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Top Chefs / Restaurateurs
- Moderator Harold Shumacher, The Shumacher Group
- Federico Castellucci, Castellucci Hospitality Group - Sugo, The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero
- Gerry Klaskala, Aria & Canoe Restaurants
- Tom Murphy, Murphy's, Morningside Kitchen
- Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Star Provisions, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, SUMMERLAND the cookbook
Jim Ackerman serves as General Counsel for Fuqua Development, LP. He oversees the drafting and negotiation of all legal documentation related to shopping center development and leasing.
Jim was formerly General Counsel and Vice President of Leasing in the Atlanta office of The Sembler Company. During his fourteen years with Sembler, Jim negotiated over seventy anchor tenant leases and managed the Atlanta leasing department.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate. In addition to being a real estate attorney, Jim has worked as a retail leasing broker and as a real estate director for a major retailer.
Jim is a native Atlantan and holds a business degree from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and ICSC and is a licensed real estate broker.
Byron P. Alterman, Attorney at Law
Byron Alterman, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in a family that owned retail grocery stores across the Southeast where he saw the retailing industry first hand. Soon after receiving his undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin in Madison, he began his career in the real estate industry in Atlanta. He gained early experience in a law firm where his main area of work focused on closings for a large home improvement store and reviewing title matters related to these closings. It was here that he decided to specialize in commercial real estate.
Byron graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked for the retail leasing and commercial real estate practice group of Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta, Georgia where he gained experience in all facets of shopping center legal work. In 2009, Byron created the firm of Byron P. Alterman LLC to service the changing needs of the clients in the commercial real estate industry through a more flexible law firm model. Byron has maintained strong relationships with counsel for national retailers and national developers and property owners. Because of his extensive experience in the retail shopping center industry, he can efficiently complete and advise on all aspects of a transaction.
The Leasing & Management Group, Inc.
Michelle D. Belinfante serves as Principal of The Leasing & Management Group, Inc. Prior to founding the company, she was with The Shopping Center Group, Inc., a leading Southeastern retail brokerage firm. There, she specialized in tenant and landlord representation with an emphasis on tenant representation, new development project leasing and investments. Her previous position was as Director of Real Estate for Equity Properties and Development Company. Her responsibilities included coordinating and implementing the leasing and negotiating of power centers located throughout the United States, supervising and managing a total of eleven third party brokers, overseeing EPD C 's "Team Leasing" program and providing leadership and management skills to motivate and challenge the leasing department.
Michelle was also the Vice President of Leasing for Mimms Enterprises, an Atlanta developer. At Mimms, she performed leasing, oversaw construction issues, store spa c e designing, renewals, marketing, acquisitions and dispositions. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science and is an M.B.A. candidate in Finance.
Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
Robert H. Ledbetter, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Real Estate Development
In June 2012, Mr. Branch was selected as the Robert H. Ledbetter, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Real Estate Development in the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business to lead the ongoing development of an innovative, fully integrated program in real estate development for graduate and undergraduate students drawing on all of Georgia Tech's academic disciplines.
Mr. Branch is co-founder of The Branch-Shelton Company, LLC, a private investment management and financial advisory firm. He has served as The Branch-Shelton Company's President since it was founded in 1998. He is also a co-founder and general partner of Nancy Creek Capital Fund I, a $40 million mezzanine and subordinated capital fund formed in October 2005, and Nancy Creek Capital Fund II, a $30 million fund formed in July 2009.
He has over 40 years experience in the real estate industry, having financed, developed, marketed and managed more than $10 billion of domestic and international real estate since 1971.
CBRE Retail Services
Senior Vice President
Kirk Buttle is a Senior Vice President of CBRE Atlanta's Retail Services. With more than 30 years of retail brokerage experience, covering Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast. Mr. Buttle has been involved in nearly every facet of the industry, from small shop leasing, tenant representation, large and small land sales to investment sales and development.
As a CCIM, Mr. Buttle has participated in the sale of multiple investment properties, brokered several land transactions including more than 20 drug store sites, multiple automobile dealerships and large tracts of land for major retailers such as The Home Depot, Lowe's, Kroger, Publix and Target. He has also represented several financial institutions with the selection of over 75 bank branches throughout North Georgia and Atlanta. Additionally, Mr. Buttle has assisted several major retailers with multiple dispositions and acquisitions for ALDI, The Shane Company, Ryan's Family Steakhouse, Burger King, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, Zaxby's, Concentra, Micro Center, Comcast and others. More recently, he has represented the FDIC in the disposition of several properties throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia.
Before joining CBRE in 2007, Mr. Buttle was a Senior Vice President at Trammell Crow Company (1999 – 2007), Vice President at Cushman and Wakefield (1993-1999). A graduate of Ricks College, (known today as Brigham Young University - Idaho), he is certified by CCIM and is a member of the Atlanta Board of Commercial REALTORS®. Throughout his career, Mr. Buttle has been heavily involved with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as a volunteer. Recently, he completed a three-year volunteer assignment as the Georgia State Director.
Mr. Buttle's hobbies include scuba diving, cross training, cycling, and swimming. He also donates considerable time to the Boy Scouts of America. Married for 32 years, Mr. Buttle and his wife Kelly have four grown children and six grandchildren.
Castellucci Hospitality Group - Sugo, The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero
A graduate of the Hospitality School at Cornell University, Federico "Fred" Castellucci, III has worked in the restaurant business his entire life. During his tenure at Cornell, Federico helped create and develop the original Sugo in Roswell. He grew the concept to four locations including three franchises. After graduating in 2007, Federico took over a failed franchise location that is currently Sugo in John's Creek, Ga. Federico worked tirelessly to re-establish the brand, and
within a year and a half the restaurant had become the most successful restaurant his family had ever owned in Georgia.
Building on that success, Federico created a new restaurant concept from scratch in downtown Decatur called The Iberian Pig. A modern Spanish restaurant with a strong focus on imported Spanish cured meats, fresh local produce, creative tapas dishes, wines of the region and classic cocktails, The Iberian Pig has been a hit from opening night in late 2009. Following the success of The Iberian Pig, Federico embarked on two more projects in 2011 and 2014. Located on Roswell Road near I-285, Double Zero Napoletana opened in May 2011, bringing the regional cuisine of Campania in Southern Italy to Sandy Springs, Ga. The menu features handmade pasta, traditional Neapolitan pizza, handmade pastries and gelato, as well as contemporary takes on classic Southern Italian dishes. In November 2014, Federico opened Cooks & Soldiers, a Basque-inspired concept located in West Midtown, featuring traditional pintxos, raciones, asador and desserts influenced by the signature cooking methods of the region.
Federico currently serves as president of Castellucci Hospitality Group, the management company that he created in 2010, which includes Sugo, The Iberian Pig, Double Zero Napoletana and Cooks & Soldiers.
President & CEO
Mr. Cochran has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Paces Properties, LLC since 2002 and brings over 16 years of commercial real estate experience to the firm. Under his leadership Paces Properties has developed over $600 million in multi-family and retail projects. Mr. Cochran is responsible for all aspects of the Company's development, management and leasing operations. Mr. Cochran has diverse experience in residential multifamily apartment and condominium development, including garden-style, mid-rise and high-rise projects as well as vast experience in retail development, including specialty and neighborhood strip retail projects. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cochran was an Associate Director of Office Brokerage with Insignia/ESG, Inc. in Atlanta. Mr. Cochran graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a BA in Finance. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
Michele Del Monaco
Cobblestone Retail Group
Michele A. Del Monaco serves is a Partner at Cobblestone Retail Group, Inc., a full-service real estate firm located in Marietta, Georgia. Ms. Del Monaco has been in the real estate industry for 20 years, beginning her career with Mimms Enterprises, as Sr. Vice President of Leasing, covering both retail and industrial environments. In addition, she was a regional leasing manager for Developers Diversified Realty (DDR), overseeing a retail portfolio throughout the Southeast.
Currently she focuses on the representation of retail shopping centers and retail tenants in the Atlanta market. Tenant portfolio includes Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, MetroPCS, National Vision, Einstein Bagels and Half Price Books.
Ms. Del Monaco earned her degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of South Florida and is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Florida and Georgia. She served as the Georgia State Director for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) from 2009-2012, directing programs throughout the state including Alliance, Operations, Retail, Next Generation and Government Relations. Continuing her work with ICSC, Ms. Del Monaco is the program chair for ICSC and ACBR (Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®) continuing education program for the Retail Expert Series.
Jeffrey S. Fuqua is the founder of Fuqua Development, LP. He was previously Board Member, Partner & President of The Sembler Company. In his nearly 25-year tenure there, Fuqua developed in excess of 14 million square feet in over 80 projects valued at $4 billion. During Jeff's tenure with Sembler, The Atlanta Business Chronicle named The Sembler Company Top Developer for eleven consecutive years since 2000. Major real estate projects include The Prado, Town Brookhaven, Edgewood Retail District, Lindbergh Plaza, Perimeter Place, Lenox Marketplace in Atlanta. In Florida, Fuqua developed Legacy in Palm Beach Gardens, and Boynton Beach Town Center.
Fuqua earned a BSBA from Denver University in Real Estate and Finance, and later a MBA in Real Estate Development and Real Estate Finance. Formerly, he served on the Boards of the Perimeter Community Improvement District and the Dekalb County Police Alliance. He is a regular invited speaker for ICSC, Urban Land Institute, Georgia Tech and many Real Estate and Chamber of Commerce organizations.
Dentons Law Firm
Sharon Gay concentrates her practice in state and local government law, particularly in the areas of land use and zoning, tax allocation district financing and other economic development incentives, transportation, public-private partnerships, and political law. She has obtained zoning and permitting approvals and economic incentives to facilitate urban mixed use development projects and redevelopment of industrial and infill properties. She has worked with both public sector and private sector clients to amend state legislation and local laws to facilitate economic development, brownfield redevelopment, community improvement districts, and water and waste water privatization projects.
Ms. Gay is recognized as a key player in pioneering the use of tax allocation district financing in Georgia. She has worked with local governments and developers throughout the state to create tax allocation districts to provide funds for community redevelopment. During the 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly, she coordinated the lobbying effort to obtain passage of a constitutional amendment to restore the ability of local school districts to participate in tax allocation districts. That amendment was approved by Georgia voters in the November 2008 election.
Prior to joining Dentons, Ms. Gay served as Vice President - Governmental Affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Counsel to the Mayor of Atlanta. In addition, Ms. Gay clerked for Judge Horace Ward, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia and for Chief Judge Jack Sognier, Georgia Court of Appeals.
During law school, Ms. Gay served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Emory Law Journal.
Ms. Gay was named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" and has been listed several times as a "Notable Georgian." The magazine also included Ms. Gay in its "Legal Elite" listing for Governmental Affairs. She was recently recommended by the Legal 500 in the land use category and has been recognized as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in Atlanta Magazine for her Environmental/Land Use work. In addition, JAMES Magazine named Ms. Gay as one of "Georgia's Most Influential People," and she has topped the JAMES list of Georgia "PowerChicks". Ms. Gay speaks frequently to business, civic and governmental groups on economic development tools, transportation and land use issues, and tax allocation district financing.
Central Atlanta Progress
Memorial Drive Corridor Executive
Greg Giuffrida was hired in July 2015, soon after earning his master's degree from Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning. He was one of the graduate students who worked on the Imagine Memorial studio in Fall 2014 and remained involved in the effort as a volunteer and area resident.
He grew up in Dunwoody and West Palm Beach, Fla., and was a journalist for 12 years in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Georgia. The majority of his career was spent with The Associated Press, most recently as a regional editor for the Southeast based in Atlanta from 2008 to 2013.
His experiences living in several Southern cities and as a daily MARTA bus commuter and pedestrian in Atlanta inspired an interest in urban planning and policy that he began pursuing as a new career in 2013. During his graduate studies, Giuffrida was a Housing Policy & Development Fellow at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., where he performed research and administrative support for ABI's goal of developing 5,600 affordable housing units. He was a Graduate Research Assistant with Georgia Tech's Center for Urban Innovation, researching the development of university-based innovation districts.
He has been an Ormewood Park resident since 2008. He is a member of several civic organizations in Atlanta, including Georgia Planning Association, Georgia Conservancy, Citizens for Progressive Transit, PEDS, Urban Land Institute, and Congress for New Urbanism.
Jennifer Gourley is the General Counsel for Paces Properties. Paces Properties is a retail and mixed use
developer who is known for its innovative projects such as Krog Street Market, Atlanta Dairies, Larkin on
Memorial, Vinings Jubilee, and Tompkins Mill. Ms. Gourley is a licensed real estate broker Georgia and
a real estate lawyer specializing in retail and mixed-use developments. Prior to joining Paces Properties,
Ms. Gourley was in private practice and also formerly served as General Counsel and Director of Leasing
for Fuqua Development, LP, and Associate General Counsel and Director of Shop Leasing for The
Sembler Company. Furthermore, prior to Ms. Gourley attending law school she was a licensed real
estate broker in the State of Missouri and was actively involved in the acquisition and sale of both
commercial and residential real estate. Ms. Gourley has over 26 years of hands on business experience
specialized in complicated and sophisticated residential and commercial real estate development.
Ms. Gourley earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and history from Drury University, a
master’s degree in business administration from Boston College and a law degree from Emory University.
She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, ICSC and is a licensed real estate broker in both Georgia
Franklin Street Financial
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Emil Gullia, Senior Director, specializes in tenant representation, occupier and advisory services. Since joining Franklin Street, he has completed more than $130 million in retail tenant transactions across the Southeast and represents a variety of public Fortune 500 companies and private retailers such as Cabela's, Guitar Center, Harbor Freight Tools, and PNC Bank.
During his career, Mr. Gullia has been involved in a number of strategic planning and execution initiatives including: market feasibility and analysis, national retail rollouts, site acquisition and design, portfolio management and analysis, land and building disposition, portfolio optimization and lease restructuring, team management and leadership. He has worked with nationally-recognized retailers of all sizes, uses, and space demands and are as varied as Kroger, Dollar Tree, T-Mobile, and AutoZone.
Mr. Gullia has been recognized with several awards including Franklin Street's Sales Achievement Award the last three years in a row for his outstanding sales efforts, the 2013 Breakout Award, and the 2013 Leadership Award for his continued leadership throughout the company. He has been recognized with several other awards including CoStar's Top Retail Leasing Power Broker award in 2014 and 2015, Broker of the Year for Cabela's in 2013, and the Client Satisfaction Award for Kroger in 2011 from Jones Lang LaSalle.
He has maintained industry memberships throughout his career and served in several leadership positions for the International Council of Shopping Centers' (ICSC) state programs. Mr. Gullia is also a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a member of its Georgia Chapter. He continues to advance his education and training by attending industry recognized courses and seminars.
Billy Hobbs, Managing Principal of Cresa Atlanta, began his career in 1985. Billy has focused 30 years of his career on tenant advocacy for clients across the United States. Billy's transaction experience includes managing and negotiating large office and industrial leases, building sales/purchases, build to suit projects and sublease/disposition assignments.
Billy's ethical manner of conducting business has earned the respect of his peers and fellow professionals. He instructs Ethics classes and has previously served as the Chairman of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee for the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® for several years.
Throughout his career, Billy has developed a solid reputation as a results-oriented professional. His thorough understanding of the entire real estate process, landlord/owner motivations, and the intricacies of effective leveraging, have allowed Billy and his team to deliver extraordinary savings to their clients while protecting them in the commitments they make.
Aria & Canoe Restaurants
Chef Gerry Klaskala's perpetual passion for food and art has brought him much success throughout his career and now serves as the underlying theme of his menu at Aria. Klaskala's goal as executive chef and owner of the award-winning Atlanta restaurant is to leave his guests both fulfilled and intrigued at every visit.
Klaskala's fascination with art began with painting, but soon turned culinary when he found the same artistic fulfillment at his first job cooking at a local kitchen. Klaskala then went on to pursue his education at the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated with honors. After finishing school, Klaskala left New York and went to work in Boston and then Savannah, where he spent ten years with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. His natural talent and dedication to his craft soon paid off as he quickly climbed the culinary ladder, holding executive chef positions at three different hotels. Klaskala then made the bold move to Atlanta where he joined Buckhead Life Restaurant Group as the executive chef at The Buckhead Diner. It was there that his talents really came to fruition. Klaskala was able to find a beautiful balance between his well-honed cooking techniques and his restaurant management skills, creating a fan following among
Atlanta diners. This success allowed Klaskala to pursue his new passion for finding and using products grown with the utmost integrity.
His award-winning cuisine has been featured in highly-acclaimed publications like Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Esquire, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Local Palate, Southern Living, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Zagat. Klaskala has also made a variety of television appearances including The Today Show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, FOX Good Day Atlanta and CBS Better Mornings.
Will Lovell works extensively on acquisitions, leasing and financing of office, industrial and retail properties in the Southeast. He also assists in the purchase and sale of loans for all types of commercial properties nationwide from lenders.
Mr. Lovell enjoys golf, fly fishing, running, reading and following the Atlanta Falcons, Ohio State Buckeyes and Georgia Bulldogs.
Director of Economic Development
As Director of Economic Development Jerald Mitchell plays a critical role in developing and advancing the economic development strategy in partnership with Invest Atlanta to support the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine’s mission. Previously, Mr. Mitchell served as the Director of Emerging Industry for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA).
Before he was the Director of Emerging Industry, Mr. Mitchell led SEDA’s Innovation Department focusing on the growth and investment for start-ups and entrepreneurs and previously managed SEDA’s Business Attraction activity as a senior business development professional. Prior to SEDA, he held roles as Regional Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Director of Economic Development for the Coastal Regional Commission. Mr. Mitchell also has significant leadership and management experience in the telecommunications industry and during his 13-year tenure in that field held management positions as Area Marketing and Government Relations Manager, Senior Manager of Customer Care and Operations Manager in both the Savannah and Jacksonville regions for Comcast.
A Savannah native, Mr. Mitchell received his Executive Masters of Business Administration in International Business from Georgia Tech and his BA in Economics from Armstrong Atlantic State. He is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2013 and was named one of Savannah’s Rising Stars in 2014. Mr. Mitchell was recognized by the Business Journal and Report’s 40 under 40 business professionals in 2006 and was selected for Comcast University’s corporate leadership program, Leadership Savannah and Leadership Southeast Georgia. He served on the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Board of Directors, the Savannah Poverty Reduction Initiative’s Policy Committee and Work Development Task Force, the Greater Savannah International Alliance Task Force, and the Leadership Savannah Board of Directors.
Murphy's, Morningside Kitchen
“When I was eleven, my Dad bought a New York-style hotdog cart for my brother and me. We would sell hotdogs to neighbors at Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, to symphony goers at Woodruff Arts Center and at Georgia Tech on game days. During high school, I worked in a wine and cheese shop in Lenox Square which came in handy when my father opened a cheese shop in the Municipal Market (better known today as the Sweet Auburn Market.) So, while my college buddies were still eating Velveeta, I became known as “The Cheeseman.”
"During my junior year at Georgia State University, I was taking a management class and the professor asked us to do a feasibility study on opening a business. Since I was running the Cheese Shop, I decided to go with what I knew. So, with the help of a few classmates, I developed the concept of a neighborhood delicatessen. My professor and I actually took that feasibility study to the bank to get financing. Again, going with what I knew, I chose Virginia-Highland because that was where I was living at the time.”
Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Star Provisions, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, SUMMERLAND the cookbook
Though she was raised in Connecticut, Anne Quatrano attributes her passion for cooking to spending time with her grandmother in the kitchen and summers at her mother's family farm, Summerland, near Cartersville, Georgia. Her professional culinary career began in earnest at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where she met her husband and partner, Clifford Harrison. Highly influenced by chefs like Alice Waters and Judy Rodgers (with whom Quatrano apprenticed), Quatrano and Harrison developed a deep-rooted care for ingredients and technique. And they brought this with them to New York, where they worked as a team at Bimini Twist, La Petit Ferme, and The Grolier Club.
In 1991, Quatrano was chosen as part of the James Beard Foundation's "Discovery Chefs of the Year" with Harrison (the first of many James Beard accolades for Quatrano). And in 1992, she moved home to Summerland Farm in Cartersville, becoming the fifth generation to live there. On the farm, her life with her husband mirrors their philosophy on food: using basics to produce the spectacular.
A longtime proponent of sustainability, Quatrano prides herself in using locally grown seasonal and organic produce, much of which is from her own organic gardens. Together with Harrison, she now operates six of Atlanta's most celebrated restaurants—Bacchanalia,Floataway Café,Star Provisions,Provisions To Go,Quinones at Bacchanalia , and Abattoir. Add to this her myriad awards and the recently launched—immediately successful—Sunday Supper South, and you've got a girl from New England eagerly feeding her Southern roots.
The Shumacher Group
President and Managing Broker
Harold Shumacher is the president and managing broker of The Shumacher Group, Inc. an Atlanta based real estate company specializing in site selection for retail and restaurant chains. The company was founded in 1991 and works primarily in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The company specializes in site selection for regional and national restaurant companies, the disposition of surplus properties and the sale and/or purchase of existing restaurant businesses.
In addition the company is a member of the Retail Broker's Network where Harold serves on the Board of Directors and is co-chair of the group's restaurant marketing council.
In a prior life, Harold was a high school teacher, an administrator at Georgia State University, a training director for the Atlanta Hilton Hotel, and a staff writer/restaurant reviewer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He's the author of two restaurant guide books and numerous articles about the hospitality and real estate industries. In addition, he serves as a guest lecturer at both the Georgia State schools of hospitality and real estate.
John Wiles, J.D.
Wiles & Wiles
John J. Wiles is the Managing Partner of Wiles & Wiles, LLP. John began his practice in Marietta in April 1988 and within two years added two partners and a second paralegal. His firm has continued to grow, and now with five attorneys, three paralegals and three staff members, it has thrived over the years, which can be attributed to the quality of work that Wiles & Wiles, LLP consistently performs for its clients under the direction of Mr. Wiles. John regularly lectures on Landlord/Tenant Law and teaches real estate courses for credit through the Wiles & Wiles, LLP Real Estate School.
John was born in Stuttgart, Germany on August 21, 1957 to a proud military family. He earned his B.A. from The George Washington University in 1980 and his J.D. from The Stetson University College of Law in 1983. John was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, a Staff Member of the Stetson University Law Review, 1982-1983, and the author of "U.S. v. Lee: Has The Retreat Been Sounded For Free Exercise?" 12 Stetson Law Review 852.
John is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado and Texas. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar, and the Texas Bar. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers where he serves as the ICSC Alliance Private Sector Co-Chair for the State of Georgia. John is also active in NAIOP.
John was an Assistant Solicitor of Cobb County, Georgia, 1984, a State Representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, 1995-2003, and a Georgia Senator from 2005 to 2011 where he served as the Majority Whip. Mr. Wiles represents Commercial Landlords and concentrates in the areas of Litigation, Real Estate Law, Landlord & Tenant Law, and Bankruptcy.
John is active in the community as a Member of The Cobb Chamber of Commerce and The Kennesaw Business Association. He and his family attend NorthStar Church.