Kristina Carter

Kristina Carter is the Director of Finance and Lease Administrator with Clarity Tenant Representation. With her thorough expertise in commercial real estate and a deep understanding of leases, Kristina plays a pivotal role in optimizing financial strategies and ensuring meticulous lease administration.

Kristina’s proficiency extends beyond lease management, encompassing bookkeeping, reviewing operating expenses, and real estate taxes. Her keen eye for financial details and strategic thinking have consistently contributed to the success in the organization.

Kristina embodies a perfect blend of financial acumen, lease administration expertise, and a commitment to excellence that consistently drives success in her professional endeavors.

Monica Ramirez

Monica is the Office Manager with Clarity Tenant Representation. Adept in the role of Office Manager, Monica is passionate about streamlining operations and cultivating an environment where efficiency and collaboration flourish. With a focus on optimizing administrative processes and resource allocation, as well as facilitating seamless communication across departments, she stands as the operational backbone of the organization. Known for her exceptional organizational skills, she excels in creating efficient workflows that significantly contribute to the overall success of the team.

Beau Curtis

Beau is an Associate with Clarity Tenant Representation. With an unwavering passion for connecting businesses with their ideal commercial spaces, Beau is a driving force behind our commitment to serving small and medium-sized enterprises.

As a skilled outreach specialist, Beau fearlessly reaches out to potential clients, establishing meaningful connections and uncovering opportunities that align perfectly with their real estate needs. Through strategic lead generation, Beau ensures that no stone is left unturned when it comes to finding the best options for our valued clients.

Beyond the office walls, Beau’s dedication shines just as brightly. When not immersed in the world of real estate, you’ll find Beau in the gym, where the love for working out and boxing takes center stage. This commitment to discipline, hard work, and pushing personal boundaries mirrors the same spirit Beau brings to the world of tenant representation.

Beau received his B.S. in Real Estate at Virgina Tech.

Mike Layton

Mike is the General Counsel with Clarity Tenant Representation. With more than 15 years of firsthand legal expertise and a background as a business owner and operator, Michael possesses a distinct vantage point that enables him to adeptly address a wide spectrum of both legal and business challenges. His professional pursuits revolve around the realms of real estate development, alongside comprehensive engagement in real estate and business transactions.

He is an accomplished attorney with a proven track record managing teams and executing complex projects in both entrepreneurial and structured corporate environments. He has outstanding business acumen with an expertise in real estate, contracts and M&A. He is extremely ethical, and a strategic thinker with powerful communication skills. Michael negotiated business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and other business and real estate transactions of up to $30 million in value.

Christopher Lee

Christopher is the Director of Operations with Clarity Tenant Representation. Chris plays a pivotal role at Clarity TR by delivering comprehensive administrative oversight, encompassing a diverse array of responsibilities. These encompass but are not limited to, skillful management of intricate databases, meticulous handling of corporate licensing matters, and diligent upkeep of transactional paperwork records. His dedicated efforts stand as a linchpin in ensuring the organization’s operations flow seamlessly.

He’s a proud George Mason University alumnus, with an academic journey that has equipped him with the tools needed to excel in the dynamic landscape of administrative functions. His educational background serves as a testament to his commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.

Chirs resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife and 3 children.

Ashley Gagnon

Ashley is a Senior Associate with Clarity Tenant Representation. Ashley brings her expertise to Clarity TR, backed by several years of skillful project management experience. Her versatile background encompassing start-ups, studio production, and engagement in her family-owned business positions her as an asset across various facets of Clarity TR’s operations. This inherent adaptability significantly bolsters her capacity to seamlessly assist Clarity TR’s clients.

Ashley provides support to the brokerage and operations teams, helping to deliver an exceptional level of service to clients and a knack for excelling in fast-paced, outcome-driven environments that value personal connections. She’s tasked with overseeing client accounts, following up on leads, and helping to execute marketing strategies.

Having spent nine years in Colorado due to her husband’s active military duty, Ashley is no stranger to adaptability and resourcefulness.  This phase was characterized by the allure of high-altitude sunshine, exhilarating snowboarding escapades amidst the picturesque Rocky Mountains, and the delights of exploring local breweries.

From the time Ashley arrived in the D.C. area in 2021, she has delved into the diverse array of experiences the city presents. Her proficiency, along with her skill in engaging with clients, harmonizes perfectly with Clarity TR’s purpose and dedication to remarkable real estate undertakings.

When not serving clients, Ashley is also interested in…

  • Spending time with her husband and 2 daughters
  • Enjoying the Outdoors
  • Traveling to new countries

Jake Payne

Jake is a Partner with Clarity Tenant Representation. Jake is a dynamic professional whose journey from a successful football career in the NFL, XFL, and AFL to his current role at Clarity TR paints a picture of relentless dedication and unwavering commitment.

With a background deeply rooted in the world of competitive sports, Jake’s rise to prominence was fueled by an unparalleled work ethic, a steadfast focus on mastering the fundamentals, and an unyielding determination to give nothing less than 100% effort. These qualities that propelled him to thrive on the football field seamlessly transitioned into his role in commercial real estate, where he now serves as a beacon of excellence.

Drawing from his athletic foundation, Jake approaches his work with Clarity Tenant Representation with a zeal that mirrors his football days. Specializing in uncovering off-market opportunities, he employs the same vigor that helped him seize elusive chances on the field. Amid the towering giants of the commercial real estate landscape, Jake’s mission is clear: to champion the cause of small and medium-sized tenants who often find themselves overshadowed.

Having personally experienced the leap from Division-3 Shenandoah University to the grand stage of the NFL, Jake resonates deeply with the ‘underdog’ narrative. He knows that in the competitive arenas of both the D.C. real estate market and the NFL, missing out on opportunities is not an option. Every detail, every nuance, matters in ensuring that his clients stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the titans of their industry.

Jake thrives on equalizing the playing field for his clients, ensuring that they don’t merely survive but thrive amidst the cutthroat environment. His commitment to delivering results that go beyond expectations is unwavering, echoing his personal philosophy to leave no stone unturned.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Jake’s passions continue to reflect his multifaceted nature. When he’s not orchestrating deals and forging connections, you’ll find him channeling his expertise into coaching football—an activity that allows him to mentor and inspire the next generation. His competitive spirit extends to the golf course, where the same dedication that marked his football career comes alive in perfecting his swing. Amidst everything, Jake seeks solace in the embrace of family, valuing the moments he shares with his loved ones.

When not serving clients, Jake is also interested in…

  • Coaching
  • Golfing
  • Spending time with his family

Todd Sherbacow

Todd is a Partner with Clarity Tenant Representation. With over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, Todd’s unwavering dedication to aggressively advocating for his clients begins with a deep dive to understand their needs. Todd, then, educates clients about the market and provides a strategic approach to negotiations—from identifying the ideal space to negotiating the most favorable lease terms and navigating complex transactions. His objective is to secure the optimal outcome with the lowest cost.

Todd empowers tenants to make informed decisions and maximize their advantage in every transaction. Todd’s services do not end when a lease is signed, in tandem with helping clients find a great location he assists with the smooth transition into the new space.

His unique practice enables tenants to take into account all aspects of their physical workspace for cost savings and overall effectiveness. What is the client’s total cost of occupancy and how can it be reduced?

Todd is relentless in exceeding expectations as he builds solid relationships that speak to his decades of experience in tenant advisement and representation.

Education & Licenses:

George Washington University, B.A., Elliott School of International Affairs

Real Estate Broker’s Licenses – Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

When not serving clients, Todd is also interested in…

  • Spending time with his wife (Diana) and son (Jack)
  • Golfing
  • Boating

Jim Layton

Jim is a Partner with Clarity Tenant Representation. Since 2004, Jim has been specializing in commercial leasing, sales, and complex real estate transactions in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. market (DC, MD, VA – DMV), with a focus on tenant representation and private client sales. Because of his experience in both law and business, he brings a unique, multidisciplinary approach to a field that requires a broad range of expertise to be successful. Jim’s clients include law firms and lobbyists, technology firms, cannabis companies, healthcare providers, corporations, and consulting firms.

Jim’s practice includes office, retail, and industrial leasing and sales. Most recently, Jim has established himself as the preeminent broker in the DC Metro region for cannabis companies, having helped in the acquisition of dispensaries, processing facilities, and cultivation facilities.

Consistent with Clarity TR’s focus on local, DMV-area companies, Jim loves to work with entrepreneurs and understands what’s important to them. Jim was a co-founder of Northern Virginia’s first cannabis company and also recently co-founded the DMV’s first independent portable self-storage company, SpaceMaker Mobile Storage.

Perhaps most importantly, with his legal background, Jim brings superior transaction analysis and a keen sense of fiduciary responsibility to his role as a tenant rep broker.

Professional Affiliations/Accreditation

District of Columbia Bar Association, 1998 to present


MBA, Finance & Marketing, University of Maryland, R.H. Smith School of Business, College Park, MD

Juris Doctor, University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, AZ

BA, Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

When not serving clients, Jim is also interested in…

  • Boating with Sean
  • Kiteboarding
  • Raising a wild dog

Washington D.C. (Headquarters)

  • 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Suite 1030, Washington, D.C. 20006

Virginia Office

  • 4040 Wilson Blvd
    Suite 406 Arlington, VA 22203

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