Our Brand Real Estate Services team had a great day volunteering at John Wesley United Methodist Church helping to prepare a new homeless shelter in Norcross. We removed carpet, baseboards and wood flooring to make room for renovations that will house women and children who need a helping hand. Next, some walls will be removed, rooms will be combined, new paint & flooring will be added, and new furniture will go in. This remodeled center will help give so many people a second chance and a temporary place to stay while they rebuild their lives. What an impact this will have!
A key figure at Brand Real Estate Services is our Vice President of Leasing Michael Walker. Using extensive industry contacts and almost 30 years of experience, he has brought 10 retail centers to 100% occupancy and filled 2 large decade-long vacancies, among many other accomplishments. Michael oversees all leasing activities for a number of retail properties within our portfolio and regularly brings landlords and tenants together for mutual success.
We are excited to share an overview of his colorful career journey as featured in the March 2019 edition of Shopping Centers Today! Read more here.
Candy McIntyre, Vice
President of Leasing with Brand Real Estate Services, has leased 26,650 SF of
office space in the Central Perimeter market to co-working giant Serendipity
Labs. Michael Berman with JLL and John Winter,
formerly with JLL, represented the tenant.
With a passion for hospitality
and exceptional service, Serendipity Labs offers premium co-working/shared
office alternatives as well as meetings and events alternatives. Regional
networks are being built across the country that are connected to the national
network. This office will be its fourth
location in the Atlanta network.
Serendipity Labs will occupy the
2nd floor and a majority of the 3rd floor in 121
Perimeter Center West bringing occupancy to 100%. Other tenants include
SunTrust Bank, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, American Fueling Systems, and
Muntzing-Sattele. Major renovations have
been made to the building lobby and common areas. The addition of a multi-level
parking deck is under construction, to be completed this summer.
Congratulations to our Vice President of Leasing Michael Walker who recently earned the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) inaugural and most comprehensive designation, the Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) in addition to his CLS (Certified Leasing Specialist) designation that was earned in 1998. The new designation covers in-depth knowledge of the following aspects of retail leasing: finance, construction, design, development, leasing, legal, asset management, marketing, retailing, and property management and operations.
As Vice President of
Leasing for Brand Real Estate Services,
Michael oversees all leasing activities for a number of retail properties within our
portfolio. Using extensive industry contacts and almost 30 years of
experience, he has brought 10 retail centers to 100% occupancy and filled 2
large decade-long vacancies.
Atlanta continues to boom as Brand Properties sells two excellent multifamily developments to Blaze Partners LLC of Charleston, South Carolina for nearly $133M. Stadium Walk is a 309 unit upscale development with a prime location near the Battery Atlanta, and walking distance from SunTrust Park. Overlook at Huntcrest is a 299 unit upscale community strategically located in fast-growing Suwanee in Gwinnett County.
Read more here.
Brand Properties’ mixed-use development Echo Lakeside is helping transform and update Technology Park in Gwinnett. The upscale apartments and townhomes are geared toward attracting millenials and feature a winding trail system that will connect office and residential areas with restaurants and shopping. Read more here.
Brand Properties CEO Brand Morgan and other multifamily developers recently gathered to speak about market conditions at Bisnow’s Exploring Gwinnett County & Northeast Atlanta event. Demand for affordable housing is high and supply is low, yet land acquisition and construction costs are a considerable challenge. Developers are seeing success in the suburbs with new projects. Read more here.
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