Broker of the Month: Bryan Davis

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Congratulations to Bryan Davis, our March Broker of the Month!

Bryan, who earned the Ackerman & Co. Top Young Producer of the Year award years before, continues to surpass expectations, evidenced by his most recent deals.

Last month, Bryan signed a new medical tenant and renewed an existing one, both at ten-year terms. The active broker also signed a brand new retail tenant and assisted a long-term tenant with a major expansion, doubling their space for another 10-year term.

If you’re in the market for a diligent, service-oriented commercial real estate solution provider, Bryan is your expert.

The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors’ 59th Million Dollar Club Banquet

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Keene Miller ACBR 2017

Kirk Rich, Ackerman & Co. President of Brokerage, Keener Miller (center) and Sim Doughtie


Keene Miller, Ackerman & Co. President of Brokerage and also President of The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, spoke at the 59th Million Dollar Club Banquet, celebrating the best in commercial real estate. The Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® is one of the largest commercial in the nation with more than 2,200 members. The 2017 Million Dollar Club produced over a record-setting $26+ billion in commercial real estate transactions, surpassing the previous record of just over $25 billion, set in 2016.

Ackerman congratulates all Million Dollar Club award winners, including our own, for their outstanding achievements. Each of the following Ackerman brokers has generated in excess of four and a half million dollars in commercial real estate sales and leasing activity last year.


Kevin Hermetz

Kevin Hermetz
$20+ Million


Sean Patrick

Sean Patrick
$20+ Million

Larry Jarema

Larry Jarema
$10+ Million

Frank Farrell

Frank Farrell
$4.5+ Million

Jimmy Stevens

Jimmy Stevens
$4.5+ Million

Brett Buckner

Brett Buckner
$4.5+ Million


The ABC’s of Ackerman: John Speros

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We’re kicking off 2017 by speaking with our Broker of the Year, John Speros. John has been with Ackerman & Co. for eight years and is one of the premier land brokers in the Metro Atlanta area. We caught up with John between deals for some insight into the mind of one of our senior brokers. 

A.) Congrats on being named Ackerman’s Broker of the Year for 2016. Can you tell me how you got to that point and what your goals were at the beginning of 2016 and how you achieved them?

The real answer is simple: I produced more revenue than any other broker at Ackerman. I don’t start off the year hoping to be Broker of the Year. I just focus on helping the client meet their objectives and if you do that the commission seem to follow.

B.) What brought you to Ackerman & Co. and how long have you been here?

I joined Ackerman & Co almost eight years ago when Larry Wood, Sean Patrick, Kyle Gable and I left another firm. We all felt that Ackerman provided a unique platform for our business.

C.) Can you tell us a little about what you do at Ackerman & Co.?

My focus is selling raw land for commercial and residential development.

D.) What is the best part of working at Ackerman & Co.?

Ackerman & Co. gives me ALL of the support that I need to be successful including administrative, marketing, research and other support services.

E.)  What’s something that surprises people about you?

For some reason, people see me as really intense. I have had several people say that they were warned about how difficult I would be to work with only to discover that I am pretty easy going.

F.) What is the most exciting thing about commercial real estate to you?

It all or nothing. I learn something new in every transaction. It’s like Vegas with better odds.

G.) What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I enjoy helping my clients achieve their objectives. The commissions are anticlimactic, to me.

H.) What advice do you have for someone trying to break into your field?

Get lean on all expenses, be prepared to go for two years without an income and find someone to mentor you.

I.) What book do you think everyone on the team should read?

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

J.) If you could have lunch with a U.S. president or someone famous, who would it be and why?

That’s tough to narrow down. There are so many people that I would love to talk with for an hour. I would have to put Ronald Reagan near the top of that list.

K.) Do you have a bucket list? What’s one thing on your bucket list that you can share with us?

At 60, I have completed most of the “physical” bucket list items. However, I would like to step foot on every continent.

L.) Who has been the most important person in your life?

My father. He taught me a great work ethic and emphasized getting my education. He could also “fix” just about anything and “fixing” things take a logical thought process that I use every day in brokerage.

M.) What lessons has your work life taught you?

If you work hard and smart, you seem to have more luck!

Keene Miller Appointed President of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors

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Keene Miller, 2017 Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors


F. Keene Miller, President of Brokerage with Ackerman & Co. was named President of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS (ACBR) for the 2017 term. Miller was sworn in during ACBR’s Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony held at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead on December 9th. The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, an instrumental factor in the growth of organized real estate in the state of Georgia since 1910, is the largest commercial realtor association in the country with more than 2,500 members.


“Service above self is his motto,” said John O’Neill, senior managing director at Cushman & Wakefield, when describing Miller from the podium during the ceremony. “Keene is a consensus builder who leans in to get the job done,” he added. Miller will be the association’s 42nd president.

Miller who believes in “never letting the moment be bigger than him” is committed to the ACBR’s continued efforts to increase diversity, offering higher education classes and advocating for the commercial real estate industry while supporting the communities in which they do business.


Giving Back: Atlanta Habitat Young Professionals Group

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Last week Ackerman & Co.’s 2016 Young Broker of the Year, Ben Campbell, joined members of the Atlanta Habitat Young Professionals Group to put some finishing touches a one-story, two bedroom home in Southwest Atlanta.

The home is for Ms. Taylor, a medical office manager who came to Atlanta in 2007, and her son. It will be completed by the first quarter of 2017. 

“I believe in the importance of Habitat’s work throughout the community. I was inspired by my family, friends, Jason Carter and the Carter Foundation to get involved with Habitat Atlanta,” said Campbell, a founder of the Atlanta Habitat Young Professionals Group. “The assistance Habitat Atlanta provides for struggling families is very powerful and acts as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.”  

Campbell and the Young Professionals Group plan to continue fundraising and build more homes in the Southwest Atlanta area next year. 

Ms. Taylor and I

Ackerman Retail Services Team Expands

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The growing retail services division of Ackerman & Co. recently welcomed Courtney Brumbelow as Senior Vice President of Ackerman Retail. Brumbelow is charged with directing the leasing of Ackerman’s retail properties as well as the company’s third-party retail property assignments. Additionally, she will help facilitate the continued team effort to strengthen and expand Ackerman’s retail platform throughout the Southeast.

Brumbelow brings more than 18 years of commercial real estate experience to Ackerman Retail and has completed more than 365 real estate transactions in excess of $155 million.

Prior to joining Ackerman Retail, Brumbelow was Vice President of Leasing at Moonbeam Capital Investments, where she was responsible for overseeing a 3.5-million-square-foot portfolio of shopping centers, enclosed malls and offices. Brumbelow also worked as Director of Real Estate for Penn Hodge Properties, in charge of development, leasing and property management of their real estate portfolio.

“Courtney has a solid track record of driving strong results. She brings a tremendous amount of talent and experience to our team,” said Leo Wiener, President of Ackerman Retail.

Braselton Logistics Center Well Underway!

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Braselton Logistics Center Underway


Ackerman & Co. is developing Braselton Logistics Center – a 1,000,315-square-foot bulk distribution center in Jackson County off of Broadway Avenue and BDC Parkway in Atlanta’s northeast industrial submarket, arguably the largest industrial tenant submarket in the Southeast.


The speculative bulk distribution center, slated to deliver in the first quarter of 2017, is well underway. Slab has been poured, walls are up and roofing has begun. The cross-dock building will feature 40-foot clear heights, ductilcrete floors, and heavy trailer and car parking.


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Brett BucknerFor more information, contact:

Brett Buckner | 770.913.3923

2016: Meet Our Interns!

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Internships are opportunities to journey into the unknown. They allow you to gain experience in a real work environment aligned with your chosen field of study. The beautiful part – it’s not permanent. If you don’t like it, you can try something different. And hey, at least you learned valuable skills that can open the door for other possibilities.

This year, Ackerman welcomed three bright and ambitious interns – Jack Pelt, John Horton, II and Graham Officer. The young men were placed in departments most related to their professional goals.  By all accounts, the guys have adapted well and kudos are being offered all around. “I’m proud of our intern team,” said F. Keene Miller, President of the Brokerage. “These young men have shown an impressive work ethic and have been valuable members of our team this summer,” he added.

Jack, a native of Georgia, is a junior at the University of Alabama. He currently is working with the investment group learning how deals are structured and implemented.  The accounting major is thrilled to be learning about the investment aspect of commercial real estate. “I want to put myself out there and grow as much as possible during my time at Ackerman,” said Jack. “I believe this opportunity has given me more insight into my career path.”

Currently enrolled at North Dakota State University, John is an upcoming sophomore. He is assisting the marketing team, learning the day-to-day business operations. “I’m ecstatic for the opportunity to be a part of this summer internship. I believe this experience will help me develop both personally and professionally,” said John. The track athlete is no stranger to hard work having earned the Most Improved award for his high school track and field team two years in a row.

Graham is a senior at Jacksonville State University pursuing a degree in finance. He joined the internship team at Ackerman because he’s considering becoming a broker. A few weeks into his internship, Graham realized just how much he was up against. “I thought being a full-time student and baseball athlete was tough,” he said. “But brokerage can be pretty demanding,” he added. Graham is grateful for the opportunity to work with some of Atlanta’s top brokers. He especially enjoys the satisfaction of meeting client needs and closing deals.

As summer comes to a close, Ackerman would like to thank Jack, John and Graham for their dedication and eagerness to learn. We hope that this experience will have an everlasting impact on their lives and help steer them in the right career choice. We would welcome the opportunity to work with them again, this time as members of the Ackerman family.

The ABC’s of Ackerman: Leonard Tate

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With a bright and sunny second quarter underway, The ABC’s of Ackerman caught with Building Engineer at Stone Mountain Industrial Park, Leonard Tate. He has some free time to discuss his work and life with us. Take some time to get to know another great member of our Ackerman & Co. team!

A. What brought you to Ackerman & Co. and how long have you been here?  

I wanted to expand my horizons. I felt like Ackerman & Co. was one of the places that I would challenge my knowledge and abilities. I have been here for nearly 11 years.

B. Can you tell us a little about what you do at Ackerman & Co.? 

As a building engineer, I do a bit of everything. Everything from lighting, plumbing, air conditioning and more.

C. What is the best part of working at Ackerman & Co. and what makes Ackerman such a great organization?

I enjoy meeting new tenants from a wide variety of companies and seeing their smiles. Every day brings a new challenge. Ackerman is a great organization because the whole team collaborates well. Everyone has a great knowledge and understanding of commercial real estate.

D. What advice do you have for someone trying to break into your field?  

You need to be committed to this field. It requires hard work and dedication.

E. What are your goals at Ackerman moving forward? 

I would like become chief engineer and manage my own buildings.

F. What lessons has your work life taught you?

Be able to do your job so well that no one else can do it better.


Let’s get away from work and get personal!


G. How would you describe yourself?

I’m an 80/20. 80% is great and the other 20% is a working process.

H. What about some of your hobbies? Do you have any cool hobbies?

I love playing basketball. I like playing horseshoes because this is the only thing that you can win by being close!

I. What’s something that surprises people about you? 

I originally set out to fly a plane and be a pilot. That is what I did while I was in the service. I flew planes and was a parachute jumper.

J. What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Sweet potato pie and butter pecan ice cream.

K.  What’s one thing on your bucket list that you can share with us?

One of the big ideas on my bucket list is to work to pay my church mortgage and help the church elders.

L. Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her?

God, my wife, and my children they are the reason I get up every day and work hard.

M. If you could have lunch with a U.S. president or someone famous, who would it be and why?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or President Obama.

N. Same question, only a little different. If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?

My mother. She raised me and made me into the man I am today.

Millennial’s Corner: The Rise of the Craft Alcohol Industry in Georgia

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The biggest decision I made after college was investing in a home. As a millennial, it was important to purchase a home in a thriving community with active residents who support local products and businesses.

One of the most popular locally made products among millennials is craft alcohol. Craft breweries and distilleries are highly sought after and are often regarded as gathering halls to meet friends and sample the latest blend.

Recently, Georgia’s Department of Revenue issued new regulations which allow breweries to sell facility tours at different price points based on the quality and quantity customers receive as “free souvenirs.” Allowing consumers to purchase alcohol brings new potential for increased revenue and brand recognition, which is a major game changer for the industry.

In the last 20 years, Georgia’s craft alcohol market has grown by 800 percent according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association. And the growth continues with 20 new breweries and distilleries expected to open in 2016. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to stay competitive. Established distilleries—such as Old Fourth Distillery, the first of its kind to open in Atlanta since Prohibition— are expanding to larger facilities, increasing the amount of liquor they can produce and sell.

All in all, it seems millennials won’t have any problem getting their hands on local craft alcohol; it might be just as easy as going to the farmer’s market.