ACRE Alabama Cabinet - Transformational Leadership

Future Center success requires transformational leadership, which is the key to its sustainability, productivity and growth. The ACRE Alabama Cabinet provides such leadership in its effort to support ACRE’s core purpose of providing relevant resources for the real estate industry in Alabama and the communities it serves. Cabinet Members provide both thought leadership and the financial support that allows ACRE to continue to build its evolving multimedia platform.

For more information about the Cabinet and how your business can support the mission of the Center, contact Stuart Norton at (205) 348-5416 or by email at

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Alabama Housing Finance Authority (AHFA), created in 1980 by the Alabama Legislature, is dedicated to serving the housing needs of Alabama and offers a number of affordable housing programs for homebuyers and renters.

As a longtime proponent of making homeownership a reality for low- and moderate income Alabamians, AHFA offers Step Up, a successful program featuring affordable interest rates and entry cost assistance on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loans.  New home buyers may also take advantage of the Mortgage Credit Certificate which qualifies them for valuable federal income tax reductions.  And unemployed or underemployed Alabama homeowners may also take advantage of Hardest Hit Alabama, a federal government initiative administered by AHFA which is designed to prevent foreclosures.

Recognizing that a large portion of Alabama households may be more suited to rental housing, AHFA offers tried and tested multifamily programs as well.  As administrator of the State’s HOME (HUD) and Housing Credit (Treasury) programs, AHFA has long provided financing incentives to the development community who have, in turn, built or rehabilitated tens of thousands of affordable rental units.  Multifamily bonds also remain a viable source of development funding through AHFA.

A major initiative for AHFA over the last decade has been the creation and growth of its mortgage servicing business, now known as ServiSolutions®. In addition to servicing all homeownership program loans in-house, AHFA now services loans for many Alabama community banks as well as the housing finance agencies in the State of Washington, Missouri and North Carolina.

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Robert Strickland
Executive Director

P.O. Box 242967
Montgomery, AL 36124

(334) 244-9200

BL Harbert International, LLC is recognized as a well-diversified construction company working in a wide range of construction markets both in the U.S. and abroad. The company is one of Alabama’s most influential contractors, a leader in sustainable construction, and a top design-builder. U.S. markets served include: Healthcare, Institutional, Civil, Industrial/Manufacturing, Government/Municipal and Commercial.

The growth that the company is able to sustain throughout a wide range of operations has, at its core, a decentralized decision-making and management operating philosophy. Our company has been built by extraordinary people of good character who are empowered to make sound decisions.

Firmly grounded in Alabama, our roots in the community are deep, while we possess those unique capabilities to build anything, anytime, and anywhere in the world.

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Ben Patrick
Vice President

820 Shades Creek Parkway
Suite 3000
Birmingham, AL 25209

(205) 802-2852

Founded in 1964, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets. We’re skilled in construction best practices including virtual design and construction, integrated project delivery, and Lean construction, but we’re best known for our preconstruction and self-perform expertise and exceptional client service. Brasfield & Gorrie has 13 offices and more than 3,500 employees, and our 2021 revenue was $4.2 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 22nd among the nation’s Top 400 Contractors for 2021, and ENR Southeast named Brasfield & Gorrie their 2021 Contractor of the Year.

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Frank Anderson
Business Development

3021 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 328-4000

Burr & Forman’s experienced legal team serves clients with local, national, and international legal needs. With particular industry strengths in the financial institutions, health care and manufacturing sectors, our attorneys draw from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to serve as trusted business advisors and legal counsel to help clients achieve their goals. Burr & Forman is a Southeast, regional firm with 350 attorneys and 19 offices in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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Dwight Mixson

420 North 20th Street
Suite 3400
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 458-5280

Marshanne Castro is Vice President of Operations in the Southern Region for Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT). She is responsible for overseeing the day to day operation and financial performance of COPT’s portfolio in Huntsville, Alabama consisting of the 468-acre master planned, mixed-use EUL project known as Redstone Gateway located at Redstone Arsenal, as well as the Class-A Office building located at 310 The Bridge Street.  The overall portfolio currently consists of over 2.5 million square feet of Class-A office and retail space.

Marshanne has more than 20 years of real estate experience and has a proven record of leadership, problem solving, property management, business development, construction management, forecasting and financial planning.

Marshanne previously held the position of Vice President, Business Development and Retail for Graham & Company.  She earned The Certified Property Management designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management in 2004.

She is a member of several nonprofit organizations in the Madison County area and continues to serve as the Vice Chair of the ACRE Advisory Board.

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Marshanne Castro
Vice President, Operations – Southern Region

310 Bridge St.
Suite 610

(256) 517-7030

At Cushman & Wakefield / EGS Commercial Real Estate, it’s more than selling and buying. We assist our clients in every stage of the real estate process, representing them in leasing, brokerage, sales, development and property management, among many other advisory services. Our real estate professionals offer an uncommon level of service by continually seeing past the immediate transaction and instead advising the best strategy for every client.

Additionally, as a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, we are able to combine our local talent and expertise with Cushman & Wakefield’s global platform. So while you can rely on us for insight and knowledge throughout the state of Alabama, we simultaneously have the capability through the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance to help you conduct real estate business in every corner of the world.

R. William Pradat, Jr., SIOR

2100 3rd Ave N
Suite 700
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 939-4440

Jim Wilson & Associates is a real estate services and management company with over three decades of experience. The company has developed Class-A office buildings, condominiums, hotels, mixed-use facilities, master-planned residential communities and business parks, and over 22 million square feet of shopping space. With the knowledge and experience necessary to move property through every phase – from acquisition to leasing to grand opening and successful day-to-day operations – Jim Wilson & Associates knows how to turn real estate into real success. The company has developed Class-A office buildings, condominiums, hotels, mixed-use facilities, master-planned residential communities and business parks, and over 22 million square feet of shopping space. With the knowledge and experience necessary to move property through every phase – from acquisition to leasing to grand opening and successful day-to-day operations – Jim Wilson & Associates knows how to turn real estate into real success.

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Will Wilson

2260 EastChase Lane 
Suite 100
Montgomery, AL 36117

(334) 260-2500

At Lument, our commitment to relationships drives us to understand our clients’ business – and that insight guides us as we structure our loans. Thanks to the broad product platform we’ve assembled by combining Hunt Real Estate Capital, Lancaster Pollard, and RED Capital Group, our expert originators can choose the precise financing option that best meets your needs. At Lument, we are redefining what you can expect from a financial partner.

Chad Hagwood
Senior Managing Director

100 Village Street 
Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 902-7827

In 1834, Russell family settlers from England fell in love with a tract of land in central Alabama. The Russell’s love for the land continued throughout the years. Nearly 100 years ago, news came of a huge new lake that would soon create several hundred miles of shoreline within their beloved forest. The Russells could, even then, envision the recreational potential of the beautiful shoreline encompassing Lake Martin and today they continue to acclaim the virtues of the 44,000 acres of deep blue water that surrounds the old Russell Forest. That place is Russell Lands On Lake Martin

The company is one of uncommon vision, diversity and commitment to community – whose endeavors go beyond creating fine lake homes and communities.  Willow Point Golf and Country Club (, owned and operated by Russell Lands, is one of the most revered private clubs in Alabama and considered to have the “most beautiful lakeside golf course” in the country.  Russell Crossroads, the new central town hub of Russell Lands On Lake Martin’s 25,000 acres of land holdings, is designed to reflect the agrarian era with period architecture of the 1920s promoting “walkability” of the town. 

Today, the town consists of the Discovery Center, Catherine’s Market (, SpringHouse restaurant ( and The Stables.  Russell Marine ( offers boating enthusiasts world-class sales and service through four Lake Martin locations. Russell Do-it and Home Décor Centers in nine locations make it easier for homeowners to build and personalize the homes in which they live. 

In 1998, Russell Lands constructed the The Amp (Lake Martin Amphitheater) ( – a unique venue for celebrating culture and the creative arts. And the company continues to serve the community through Children’s Harbor – the not-for-profit organization created by Russell Lands Chairman, Ben Russell – whose mission is to strengthen children and families through a variety of programs, services and good works.  For more information, go to

Steven D. Arnberg
Vice President of Real Estate Sales

2544 Willow Point Road
Alexander City, AL 35010

(256) 329-0835 

Sanders Capital Partners develops and acquires retail centers, office buildings, and light industrial properties primarily throughout the southeastern and midwestern United States. SCP has significant capital and real estate expertise to acquire or develop stabilized income-producing assets.  SCP currently owns properties throughout the Southeast and Midwest. 
For more information on Sanders Capital Partners, please visit their website at  

Jackson Stewart
Executive Vice President & General Counsel

2015 Stonegate Trail, #105
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 438-6565

Southeast Gas is a public corporation created in 1952 by 14 cities in southeast Alabama. The company provides natural gas service to more than 31,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers located in 36 communities in the southeast portion of the state. Southeast Gas owns and operates 600 miles of transmission lines and 1,694 miles of distribution lines.

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Jimmy Black
Director of Community Development

PO Box 1338 | Andalusia, AL


The Sanders Trust develops and acquires medical office buildings, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and specialty hospitals nationwide. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, The Sanders Trust has been a recognized leader in the investment community for healthcare clients since its inception in 1989 and has developed or acquired medical properties in 28 states. 

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Rance M. Sanders
President & CEO

1000 Urban Center Drive, #675
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 298-0809