2018 In Charge – Real Estate


For the ninth straight year, the Post team has compiled In Charge, a compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top business, political and civic leaders. Among the more than 500 women and men on this list are numerous new faces. Here are the movers and shakers in the development and real estate sector.

Lewis Agnew — President, Chas. Hawkins Co.: Named leader of venerable area CRE firm in October 2016. Received the 2016 NAIOP Developing Leader Award for Middle Tennessee.

Allen Arender — Director of Development, Holladay Properties: Has helped Indianapolis-based Holladay create a presence in the Nashville market. After completing Starbucks project on Charlotte Avenue, has turned attention to Donelson Plaza shopping center with plans for a transit-oriented project.

David Bailey — Principal and Architect, Hastings Architecture Associates: Face (with William Hastings) of firm that is designing multiple large-scale buildings in the city, including a Hyatt hotel and a mixed-use tower, both in SoBro.

Austin Benedict — Senior Associate, CBRE: Has quickly established himself as one of the city’s go-to brokers for urban retail space. Was a key factor in the filling of the first-floor commercial spaces in Encore.

Doug Brandon — Managing Principal, Cushman & Wakefield: Veteran of the CRE trade who oversees strategic and day-to-day operations of entity that merged with DTZ in 2015. Previously worked at Smith Barney.

Ben Brewer — President, Elmington Capital Group: Teams with Cary Rosenblum (CEO) to lead company that in 2017 finished a major upgrade to the Hillsboro Village building home to the Hopdoddy and Altar’d State spaces. Company has started on its 153-unit apartment building Twelfth & Wedgewood in Edgehill.

Jim Caden — Developer and Investor: Gentlemanly land-use pro who led the evolution of M Street in The Gulch. Respected for his low-key approach. Looking to redevelop segments of ex-Gannett property and fomer Déjà Vu site.

Joe Cain — Director, Urban Development Department, Metro Development and Housing Agency: Straight-shooting urban development official who oversaw MDHA’s tapping of Ray Hensler and Eakin Partners, respectively, to handle high-profile Rolling Mill Hill projects. Leads new construction projects at the agency’s long-time subsidized residential sites.

Wood Caldwell — Principal, Southeast Venture: Arguably the face of a firm with many stars. Serves with Cam Sorenson and Tarek El Gammal in SEV’s development services division. Company is fully underway with its massive Silo Bend project in The Nations.

David Creed — President, Creed Investment Co.: Updating with fellow investors downtown’s The Pilcher Building. Hoping to break ground this year on 20-story mixed-use building in Midtown.

Mark Deutschmann — Founder, Village Real Estate Services: Started Village in 1996, focusing on older neighborhoods in Nashville’s urban core. Oversees Core Development, known for Werthan Mills Lofts. Company has more projects finished or underway in Wedgewood-Houston than any other developer.

Tim Downey — CEO, Southern Land: Leads company known for its Westhaven development in Franklin. Sold in 2014 its Elliston 23 for a then-record $287,000 per unit. Completion looms on SLC’s mixed-use Vertis Green Hills.

Ryan Doyle — GM, oneC1TY: Spearheading mixed-use oneC1TY, in which a residential building recently opened and work on a hotel looms. Former board chair of the Nashville Civic Design Center.

John Eakin — Chairman, Eakin Partners: Oversees with Barry Smith a company that has developed mixed-use mid-rises Roundabout Plaza, SunTrust Plaza and 1201 Demonbreun in The Gulch. Will break ground in spring on nine-story mixed-used building in Rolling Mill Hill.

March Egerton — Developer and Real Estate Investor: Teams with Dan Heller to undertake both new and adaptive reuse projects in East Nashville. The Wabash, the partners’ most recently completed building, is home to WeWork.

John Eldridge III — President, E3 Construction: Has established himself as the main developer of boutique for-purchase residential projects in transitioning urban McKissack Park area of North Nashville. Focused on Clifton Avenue and surrounding streets and has offered the area the alternative name City Heights.

Pat Emery — CEO, Hall Emery: The Spectrum | Emery founder teamed with Fred Hall to create new company in late 2017. Developing Franklin Park, a 71-acre, multi-building development in Cool Springs, and started last year work on Fifth + Broadway at ex-Nashville Convention Center site. Teams with David Wells and Clay Moss at company.

Jeff Estepp — Developer and Real Estate Investor: Focusing his energies on The Nations. Teamed with Dave O’Connell to develop mixed-use building home to 51N Taproom. Led retrofit of former church in The Nations that is now home to Corner Pub.

Gary Everton — Co-Owner and Founder, EOA Architects: Veteran architect skilled at recognizing rising young designers and hiring them. Actively involved in Leadership Nashville.

Gary Gaston — Executive Director, Nashville Civic Design Center: Principal contributor to “The Plan of Nashville.” Serves as a lecturer with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Studied urban design in Krakow, Poland.

Hunter Gee — Principal, Smith Gee Studio: Teams with fellow principals Fleming Smith III, Dallas Caudle and Greg Tidwell at architecture firm that has quickly emerged as a local power and that is noteworthy for employing a significant percentage of women.

Tony Giarratana — Principal, Giarratana Nashville: Nashville’s undisputed No. 1 high-rise developer completed sleek skyscraper 505 in 2017 in the CBD. Has developed five local towers of 200 feet tall or more. Also serves as Premier Parking co-owner with Ryan Chapman.

Jimmy Granbery — CEO, H.G. Hill Realty: Veteran behind company that has delivered tasteful mixed-use urban infill projects in 12South, Five Points, Green Hills, Hillsboro Village and Sylvan Heights. Unlike some members of the city’s old school development sector, has instituted forward-thinking design concepts and business models since 2000.

Chad Grout — Founder and Principal Broker, Urban Grout Commercial Real Estate: Oversees East Nashville-based boutique company focused strictly on marketing and selling properties located no more than three miles from city’s epicenter.

Hayne Hamilton — Nashville Office Senior Development Manager, Panattoni Development Co.: Teamed with brother Whitfield (partner) on development of Music Row building home to SESAC. Broke ground last year on Music Circle South office building.

Kim Hartley Hawkins — Co-Founding Principal, Hawkins Partners: Teams with husband Gary Hawkins to lead influential land planning and landscape architecture firm. Company now strongly focused on massive Nashville Yards project.

Michael Hayes — President and CEO, C.B. Ragland Co.: Ranks among city’s most admired advocates of progressive urban development. Spearheaded the landing of Asurion to Ragland’s SoBro building. Completed with Hines the mixed-use 222 2nd in SoBro and now focused on Hyatt hotel for ex-Listening Room site.

Jeff Haynes — Founder, Boyle Nashville: Oversees firm working with Northwestern Mutual to develop Capitol View in North Gulch. Company announced in 2017 Capitol View buildings for Healthstream and Hampton Inn.

Ray Hensler — Principal, Hensler Development Group: Known for $80 million, 23-story Gulch luxury condo tower Twelve Twelve. His Adelicia in Midtown ranks among the city’s most attractive tall buildings. Eyeing early 2020 start on Rolling Mill Hill residential tower.

Kem Hinton — Principal, Tuck Hinton Architects: Partners with Co-Principal Seab Tuck to oversee one of city’s most storied architecture companies. Firm slated to move this year from SoBro to May Hosiery Co-Op in Wedgewood-Houston.

Bill Hostettler — Principal Broker, HND Realty; Chief Manager, Craighead Development: Blunt-talking yet affable industry veteran (more than 37 years in the business) focused on developing reasonably priced condos and townhomes.

Michael Kenner — Owner, MiKeN Development: Focused on the city’s once-overwhelmingly working class west side, deploying an understanding of affordable housing issues and environmentally friendly methods. Finished last year mixed-use The Phoenix in The Nations.

Stephen Kulinski — Managing Director, CBRE: Assumed current role in 2015 after a 30-plus-year career as an architect, most recently with Gresham Smith + Partners. President of local NAIOP chapter. Company settled much-publicized lawsuit with local Colliers affiliate last June.

Ken Larish — CEO, The Mainland Companies: Leads company with a presence in both Nashville and Portland. Seeking to break ground this year on 30-story tower on SoBro roundabout. Company merged in early 2017 with retail-focused Hart-Redd.

Rob Lowe — Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield: Has participated in $739 million in investment sales and handled more than $943 million of leases while representing tenants and more than 3 million square feet of Class A office space for landlords.

Cary Mack — Co-Managing Partner and Co-Majority Owner, Southwest Value Partners: Teaming with Mark Schlossberg to undertake the massive mixed-use project Nashville Yards on downtown’s ex-campus of LifeWay Christian Resources. Based in San Diego but lives part-time in Nashville.

Bert Mathews — President, The Mathews Company: Community leader oversees development, acquisitions, financing and institutional/investor relations of all real estate marketing activities for The Mathews Company. Also a partner with Nashville office of Colliers International.

Steve Massey — Executive Vice President, CBRE: Joined company in 1985 and quickly established expertise as multi-family properties specialist in the investment field. Has been involved in deals with properties with more than $6 billion in collective value.

Thomas McDaniel — Director of Office Properties, Boyle Nashville: Oversees Nashville-area office portfolio that includes CityPark and Capitol View. Handles Boyle’s leasing, acquisition, development and tenant representation activities for office properties.

Dirk Melton — Development Director, MarketStreet Enterprises: Ex-Washington, D.C.-based CRE pro has been face of MarketStreet’s Gulch development efforts (think Thompson Nashville Hotel and Gulch Crossing).

Henry Menge — Managing Director and Principal Broker, Clearbrook Holdings Corp.: Leads firm previously known as XMi Commercial Real Estate and recognized for its Midtown and Medical District work.

Janet Miller — CEO and Market Leader, Colliers International, Nashville: Former Nashville Area Chamber ECD leader who moved to Colliers in July 2014. Soon after recruited several key team members and acquired retail-focused Vision Real Estate. Firm has relocated to 615 Third building in SoBro.

Dick Miller — CEO, President and Principal, ESa: Veteran architect, lecturer and author with noteworthy resume in health care facility design. Joined ESa in 1967.

Al Pramuk — Chairman and CEO, Gresham Smith & Partners: Assumed current role in January. Firm focused on its architect-of-record work on Fifth + Broadway and will contribute strongly to Nashville Yards. GS&P moved to 222 2nd in 2017.

Brian Reames — Senior VP and Regional Manager, Highwoods Properties: Oversees company that finished work last year on 30-story Bridgestone Americas Tower in SoBro. Highwoods teamed with Jim Caden to buy Gannett property in The Gulch for $55 million.

John Root — Founder, Root Architecture: Progressive architect whose company (stylized as “rootARCH”) each year elevates its status with noteworthy projects.

Floyd Shechter — President, SmartSpace: Leading the private-sector drive regarding inclusionary zoning to create more affordable housing. Successful redeveloper of larger old buildings. Re-signed Change Healthcare to Donelson-based Corporate Centre II.

Mike Shmerling — Chairman and CEO, Clearbrook Holdings Corp.: Has focused over the years on Midtown real estate. Opened with Tony Giarratana their Pearl Street Apartments in 2017, with the two friends also having partnered to development 1818 Church. Known for under-the-radar approach with company formerly known as XMi Holdings.

Barry Smith — Co-Founder and President, Eakin Partners: Combines with John Eakin to form respected duo. Former executive vice president and principal of the now-defunct Grubb & Ellis/Centennial Inc.

Warren Smith III — CEO, Avison Young: Ex-Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone CEO who now leads local office of Canadian-based power. Former partner and president of Mid-South Financial Corp. and ex-president and CEO of Q10 | Vista Mortgage Group. Company seeking to sell for clients multiple Gulch and SoBro sites.

Stan Snipes — Founder, Snipes Properties: Leads company that leases, manages and sells commercial real estate. Former senior advisor with Sperry Van Ness Investec and ex-XMi Commercial Real Estate president.

Andrew Steffens — Nashville Region Development Director, Alliance: Oversaw Phoenix-based company’s Broadstone 8 South in Melrose (completed in 2017) and 14-story apartment building 8th + Division, slated for a finish this year in The Gulch.

Tim Stowell — Managing Member, Corporate Real Estate Advisors: Significantly connected tenant rep who can see a lease or sale looming long before his peers. Equally effective in assessing CRE numbers and spotting trends.

Lizabeth Theiss — Vice President of Business Development, Crain Construction: A veteran of the local construction industry, having joined Crain in 2004. An expert at marketing, media relations and business development with a strong knowledge of place-making issues.

McClain Towery — President, Towery Development: Unassuming industry official with experience with projects located in or near 12South, Edgehill Village, The Nations and East Nashville. Part of Hyatt House hotel project now underway in SoBro.

Britnie Turner — Founder and CEO, Aerial Development Group: Her SoBro-based company is one of city’s most prolific single-family home developers. Now focused on North Lights development on West Trinity Lane.

Jay Turner — Managing Director, MarketStreet Enterprises: Company has helped transform the once-desolate Gulch into arguably the city’s most vibrant mixed-use district. Teams with Joe Barker and Dirk Melton.

Bo Tyler — Managing Director, JLL: Teams with co-Managing Director Tom Hooper to oversee the Nashville office of the national power. Joined JLL in late 2012 after a strong career at Eakin Partners.

James Weaver — Partner, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis: Major player in shepherding urban development projects and fundraising for Democratic political candidates. Representing Chicago-based Monroe Investments related to its planned River North development.

Jimmy Webb — Co-Founder, Freeman Webb Companies: Oversees with long-time friend Bill Freeman a company with approximately 450 employees and about 15,000 apartment units and 1 million square feet of commercial property under management in four states.

Ronnie Wenzler — Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield: Known for his work with the Sawtooth Building, BowTruss Building and The Sheds on Charlotte. Teamed with Holladay Properties’ Allen Arender in tasteful adaptive reuse of Geist site in North Capitol.

Aaron White — Principal and Co-Founder, Evergreen Real Estate: A co-founder of Core Development who later started Evergreen with Hunter Connelly. Company’s most recently finished projects include Archer at 12th in Edgehill and The Jenkins in Belmont-Hillsboro.

Tom White — Partner, Tune Entrekin & White: A go-to attorney on growth and development matters. Helped client last year move forward on Fairfax Flats apartment project after facing lawsuit from some Hillsboro-West End neighbors. Rarely loses a land-use case.

D.J. Wootson — Principal, Titus Young Real Estate: A potentially fast-rising star who is focused on North Nashville. His 1821 Jefferson mixed-use building offers 18 apartments and several retail spaces.

Manuel Zeitlin — Owner, Manuel Zeitlin Architects: Oversees a boutique firm involved in private homes, mixed-use buildings and interiors. Perhaps more than other local buildings that recently were completed, MZA’s Chelsea (located near 12South) draws wildly ranging opinions. Designing Moxy hotel in Hillsboro Village.

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