Tom Turner

President and CEO, One Nashville Place The Partnership is a non-profit downtown leadership group with the core purpose of making “downtown Nashville the compelling urban center in the Southeast in which to LIVE, WORK, PLAY and INVEST.” As a strong advocate for downtown Nashville, Turner focuses on business recruitment and retention initiatives, increasing residential development, […]

Michael McElveen, CRE

President, Urban Economics, Inc. Michael, as president and founder of Urban Economics, guided the company into urban analytics which is the use of large data sets and structured analytical techniques coupled with spatial analytics to answer questions about real estate and behavioral economics of real estate users. He is currently applying spatial data analytics, machine learning, and […]

Mark Ezell

Commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development Mark Ezell, a seventh generation Tennessean, will serve as the Commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development. Ezell has worked with Dean Foods since 1998 as a senior executive focused on brand development for Purity Dairies and other southeast dairies. Ezell spearheaded philanthropic efforts to create the Purity […]

Dirk P. Melton

Development Director, MarketStreet Enterprises Dirk Melton joined MarketStreet in 2008 and is responsible for the firm’s real estate investment and development activities, including the management of commercial, residential, retail and mixed-use projects for the firm’s portfolio. Melton is actively involved in the commercial real estate community, currently serving on the NAIOP National Board of Directors […]

Eric Klotz

Principal, ESa Since joining ESa’s design team in 1996, Eric Klotz has worked on a wide variety of building types—comercial/office, education, hospitality and community facilities. As Principal, Eric specializes in complex office and hospitality projects at ESa, with a focus on both new construction and renovations. Eric has always been interested in the role of […]

Bert Mathews

Executive Vice President & Partner, Colliers Bert Mathews is president of The Mathews Company, a leading commercial real estate development company in Nashville, TN, and is a partner with the brokerage firm Colliers International/Nashville. Bert has been a leading force in the Nashville area’s vibrant commercial real estate industry and active in the city’s civic […]

Elam Freeman

Affiliate Broker, Baker Storey McDonald Properties Elam is a Licensed TN Affiliate Real Estate Broker who advises restaurant, retail, entertainment, fitness and creative office clients in their search for commercial space. She also works with landlords on sales and marketing strategies to procure new tenants. Elam focuses on urban districts, emerging neighborhoods, and adaptive reuse developments. Prior to joining […]

Margaret Emley

Director of Real Estate at Vanderbilt University Margaret Emley is the Director of Real Estate at Vanderbilt University (VURE). She’s been working at her alma mater since 2016, both in the Assistant Director and Director roles. VURE directs management and leasing of the university’s perimeter and auxiliary properties, consisting of approximately one million gross square […]

Melissa Alexander

Vice President, Foundry Commercial Melissa Alexander serves as Vice President for Foundry Commercial and works on the Industrial Services team in Nashville, TN. Melissa has more than twelve years of real estate experience focusing on the leasing, sale and development of industrial properties in Middle and West Tennessee. Melissa previously served as Principal of the […]

Rob Nahigian, CRE

Principal, Auburndale Realty Company Robert J. Nahigian, FRICS, SIOR, CRE, MCR has forty years of real estate experience with thirty-one years exclusively in commercial and industrial.  Mr. Nahigian has been a counselor, broker, expert witness, investor and land developer of approximately $4.9 billion of real estate totaling 38 million square feet.  He is recognized as […]

The Counselors of Real Estate®, established in 1953, is an international group of high profile professionals including members of prominent real estate, financial, legal and accounting firms as well as leaders of government and academia who provide expert, objective advice on complex real property situations and land-related matters. Membership is selective, extended by invitation only. The organization’s CRE® (Counselor of Real Estate) credential is granted to all members in recognition of superior problem solving ability in various areas of real estate counseling. For more information, contact The Counselors of Real Estate