2021 Atlanta 500: Real Estate

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Atlanta 500 real Estate 2021
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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

 

Atlanta 500 Lucy Aiken-JohnsonLucy Aiken-Johnson
Founding Partner
ai3

As a founding partner of ai3 in 2004, Lucy Aiken-Johnson has helped lead the firm to more than 40 awards for architecture, interior design, and product development. The firm has designed more than 50 restaurants and clubs around Atlanta. Aiken-Johnson also helped establish the Day One Workshop, a vision session developed to listen deeply to clients’ stories and imagine the possibilities. A practicing interior designer since 1994, Aiken-Johnson is known for her ability to discover stories deeply informed by the client’s vision and articulate design solutions by telling the meaningful stories behind them.

Education: Auburn University
Hometown: Tucker, Georgia
Why I chose this work: My AP art teacher recommended the Studio Op Design Program in Auburn’s school of architecture. I’m fortunate my passion for storytelling has aligned to make this a lifelong career.
First job: Chick-fil-A, North DeKalb Mall
Toughest challenge: Being the youngest and only woman in the room


Atlanta 500: Jordache K. AveryJordache K. Avery
Principal and Owner
Xmetrical

Jordache Avery is the founder and sole principal of the architecture firm Xmetrical, which specializes in high-design residential/multifamily and commercial urban infill development. Avery’s homes have consistently been selected to appear in the architectural tour associated with the annual Atlanta Design Festival, and many of his projects have been highlighted in both print and digital media. Avery is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the American Institute of Architects; in 2017 his Overbrook project was a finalist for AIA Atlanta’s residential design awards. Avery serves on the governing board of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School in Grant Park.

Education: Florida A&M University
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
First job: Youth mentor at a summer camp
Why I chose this work: I’ve loved buildings and cities since I was a kid. My father was a city planner and brought home plans of things to come.
Favorite special occasion restaurant: Kevin Rathbun Steak


Atlanta 500: John Bencich

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John Bencich
Founding Principal
Square Feet Studio

With his wife, Vivian, John Bencich is the founding principal of Square Feet Studio and an architect with over 20 years of experience designing new uses for old buildings. He’s been an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University, and performed years of volunteer work with the American Institute of Architects, serving as Atlanta chapter president in 2012. The Virginia native’s work has been recognized by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Urban Land Institute, International Interior Design Association, and American Institute of Architects.

Education: Georgia Tech
Best advice received: Do what you say you are going to do, do the work well every time, and clients will come.
Hobbies: Flatwater kayaking, backpacking, hiking, biking
Bucket list: Hiking along the Via Dinarica in Croatia


Atlanta 500: Vivian Bencich

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Vivian Bencich
Principal
Square Feet Studio

Vivian Bencich and her husband, John, founded Square Feet Studio in 2001 with the desire to seamlessly combine interior design and architecture in one distinctive practice. A registered interior designer with a background in architecture, Bencich strives in her work to honor the relationship between interior design and the larger context of a building’s history and urban environment. A skilled listmaker and confirmed Luddite, the North Carolina native enjoys guiding clients through the design process with determination, passion, and humor.

Education: Vanderbilt University, Georgia Tech (MArch)
Hidden talent: I’m pretty good at ping-pong.
Hobbies: Yoga
Favorite travel destination: Nantucket or Paris
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Kimball House and now Watchman’s


Atlanta 500: G. Niles Bolton

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G. Niles Bolton
Chairman and CEO
Niles Bolton Associates

G. Niles Bolton is chairman and CEO of Niles Bolton Associates, a professional design firm founded in 1975. Headquartered in Atlanta, with an additional office in Washington, D.C., NBA has completed projects in 49 states and 16 countries. Bolton, who served in Vietnam with the Army Corps of Engineers, spent 10 years on the Georgia Board of Architects & Interior Designers. He’s a director and past chair of the Buckhead Coalition and an emeritus trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and remains highly involved with local community organizations and various national professional associations.

Education: Georgia Tech
Hobbies: Photography, travel, hunting, fishing
Favorite book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Bucket list: Machu Picchu


Atlanta 500: Jodi Borges-Bradley

Jodi Borges-Bradley
Managing Director, Principal
IA Interior
Architects, Atlanta

As managing director of IA Interior Architects’ Atlanta office, Jodi Borges-Bradley focuses on the overall client experience, ensuring team and resource alignment to enable creativity, innovation, and growth. Since joining the firm in 2018, she has added value by establishing streamlined processes and connectivity, with notable clients including the Georgia Department of Revenue, Salesforce, Bank of America, and commercial real estate firms such as CBRE and Banyan Street Capital. Borges-Bradley is also active in CREW Atlanta, a professional organization for women in commercial real estate, and served as the chapter’s president in 2020. In 2020 she was also honored as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women Who Mean Business.

Education: University of Georgia
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
First job: Summer camp counselor
Why I chose this work: I have always been moved by my environment and felt a drive to create more appealing and functional spaces for others. It’s not about solving a puzzle of needs and numbers but making space feel like a destination.


Atlanta 500 David Dymecki

David Dymecki
Principal and Managing Director, Atlanta Office
Perkins and Will

As managing director of Perkins and Will’s Atlanta office, David Dymecki leads a staff of 150 working across numerous practice areas and disciplines: architects, landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers, and branded-environments specialists. Dymecki’s experience spans more than three decades, with a specific focus on the programming, planning, and design of athletic and recreation projects. The Philadelphia native has lectured, written, and presented on a variety of topics, from athletic and recreation master planning to design guidelines and trends to facilities renovation.

Education: Washington University, Princeton University (MArch)
First job: Following graduation, spent five years working for Michael Graves Architecture & Design
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Great place to exercise, relax, and spend time with my wife.
Bucket list: Learn how to fly-fish and enjoy the outdoors in the South


Atlanta 500: William H. Harrison

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William H. Harrison
Founder
Harrison Design

At age 12, Bill Harrison began working as a draftsperson in an architect’s office every summer and on Saturdays—so by the time he entered Georgia Tech, he was already more than familiar with the first year’s architecture curriculum. Harrison continued his education touring the architecture of the masters in Europe and the Americas, and the tenets of classical architecture remain evident in every project undertaken by Harrison Design, the firm he founded in 1991.

Education: Georgia Tech
First job: Drafting for Macon architect Hank Dixon
Hidden talent: I’m an award-winning dancer!
Favorite travel destination: Italy
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Chastain Park
Who’d play me in a biopic: Chris Cooper


Atlanta 500: Suzanne Kasler

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Suzanne Kasler
Principal
Suzanne Kasler Interiors

Suzanne Kasler, principal of Atlanta-based Suzanne Kasler Interiors, believes a room “should be collected, not decorated.” She incorporates the personal collections of her clients with fine art, antiques, contemporary pieces, and custom-designed furniture. Kasler’s interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, and Veranda, and in 2009 Rizzoli published her first book, Inspired Interiors. In 2008 Kasler launched a line of furniture for Hickory Chair and a collection of lighting for Visual Comfort. Her style has been interpreted into a line of rugs with Safavieh, fine art with Soicher Marin, accessories with Ballard Designs, and fabric with Lee Jofa.

Education: University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Hobbies: Avid collector


Atlanta 500: Robert J. Maricich

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Robert J. Maricich
Chairman and CEO
International Market Centers

Robert Maricich is chairman and CEO of International Market Centers, which he was instrumental in creating: As CEO of World Market Center Las Vegas, Maricich helped raise over $1 billion to purchase a spate of showroom properties in High Point, North Carolina, merging them into a single entity that’s the world’s largest operator of showroom space for the furnishing, home decor, rug, and gift industries. In 2018 IMC acquired AmericasMart Atlanta, creating the world’s largest permanent marketplace in these industries.

Education: Montana State University
First job: I drove an ice cream truck—one of those that went through the neighborhoods—ringing a bell and selling ice cream.
Inspiring person: Teddy Roosevelt
Notable achievement: American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame (2020)


Atlanta 500: Bobby McAlpine

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Bobby McAlpine
Architect, Founder, and President
McAlpine

Envisioning home as a timeless, graceful, and emotionally evocative place, Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. He founded his firm in 1983 and has designed homes for clients around the world. Today, with offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and New York, the McAlpine firm comprises an eclectic family of architects and interior designers. Bobby McAlpine has authored four books, including the bestselling 2010 The Home Within Us and 2017’s Poetry of Place.

Education: Auburn University
Hobbies: Raiding Europe for antiques and artifacts
Favorite travel destination: Lake Martin, Alabama
Bucket list: Bali
Who’d play me in a biopic: Colin Firth


Atlanta 500: Lew Oliver

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Lew Oliver
Owner and Principal
Lew Oliver

Lew Oliver is an Atlanta-based urbanist, master planner, and designer with more than a decade of experience advancing New Urbanism and residential design. The principal of his eponymous firm, Oliver is a preferred design consultant of the renowned New Urbanist firm DPZ; he was instrumental in the design and development of downtown Woodstock, Vickery Village, and Serenbe, and has worked on scores of other projects nationally and internationally. Oliver designs with each community’s values, vernacular, and climate in mind.

Education: Georgia Tech
Hidden talent: I love building sandcastles.
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Inman Park
Charities: Sierra Club, Wesley Glen Ministries, Congress for the New Urbanism
Bucket list: Eastern Europe, Morocco, Iceland
Who’d play me in a biopic: Bradley Cooper


Atlanta 500 Matthew Quinn

Matthew Quinn
Principal
Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio

Matthew Quinn is the co-owner and principal of Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio and the Matthew Quinn Collection boutique showroom. He and his firm have worked with renowned designers and architects throughout the world. Finding inspiration through his frequent travels, Quinn narrates each design, working with designers, architects, homeowners, and craftsmen. His current product lines are designed with Art for Everyday, AKDO, Francois & Co., La Cornue, Julien: Home Refinements, MTI Baths, Sun Valley Bronze: Reveal Designs, and Hafele America. He has published Quintessential Kitchens by Matthew Quinn: Volume One and Quintessential Kitchens and Spaces by Matthew Quinn: Volume Two. In 2020 Quinn opened the second location of Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio in the new Nashville Design Collective in Tennessee.

Education: University of Florida, Art Institute of America
First job: Dishwasher
Toughest challenge: The recession
Charity: Project Open Hand


Atlanta 500: Janet Simpson

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Janet Simpson
President
tvsdesign

As the third president to serve tvsdesign in its 50 years, Janet Simpson is implementing new programs to empower more voices and encourage new ideas around servant-leadership, young leaders, and the company’s culture and values. In two decades as a workplace interior designer, Simpson spearheaded three “career-building” projects: the recent 400,000-square-foot renovation and consolidation of Fiserv’s headquarters in Alpharetta, the new headquarters for Mattress Firm in Houston, and the first Cox headquarters building at the Perimeter in Atlanta.

Education: Auburn University
Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama
Notable achievements: Staying in the same profession I got my degree in! How many people can say that these days?
Hidden talent: In the role of president, I’ve been able to apply design thinking to business strategy, which has been transformational for the company.
Why I chose this work: It was either architecture or law, and I decided I’d be happiest creating environments that make people feel good.


COMMERCIAL CONTRACTORS

Atlanta 500: Chris Bontrager

Chris Bontrager
Atlanta Business Unit Leader
DPR Construction

Chris Bontrager joined DPR Construction in 2000, filling multiple operations and management roles before being named leader of the Atlanta Business Unit in 2016. Bontrager has more than 24 years of construction industry experience and has been in the Atlanta market since 2000. He’s responsible for leading overall business operations, development, and sales efforts in Atlanta with a focus on DPR’s core markets, including construction in higher education, commercial office, advanced technology, healthcare, and life sciences. DPR’s portfolio of work ranges from large-scale new construction to small tenant improvements and special projects.

Education: Auburn University
Hometown: Gadsden, Alabama
First job: Working for my family’s residential construction business
Best advice received: Your priorities in life are balls that you juggle every day. Some of the balls are made of glass, some are made of rubber. You must decide which of your priorities are glass and which are rubber. You drop a glass ball, it’s gone forever. Drop a rubber ball and it will bounce back.


Atlanta 500: Doug Davidson

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Doug Davidson
Chairman and CEO
New South Construction

Atlanta native Doug Davidson is chairman and CEO of New South Construction, which he founded in 1990, and which has grown into one of Georgia’s most respected construction firms. Davidson was Associated General Contractors president in 2008 and Construction Education Foundation president in 2001. New South’s current projects include Atlantic Yards, a two-building office complex overlooking I-75/I-85 at Atlantic Station; Emory University’s new Rollins School of Public Health, Building III; Pace Academy’s Lower School addition; and Isakson Living’s luxury 55-and-over community at Peachtree Hills Place.

Education: Auburn University
First job: Pike Nurseries
Best advice received: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Hobbies: Golf, boating, and skiing
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Truist Park


Atlanta 500: Albert G. EdwardsAlbert G. Edwards
Founder and Managing Director
Corporate Environmental Risk Management

Albert G. Edwards is the managing director of Corporate Environmental Risk Management, a regional engineering, environmental, and program management firm that he launched with the late Marcus L. Reese in 1995. Edwards’s responsibilities include chairing CERM’s management committee and providing day-to-day leadership and strategic direction to its business management, project delivery, and client management functions. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Edwards has helped organizations throughout the country manage environmental, engineering, infrastructure, and capital projects. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a quartermaster officer and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Education: Mississippi Valley State University, Southern Polytechnic State University (MBA)
Hometown: Prichard, Alabama
First job: Army Corps of Engineers summer student assistant in high school
Toughest challenge: Imposter syndrome
Favorite travel destination: Alaska
Notable achievements: First college graduate in my family, CERM’s Job Shadowing Program (20+ Years), U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Construction Firm of the Year (2020), PSMJ A/E/C Building a Better World Award (2019), ACEC Engineering Excellence National Recognition Award (2018)


Atlanta 500: R. Randall Hall

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R. Randall Hall
President and CEO
Batson-Cook

Randy Hall is president and CEO of Batson-Cook, where he combines a knowledge of construction honed over three decades with the relationships he’s developed during 15 years in management roles within the company. The Millbrook, Alabama, native leads the firm’s strategic planning, business development, preconstruction services, and construction operations. Hall became president of Batson-Cook in 2012 and CEO the following year. He’d served previously as senior vice president and general manager of both the West Point and Atlanta regional offices.

Education: Auburn University
Notable achievements: Past president of the board of directors of Associated General Contractors of Georgia (2016), member of the executive board of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction
Hobbies: Cycling, golf


Atlanta 500: Michael HatcherMichael Hatcher
President and CEO
Sovereign Construction & Development

Michael Hatcher is the president and CEO of Sovereign Construction & Development, which specializes in commercial interior renovations and construction management. Hatcher, who founded the firm in 2007, brings a wealth of experience related to integrated project delivery and collaborative construction practices, and believes construction should be a vehicle for innovation and a platform for inspiration.

Education: Morehouse College, Georgia Tech (MS, PhD)
Why I chose this work: Construction is the most creative profession in the world and I always wanted my talents expressed on the canvas of the built environment.
What I’d tell a secret graduate: If you have an entrepreneurial idea, do it. Do not hesitate, and have no doubt.
First job: Shoveling snow in New Jersey
Hidden talent: I am a grill master.


Atlanta 500: Thomas Holder

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Thomas Holder
Chairman and CEO
Holder Construction

Thomas “Tommy” Holder joined Holder Construction in 1976, filling various positions in operations and management before being named chairman and CEO in 1997. Holder Construction is a national commercial construction services firm consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 contractors. The company works in both the public and private sectors and is experienced in corporate headquarters, commercial office buildings, and data and technology centers, among others. Clients have included UPS, the Coca-Cola Co., and Emory University.

Education: Georgia Tech
Notable achievements: Past chair of the board of Kennesaw State University, member of the boards of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the College of Charleston
First job: Pumping gas at BP
What I’d tell my 18-year-old self: Take full advantage of your education.
Inspiring person: My dad, Robert Holder


Atlanta 500: Dan Kaufman

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Dan Kaufman
East Region President
JE Dunn Construction

Dan Kaufman began his career at JE Dunn (formerly R.J. Griffin) in 1997 as a project engineer, working his way up to division manager by 2007. Under his leadership, the Atlanta South Division of R.J. Griffin completed over $523 million worth of construction projects and planted seeds in markets that helped bolster the company through the global economic downturn. In 2010 Kaufman was promoted to president of JE Dunn’s East Region, comprising offices in Atlanta, Savannah, Tampa, Charlotte, and Nashville.

Education: University of Florida (MA)
Favorite TV show: 60 Minutes
Favorite travel destination: A little island in Belize: Cayo Espanto
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Date night with my wife at the oyster bar at Ford Fry’s the Optimist
Bucket list: Run a 100-mile trail race in under 30 hours


Atlanta 500: Meredith Leapley

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Meredith Leapley
Founder and CEO
Leapley Construction

In 1999, at age 26, Meredith Leapley came to Atlanta from Washington, D.C., and founded a commercial contracting firm in a city where she had few professional connections. Now one of Atlanta’s top interior general contractors, Leapley Construction reaches over $85 million in annual revenue and serves clients including Coca-Cola, Kaiser Permanente, and Norfolk Southern. In 2016, Investopedia named the firm one of its Top Five Women-Owned Businesses in Atlanta, and Meredith Leapley was recognized as a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Education: University of Maryland
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Best advice received: Believe! I could not have built Leapley without believing in the vision.
Bucket list: To share my story and bring more connections, ideas, and inspiration to others
Who’d play me in a biopic: A 40-something Diane Keaton


Atlanta 500: C. David Moody

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C. David Moody Jr.
CEO
C.D. Moody Construction

C. David Moody Jr. founded C.D. Moody Construction in 1988. Now one of the U.S.’s largest African American-owned construction companies, Moody’s firm has appeared every year for more than two decades on Black Enterprise magazine’s list of the nation’s top 100 black-owned industrial/services companies. The firm has undertaken more than 150 commercial projects valued at over $2 billion, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center, and the Maynard Jackson International Terminal.

Education: Morehouse College, Howard University
Inspiring person: My grandfather James Moody Sr., who came to America at 17 in 1901 from British Honduras. He knew no one here. I admire his courage and thirst for education.
Toughest challenge: Overcoming the trauma of childhood sexual abuse
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Stone Mountain Park
Charities: Boy Scouts, Chris 180, Morehouse College, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy


Atlanta 500: Brent ReidBrent Reid
CEO
Winter Companies

Brent Reid is the CEO of Winter Companies—the parent of Winter Construction, which does commercial building, and Winter Environmental, which works on abatement, sustainability, and decontamination projects. Reid joined in 1984 as a project engineer and has worked in a variety of capacities, opening an office in Denver and helping create Winter Environmental. He took over as head of Winter in 2001; in 2009, Reid and the other members of the senior management team purchased the former owner’s full interest, and Reid has continued as CEO since.

Education: Georgia Tech, University of Chicago (MBA)
Notable achievements: Leadership Atlanta class of 1998, emeritus board member of Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, past chair of the Council for Quality Growth, treasurer of the Midtown Alliance


Atlanta 500: Rob Taylor

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Rob Taylor
President
Brasfield & Gorrie

Rob Taylor built his entire career at Brasfield & Gorrie, opening the Atlanta office in 1984 and helping the firm establish a strong reputation in the market. Even after a host of successful projects—including the Georgia Dome, Georgia Aquarium, 12th & Midtown, and SunTrust (now Truist) Park—he remains passionate about working with his teams, supporting them when they face challenges, and bolstering their efforts, commitment, and desire to excel.

Education: Auburn University
Best advice received: From high school coach Jim Cavan: “No substitution for hard work. Hard work can overcome lack of talent.”
Hobbies: Golf, hunting
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Charities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Make-A-Wish Foundation


Atlanta 500: Chondra Webster MyersChondra Webster Myers
President
WEBMyers Construction

Chondra Webster Myers is president of WEBMyers Construction, the largest woman/minority–owned interior general contractor in Georgia, specializing in commercial interiors. Since founding the business in 2015, Myers has grown it into an enterprise that generates more than $10 million annually, with clients including Grady Health System, Kaiser Permanente, and Walgreens. A native of Inglewood, California, Myers has more than 25 years of industry experience, and previously held leadership positions at H.J. Russell & Co. and Leapley Construction.

Education: California State University, Los Angeles
Lesson learned: Protect your children at all times.
Hobbies: Traveling, bowling, tennis
Favorite travel destination: Spain
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: My bed
Who’d play me in a bio pic: Sanaa Lathan or Tiffany Haddish


COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERS

Atlanta 500 David BirnbreyDavid Birnbrey
Chairman and Co-CEO
The Shopping Center Group

David Birnbrey is chairman and co-CEO of the Shopping Center Group, an Atlanta-based retail real estate service provider with 22 offices throughout the U.S. He is responsible for strategic planning as well as the overall management of the brokerage operation. Birnbrey began his career in 1980 as a general commercial real estate sales and leasing associate specializing in industrial properties, joining TSCG in 1984. A member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Commercial and Retail Development Council of the Urban Land Institute, he’s a frequent contributor to media platforms including CNBC and Fox News and speaks regularly to industry and civic groups.

Education: University of Georgia
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Notable achievements: Along with the rest of our management team, I’ve been involved in the construction and perpetuation of a 35-year-old company that has survived and thrived through numerous economic cycles.
Inspiring person: My father, and the best advice I ever received is everything he ever said.


Atlanta 500: Richard BowersRichard Bowers
President and CEO
Richard Bowers & Co.

Richard Bowers is president and CEO of Richard Bowers & Co., one of Atlanta’s premier privately held commercial real estate firms, which engages in the leasing and sale of office, industrial, retail, land, and investment properties. Since its 1980 founding, the company has continued its growth by adding affiliate companies to satisfy emerging and global commercial real estate needs: RB Management currently manages 75 properties, and Facilitec and Office Interiors specialize in interior architecture, interior design, and building architecture. Bowers has personally completed over 1,800 requirements throughout metro Atlanta, amounting to more than 17 million square feet of space either leased or sold.

Education: United States Military Academy, Georgia State University (MBA)
Hometown: Decatur, Illinois
Toughest challenge: Attending West Point


Atlanta 500: Chris Carter

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Chris Carter
Founder
Vantage Realty Partners

Chris Carter began his commercial real estate career in 2001 with Cartel Realty, concentrating on in-town urban Atlanta: assembling land, repositioning buildings, and representing various groups in their acquisitions and dispositions of investment, retail, and office properties. With Gene Rice, Carter founded Vantage Realty Partners in 2007. Through its deep-rooted community involvement, Vantage has developed a reputation for being one of the top commercial brokerage and investment firms in Atlanta’s urban core, with a passion for historical preservation, proper urban planning, and promoting arts and nonprofit organizations.

Education: College of Charleston
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Toughest challenge: The dynamic of parenting a severely retarded, nonverbal eight-year-old child. It’s been my greatest challenge and absolutely my greatest reward, as it’s truly enlightened me to what’s important in life.


Atlanta 500: John Ferguson

John Ferguson
President, Southeast Division
CBRE

John Ferguson is president of the Southeast Division of CBRE, which he’s led since 2011. Ferguson oversees operations in Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, and Savannah, and is the primary relationship manager for CBRE’s joint-venture offices in Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to his presidency, Ferguson served as the executive managing director for the Southeast, and before that as market leader for CBRE’s Atlanta office, where he was responsible for the activities of more than 500 professionals across the full spectrum of the company’s business lines. Ferguson has three times received CBRE’s President’s Award, recognizing his outstanding performance as Atlanta market leader.

Education: University of Georgia
Hometown: Athens, Georgia


Atlanta 500: Robert S. Mathews

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Robert S. Mathews
President and CEO, Atlanta Office
Colliers International

Bob Mathews has been CEO of the Atlanta office of commercial real estate firm Colliers International since 2004. Colliers Atlanta has more than 70 brokers, 280 employees, and 107 million square feet under management, generating more than $3.3 billion in annual transaction volume. Mathews served six years in the U.S. Army after college graduation, then joined the personnel consulting and recruiting firm Lendman Associates. He entered the commercial real estate field in 1984 with a job at Portman Barry, joining Colliers International in 1991.

Education: North Georgia College and State University, University of Southern California (MS)
Notable achievements: Reserve Officers Training Corp Hall of Fame (2016), Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Silver Phoenix Award (2012), Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Realtor of the Year (2009)


Atlanta 500: John F. Oneill

John F. O’Neill III
President, Central Region
Cushman & Wakefield

John F. O’Neill III is the President of Cushman & Wakefield’s Central Region. The Atlanta native also serves on the firm’s global advisory board. O’Neill has been involved in several major transactions, including InterContinental Hotels Group, Carter’s, Primerica, and Graphic Packaging International. He’s a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and is active in the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Woodruff Arts Center, and Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Education: College of Charleston, University of Georgia Terry College of Business (MBA)
First job: Cutting grass
Hobbies: Sports with my three sons
Favorite travel destination: Ireland
Bucket list: Africa with my family


Atlanta 500: Michael J. Sivewright

Michael J. Sivewright
Market Director
JLL

As market director for JLL’s Atlanta region, Michael Sivewright provides overall leadership focused on supporting existing client accounts, developing new business opportunities, and enterprise management across all service lines. Sivewright has more than 25 years of real estate experience with a strong focus on transactions, development, corporate outsourcing, and large-portfolio oversight. Previously he was chairman of the Jones Lang LaSalle Banking Industry group and leader of Jones Lang LaSalle’s corporate real estate relationship with Bank of America, representing a staff of more than 900.

Education: University of Kentucky
Board memberships: Chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Leadership Council, member of the executive committee of the Buckhead Coalition and boards of Central Atlanta Progress, Midtown Alliance, Woodruff Arts Center


Atlanta 500: Pamela J. SmithPamela J. Smith
President and CEO
Smith Real Estate Services

Following a 20-year career in retail with CBRE, Ray Uttenhove joined SRS Real Estate Partners in 2005; as executive vice president, she leads the Atlanta office and serves on the company’s board of directors. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Uttenhove is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and serves on the boards of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia State University Foundation. She’s past chair of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and former president of CREW Atlanta.

Education: Rutgers University, New York University (MPA), Georgia State University (MS)
Best advice recieved: Always have a plan B.
Toughest challenge: Successfully extricating myself from an abusive marriage. The life lesson I learned was that I would rather be happy and single than married and miserable.
Charities: Atlanta Victim Assistance, Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program), Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunities Project


Atlanta 500: T. Dallas SmithT. Dallas Smith
President and CEO
T. Dallas Smith & Co.

T. Dallas Smith is the president and CEO of T. Dallas Smith & Co., which since its 2007 founding has grown to be the largest African American–owned pure tenant representation firm in the country, having effectively negotiated projects nationwide exceeding $15 billion in value. Smith began his career in commercial real estate in 1982, working under Thomas W. Tift at Atlanta Air Center Realty; in 1989 he became the first African American broker at Cushman & Wakefield of Georgia. In 1995 he joined the African American–owned construction and management firm H.J. Russell. In 2020 Smith was appointed to the board of regents of the University System of Georgia.

Education: Georgia State University
Notable achievements: Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Realtor of the Year (2018), Atlanta Business Chronicle Most Admired CEO (2017)
First job: Dishwasher at Steak ’n Shake on Old National Highway in College Park
Few people know: I was born a comedian. Everyone knows I spend a lot of time enjoying a good laugh, but what they don’t know is that I actually performed as a comedian for 15 years. No joke!


COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SPONSORS

 

Atlanta 500: Chris AhrenkielChris Ahrenkiel
Executive Vice President
Selig Enterprises

As an executive vice president at Selig Enterprises, Chris Ahrenkiel leads the firm’s office division, with a focus on activating many of Selig’s land holdings with office developments. His current efforts include the development of 1105 West Peachtree, Atlanta’s largest office building under construction. Ahrenkiel also sits on the firm’s investment committee and focuses a substantial amount of time on community and civic engagement. In 2017 he graduated Leadership Atlanta and remains actively involved. In 2015 he was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 and is consistently recognized on the publication’s list of Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate.

Education: University of Georgia, Georgia State University Robinson College of Business (MBA)
Hometown: Dortmund, Germany
Notable achievements: Leadership Atlanta class of 2017, Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 (2015)
First job: Selling encyclopedias door-to-door in Upstate New York and Pennsylvania


Atlanta 500: David Allman

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David Allman
Founder and Chairman
Regent Partners

David Allman is owner and chairman of Regent Partners, an Atlanta real estate investment and development company that has developed or acquired more than $2.5 billion in real estate assets—including the $500 million, 2.2 million-square-foot Concourse Complex and the Sovereign, a 50-story mixed-use project in Buckhead and the tallest building to be built in Atlanta in 25 years. An Atlanta native, Allman is active in numerous real estate, civic, and ministry initiatives, and has been in the commercial real estate business since 1980.

Education: Dartmouth College
Notable achievements: Founding chairman of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, past chairman of the Atlanta District Council of the Urban Land Institute, member of the board of councillors of the Carter Center
Charities: Opportunity International Nicaragua


Atlanta 500: Steve Baile

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Steve Baile
Chief Development Officer
Selig Development

As chief development and operating officer, Steve Baile oversees Selig Development’s commercial and mixed-use development platform. With Selig since 2014, Baile is recognized as one of Atlanta’s leading developers, with a dossier accounting for more than 4.5 million square feet of commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use developments and acquisitions. Notable projects include the Plaza Midtown, 1010 Midtown, and the multiphase, mixed-use 12th & Midtown initiative. Baile’s ventures represent more than $2.5 billion in the Atlanta region since 2004.

Education: Auburn University
Hidden talent: I love to tinker and fix things. My kids think I can fix anything (a little preemptive propaganda hasn’t hurt).
Hobbies: Golf, travel
Favorite movie: The Outlaw Josey Wales
Who’d play me in a biopic: Younger Clint Eastwood


Atlanta 500: Ambrish Baisiwala

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Ambrish Baisiwala
CEO and Chairman
Portman Holdings

As CEO, Ambrish Baisiwala is responsible for the management and profitability of Portman Holdings. Bringing two decades of global real estate experience to the job, he oversees operations including real estate development, investment, and capital raising in the U.S., China, India, and South Korea. In 2020, Portman Holdings added two business platforms: Portman Residential and Portman Industrial. Prior to joining Portman, Baisiwala was development director of Aldar Properties in Abu Dhabi, responsible for a portfolio in excess of $30 billion. Previously he was development manager for the Greater Union Organisation, and has held senior positions with Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and the Tata Group.

Education: University of Rajasthan, Melbourne Business School (MBA)
Board memberships: Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Central Atlanta Progress, Zoo Atlanta Leadership Council, Urban Land Institute Livable Communities Council


Atlanta 500: Vivian Baxter Barnes

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Vivian Baxter Barnes
Chief Financial Officer and Operating Officer
Ackerman & Co.

Vivian Barnes joined Ackerman & Co. in 1996. She directs asset and property management services, financial services, and day-to-day operations, overseeing the financial administration of the company, its developments, and the properties it manages. Barnes began her career in commercial real estate and financial services more than 25 years ago. Prior to joining Ackerman, she managed financial services for commercial, retail, industrial, and construction projects with Carter and Cushman & Wakefield.

Education: Georgia Southwestern State University
Hometown: Dawson, Georgia
Why I chose this work: I enjoy my diverse job responsibilities and the ever-changing dynamics of commercial real estate.
Inspiring person: Charles Ackerman
Toughest challenge: Surviving the loss of my 24-year-old son


Atlanta 500: James R. Borders

James R. Borders
CEO
Novare Group

James R. Borders is CEO of Novare Group, an Atlanta-based real estate investment and development company. Borders began his career as an attorney with Atlanta firm King & Spalding. In 1992, he founded the predecessor to Novare Group; since then the firm has developed more than 16,000 multifamily residences in 50 communities, including 39 high-rises in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh, and Tampa. Novare Group’s Atlanta developments include the SkyHouse communities, Atlantic House, Twelve Hotels, the Biltmore, SouthLawn, and numerous high-rise condominiums.

Education: Georgia Tech, University of Georgia Terry College of Business (MBA), University of Georgia School of Law (JD)
Notable achievements: Novare Group has been recognized with two Urban Leadership Institute Project of the Year awards and three Projects of Excellence.
Board memberships: Buckhead Coalition, Midtown Alliance, Central Atlanta Progress, Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures, Tanner Medical Foundation, Georgia Tech Foundation


Atlanta 500 Matt BronfmanMatt Bronfman
Principal and CEO
Jamestown

Matt Bronfman is a principal and the CEO of Jamestown. He joined the company in 1998 as general counsel, and in 2002 was named managing director and chief operating officer. Bronfman became CEO in 2012. He’s led the acquisition, redevelopment, and oversight of more than $20 billion of real estate, including Chelsea Market in New York and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. Bronfman also serves as board president for the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, which supports nonprofits to help make cities more enjoyable places to live and work. He has been recognized as a leader in the industry and is a recipient of the Real Estate Roundtable President’s Circle Award.

Education: Tufts University, Northwestern University (JD)
Inspiring people: Jamestown chairman Christoph Kahl and my father, Alan Bronfman, who taught me: Real estate is all about location, location, location . . . don’t forget the second one.
What I’d tell my 18-year-old self: It’s better to be tired than bored.
Favorite Atlanta podcast: How I Built This


Atlanta 500: Colin Connolly

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Colin Connolly
President and Chief Operating Officer
Cousins Properties

As president and CEO of Cousins Properties and a board member, Colin Connolly is responsible for the business’s new investments, dispositions, asset management, market leadership, development, and operations. He joined Cousins in 2011 as senior vice president, became senior vice president and chief investment officer in 2013, executive vice president and chief investment officer in 2015, and executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2016. Prior to joining Cousins, Connolly worked at Morgan Stanley as an executive director and, before that, vice president.

Education: Washington and Lee University, University of Virginia Darden School of Business (MBA)
Favorite book: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Favorite destination: Any beach
What I’d tell my 18-year-old self: Have a plan but write it in pencil not pen so you can make changes.


Atlanta 500: Mark Dishaw

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Mark Dishaw
Principal
Trammell Crow Co.

As a managing director for Trammell Crow’s Atlanta Business Unit, Mark Dishaw is responsible for sourcing and overseeing new industrial development and investment opportunities throughout the greater Atlanta market. Since joining Trammell Crow in 2013, Dishaw and his team have developed approximately 2.3 million square feet. His expertise includes development, acquisitions, asset management, construction management, marketing, and financial analysis. During his 30-year career, Dishaw has managed the development, leasing, acquisition, and property management of more than 18 million square feet of commercial real estate valued at $700 million. Dishaw previously served as director of industrial development at MeadWestvaco and chief operating officer of Republic Property Co.

Education: University of Connecticut
Notable achievements: Dishaw is a member of NAIOP and the 2012 class of Leadership Charleston.


Atlanta 500: Jeffrey S. Fuqua

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Jeffrey S. Fuqua
Principal
Fuqua Development

Jeffrey S. Fuqua is the cofounder of Fuqua Development. He was previously a board member, partner, and president of the Sembler Co., where—in his 24-year tenure—he developed more than 14 million square feet in over 80 projects valued at $4 billion. During Fuqua’s time at Sembler, the Atlanta Business Chronicle named the company a Top Developer for 11 consecutive years starting in 2000. Its major real estate projects in Atlanta include the Prado, Town Brookhaven, Edgewood Retail District, Lindbergh Plaza, Perimeter Place, and Lenox Marketplace. In Florida, Fuqua developed Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens and Boynton Town Center in Boynton Beach. Fuqua has served on the boards of the Perimeter Community Improvement District and the DeKalb Police Alliance.

Education: University of Denver


Atlanta 500 Jack N. HalpernJack N. Halpern
Chairman
Halpern Enterprises

Jack Halpern is chairman of Halpern Enterprises, where he has been employed since 1978. The family-owned business leases, manages, and develops shopping centers as long-term investments. An Atlanta native and a graduate of the Westminster Schools, Halpern has served as chairman of the board of the Epstein School, chairman of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and cochair of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and is active in numerous other nonprofits. Halpern and his wife, Lynne, have three children and five grandchildren.

Education: Harvard University, University of Georgia School of Law (JD)
Why I chose this work: After practicing law for three years, I received an offer from my father, Bernard Halpern, to become in-house counsel at our family’s company. Unfortunately, my father died two years later, and I had to assume greater responsibility. Real estate proved to be a great way for me to apply both my legal training and analytical skills, and with the help of talented colleagues, our family has been able to build upon the solid foundation that my father created.


Atlanta 500: Jim Irwin

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Jim Irwin
President
New City

As president of New City, Jim Irwin directs the company’s real estate development and consulting operations as well as new business pursuits. Over the course of his career, Irwin has been responsible for nearly $700 million of new investment nationwide. Prior to founding New City in 2016, Irwin was senior vice president at Jamestown, leading the development of Ponce City Market—one of the largest and most significant historic renovations then underway in the U.S.

Education: Dartmouth College, Emory University Goizueta Business School (MBA)
First job: Worked in a bike shop
Favorite travel destination: Oregon
What I’d tell my 18-year-old self: Take more art classes


Atlanta 500: Robin Loudermilk

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Robin Loudermilk
President and CEO
The Loudermilk Cos.

Robert C. “Robin” Loudermilk Jr. is president and CEO of the Loudermilk Cos., an asset-based real estate development, investment, and management company. Prior to founding LCO, he served as president, CEO, and director of the retailer Aaron’s, and before that worked for Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services and Stratton Construction. An Atlanta native, Loudermilk is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. Currently chairman of the Atlanta Police Foundation, he also founded the Buckhead Alliance, a public safety organization.

Education: University of Alabama
Board memberships: Genuine Parts Co., Shepherd Center, Buckhead Community Improvement District, Midtown Alliance
Why I chose this work: To follow my passion for changing real estate in Atlanta
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing

 


Atlanta 500: Egbert L. J. Perry

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Egbert L.J. Perry
Chairman and CEO
Integral

Egbert L.J. Perry, a native of Antigua and Barbuda, is chairman and CEO of Integral, which he cofounded with a mission to “create value in cities and (re)build the fabric of communities.” A community development, commercial real estate, and construction professional since 1979, Perry spent the 1980s and early ’90s helping grow an Atlanta real estate and construction company into the nation’s third-largest African American–owned business. Since its founding in 1993, Integral has become respected for its expertise in affordable, workforce, luxury, and mixed-income housing, often as components of master-planned, mixed-use, and transit-oriented developments.

Education: University of Pennsylvania (MS), Wharton School (MBA)
Notable achievements: n 1990, Perry was the 11th graduate in the University of Pennsylvania’s history to be named to the Gallery of Distinguished Engineering Alumni.


Atlanta 500 Michael PhillipsMichael Phillips
Principal and President
Jamestown

As a principal and the president of Jamestown, Michael Phillips is a driving force behind celebrated adaptive-reuse developments including Chelsea Market in New York, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. He’s nationally recognized for his creative leadership and his ability to build distinctive urban communities. The Atlanta native is the vice chair of the James Beard Foundation and sits on the boards of Friends of the High Line and the Real Estate Board of New York.

Favorite travel destination: Paris
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Floataway Cafe
Charities: James Beard Foundation


Atlanta 500: Norman Radow

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Norman Radow
CEO
The RADCO Cos.

When he established the RADCO Cos. in 1994, Norman Radow’s vision came from a lifelong passion to improve both neighborhoods and people’s lives. RADCO’s first project was the redevelopment of a distressed 53-story hotel, office, and condominium tower that later became the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Prior to founding RADCO, Radow was a real estate litigation, workout, and transactional lawyer. As chairman of the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees, he oversaw the expansion of the 33,000-student university in metro Atlanta. The campus doubled in size during his 13-year tenure, with the addition of $500 million in new buildings that Radow helped finance and develop. Radow is currently a member of the New York Law School Board of Trustees. RADCO is one of the largest apartment owners in Atlanta and one of the leading private capital companies of its kind in the country. Radow also writes a blog, Coffee (and Real Estate) with Norm!


Atlanta 500: H. Jerome Russell Jr.

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H. Jerome Russell Jr.
President
H.J. Russell & Co.

As president of H.J. Russell & Co. and Russell New Urban Development, H. Jerome Russell’s focus is on the firm’s strategic direction and new business development. Over his more than 25-year career, Russell has experience with beverage distribution, consumer marketing, banking, construction, and real estate, which has led him to his current role as the lead owner over the $250 million real estate portfolio and chairman of the newly formed Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE). In 1997, he was named to the board of Citizens Trust Bank, and was part of two successful mergers taken on by Citizens Trust Bank. He’s a member of the Urban Land Institute, Atlanta Rotary, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Tiger 21, and the board of councillors of the Carter Center.

Education: Georgia State University
Board memberships: Citizens Trust Bank Loan Committee chairman, West End CID, Metro Atlanta YMCA, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Historical Society, Central Atlanta Progress, Concessions International, Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, H.J. Russell & Co.


Atlanta 500 Michael Russell

Michael Russell
CEO
H.J. Russell & Co.

Michael B. Russell became CEO of H.J. Russell & Co. in 2003 and also serves as vice chair of its sister company, Concessions International. He worked for Portman Architects for three years after graduating from college. Russell has spent most of his career with H.J. Russell & Co., serving in a variety of executive and nonexecutive positions such as cost estimator, project manager, business developer, and division VP. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the four major divisions within the company (construction, program management, property management, and development), which is recognized as one of the largest Black-owned construction and commercial real estate companies in the country. The Atlanta native has been involved in the construction industry in one way or another since his youth.

Education: University of Virginia, Georgia State University Robinson School of Business (MBA)
Inspiring person: My father, Herman J. Russell
Notable achievements: Past president of the Association of Builders and Contractors of Georgia


Atlanta 500: Tim SchragerTim Schrager
Founder and CEO
Perennial Properties

Tim Schrager is the CEO of Perennial Properties, an Atlanta real estate development and property management company he founded in 1988. Meeting what Schrager saw as a need for quality housing choices in older neighborhoods with deteriorating rental stock, Perennial Properties has focused on infill development in gentrifying areas, specializing in high-end apartment projects with street-level retail. In three decades, Schrager and Perennial have been responsible for the development of numerous multifamily communities, as well as multifamily and retail mixed-use developments, in Georgia and Florida. Perennial also owns and operates Midtown Bowl.

Education: University of Southern California
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
First job: Picking weeds and digging ditches for irrigation
Hobbies: Art collecting, visiting art museums and galleries
Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite travel destination: New York City


Atlanta 500: Mark Toro

Mark Toro
Managing Partner
North American Properties, Atlanta

Mark Toro’s passion is in creating smarter built environments. As managing partner at North American Properties, he’s overseen the repositioning of Atlantic Station, development of Alpharetta’s $1 billion Avalon project, and redevelopment of Colony Square. In a career that now spans four decades, he has delivered more than 25 million square feet of commercial developments, working with the vast majority of communities in metro Atlanta. Since founding the North American Properties Atlanta office in 1996, Toro has led the development of more than $3.1 billion and 9.4 million square feet of traditional retail and introduced the “experiential community-focused” model for mixed-use development.

Education: Rutgers University
Hometown: Belvidere, New Jersey
Toughest challenge: Not everyone sees the world the way I do. Learning and respecting their viewpoint is critical.
First job: Gas station attendant at age 14
Favorite TV show: Everybody Loves Raymond
Charities: City of Refuge
Bucket list: Visit Japan


Atlanta 500: Lisa M. Ward

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Lisa M. Ward
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Core5 Industrial Partners

At Core5 Industrial Partners, Lisa Ward’s chief responsibilities include business development and capital deployment in the southeastern U.S. Over her 25-year commercial real estate career, Ward has overseen more than 30 million square feet of industrial investment sales and leases for a total market value of over $1 billion. Since 1997, she has consistently ranked among the top five industrial producers in Georgia by NAIOP and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.

Education: University of Southern Mississippi, University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business (MBA)
First job: Banking
Best advice received: Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Favorite travel destination: Africa
Bucket list: Ski the sand dunes in Namibia
Who’d play me in a biopic: Meg Ryan


RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERS

Atlanta 500: Bonneau Ansley

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Bonneau Ansley III
Founder
Ansley Atlanta Real Estate

Atlanta entrepreneur Bonneau Ansley is the top-selling real estate agent in the metro housing market, having built, developed, and sold more than $1 billion in a career spanning just 15 years. In 2015 he launched Ansley Atlanta Real Estate to offer his clients, team, and Atlanta a locally owned, more personal, service-oriented real estate experience with strong technology drivers. A fifth-generation Atlantan, Ansley was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Buckhead Business Association in 2018. Ansley has also been ranked as Georgia’s number one small team in sales volume by the Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends.

Education: University of Georgia
Hobbies: Surfing, golf, tennis
What I’d tell my 18-year-old self: Say yes all the time in your 20s and 30s and just figure it out. When you are over 40, learn how to say no.
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: The Painted Pin
Charities: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


Atlanta 500: Glennis Beacham

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Glennis Beacham
Owner and Founder
Beacham & Co., Realtors

Even though she is the principal of her own firm, Glennis Beacham continues to sell real estate full-time by choice. A managing broker runs the day-to-day operations of the company so Beacham can focus on what she loves most: selling houses. Prior to founding Beacham & Co. in 2006, Beacham was the top agent for 13 years at one of Atlanta’s oldest and largest real estate companies. She’s sold more homes priced $1 million and higher than any other agent in Atlanta real estate history, and in 2011 was the 13th realtor (and the first Georgian) to be inducted into Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s Billionaires Club. Beacham began her real estate career in 1982.

Education: Auburn University
Toughest challenge: Regaining my financial footing after my divorce
Favorite book: I love all the Harry Potter books and movies.
Charities: Winship Cancer Institute, in honor of my father
Who’d play me in a biopic: Meryl Streep


Atlanta 500: David Boehmig

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David Boehmig
President and Founder
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

As president of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, David Boehmig has a hand in every aspect of the company’s work. His 20-plus years of experience in residential real estate is complemented by an additional decade in commercial banking, where Boehmig focused on real estate and small-business financing. The Atlanta Realtors Association named him Realtor of the Year in 2006 and a Captain of Industry in 2010. Boehmig serves on the board of directors of First Multiple Listing Service.

Education: Georgia State University
First job: Mortgage loan officer for Georgia Federal Bank
Hidden talent: I speak Korean.
Favorite book: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Best advice received: Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.
Favorite travel destination: Lake Como, Italy


Atlanta 500: Jenni Bonura

Jenni Bonura
President and CEO
Harry Norman, Realtors

As president and CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors, Jenni Bonura oversees the operations of 14 sales offices while managing partnerships in the mortgage, title, and insurance ventures. Taking an active role in every aspect of the business, the Miami native particularly enjoys luxury-home marketing and sales, new-home and high-rise marketing and sales management, and coaching the current and next generations of sales leaders. Bonura started her career in real estate in 2002 as a sales agent.

Education: Samford University
First job: I had two jobs the first summer that I was 16: as an intern at an engineering firm and a server at an ice cream shop.
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: South City Kitchen
Bucket list: Hang gliding


Atlanta 500: Kay Evans

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Kay Evans
Co-owner and Cofounder
Keller Williams Realty International, Southeast Region

Kay Evans received her real estate license in 1978, marking the beginning of a long and successful career in sales, brokerage, and real estate education. In 1999, with Bob Kilinski, Evans cofounded Keller Williams Realty’s Southeast Region, helping grow the company to a dominant position in the Atlanta real estate market. In multiple years, the Southeast has been Keller Williams’s top-performing region. Evans and her husband, Glen, have a son, a daughter, and five granddaughters.

Education: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Favorite book: The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
Who’d play me in a biopic: Meryl Streep or Bette Midler! Why not?


Atlanta 500: Daniel T. Forsman

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Daniel T. Forsman
President and CEO
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

As president and CEO, Daniel T. Forsman has led Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties to become the market leader for real estate companies in metro Atlanta—distinguishing itself in overall sales, listing inventory, sales of new homes, and growth in luxury market share. Under his leadership, Georgia Properties has been nationally recognized for its innovations in marketing and technology and was the first-ever real estate company to win the coveted MAX Award from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, edging out many Fortune 500 companies. Forsman invented TeamBuilder, an incentive program that rewards agents and employees for registering and recruiting other productive agents.

Education: University of Georgia
First job: Deckhand (striker) on a shrimp boat in Georgia
Favorite travel destination: The mountains of North Georgia or river swamps of South Georgia. I am at ease most when out in nature.
Bucket list: Take a three-month trip to see the U.S. with my wife and best friend, Rhonda


Atlanta 500 Ben Hirsh

Ben Hirsh
Broker and Owner
Hirsh Real Estate, Buckhead.com

At the age of 18, Atlanta native Ben Hirsh sold his established landscaping company to a competitor and set out to travel across the globe. His excursions led him to more than 40 countries. Upon his return, Hirsh turned his focus to real estate in Buckhead, founding Hirsh Real Estate. He was soon named one of Realtor magazine’s 30 Under 30 top real estate agents in North America. According to the Atlanta Realtors Association, Hirsh is the top-producing individual realtor in Atlanta based on sales volume, with personal sales nearing $80 million in 2018.

First job: I started a lawn care company at the age of nine and sold it to enable world travels at 18.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Toughest challenge: Being told that I was “not Buckhead enough” for a premier listing assignment by a prominent potential client was the rejection that pushed me to buy Buckhead.com and become the top real estate agent in Buckhead.
Hobbies: I love gardening and hope to have my own little farm in Buckhead one day.


Atlanta 500 Christa HuffsticklerChrista Huffstickler
Founder and CEO
Engel & Völkers Atlanta

In 2017, Christa Huffstickler joined the Engel & Völkers international network to open Engel & Völkers Atlanta, which has two dedicated divisions: one for new home sales and one for general brokerage real estate. A winner of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Obie Award, Huffstickler has specialized in residential real estate for nearly two decades, and has worked on some of Atlanta’s premier condominium, townhome, and single-family-home communities. She currently manages over half a billion dollars in new home development listings.

Education: University of Georgia
Hometown: I was a military brat always moving from city to city, so I consider Atlanta to be my hometown.
Inspiring person: My mother
Hobbies: As simple as it sounds, my favorite way to spend my time is with my three girls gardening or planting flowers. We love digging in the dirt and growing and nurturing our plants. My green thumb came from my dad, and I have been sharing this passion as an adult with my own children.


Atlanta 500: Kevin Levent

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Kevin Levent
President and CEO
BH&G Real Estate Metro Brokers and Coldwell Banker Commercial Metro Brokers

Kevin Levent, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers and Coldwell Banker Commercial Metro Brokers, has been in the business for more than 35 years and is recognized nationally as an industry leader. He manages both brands as well as the mortgage, insurance, and title divisions of Metro Brokers, which has 2,400 sales associates in 26 offices throughout the region. An Atlanta native, Levent is a licensed broker in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina.

Hidden talent: I have a contractor’s license for residential and light commercial structures.
Hobbies: ATV riding
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: Stone Mountain
Bucket list: Getting my kids married


Atlanta 500: Jenny Pruitt

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Jenny Pruitt
Founder and CEO
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Jenny Pruitt, a third-generation Atlantan, is revered as a community advocate and philanthropist and respected nationally as a visionary real estate leader. Her strong business acumen has led to more than five decades of success in the Atlanta residential real estate arena. Pruitt began her real estate career in 1968 before establishing Jenny Pruitt & Associates in 1988. In 2007, she and her business partner, David Boehmig, opened Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. The company’s 475 agents are among the most accomplished real estate professionals in metro Atlanta, with more than $2.7 billion in sales in the past 12 months.

Notable achievements: Atlanta Realtors Association Sally Washburn Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Council for Quality Growth Four Pillar Tribute (2016), Atlanta Realtors Association E.A. Isakson Award (2006), YWCA of Greater Atlanta Academy of Women Achievers (2004)
Hobbies: Reading, painting angels, walking
Favorite TV show/movie: Blue Bloods, Forrest Gump


Atlanta 500: David J. Tufts

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David J. Tufts
President and Principal
Ansley Developer Services

David Tufts is a national sales and marketing expert specializing in new-construction residential real estate developments. He is one of the nation’s most prolific development-sales professionals, having sold more than 25,000 new-construction residences. After a decade of real estate sales in New York City, Tufts started the Condo Store in Atlanta in 1993. Achieving a billion-dollar year in 1999, Tufts merged his company with Coldwell Banker, growing the combined entity into one of the largest and most profitable new-home-sales companies in the country. Tufts joined Bonneau Ansley in 2016 to create Ansley Developer Services.

Education: Williams College
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Hidden talent: Frustrated artist
Hobbies: Sailing, swimming, painting
Charities: Human Rights Campaign, Humane Society, Cape Ann Museum
Bucket list: Sharpen my foreign-language skills


RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS

Atlanta 500: Paul Corley Jr.

Paul Corley Jr.
CEO
Edward Andrews Homes

With more than 25 years of homebuilding experience—including over a decade as CEO of one of the region’s top residential community developers—Paul Corley Jr. established Edward Andrews Homes in 2007 and has spearheaded its growth. In 2019, Edward Andrews Homes formed a strategic partnership with Empire Communities to further facilitate growth of the company across the Southeast. Corley is active in the day-to-day management of the firm, guiding the overall direction and growth strategy, and leads its land acquisition and development, relying on his ability to envision the future development of large tracts of land into award-winning communities.

Education: University of Florida
Notable achievements: Corley is active in numerous industry associations, including the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Atlanta-area Council for Quality Growth, where he serves on the executive board of directors. He’s also a long-standing member of the Urban Land Institute and its Council for Community Development.


Atlanta 500: Steven DeFrancis

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Steven DeFrancis
Founder and CEO
Cortland

Steven DeFrancis has more than 25 years of experience in complex multifamily development and management opportunities. He founded Cortland in 2005 to focus on in-town, mixed-use, multifamily developments. Since then, Cortland has expanded into a global, vertically integrated, multifamily real estate investment and management company. With a focus on providing a hospitality-driven approach to apartment living, Cortland is one of the largest multifamily owners in the U.S. and manages more than 60,000 apartment homes nationwide. DeFrancis is a member of the Buckhead Coalition and serves on the board of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership. He is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Education: University of Georgia Terry College of Business
First job: Busboy at Fuddruckers
Favorite travel destination: Cashiers
Favorite Atlanta place to visit: The Varsity


Atlanta 500: Tom Hill

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Tom Hill
East Region President
D.R. Horton

As East Region president of Texas-based D.R. Horton—the country’s largest new-home builder by volume—Tom Hill is involved in all aspects of land acquisition, development, construction, sales, and operations for more than ten D.R. Horton divisions across the Southeast. A native of Mount Olive, North Carolina, he’s been in the homebuilding industry for 25 years, joining Horton in 1997.

Education: Georgia State University
Why I chose this work: I have always had a passion for real estate, dating back to my early days, when my parents would look at homes for themselves. That fortunately led me into a career where I have been able to do what I enjoy each day. We build a lot of homes each year, but knowing that we are building them one at a time for a particular family, where their dreams and children will flourish, is a great feeling.
First job: Busing tables at a Chinese restaurant. A tough boss at a young age will shape you.
Inspiring person: My father, who always worked hard and taught me to value every dollar, dime, and penny, and the importance of family


Atlanta 500: Ryan R. Marshall

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Ryan R. Marshall
President and CEO
PulteGroup

In 2016, Ryan R. Marshall was promoted to president and CEO of PulteGroup, one of the nation’s most geographically and product-diverse homebuilders. With operations in 26 states, the company serves all major consumer groups through its family of national brands, which includes Pulte Homes, Centex, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods. Marshall most recently served as PulteGroup’s president, with responsibility for the company’s homebuilding operations and its marketing and strategy departments. Previously he was executive vice president of homebuilding operations, and he’s also served as Southeast area president, Florida area president, division president in both South Florida and Orlando, and area vice president of finance.

Education: University of Utah, Arizona State University (MBA)


Atlanta 500: Allan P. Merrill

Allan P. Merrill
President and CEO
Beazer Homes USA

Allan P. Merrill is chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Beazer Homes USA. He joined the company in 2007 as its chief financial officer and executive vice president. He was named president and CEO in 2011 and was elected chairman in 2019. Previously Merrill served as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development for the real estate listing company Move, and as president of Homebuilder.com. He also spent 13 years with UBS Investment Bank and its predecessor, Dillon, Read & Co. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the Policy Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and on the board of the Homebuilding Community Foundation.

Education: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Board memberships: Builder Homesite, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce


Atlanta 500: Rod Mullice

Rod Mullice
Managing Partner
Windsor Stevens

Rod Mullice is the managing partner at Windsor Stevens, a development firm that aims to create vibrant, walkable, and livable urban communities close to mass transit. Since 2009, Mullice has closed more than $150 million in transactions in urban development, financing, and acquisitions, and he led the team that renewed the lease of a 217,000-square-foot office building in College Park for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Southern Region headquarters. He also conceived, planned, financed, and managed the construction of the Pad on Harvard, a $20.9 million apartment community next to the College Park MARTA station.

Education: Savannah State University, Harvard Graduate School of Design (AMDP)
Why I chose this work: During college, I became fascinated with building and infrastructure and the impact it had on our community, so I got a job working with an engineering firm that was rebuilding the Atlanta sewer system. It was a natural progression to structures as we seek to maximize clean water and share the many benefits of urban-core living.


Atlanta 500 Pam SessionsPam Sessions
President
Hedgewood Homes

As owners and operators of Hedgewood Homes, Pam Sessions and her husband, Don Donnelly, have designed and built more than 4,000 houses in the Atlanta region since 1989, including award-winning, smart-growth homes in neighborhoods such as Vickery Village, Woodstock Downtown, Alpharetta City Center/Voysey, and Manchester. Prior to beginning her homebuilding career, Sessions—who received her bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Georgia—studied photography with Ansel Adams and worked with the landscape photographer and writer Dave Bohn.

Education: University of Georgia
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Notable achievements: Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award (2008), Urban Land Institute Development of Excellence Award (2006), Professional Builder National Builder
of the Year (2003)
Favorite book: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Favorite TV show: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


LEGENDS

Thomas E. Aderhold
Chairman of Aderhold Properties, Atlanta’s premier loft apartment owner and manager, Aderhold focuses on historic properties and offering creatively designed residential and commercial lofts. Aderhold was named chairman of the company in 2014. He has been intimately involved in the Atlanta real estate and development markets for more than 40 years.

Antonin Aeck
Antonin “Tony” Aeck is chairman emeritus and a senior principal of the architecture, interiors, planning, and preservation firm Lord Aeck Sargent. His career began in Paris, where he worked on completing the late Le Corbusier’s final unfinished design commissions.

William Millard Choate
Choate is executive chairman of Choate Construction, one of the largest commercial building contractors in the Southeast. He founded his company in 1989 after serving for 12 years as an officer of another Atlanta general contractor, and previously as a project manager with a Kentucky contractor.

Jerome M. Cooper
In 1960 Cooper cofounded Cooper Carry, an architecture and design firm based in Atlanta. Cooper has received the Rothschild Award, the highest honor granted by the Georgia
chapter of the American Institute of Architects; in 2018 the AIA named Cooper Carry its Architecture Firm of the Year. As a student, he received a Fulbright Fellowship and studied under architect Bruno Zevi in Rome.

Tom Cousins
Cofounder of Cousins Properties, one of the nation’s largest equity real estate investment trusts, Cousins developed Atlanta landmarks such as the CNN Center, the Omni Coliseum, 191 Peachtree Tower, Bank of America Plaza, and Wildwood Office Park. His firm also donated the land for and helped launch the World Congress Center. With his wife, Ann, he established the Cousins Foundation and the CF Foundation, which fund many arts, education, and faith-based organizations in Atlanta. They were instrumental in rehabilitating East Lake. In 2009, to duplicate that community’s turnaround nationally, Cousins established Purpose Built Communities in partnership with philanthropists Warren Buffett and Julian Robertson.

Lawrence L. Gellerstedt III
Gellerstedt joined Cousins Properties in 2005 when it acquired his firm, and later led the company as chairman and CEO. Through high-profile urban deals and a major merger with Parkway Properties, he led Cousins from an equity market cap of $665 million to more than $3.8 billion.

Bill Johnson
Founder of the Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry and now design adviser, Johnson is an architect and interior designer lauded for his highly personal approach to restaurant design. Since launching his restaurant-design career with Atlanta’s Peachtree Cafe in the early 1980s, he’s worked on local projects including Chops Lobster Bar, Seeger’s, Aria, and Rathbun’s. His designs across the country include the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Las Vegas, Tru in Chicago, and Cypress in Charleston, South Carolina.

Steve Selig
During Selig’s tenure as president, Selig Enterprises has helped develop key projects such as the Buckhead Triangle, Logan Circle, the Plaza Midtown, the District at Howell Mill, and 12th & Midtown. From 1976 to 1980 he served as President Carter’s chief liaison with the business community, and he chaired the host committee for the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. His family endowed the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.

William J. Stanley III & Ivenue Love-Stanley
Since 1978, Stanley and Love-Stanley have focused on integrating architecture and interior design. As one of the largest Black architectural practices in the South, they have been responsible for many landmark projects in Atlanta and throughout the region. Their award-winning projects include the Olympic Aquatic Center at Georgia Institute of Technology and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

John Wieland
Over three decades and with more than 25,000 homes, Wieland established his company as the Southeast’s leading builder of semi-custom homes. He has been inducted into the Home Builders Association of Georgia’s Hall of Fame and has received the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s lifetime achievement award.

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