Congratulations to our own Suzanne Bunn, Senior Property Manager, for a well-deserved showcase in “The human element: Meet the people who make the retail real estate industry run” featured by ICSC this week!
Suzanne Bunn has earned plenty of professional certifications over the course of a 38-year real estate career: CSM, CRX, CPM, LEED Green Associate. But as senior property manager of Brand Real Estate Services, she also relies on training that may seem wholly unrelated to her job. Bunn earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia and a master’s in counseling psychology from Georgia State University. And she asserts that the specialization is relevant. “It has helped me listen to customers and vendors and to develop the close relationships I have with my tenants, who are often mom-and-pops who put their last saved dollar into their businesses,” Bunn said.
At Duluth, Ga.–based Brand Real Estate Services, Bunn manages 11 shopping centers in metro Atlanta and one in Charleston, S.C., as well as some office properties. Bunn joined the firm in 2014 after stints at Edens, Faison–Trammell Crow and Watkins Real Estate Group. “I have the experience of working on a project from ground up through ground-breaking to grand opening, and then working with tenants three to five years later after lease renewals,” she said. “That is really how I started.”
Suzanne Bunn is senior property manager of Brand Real Estate Services
On a typical morning, Bunn may field questions from newly signed tenants in need of orientation, or help national chains or mom-and-pops coordinate with contractors on the final stages of a store build-out. “There is the occasional roof leak, too,” she said. “But fortunately, I have really good properties that are 100 percent leased. I really don’t have too many maintenance issues.”
These days Brand is working with foodie-friendly restaurants in the Atlanta suburbs. “They might be featured in, say, Atlanta magazine and have lots of customer traffic,” she said. “Given all of that traffic, you have to make sure those properties are maintained at the top of the line so that they present a nice experience for their customers.”
Bunn served for years on the planning committee of the ICSC Southeast Conference (she was chairwoman in 2013), and she also belongs to the Institute of Real Estate Management. She earned her LEED Green Associate certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012. She often works with vendors to obtain the best LED lighting, water-saving landscape elements or recycled materials. “If you can cut down on something like water usage, you can reduce your common-area expenses too,” she said. “Increasing efficiency is a win for everybody, and it’s good for the planet.”
After a successful year as property manager of the iconic Vinings Jubilee, Brand Real Estate Services is proud to announce an expansion of our management role with Paces Properties. Under the leadership of Pat Freeman, Vanessa Canupp, and Andrea Williams we are adding ten additional properties to our portfolio.
Read more here Paces taps New Management for Atlanta Portfolio.
And here Paces Properties Picks Firm to Manage Atlanta Dairies, Intown Properties
Congratulations to our very own Pat Freeman who earlier today was awarded the “Huey Award” from BOMA Georgia. This is a very high honor given only once in a lifetime recognizing someone who has tirelessly given their time in service to BOMA. No one deserves this recognition more. Pat served not only as past president, but also worked in most every committee over time.
For those unfamiliar w/ BOMA, The Building Owners and Managers Association is a trade association with approximately 1,000 members representing commercial real estate. You probably have seen their work with government advocacy, the “industry standard” method of floor measurement, TOBY Awards (Bldg of the Year) and of course, education. BOMA has four industry designations, all of which Pat has mastered, I’m sure.
Congratulations Pat… we’re fortunate and proud to work alongside you.
Scott Meadows, President
This year our company’s day of service took us to the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, where our own Brand Morgan is President of the Executive Board. This inspiring organization has operated in Buford for almost 30 years serving homeless children and their moms. Executive Director Maureen Kornowa explained that the goal of this loving and nurturing environment is to end the cycle of homelessness. Their 3 to 12 month transitional living program provides free room and board with customized life-skill training in budgeting, parenting, resumes, job hunting and more. Children attend local schools while moms use an onsite resource center to find a job and begin work. With time, moms save and learn life skills that allow them and their children to graduate to independent living.
We were happy to decorate inside and outside for Christmas, organize donated articles, and provide gifts for the children from their wish list. If you would like to help with your time, talents and/or financial donations, visit their website here. You can make a difference!
Anchored by Fresh Market and Ace Hardware, this iconic Buckhead property is located at the busy corner of Roswell Road and Wieuca Road. New Market Properties LLC, recently won out over a dozen suitors to acquire ownership of the landmark center from the family who developed and cared for it since 1964. The family’s excellent relationship with Brand Real Estate Services factored into the choice of the new owner so that our leasing and management relationship could continue. This 74,370 square foot center is a familiar Buckhead favorite and we are honored to keep it in our portfolio.
Read more here.
We are excited to announce that our new tenant Vintage Pizzeria is OPEN today! Serving delicious pizza and Italian items, this new restaurant is a delightful addition to the Dunwoody area. Housed in a building that was long vacant, much hard work and restoration has brought this building back into a beautiful new gathering place for lunch and dinner. Mike Lowrey, Vice President of Leasing, is pictured with owner Mario Gonzalez celebrating today’s opening. Congratulations!
Brand Real Estate Services is celebrating the success of our new tenant 9292 Korean BBQ located in Satellite Shops, 3360 Satellite Blvd, Duluth. Leasing agent Michael Walker and property manager Suzanne Bunn were excited to assist them to get up and running.
This popular restaurant opened in December and has already made the Zagat list of the most notable restaurant openings around Atlanta. “Set in spacious Duluth digs with private rooms, this hip Korean barbeque joint pulses with television screens and contemporary pop tunes while guests grill wide-ranging cuts of meat over in-table grills, summoning servers with the push of a button to order from an array of ever-changing Korean banchan snacks.”
Our experienced leasing team would love to help you find the ideal location for your business. Visit our property tab and explore our diverse retail portfolio. Talk with us.
Join Pat Freeman, Executive Vice President of Property Management at Brand Real Estate Services, for an informative presentation at the 2017 BOMA SRC. This year the conference will be held in Atlanta at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead on April 5-8. BOMA’s annual event always features many excellent educational and networking opportunities with other real estate professionals. Freeman will be moderating a panel of 10 speakers on “Work IS Different – What is a PM, FM, AM, Contractor.” Early registration is available until March 3. For more information, visit the BOMA SRC website here.
An exciting new development is coming to the Sugarloaf Corridor in Gwinnett County. Legacy Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Brand Properties, is planning a large mixed-use project that includes 123,100 SF of commercial space and 294 high-end apartments. The project is located on 22 acres south of the Infinite Energy Center. Read more here.
Brand Properties CEO Brand Morgan announces the strategic alliance of his two real estate companies. Brand Real Estate Investments in Buckhead continues the development wing under the leadership of President Michael Hoath. Brand Real Estate Services in Duluth continues the services wing under the leadership of President Scott Meadows. Formerly Wheeler/Brand, the Duluth group has now officially changed its name to Brand Real Estate Services to reflect the buyout and retirement of company founders Tom Kolb in 2010 and Tom Wheeler in 2013. Brand Real Estate Services has a long history dating back to 1959 with Georgia real estate legend Scott Hudgens who developed such projects as North DeKalb Mall in 1965, Gwinnett Place Mall in 1984, and the Mall of Georgia in 1999. Currently the company portfolio in the Southeast includes over 90 properties with almost 5 million square feet of space for leasing and/or management, and almost 300 acres of land. Read more here.