ACRE Corporate Cabinet - Call to Action
Future Center success requires transformational leadership, which is the key to its sustainability, productivity and growth. Poised to launch in 2013, the ACRE Corporate Cabinet core purpose is to support ACRE's mission of providing relevant resources for the real estate industry in Alabama and the communities it serves. The ACRE Corporate Cabinet will provide the thought leadership & foundational core funding that will allow ACRE to continue to build its multimedia network.
Answering the Call!
On behalf of the entire Alabama real estate industry, ACRE is honored to profile our corporate members who truly represent Alabama's leading real estate companies & affiliates.
Member Profile - Admiral Movers
1200 Newell Parkway #1
Montgomery, AL 36110
Admiral Movers is one of the most trusted and called upon relocation companies in Alabama. With a large supply of quality men to call on, there is never a customer turned away. If the job seems to be unorthodox or out of normal working parameters, Admiral will find a way to accommodate the customer. With all the skills and success in its moving business, it is a wonder that their second branch, Admiral Records Management, is not overshadowed. However, this is not the case at all. Admiral Records Management (ARM) has pulled in some of the largest records contracts in Central Alabama. With its unparalleled safety and precaution methods there has never been an unhappy customer, and the climate contained storage area is under lock and key with a 24 hour surveillance system monitoring anyone who comes and goes. ARM has been such a forerunner in this industry that clients have made the switch to do business with Admiral even though they were under contract with other record services providers. Whether it is moving your furniture or keeping precious documents safe, the Admiral choice is the best choice.
For more information about Admiral Movers, click here.
Member Profile - Alabama Housing Finance Authority
P.O. Box 242967
Montgomery, AL 36124
Alabama Housing Finance Authority (AHFA), created in 1980 by the Alabama Legislature, is dedicated to serving the housing needs of Alabama and offers a number of affordable housing programs for homebuyers and renters.
As a longtime proponent of making homeownership a reality for low- and moderate-income Alabamians, AHFA offers Step Up, a successful program featuring affordable interest rates and entry cost assistance on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loans. New home buyers may also take advantage of the Mortgage Credit Certificate which qualifies them for valuable federal income tax reductions. And unemployed or underemployed Alabama homeowners may also take advantage ofHardest Hit Alabama, a federal government initiative administered by AHFA which is designed to prevent foreclosures.
Recognizing that a large portion of Alabama households may be more suited to rental housing, AHFA offers tried and tested multifamily programs as well. As administrator of the State’s HOME (HUD) and Housing Credit (Treasury) programs, AHFA has long provided financing incentives to the development community who have, in turn, built or rehabilitated tens of thousands of affordable rental units. Multifamily bonds also remain a viable source of development funding through AHFA
A major initiative for AHFA over the last decade has been the creation and growth of its mortgage servicing business, now known as ServiSolutions®. In addition to servicing all homeownership program loans in-house, AHFA now services loans for 17 Alabama community banks as well as the housing finance agencies in the State of Washington and the State of Missouri.
For more information, visit www.AHFA.com.
Member Profile - Alagasco
Amy O. Dunavant
Manager, Sales - New Business Development
605 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Alagasco has been providing reliable natural gas service in Alabama for more than 160 years. As the largest natural gas distributor in the state, Alagasco serves approximately 425,000 customers in over 200 Alabama cities, towns and communities. More than 1,000 employees work in Alagasco’s offices across the state, striving to provide excellent customer service to all of our customers every day.
In every phase of life, there is heat and there is good heat. We’re the good heat.
For more information about Alagasco, click here.
Member Profile - Balch & Bingham LLP
James M. Edwards
105 Tallapoosa St., Suite 200
Montgomery, Al 36104
Balch & Bingham LLP is a corporate law firm recognized nationally for its deep experience and counsel in regulated industries including energy, financial services and healthcare, and its highly regarded practices in business, environmental, government relations, labor and employment and litigation. With more than 250 attorneys and lobbyists across offices in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Gulfport and Jackson, Mississippi; and Washington, D.C ., our firm is known for a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach. Balch & Bingham's professional, collegial culture is inspired by nationally ranked attorneys who combine business intelligence and industry leadership with high-quality legal counsel to anticipate and respond to corporate challenges both creatively and proactively.
For recent news of Balch & Bingham, click here.
Member Profile - Beech Street Capital
Chad Thomas Hagwood
Executive Vice President - Originations
33 Inverness Center, Suite 150
Birmingham, Alabama 35242
Beech Street Capital is a commercial lendingcompany with acknowledged expertise in multifamily financing. Lending products and programs from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA provide borrowers with optimal choices. A streamlined team of experienced multifamily mortgage makers deliversapartment financing smoothly, quickly, and with certainty.
Member Profile - BL Harbert International
Dan Price, LEED AP
Director of Business Development
820 Shades Creek Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35209
BL Harbert International, LLC is recognized as a well-diversified construction company working in a wide range of construction markets both in the U.S. and abroad. The company is one of Alabama’s most influential contractors, a leader in sustainable construction, and a top design-builder. U.S. markets served include: Healthcare, Institutional, Civil, Industrial/Manufacturing, Government/Municipal and Commercial.
The growth that the company is able to sustain throughout a wide range of operations has, at its core, a decentralized decision-making and management operating philosophy. Our company has been built by extraordinary people of good character who are empowered to make sound decisions.
Firmly grounded in Alabama, our roots in the community are deep, while we possess those unique capabilities to build anything, anytime, and anywhere in the world.
For more information: www.blharbert.com
Member Profile - Bradley Arant
Meade Whitaker, Jr., Partner
One Federal Place
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203-2119
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is a regional law firm with a global perspective. The firm has more than 440+ attorneys serving individuals, emerging businesses, and established regional, national and international companies. Clients rely on us for innovative legal services that reflect a deep understanding of their business realities.
We are one of the largest firms in the Southeast, with offices strategically located in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. For more information, click here.
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Member Profile - Brasfield & Gorrie
John Stivender, Vice President
3021 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233-3502
Toll Free: 800.239.8017
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation's largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, and wastewater treatment. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,900 employees, and its 2011 revenues were $1.7 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 32nd among the nation's "Top 400 Contractors" for 2012.
Member Profile - Burr Forman, LLP
Dwight Mixson, Partner
420 North 20th Street Suite 3400
Birmingham, AL 35203
Burr & Forman LLP is a century old full-service law firm with a forward-thinking approach to providing legal solutions. We have nearly 300 attorneys and offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Burr & Forman offers a wide range of business and litigation services to diverse clients with local, national and international interests.
For locations, click here.
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Member Profile - Capital Growth Buchalter
Robert W. Buchalter
Chief Real Estate Officer
361 Summit Blvd. , Suite 110
Birmingham, AL 35243
Capital Growth Properties is a private Real Estate Investment Company working diligently to provide attractive and stable returns for investors through a diverse portfolio of income producing real estate assets.
Since 2008, the economy, financial markets and real estate all experienced what appears to be unprecedented turmoil. As with all such times, opportunities exist. Capital Growth has adjusted and is continuing to adjust and reformat its business model to better suit the new world of real estate.
The Capital Growth Properties portfolio is designed to include retail, medical use real estate, muli-family, office, and industrial/light industrial properties. Our master plan is to create value for our shareholders through a combination of opportunistic acquisition of existing assets, new property ground-up development and bottom line oriented management of assets. A variety of property types, geographic locations, and investment size work together to achieve multiplicity and maximize the return for our investors.
Principals of Capital Growth Properties have been involved in the development, construction, leasing, management, and ownership of commercial real estate throughout the United States.
For more information, click here.
Member Profile - Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT)
Derrick C. Boegner
Senior Vice President, Asset Management l Leasing
15000 Conference Center Drive, Suite B007
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) is an office REIT (NYSE:OFC) that focuses primarily on serving the specialized office and data center requirements of U.S. Government agencies and defense contractors, most of whom are engaged in defense information technology and national security-related activities. COPT owns and manages more than 200 office properties totaling approximately 19 million rentable square feet.
COPT is proud to be developing, in joint venture with Jim Wilson & Associates and in partnership with Redstone Arsenal, the 468 acre Redstone Gateway mixed-use business park which is at the Gate 9 entrance into Redstone Arsenal.
COPT has been recognized nationally as “Best in Industry” for tenant satisfaction by CEL & Associates, the nation’s largest surveyor of tenant satisfaction. We look forward to satisfying your real estate and facilities needs at Redstone Gateway in Huntsville.
Member Profile - Daniel Corporation
John Gunderson, Senior Vice President
3660 Grandview Parkway, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35243
Since 1964, Daniel has been a leader in the commercial and residential real estate industries, as well as the larger business community. Loyalty to opportunistic, progressive thinking and a solid work ethic distinguished Daniel early on and set in motion its rich history of real estate development, investment and service.
Beyond its own success, the fruit of the Daniel Corporation legacy is realized in the form of vibrant workplaces, innovative and fertile communities, strengthened local economies and peripheral investment opportunities.
Since its inception, Daniel Corporation has developed or acquired more than:
• 9 million square feet of office space
• 8,000 multifamily residences
• 2,000 senior living residences
• 10,000 residential home sites
• 11,000 acres of land for office parks and master-planned communities
The development projects undertaken by Daniel over the years have introduced new approaches to community working and living and have pioneered innovative development practices. One of Daniel’s hallmarks is its ability and willingness to undertake complex and demanding projects in a wide variety of product types, including mixed-use, office, retail, hospitality, golf, resort, medical and both multi-family and single-family residential.
For news of Daniel Corporation, click here.
Member Profile - EGS Commercial Real Estate/Cushman & Wakefield
505 20th Street North, Suite 700
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
As a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, EGS Commercial Real Estate can provide nationwide and international coverage for brokerage and other real estate services, so clients can do business in other markets while continuing to work with us, the local company they know and trust. In 2012, our team members handled in excess of $130 million in transactions, as well as a management and leasing portfolio of 6.1 million square feet of commercial property.
For recent news of EGS, click here.
Tim Rau, MAI, MRICS
Managing Director/Regional Director
Valuation & Advisory
505 North 20th Street, Suite 700
Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory (V&A) group is one of the largest fully integrated real estate valuation and consulting organizations in the world. We act as the foremost valuation advisor to corporations, institutional investors, and lenders on critical debt and equity investment decisions. Our V&A professionals have real-time access to the market data and insights of Cushman and Wakefield’s brokerage, research and capital markets experts and offer an extensive range of valuation and advisory services related to acquisition, disposition, financing, litigation and financial reporting.
For recent news of Cushman & Wakefield, click here.
Member Profile - Grandbridge Real Estate Capital
President and Chief Operating Officer
3000 Riverchase Galleria, Suite 1020
Birmingham, AL 35244
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC, based in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the nation’s largest full-service commercial real estate finance firms. With offices located throughout the country, Grandbridge services a growing multi-billion dollar loan portfolio and provides financing as well as consulting and advisory services for all types of commercial and multifamily real estate on a national basis.
National Scope and Local Expertise
Grandbridge’s origination platform is comprised of 200+ highly experienced professionals located across the country. We stand apart from other financial service firms in that we believe that local market expertise, an excellent understanding of the various property types, and in-depth information on the national commercial real estate environment enables us to provide superior capital solutions for our clients.
For current news of Grandbridge, click here.
Member Profile - HOAR Program Management
Mike Lanier, President
Two Metroplex Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
As a division of Hoar Construction, HPM was founded on the principles of honesty and integrity and these values are largely responsible for the division’s steady growth. HPM recognizes that its employees are its strength and also recognizes that its employees’ attitude and commitment to the relentless pursuit of improvement are the reasons it has grown to be a leader in the industry. HPM was recently named as one of the top 50 program managers in the US by Engineering News Record. With a staff of 65 full-time employees, HPM is currently managing an annual construction volume of approximately $325 million. With the flexibility to deliver a variety of services from real estate acquisition analysis and site selection to building commissioning and move management HPM serves a client base that includes both for profit and not for profit entities.
For more information about HOAR Program Management, click here.
Member Profile - Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC
Will Wilson, President
2660 EastChase Lane, Suite 100
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
(334) 260 2500
Jim Wilson & Associates is a real estate services and management company with over three decades of experience. The company has developed Class-A office buildings, condominiums, hotels, mixed-use facilities, master-planned residential communities and business parks, and over 22 million square feet of shopping space. With the knowledge and experience necessary to move property through every phase - from acquisition to leasing to grand opening and successful day-to-day operations - Jim Wilson & Associates knows how to turn real estate into real success. The company has developed Class-A office buildings, condominiums, hotels, mixed-use facilities, master-planned residential communities and business parks, and over 22 million square feet of shopping space. With the knowledge and experience necessary to move property through every phase - from acquisition to leasing to grand opening and successful day-to-day operations - Jim Wilson & Associates knows how to turn real estate into real success.
For company news on the website, click here.
Member Profile - Leitman, Siegal, Payne & Campbell, P.C.
Gregory A. Brockwell
420 20th Street North, Suite 2000
Birmingham, AL 35203
Leitman, Siegal, Payne & Campbell, P.C., is a boutique law firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, and focused on representing Alabama businesses and shareholders in the areas of commercial real estate; business litigation; business organization, mergers and acquisitions; environmental; mining; taxation; and trusts and estates.
We offer clients the very best of legal environments - the caring, personal attention characteristic of smaller firms uniquely blended with the sophistication often associated with larger firms.
Member Profile - Regus
Team Leader - The South
2100 SouthBridge Parkway Suite 650
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205) 414 7010
Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces. Over a million customers a day benefit from our locations spread across almost 100 countries. With our ever expanding range of innovative products and services we enable people to work their way whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office.Where we do itRegus is a global organisation with business centres in 95 countries. We were founded in Brussels in 1989, are currently headquartered in Luxembourg and have a major management, research and development centre in Geneva, Switzerland. Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange.
For news of Regus, click here.
Member Profile - Renasant Bank
President of Eastern Region
2001 Park Place
Birmingham, Al 35203
Renasant Corporation, a 108-year-old financial services institution, is the parent of Renasant Bank and Renasant Insurance. Renasant has assets of approximately $4.1 billion and operates over 75 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.
To view their website, click here.
Member Profile - Sellers Richardson Holman & West LLP
Craig Mason, CPA, Partner
216 Summit Blvd. Suite 300
Birmingham, AL 35243
Craig Mason is a Tax Partner with Sellers Richardson Holman & West (SRHW)in Birmingham, AL. Sellers Richardson is a 100 person accounting firm and is anindependently owned member of the McGladrey Alliance. As a member of the Alliance,SRHW has access to the resources and services of McGladrey LLP, the 5th largestaccounting firm in the U.S. This helps Sellers Richardson provide their clients with theresources and solutions needed to grow and maintain healthy organizations.
Craig has more than 22 years of experience providing tax services to clients acrossmultiple industries. He holds a B.S. and Masters of Tax Accounting from the Universityof Alabama. Craig began his career with KPMG in San Antonio, Texas, later joining theTulsa, Oklahoma office of Deloitte & Touche. In 1997, Craig returned to Birminghamwhere he worked for Ernst & Young and then joined SRHW in 2001.
Craig currently serves on the Corporate Cabinet and Leadership Council of the AlabamaCenter for Commercial Real Estate, serves on the University of Alabama AccountingAdvisory Board, is a member of NAIOP and is the Treasurer for the Alabama/GulfCoast Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Craig helps lead the RealEstate practice for SRHW. Some of SRHW’s clients include JP Morgan, CaliforniaPublic Employees’ Retirement System, Colonial Properties Trust, and Stonegate RealtyCompany among many others. Craig specializes in tax consulting, compliance, mergersand acquisitions and recently helped a client structure the sale of a $300M commercialreal estate property and another client with the acquisition of $60M commercial realestate property.
For new of Sellers Richardson, click here.
Member Profile - Synovus/First Commercial Bank
Stephen T. Hodges, CCIM
Senior Vice President/Manager
Commercial Real Estate Group
800 Shades Creek Parkway
Birmingham, Al 35209
P: (205) 868-4756 C: (205) 410-5280
Synovus is a financial services company with $27 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia. Synovus’ divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 29 locally branded divisions, 280 offices, and more than 300 ATMS in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at www.synovus.com, and follow us on twitter @synovusbank. Equal Housing Lender.
First Commercial Bank is a division of Synovus Bank, operates 13 locations, and as it has for 25 years, remains dedicated to the local community. This division offers diverse lines of business and personal financial services including Business Banking, Investment Services, and Mortgage Lending. For more information, visit www.firstcommercialbank.com.
Member Profile - Warren Averett
Brett Wilkinson, Member, Montgomery Division
3815 Interstate Court
Montgomery, Al 36109
Warren Averett, LLC is a nationally recognized accounting firm ranking among the nation’s largest and serving some of the Southeast’s premier companies. With more than 725 employees in 16 office locations, we offer a depth of experience and convenience of location to our clients throughout the United States. Our firm is included among the American Institute of CPA’s Major Firms Group, an elite group of privately owned accounting firms. Membership in this prestigious group affords Warren Averett the opportunity to exchange views on particular issues with other prominent accounting firms.
Our Real Estate Services Division specializes in serving clients in all areas of the real estate industry. This industry specific Division is made up of professionals with specialized experience in real estate accounting and tax issues. Regardless of the structure of your business (partnership, corporation, LLC or LLP), we have the experience and competence to meet your tax, business and investment planning needs. We serve a wide variety of real estate clients, including: commercial and residential developers, commercial property owners, multi-family residential property owners, property management companies, real estate brokers, mortgage companies, and golf course and resort developers and operators.
For recent news from Warren Averett, click here.
Member Profile - Wells Fargo
Jay Oglesby, Senior VP
2907 Central Avenue, Suite 109
Birmingham, AL 35209
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores and more than 12,000 ATMs and the Internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and internationally.We’re headquartered in San Francisco, but we’re decentralized so every local Wells Fargo store is a headquarters for satisfying all our customers’ financial needs and helping them succeed financially. One in three households in America does business with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has $1.4 trillion in assets and 273,000 team members in more than 35 countries across our 80+ businesses.We ranked fourth in assets and first in market value of our stock among our U.S. peers. Among all financial services companies, we ranked first in market value in the U.S. and third in the world, as of September 30, 2012.Our vision: “We want to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.”
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