1. Allen Arender — Director of Development, Holladay Properties: Has helped Indianapolis-based Holladay create a presence in the Nashville market. Worked with Cassidy Turley’s Ronnie Wenzler on the BowTruss Building in North Capitol. Now working on The Sheds on Charlotte.
2. Doug Brandon — Regional Managing Principal, Cassidy Turley: Straight-shooting veteran of the CRE trade who oversees strategic and day-to-day operations of Middle Tennessee’s largest full-service commercial real estate office. Once worked within the financial services industry.
3. Joe Cain — Director, Urban Development Department, Metro Development and Housing Agency: Oversees an MDHA department focused on Nashville’s downtown core and the city’s various redevelopment districts. His role at the agency assumes added significance given MDHA Executive Director Jim Harbison was only recently hired.
4. Wood Caldwell — Principal, Southeast Venture: Serves as co-principal with Cam Sorenson of Southeast Venture’s Development Services Division. Southeast teamed with H.G. Hill Realty to develop 12South Flats. Has emerged the past few years as a spokesman, of sorts, regarding Nashville’s built environment. SV is designing Hill’s Hill Center Sylvan Heights.
5. Mark Deutschmann — Founder, Village Real Estate Services: Started Village in 1996, focusing on then-latent condos and older neighborhoods in Nashville’s inner loop. Oversees Core Development, best known for its Werthan Lofts and green developments such as Gale Park and The Chesterfield. Sits on numerous sustainability and New Urbanism boards and operates Village Fund.
6. Tim Downey — CEO, Southern Land: Founded Southern Land in Chattanooga. Company known for its new urbanism Westhaven development in Franklin is now focused on urban projects, including the recently completed Elliston 23 and a mixed-used development proposed for Green Hills that has drawn neighborhood concern due to its 16-story height.
7. John Eakin — Chairman, Eakin Partners: Has developed more than 3.6 million square feet of office product, including Roundabout Plaza and SunTrust Plaza. Oversees with the always-gentlemanly Barry Smith a company that was busy in 2013, paying $51.5 million for four buildings in Grassmere Office Park and starting work on the AmSurg building in Burton Hills.
8. Pat Emery — President, Spectrum|Emery: Cool Springs visionary left Crescent Resources and formed Spectrum Properties/Emery in 2010. Main focus is now Franklin Park, a 71-acre, multi-building mixed-use development in Cool Springs, and a massive mixed-use building to replace downtown’s 1980s-era Nashville Convention Center.
9. Richard Fleming — Principal, Cushman Wakefield Cornerstone: Gentlemanly commercial real estate industry veteran who has overseen more than 1,500 transactions. Is a key member of the team leading leasing at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place.
10. Tom Frye — Managing Director, CBRE: Runs one of the city’s largest CRE offices and, though research reports and letters, is one of the strongest local industry voices. Has extensive experience with construction and financing of various commercial real estate product types.
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