Steve Navarro is President and CEO of The Furman Co., Inc. based in Greenville, South Carolina.  Steve oversees Furman’s three operating companies that specialize in Development, Investment Advisory Services, and Risk Management.  Founded in 1888, The Furman Co., Inc. has a long history of being instrumental in the recruitment and development of new business and industry to the region.  Through Steve’s leadership, and collaboration in both the public and private sectors, Furman has helped facilitate major changes to the real estate landscape across the Upstate.  In recognition, in 2019 Greenville Business Magazine again named Steve one of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential People and a permanent member of its Hall of Fame.


In addition, Steve represents and advises corporate, institutional, and high net worth individuals.  His advisory services extend to over 23 states and four countries, ranging from development projects, built to suit transactions, highest and best use analysis/implementation and acquisition and disposition of both leasehold and fee title.  Public sector experience includes advisory services for multiple municipalities and state and federal governments.  Until 2014 Steve Navarro was also owner and president, of CBRE | The Furman Co., the leading brokerage and management firm in the state of South Carolina.  In 2014 CBRE, Inc. acquired   CBRE | The Furman Co. and Steve transitioned to focus solely on the development, investment and risk management businesses of Furman.


The Furman Co. has represented and advised numerous major national and international corporations, including all of the top ten employers in the Upstate of South Carolina, as well as institutional investors and portfolio owners.  Public sector experience includes advisory services for multiple municipalities, states and the federal government.


Steve holds designations with the Counselor of Real Estate® (CRE), is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and was named a Fellow with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) based in London, England.

He is a lifetime Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a Governor for the ULI Foundation, a former member of the Global Governing Board of Directors, Jury Chair for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence, Chair for National Program Committee, Chair for Community Action Grant Committee and a member of the Hines Jury, a member of the Clemson University’s Advancement Board for Real Estate Development (ABRED) and past trustee of the Board of Directors for the Counselors of Real Estate® Foundation.  Steve is also co-founder and past vice chair of the Board of Directors of Ten At The Top (TATT), and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Furman University’s Board of Advisors.


Steve graduated from California State University-Fullerton, with major emphasis in Real Estate/Finance and a minor emphasis in Economics.