YCR Free CE Tour
Atlanta Goes West: Growth & Expansion of West Midtown
The Young Council of REALTORS® hosted their 14th Annual Bus Tour, Atlanta Goes West: Growth & Expansion of West Midtown, on April 25, 2018. The Young Council of REALTORS® hosted their 14th Annual Bus Tour, Atlanta Goes West: Growth & Expansion of West Midtown, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The tour kicked off at Huff Trail, with two all-star panels that discussed the exciting and new re-development of, and migration to, the West Midtown area. After the panel discussion, attendees loaded the buses to visit the tour sites.
The first stop was Complex, where Wilson Hull & Neal in partnership with Third & Urban unveiled a beautiful reclaimed warehouse space that includes mixed-use opportunities for retail and open-floor offices. The next stop was The Works, one of Selig’s thriving new development that consists of more than 40 buildings, many with historic value, which will include greenspace, entertainment, office space, and retail. The tour then ended at Star Metals, a 14 story office/mixed used/retail and residential space that will include at least 20,000 sq ft plus of co working space, office, retail and residential living and The Interlock, a massive mixed-use development that will include loft office space, retail and a hotel.
We extend our sincere appreciation to our moderators, panel members, attendees, and bus tour sponsors, who helped make this event a huge success. Also, a big thank you to our Bus Tour coordinators, Allie Johnson and Dany Koe. 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.
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Growing Infrastructure on the Upper Westside
Present and Future of Westside Development
- Moderator: Chris Ahrenkiel, Executive Vice President of Commercial Leasing and Office Development, Selig Enterprises
- Brandon Ashkouti, Founder, Eden Rock Real Estate
- Bryan Heller, Senior Vice President Landlord Group, CBRE
- Jeff Garrison, Partner, SJ Collins Enterprises
- Nathan Hedges, Director of Development, The Allen Morris Company
Executive Vice President of Commercial Leasing and Office Development | Selig Enterprises
As Executive Vice President of Commercial Leasing and Office Development, Chris is responsible for activating office developments on many of Selig’s prime land holdings across Atlanta. Chris came to Selig in 2018, after 11 years with Tishman Speyer, where he was the Atlanta Managing Director, overseeing the firm’s activities in the region. Most recently, he was responsible for the development, leasing and sale of Three Alliance Center, a +500,000 SF trophy office development which set an Atlanta pricing record, trading for $534/SF. Prior to that, Chris led the leasing for Two Alliance, Colony Square, Midtown Plaza, Interstate North and Palisades. Chris started his commercial real estate career at Trizec Properties.
Founder | Eden Rock Real Estate
Brandon is an Atlanta native, a graduate of Marist High School, the University of Colorado, and attended graduate school at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech from 2010 to 2012. Brandon’s real estate career began in 2003 with Gryboski, Howe and Gravley Properties, as a development associate locating sites and managing the development of single-tenant retail projects. He went on to form a partnership with his family to focus on the rollout of several national retail and restaurant groups and to start the retail development wing of their multi-generational commercial investment firm.
Partner | SJ Collins Enterprises
Jeff Garrison is a partner at S.J. Collins Enterprises and has been with the company since its 2007 inception. Jeff handles the intricate mechanics that bring a development property together – from locating new projects, building tenant relationships, communicating with neighborhood groups, hiring the right contractors and shepherding the project to its final phases. His first career in finance -- trading derivative options in Chicago and London --bolsters his financial acumen and complements his development experience. Additionally, he was a real estate investor prior to making the transition to development and brings a wealth of retail development experience to his role at S.J. Collins. Over the past decade he has developed more than 5 million square feet of retail and mixed-use space across the country.
Senior Vice President Landlord Group | CBRE
Bryan is a Senior Vice President for CBRE’s Landlord Representation Group in Atlanta. Mr. Heller has specialized in Atlanta office project leasing since 1999 and is perennially recognized as one of Atlanta's top office producers. Under Bryan's leadership, his team has generated over 6 million square feet in lease transactions since 2011 alone at a value of nearly $500 million. Bryan and his team are routinely called upon by clients to lease value-add opportunities, given their ability to mark key design and workplace strategy trends as well as note tenant flow between submarkets. Furthermore, Bryan and his team have recently been called upon to best position unique, “experiential” mixed use projects such as Avalon in Alpharetta, Forum in Peachtree Corners, and Quarry Yards in West Midtown given their successes in achieving a sizable value premium relative to typical commodity product.
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer | Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Clyde Higgs is the new Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) . Clyde joined ABI from his most recent position as Executive Vice President of Operations Development for the North Carolina Research Campus, a multi-faceted initiative of real estate developer Castle & Cooke using science and technology as the platform to redevelop and reinvigorate Kannapolis, North Carolina, a former textile town. Over the past 9 years, as a top executive at the Kannapolis Project, Clyde helped steer the day-to-day operations of a multi-billion dollar revitalization effort involving economic revitalization of the local economy. His work entailed ground and facility leasing over vast tracks of industrial lands and facilities; oversight of a complex multi-million annual operating budget; supervision of 60+ employees and consultants; and organizational direction of the capital improvements program.
Executive Director | Upper Westside Improvement District
Elizabeth is a native of Atlanta with an undergraduate business degree from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in City and Regionalo Planning from Georgia Tech. She has worked for the Atlanta BeltLine, Jamestown, and City Realty Advisors here in Atlanta. In 2016, Elizabeth led a group of 150 commercial property owners on Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street to create a Community Improvement District (CID) focused on infrastructure improvements. She is now Executive Director of that CID, the Upper Westside Improvement District.
Commissioner of Parks and Recreation | City of Atlanta
Amy Phuong joined the Administration in 2010, and prior to this appointment, Amy served as Chief Service Officer for the City of Atlanta. For more than a decade, Amy has served as a leader of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations dedicated to improving Atlanta. She has deep relationships with Atlanta’s arts, culture, civic and academic communities.
Vice President, Leasing | PMRG
As Vice President, Zach currently leases notable assets such as Platinum Tower, Northridge Center, Powers Ferry Landing, 3379 Peachtree, 66 Perimeter Center East and 1955 & 2300 Lake Park Drive. He is also responsible for leasing of a handful of medical office buildings including, Towne Lake Overlook, Southern Crescent Center I & II and Kenmar Medical Center. Prior to joining PM Realty Group, Mr. Wooten was Leasing Manager at John Hancock Financial Services, where he handled the leasing for Eleven Hundred Peachtree, Proscenium and Ashford Green. Mr. Wooten serves on the Young Council of Realtors Leadership Committee (YCR) at the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors. He also serves on the 2016 NAIOP Future Leaders Board.