The CRE 50

Despite difficult times in the commercial real estate sector, these 50 industry stalwarts stand out [From the September/October issue of Nashville Post magazine]

Let’s not sugarcoat it. Take off the rose-colored glasses. Quit with the “every market is different” chatter.

No matter how it is sliced, spun or repackaged, this is not the hottest of times for the commercial real estate market. Nashville – despite New South boosterism chatter – is not totally immune to larger market forces. It’s not as bad here as it is on the coasts, in the Rust Belt or in Vegas, but it’s not all unicorns and rainbows either.

In truth, Nashville’s market has had a tough few years – a period not made any easier by double-digit unemployment, tight credit and a certain natural disaster that turned everything upside down back in May.

All that means, though, is that CRE pros have to be nimbler and more willing to try new things. A traditional developing-leasing-property management strategy is not going to grease the skids these days. New markets must be sought – green development is the most obvious example – but there are plenty of other ways to think outside of the big box. As the feds increasingly seek contractors to privately operate previously government-run operations, opportunities open up.

Despite the tough times, there remains plenty of praise to go around for folks who have held firm with the traditional model in the face of devastation from the market and from Mother Nature.

The new reality may not be Prince Charming—but the folks willing to risk kissing a frog here and there may like the result.

Joseph N. Barker
Chief Manager
Marketstreet Equities Co.

Bill Barkley
City Development Company

Rob Barrick
President and CEO
Smith Seckman Reid

Jimmy Barry
Senior Director of Development
Barry Real Estate

James Bearden
Gresham, Smith and Partners

Rick Bernhardt
Executive Director
Metro Nashville Davidson County Planning Department

C. Dewees Berry IV
Bass Berry & Sims

Julian L. Bibb
Stites & Harbison

Mark Bloom
Corner Partnership

Clay Bright
Brasfield & Gorrie

Dan Brodbeck
President and CEO
American Constructors

Joe Cain
Development Director
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Charles T. Carlisle Jr.
CEO and Principal
Bristol Development Group

T. Henry Clark
Ross Bryan Associates

Rick Daughrity
Orion Building Corporation

Mark Deutschmann
Village Real Estate Services

David Emery
Chairman and CEO
Healthcare Realty Trust

Patrick Emery
Spectrum Properties/Emery

Richard A. "Dick" Fleming Sr.
Nashville Commercial Real Estate Services

William H. "Bill" Freeman
Freeman Webb Co.

Tony Giarratana
Giarratana Development

Susan Gorney
Principal Broker
Gorney Realty Company

Jimmy Granbery
H.G. Hill Realty Co.

Nate J. Greene
Managing Partner - Nashville office
Colliers International

Danny Hale
Managing Partner
Halo Investments

Whitfield Hamilton
Regional Director
Panattoni Development Co.

Stan H. Hardaway
Hardaway Construction Corp.

Bill Hawkins
Chas. Hawkins Co.

Michael W. Hayes
Director of Development
C.B. Ragland Co.

Jeff Haynes
Managing Partner
Boyle Nashville

Ray Hensler
Market Realty Advisors

Bob Higgins
President and CEO
Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon

Tom Hooper
Office leasing and sales
Eakin Partners

Bill Hostettler
Hostettler, Neuhoff and Davis

Bill Knestrick
The Knestrick Companies

Boyce Magli
Founder, Broker
Magli Realty Company

Alex Marks
Senior VP
Tower Investments

Steve C. Massey
Executive VP
CB Richard Ellis

Alex Palmer
Alex S. Palmer & Co.

Laurence M. Papel
Nashville shareholder
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Randall W. Parham
Southeast Venture

Keith Pyle
Construction President
Bell & Associates

Lewis W. Rankin
J.E. Crain & Sons Inc.

Brian Reames
Senior VP and Regional Manager
Highwoods Properties

Phil Ryan
Executive Director
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Marc Sierra
Managing Director
Actus Lend Lease

James A. "Jimmy" Webb III
Freeman-Webb Inc.

Ted Welch
Real estate investor
Ted Welch Investments

Aaron White
Core Development Services (also SVP Multi-Family at CB Richard Ellis)

Tom White
Tune, Entrekin & White