Plaza Associates, Inc. has been owned, operated and controlled by private interests since its inception 50+ years ago. The Plaza Associates name has been long recognized for some of the most successful commercial and residential properties in dozens of states across the country. Globally, Plaza Associates, Inc. interests reach from North America, South America, Italy, Dubai, New Zealand, Estonia and other international areas.

In addition to its leasing and management operations, Plaza Associates, Inc. developed and operates commercial business such as Kanki Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi, Maida Vale luxury residential community, Trilake Granite and Stone, and various other international business ventures.


Focused on the development and management of retail and mixed-use properties, Plaza Associates, Inc. leases and manages over 2.5 million square feet of commercial properties including major shopping centers, retail strip centers, office buildings and warehouse facilities. With leasing and management specialists, the Plaza Associates, Inc. team successfully represents a wide array of leasing opportunities. Our success is based on a team of relationship-driven, experienced professionals committed to personal attention and positive results.


Bobby Medlin has been a member of Plaza Associates team since 1990. Starting as the Tenant Coordinator and Operation Supervisor for Construction and Engineering. In 1995 he was promoted to Operation Manager and again in 1999 to Property Manager. With a background in managing, operating and construction of super-regional malls, lifestyle centers, retail out-parcels and office buildings, he is a valuable member of the team with responsibility for multiple properties throughout the Carolina's and West Virginia.

Bobby received his Shopping Center Management I & II in Tempe, Arizona from the International Council of Shopping Centers. He was president of the Raleigh Merchant Associates in 2000 and 2001. Active in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, he was a member of the Board of Advisors from 2007 to 2009 and a member of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 Bobby was voted Triangle Business Leader of the Year.


Connie joined Plaza Associates Inc. in March of 2009. She is responsible for all leasing and managing. Connie has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of shopping center management including permanent and specialty leasing, property management and marketing.

She began her career as a contracted employee handling multiple specialty leasing programs for multiple national shopping center developers for a variety of property types including regional malls, festival marketplaces, outlet malls and airports. 

From 2000 to 2007, she worked for Colonial Properties Trust where she managed strip centers followed by the permanent leasing of regional malls throughout the southeast. In 2007 she joined the leasing team at CBL & Associates Properties as a leasing manager adding to her experience with real estate investment trusts (REIT’s).

She earned a BSBA in Marketing from Central Michigan University and holds a Senior Certified Leasing Specialist designation (SCLS) from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Connie is a Real Estate Broker in North Carolina and is a member of ICSC.


Ellis joined Plaza Associates, Inc. in the spring of 2014. In this role he has primary responsibility for drafting, negotiating and managing the commercial lease portfolio for Plaza’s various commercial property holdings. He also provides a supervisory and support role for all of Plaza’s active litigation, which consists primarily of collections, creditor’s rights and personal injury defense. Ellis serves as corporate counsel for all of Plaza’s diversity corporate holdings and provides counsel on a variety of issues. Ranging from employment law, corporate formation and structure, collections, homeowners associations disputes and materialman’s liens.

Ellis graduated magna cum laude from NC State University with a Bachelors of Science in Economics. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, where he graduated with honors and was an active participant in the moot court program and was admitted to the Order of the Barristers. When not at the office, Ellis enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, traveling and supporting the NC State Wolfpack.