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.
www.nashvillegulch.com

Bill Barkley
President
City Development Company
www.citydevelopmentco.com

Rob Barrick
President and CEO
Smith Seckman Reid
www.ssr-inc.com

Jimmy Barry
Senior Director of Development
Barry Real Estate
www.barrycompanies.com

James Bearden
CEO
Gresham, Smith and Partners
www.gspnet.com

Rick Bernhardt
Executive Director
Metro Nashville Davidson County Planning Department
www.nashville.gov

C. Dewees Berry IV
Member
Bass Berry & Sims
www.bassberry.com

Julian L. Bibb
Member
Stites & Harbison
www.stites.com

Mark Bloom
Partner
Corner Partnership
NA

Clay Bright
VP
Brasfield & Gorrie
www.brasfieldgorrie.com

Dan Brodbeck
President and CEO
American Constructors
www.americanconstructors.us

Joe Cain
Development Director
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
www.nashville-mdha.org

Charles T. Carlisle Jr.
CEO and Principal
Bristol Development Group
www.bristoldevelopment.com

T. Henry Clark
President
Ross Bryan Associates
www.rossbryan.com

Rick Daughrity
President
Orion Building Corporation
www.orionbldg.com

Mark Deutschmann
Founder
Village Real Estate Services
www.nashvillecityliving.com

David Emery
Chairman and CEO
Healthcare Realty Trust
www.healthcarerealty.com

Patrick Emery
President
Spectrum Properties/Emery
www.spectrum-properties.com

Richard A. "Dick" Fleming Sr.
Principal
Nashville Commercial Real Estate Services
www.nashvillecommercial.com

William H. "Bill" Freeman
Chairman
Freeman Webb Co.
www.freemanwebb.com

Tony Giarratana
President
Giarratana Development
www.giarratana.com

Susan Gorney
Principal Broker
Gorney Realty Company
NA

Jimmy Granbery
CEO
H.G. Hill Realty Co.
www.hghill.com

Nate J. Greene
Managing Partner - Nashville office
Colliers International
www.colliers.com/Markets/Nashville

Danny Hale
Managing Partner
Halo Investments
www.haloprop.com

Whitfield Hamilton
Regional Director
Panattoni Development Co.
www.panattoni.com

Stan H. Hardaway
President
Hardaway Construction Corp.
www.hardaway.net

Bill Hawkins
President
Chas. Hawkins Co.
www.chashawkins.com

Michael W. Hayes
Director of Development
C.B. Ragland Co.
www.cbragland.com

Jeff Haynes
Managing Partner
Boyle Nashville
www.boyle.com

Ray Hensler
President
Market Realty Advisors
www.marketrealtyadvisors.com

Bob Higgins
President and CEO
Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon
www.bargewaggoner.com

Tom Hooper
Office leasing and sales
Eakin Partners
www.eakinpartners.com

Bill Hostettler
Principal
Hostettler, Neuhoff and Davis
www.hndrealty.com

Bill Knestrick
CEO
The Knestrick Companies
www.knestrick.com

Boyce Magli
Founder, Broker
Magli Realty Company
www.magli.com

Alex Marks
Senior VP
Tower Investments
www.towerinv.com

Steve C. Massey
Executive VP
CB Richard Ellis
www.cbre.com/usa/us/tn/nashville

Alex Palmer
President
Alex S. Palmer & Co.
www.aspcompany.com

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

Randall W. Parham
Principal
Southeast Venture
www.southeastventure.com

Keith Pyle
Construction President
Bell & Associates
www.balp.com

Lewis W. Rankin
CEO
J.E. Crain & Sons Inc.
www.jecrain.com

Brian Reames
Senior VP and Regional Manager
Highwoods Properties
www.highwoods.com

Phil Ryan
Executive Director
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
www.nashville-mdha.org

Marc Sierra
Managing Director
Actus Lend Lease
www.actuslendlease.com

James A. "Jimmy" Webb III
Co-founder
Freeman-Webb Inc.
www.freemanwebb.com

Ted Welch
Real estate investor
Ted Welch Investments
NA

Aaron White
Owner/Principal
Core Development Services (also SVP Multi-Family at CB Richard Ellis)
cbre.com/USA/US/TN/Nashville

Tom White
Partner
Tune, Entrekin & White
www.tewlawfirm.com