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 […]

Jean-Philippe Towner

Executive Vice President/Managing Director, Pomerleau Capital Mr. J.P. Towner has been the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Pomerleau Inc. since August 2016. He was involved in high profile transactions such as the $400 million University of Montreal Hospital Center Phase 2 where he led Pomerleau’s bid strategy, commercial structuring and financing solution. This was the first such contract transfer in the world for a multi […]

Margie Thessin

Founder, Franklin on Foot Visitors of all ages have enjoyed my guided walking tours of historic Franklin, Tennessee since 1997. I have a law degree, but history is my passion, and there’s no better place than Franklin to pursue this interest. From the original Franklin city tour, I’ve developed crime, Civil War, ghosts, cemetery, children’s […]

Orion Fulton, CRE

Associate Principal and Advisory Services Business Leader, Arup Orion is Arup’s Business Leader for Advisory Services in the Americas. He is a trusted advisor to his clients assisting them with project structuring and delivery as well as preparing their organizations for the change that comes with large projects. He specializes in real estate engagements for […]

Jeanette Rice, CRE

Americas Head of Multifamily Research, CBRE As CBRE’s Americas Head of Multifamily Research and real estate economist, Jeanette Rice conducts high-level capital markets and property market analysis on the multifamily sector for CBRE’s Capital Markets teams and clients. Ms. Rice interprets the economic, market, and capital markets landscape at the national, metro and submarket level […]

Valerie Pontiff, CRE

Managing Partner, Mohr Partners Valerie Pontiff, CCIM serves as Managing Partner for Mohr Partners, Inc. in the Northeast. Valerie specializes in counseling clients to align corporate real estate portfolios with business strategy. Prior to joining Mohr Partners, Valerie was Founder and President of N.E. Property Advisors. Valerie provided concierge corporate real estate brokerage and advisory […]

Jim Myers

Award Winning Writer, Journalist, and Former Restaurant Critic Jim Myers is an award-winning writer, journalist and former restaurant critic who has covered the Nashville food and drink scene for more than 20 years. He served as a judge for the prestigious James Beard Awards and holds the honorary title of Colonel in both Kentucky and […]

Scott Levitan

President & CEO, Research Triangle Foundation Scott Levitan was hired in August 2017 to lead the Research Triangle Foundation as its CEO & President. He has over 30 years of experience working in mixed-use development, with an emphasis on university-related research parks. Prior to his current role, Scott was the Vice President of Forest City […]

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