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Education Seminar: Wednesday, February 14 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am

2017 CBR Education Seminar -  February


John Kelley, North American Properties

Jay McGinnity, Perennial Properties

Mayor Rusty Paul, Sandy Springs

Jeff Yancey, Bellfounder ATL

Panel Coordinator:

Ben Pargman, Joel & Granot Real Estate


  • Time: 7:30 am, Continental Breakfast & Networking
    8:00 am - 9:00 am, Program
  • Location: The Atlanta REALTORS® Center
    5784 Lake Forrest Drive, Atlanta, GA 30328
  • This is a one hour session, CE credit does not apply.

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John Kelley

John Kelley

North American Properties
Partner, VP Development

John Kelley leads the retail and mixed use development platform for North American Properties’ Atlanta office. He brings extensive experience to the company, having developed over 3,000,000 sf of large-scale retail and mixed use projects across the country.

During six years as Vice President of Development with Cousins Properties, his most significant projects included The Avenue Forsyth and The Avenue Webb Gin, both award winning mixed use lifestyle centers.

Prior to that, John spent 7 years with AIG Baker Development, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama, developing power center properties.

A native of Atlanta, John earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, as well as an MBA in Real Estate from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

John Kelley

Jay McGinnity

Perennial Properties
Vice President

Jay McGinnity is the Vice President of Perennial Properties, Inc., a development, investment and management firm focused on multifamily rental housing accompanied by retail establishments.

Perennial's existing portfolio is centered in Atlanta's intown neighborhoods including West Midtown, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Piedmont Heights, Emory, Buckhead, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. Perennial has acquired or built over 20 properties in metro Atlanta. The firm has executed successful subdivision developments, condominium conversions, and office/retail developments, and is responsible for the acquisition, rehabilitation and/or ground‐up development of over 5,000 multi‐family units, 300,000+ square feet of commercial space and more than 200 single‐family home sites. The company has also developed projects in Athens, Georgia as well as Tampa and Orlando, Florida.

Jay is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Real Estate Program and an active member in the Southeast’s UW Alumni Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Old 4 th Ward Park Conservancy, and in an Advisory Board capacity for the Life Cycle Building Center.

Ben Pargman

Ben Pargman

Joel & Granot Real Estate
Vice President

Ben joined the Joel & Granot Real Estate brokerage team in 2015, bringing 20 years of transactional real estate experience in investment sales and land assemblage. Joel & Granot Real Estate is a local Atlanta commercial real estate company that provides a full range of real estate services to its clients from tenant representation, build-to-suit, investment sales, property management and leasing.

Ben started his real estate career at Troutman Sanders LLP as a commercial real estate attorney with a focus in development, leasing and lending. The majority of his work involved land acquisition and development for Chick-fil-A. Ben gained experience throughout various sides of commercial real estate including principal, sponsor, lender, and third-party services.

Mayor Rusty Paul

Mayor Rusty Paul

Sandy Springs

Elected mayor in November 2013, Russell K. (Rusty) Paul brings more than 35-years of federal, state and local public policy and public administration experience to the job.

Mr. Paul was elected to the founding city council for Sandy Springs in November 2005 and served one term. He chaired the City's charter review commission and the Sandy Springs Development Authority.

Mr. Paul was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations in the first Bush Administration under Secretary Jack Kemp. Secretary Kemp also appointed him acting Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development, detailed him to the Office of Thrift Supervision to set up the Federal Housing Finance Board under the FIERRA legislation, and tapped him to oversee the department's disaster response to Hurricane Hugo and the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

He received the Secretary's Golden Eagle Award, the highest honor a cabinet officer can bestow. Paul also served as an intergovernmental relations officer and deputy assistant secretary for grant programs.

Besides his stints in federal government, Mr. Paul is a former Georgia State Senator and served on the Stone Mountain City Council, Stone Mountain's planning and zoning commission, and served two terms on the Georgia Municipal Association board of directors.

In 1995, Paul was elected chairman of the Georgia Republican Party and served on the Republican National Committee, where RNC Chair Jim Nicholson appointed him to chair the State Chairman's Advisory Committee.

Mr. Paul is a past chairman of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Center Chamber of Commerce and a member of Sandy Springs Rotary. He and his wife, Jan, are parents of five adult children and attend Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

Jeff Yancey

Jeff Yancey

Bellfounder ATL

Jeff Yancey is founder and principal of Bellfounder Consulting. The Bellfounder consultant model specializes in determining the optimal concept(s) for commercial development, from which to guide overall design, tenant mix, activation and execution strategy. The company analyzes and consults on historic, adaptive reuse, and new commercial projects, primarily in the Atlanta market. Bellfounder has found a niche in the market as developer’s consultant, and liaison to the range of disciplines required for successful project development and design. Jeff is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a minor in Business. He spent a decade working in business development and process solutions, covering a span of large capital industrial and commercial applications, both international and domestic. Prior to the formation of Bellfounder, Jeff spent time as Real Estate analyst with Noell Consulting, focused primarily on creative and mixed use commercial developments. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Old Fourth Ward Business Association.

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