Case Studies Real Estate Development

Karen Diener

Between 2014 and 2015, internet pioneer AOL acquired mobile-ad giant Millennial Media, attribution marketing company Convertro, and Microsoft’s advertising business—all in the same 18-month stretch. For Karen Diener, AOL’s longtime senior director of real estate, the trio of deals presented a unique challenge. In a typical acquisition, the acquiring company will procure both people and […]

Karen Hodson – CM Group

From the moment Karen Hodson walked into CM Group’s former San Francisco office, she knew the vibe was all wrong. Conference rooms unnecessarily clustered in the center demanded the most attention, making the open-concept desks surrounding them feel scattered and sparse. Adding to the effect, the office was just too big for the number of […]

Lisa Landis – The Woda Group

It’s no statue, but it does have a connection to the past. The 86,000-square-foot, six-story brick structure was built in the 1890s and has been used as a grocery store, biscuit factory, wool exporter and warehouse. And there’s the most recent use: Nothing at all. For years, the structure stood vacant. Then, in 2015, the […]

Lyndsay Bennett

Architecture is a complex, involved profession, but Lyndsay Bennett has been captivated by it since childhood. With her father working as a contractor, at an early age Bennett began drawing pictures of houses similar to those she saw around her neighborhood. “I was always looking at construction and home design magazines,” she says. “My dad […]

Matthias Muckle – Bayer

Growing up in the West German capital of Bonn, in the uncertain years before and after reunification, Matthias Muckle marveled at the city’s multicultural verve: the kaleidoscope of faces on every street, the mix of gothic and postmodern architecture, meeting families from foreign embassies on early evening strolls with his parents. Today, he still yearns […]

Norman LoPatin

To some, an outdated manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California, might deserve to be razed to make way for the next development in Silicon Valley. But Norman LoPatin saw something different: a potential school. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. For 18 years, LoPatin has led the construction of 25 charter schools nationwide showing that […]

Pillars Development

Even an outsider can sense there’s an impressive amount of collaboration and development happening in Nashville right now. Pillars Development is a prime example, and perhaps a result of that. The small, minority-owned, firm got its start in 2013 as part of the project management team and owner’s representative for Nashville’s Music City Center, a […]

Pratt Home Builders

In Southeast Tennessee, the housing market has been largely spared the booms and busts of other sunny climes and is projected by such observers as Fortune Builders magazine to grow steadily for at least the next few years, and a prime beneficiary is likely to be Pratt Home Builders, a family-owned company since 1998 that […]

Rankin Development

A developer is responsible for bringing all pieces of the building puzzle together, expertly managing relationships with everyone from brokers and real-estate attorneys to contractors, architects, engineers, owners and tenants. A good developer brings all of these parties together to achieve a common goal that delivers quality construction and long-term investment value for clients. For […]

Residential Realty Group Inc.

What do you do when a small buffalo herd appears on the property you are managing? Joan Magill remembers asking herself this question when nine buffalo escaped from a nearby farm and started running through one of the communities her company manages. This is just one story from Magill’s upcoming book, “Condolirious”, in which she […]

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