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ACBR YCR Bus Tour Midtown

Midtown, the Heartbeat of Atlanta

The Young Council of REALTORS® hosted their 12th Annual Bus Tour, MIDTOWN - the Heartbeat of Atlanta, on June 23, 2016. The tour kicked off at Colony Square with two all-star panels that discussed the exciting new and re-development of, and migration to, the Midtown area. The panel discussions were followed by a presentation of the upcoming Colony Square re-development. After the panels, attendees cooled off with popsicles provided by King of Pops and loaded the buses to visit the day's tour sites. The first stop was 715 Peachtree where CBRE unveiled a beautiful and modern redevelopment with unencumbered views and amazing accessibility. Then, the attendees headed to Tech Square for a preview of Cousins new NCR Headquarters and Portman’s CODA development. These two innovative developments will bring together current and future leaders in technology with a co-working space, along with GA Tech students, faculty and staff.

We extend our sincere appreciation to our moderators, panel members, attendees, bus tour sponsors and our event sponsor, Colony Square, who helped make this event a huge success. Also, a big thank you goes out to our Bus Tour panel coordinators, Cassie Hanavich, Kyle Kenyon and their committee. Without their hard work and dedication, this Bus Tour would have not been such a remarkable experience for the attendees. Thank you all for your time and support of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® and the Young Council.

Highlights of the Midtown Tour

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Featured Panels

New and Re-Development of Midtown

Migration to Midtown

  • Moderator: Brenda Robbins, Senior Project Manager, Georgia Power
  • Teresa Johnson, Director, Corporate Real Estate – Americas and APAC, NCR Corporation
  • Scott Leventhal, Co-founder - President - CEO, Trillist
  • Tony Zivalich, Executive Director of Real Estate Development, Georgia Tech

Featured Panelists

Kevin GreenKevin Green

President & CEO | Midtown Alliance

Kevin Green joined Midtown Alliance in July 2011. Kevin has been a resident of the City of Atlanta for over 25 years and has been working for much of that time to advance livability and economic opportunity in the Atlanta region.

Kevin was previously Executive Director of The Clean Air Campaign, a Georgia non-profit working in partnership with transportation management associations and more than 2,000 public and private employers, schools and universities to implement programs to improve air quality and reduce traffic. Prior to that, Kevin was Vice President of Environmental Affairs with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he worked to implement initiatives to improve water resource stewardship, air quality, transportation and land use and development. During his tenure with the Chamber, Kevin managed public-private initiatives that resulted in the creation of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District – now managing water resources for a region of more than 5 million, and the Livable Communities Coalition, now a council of the Urban Land Institute, where leaders work collaboratively to advance smart growth in Atlanta. Kevin also practiced law in Atlanta for 10 years, most recently as a partner with Andre, Blaustein & Green, LLP. His litigation experience includes state and federal trial and appellate courts across the Southeast.

Kevin was named one of the "100 Most Influential Atlantans" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2014 & 2015. He currently serves on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees and Executive Committee; the Board of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

John HeagyJohn Heagy

Senior Managing Director | Hines

Mr. Heagy is a senior managing director and is responsible for the leasing and marketing of the office projects and for securing corporate services and mixed-use development assignments in the Southeast Region of the United States. Mr. Heagy joined the firm in 1996 and has been active in Atlanta's commercial real estate market since 1977.

Heagy received his BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia. Mr. Heagy serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP); Metro Atlanta Chamber; and the Perimeter Community Improvement District (PCID).

Jim IrwinJim Irwin

Founder | New City
Formerly Senior Vice President with Jamestown Properties

Jim Irwin is the founder of New City and the former SVP of Jamestown Development. Jim's company, New City, which he founded after leaving Jamestown Properties and spearheading the redevelopment of Ponce City Market, is looking to redevelop the Kroger shopping center across the street that's popularly known as "Murder Kroger."

While at Jamestown he also led the development of Ponce City Market, a 2.1 million square foot former Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution facility that was originally constructed in the 1920's. During its construction, the project was one of the largest and most significant historic renovations underway in the United States.

Jim began his career in real estate working for Atlanta based Barry Real Estate Companies. Among other projects, Jim managed the development of a FBI Regional Headquarters, a $60 million-build- to-suit project in Minneapolis, and Harrison Square, a 16 acre mixed-use development in Fort Wayne, Indiana, anchored by an 8,000 seat minor league ballpark associated with the San Diego Padres. In 2010, Parkview Field was named the #10 sports venue experience in North America; the stadium has also been named "best overall minor league baseball experience" in the country four separate years since its opening.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, where he played football for four years. After college, he served as a legislative aide to two U.S. senators and a U.S. representative before returning to Atlanta to pursue a MBA with a concentration in real estate finance at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where he served as the student body president.

Teresa JohnsonTeresa Johnson

Director, Corporate Real Estate – Americas and APAC | NCR Corporation

Oversee corporate real estate portfolio for Americas and Asia-Pac regions, consisting of approximately 4.5mm square feet of office, industrial, warehouse, manufacturing and land holdings – owned and leased – in 22 countries.  Primary contact for internal customers (end users), manage and direct third party provider (Jones Lang LaSalle) as relates to execution of transactions, project and capital improvements, facility management staff and customer relationship management.  Engaged with development of new World Headquarters in Atlanta, as well as interim expansion plans in submarket to support growth of presence until HQ delivery.

Scott Leventhal - TrillistScott Leventhal

Co-Founder - President - CEO | The Trillist Companies, Inc.

Scott L. Leventhal is the co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trillist. As a fourth generation developer, Mr. Leventhal has spent two decades in the real estate development business and has created an impressive portfolio of mixed-use and multifamily housing projects in the Southeastern U.S. In 2006 and only at the age of 28, Mr. Leventhal was recognized as one of “Atlanta’s Most Promising Young Stars” by the editors of Atlanta Business Chronicle in their annual “Up and Comers – 40 under 40” feature.

Mr. Leventhal is an experienced real estate developer and overseen the development of a high-quality portfolio of residential and mixed-use projects. Mr. Leventhal formally managed Tivoli Properties, Inc. (“Tivoli”), which was one of the nation’s premier real estate investment and development companies. Under his leadership, Tivoli built innovative developments which forever changed the Atlanta landscape for residential condominium living. Within a few years of its formation, Tivoli created a portfolio of award-winning projects with a retail value of nearly $400 million. Because of its rapid acceleration and growth, Tivoli earned recognition as 24th of the top 100 real estate development companies according to Real Estate Forum Magazine’s November 2007 issue.

Mr. Leventhal appears frequently as a guest speaker and lecturer on matters involving the real estate development business. In the spring of 2012, Mr. Leventhal appeared as a special, select witness before a U.S. Congressional Committee on the effect of bank failures in the real estate development industry and structured finance programs that involve public-private partnerships.

Mr. Leventhal is also a member of Georgia State University’s Honorary Real Estate Board. He frequently lectures before students at Georgia State University’s Masters in Real Estate Development and Finance classes.

Brenda RobbinsBrenda Robbins

Senior Project Manager | Georgia Power

Brenda began her career with Southern Company, parent company of Georgia Power, in 1982. Joining Georgia Power's statewide projects team in 1996, Brenda brought a strong background in information systems and software, establishing data centers and talent recruitment. She has extensive expertise and experience with headquarters locations, FIRE, bio science, data centers, back office operations and new media.

Mark ToroMark Toro

Partner | North American Properties

Mark founded the Atlanta office of North American Properties in 1996 and since then has led the acquisition, development and redevelopment of more than 9 million square feet. An industry veteran, he has completed more than 60 projects, totaling 21 million square feet, in his 28 year career in commercial real estate.

Toro is currently focused on building North American's portfolio by identifying opportunities to acquire or develop retail, multifamily and mixed use assets, adding value by leading a select group of best-in-class professionals engaged in development, leasing, management, marketing and finance.

Prior to opening the Atlanta office, he served as Managing Director for Faison & Associates and Vice President of Development at Cousins/New Market Development Company. Toro holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University.

An advocate of walkability and transit oriented development, Toro serves on the Midtown Alliance Board (Executive Committee) and ULI Atlanta's Livable Communities Council (Chairman).

Tony ZilavichTony Zivalich

Executive Director of Real Estate Development | Georgia Tech

Tony Zivalich, recently appointed as executive director of Real Estate Development for Georgia Tech, leads the Institute's acquisition, sale, leasing, development, and planning of it's real property assets. His organization is responsible for the management, construction, and financing of non-academic real estate for the Institute and the associated cooperative organizations. Mr. Zivalich will have a leading role in executing real estate transactions, establishing operating standards for Tech Square and Technology Enterprise Park, and supporting redevelopment in neighborhoods around Tech's campus.

Tony has worked with Georgia Tech since 1998, working on the feasibility study, programming and financing of the ULI award winning Technology Square. Tony most recently led a multi-disciplinary team from Cushman and Wakefield responsible for the feasibility, highest and best use, and developer selection for the expansion of Technology Square anchored by the High Performance Computing Center.

Mr. Zivalich has more than 30 years of experience in providing advisory and transaction services for both corporations and nonprofit institutions. Tony is a native of Atlanta, and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA from Georgia State University.

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