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Company History & Background
Eakin Partners was formed by Tom Harwell, Chad Bottorff, Barry Smith and John Eakin. Each of these principals brings a unique ability and experience level to the company.
Eakin Partners Chairman John W. Eakin has developed over 3.6 million SF of office product in the Nashville market. Over 25 years, with three different companies, John has developed signature properties in the Airport, Green Hills, Brentwood, West End and Downtown submarkets.
John's career began with American General after graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1977. From 1980 to 1987, he was president of Carroll Properties and successfully developed over 1 million SF of Class A office space. In 1987, John formed Eakin & Smith, which became Nashville's dominant office development, leasing and management company. In April of 1996, he merged Eakin & Smith with Highwoods Properties (HIW) in a transaction valued in excess of $100 million. John was a Board member, Senior Vice President, and served on Highwoods Investment Committee.
President Barry R. Smith is a graduate of Purdue University. He has dominated the office leasing market in Nashville over the past 10 years. In his 23-year career, he has negotiated approximately 4 million SF of office leases. While he was with Grubb & Ellis, he consistently ranked in the top 20 of more than 2,000 brokers nationwide. He was named NAIOP "Broker of the Year" in both 2001 and 2006, and was awarded the "Office Lease of the Year" in 2005. Smith leads the office leasing team, which is the most productive per-agent in the Nashville market.
Tom Harwell leads the sales and marketing team of seven real estate agents. These highly experienced individuals rank highest, year after year, in top revenues generated per agent.
D. Chad Bottorff is the Director of Construction and Asset Management for Eakin Partners. Chad works closely with John Eakin and Tom Harwell to analyze future projects, and to structure partnerships and financing.
2007: SunTrust Plaza is completed. This 340,000 SF building, located next to the Ryman Auditorium, includes tenants such as SunTrust Bank, Stites & Harbison, Universal Music and Panera Bread.
2005: Eakin Partners began the development of SunTrust Plaza in downtown Nashville.
2004: Roundabout Plaza is completed, housing one of Nashville's most prominent law firms, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.
2002: Eakin Partners acquired Burton Hills for its investment partnership, EP Real Estate Fund.
2001: Eakin Partners developed Virginia Way Plaza, an 80,000 SF building located in Maryland Farms.
Eakin Partners is composed of a team of real estate professionals that provide a full array of real estate services, including leasing, management, development and investment services.
Leasing: We represent tenants and owners who are seeking professional solutions to their real estate needs. Our team of agents brings superior market knowledge to every deal, negotiating the best terms for our client.
Management: We provide hands-on management combined with timely and accurate accounting and reporting for our owners.
Development: We develop multi-tenant office buildings, like our 340,000 SF SunTrust Plaza, which opened in December 2007. We also develop build-to-suit facilities and manage construction for corporate clients.
Investments: We sell property for clients as well as purchase and develop buildings for investors. We also manage several investment partnerships. Eakin Partners delivers professional real estate service to clients through a unique team approach.
Our goal is to provide:
Service. We are hands on, responsive and resourceful. Service is the foundation of our business relationships.
Experience. Our founders bring 65 years combined experience in the Nashville market to every transaction.
Performance. Our track record is second to none. We provide solutions that meet our clients' objective, every time.
Integrity. Our reputation is our largest asset and firm and fair dealings are the foundation of our reputation.
Chairman John W. Eakin
President Barry R. Smith