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

Alabama Media Group is a digitally-focused news organization encompassing all content, marketing and sales operations for, The Birmingham News, Birmingham magazine,  The Huntsville Times, Press-Register,  The Mississippi Press and  

Alabama Media Group brings together the journalistic excellence of our awardwinning publications with the up-to-the-minute access of, ensuring the communities we serve have 24/7 access to what’s happening in their world. Our visitors and our clients make up an audience that is engaged in commenting, sharing photos and video, and working together to create a vibrant social community. Now, more than ever, this community can access information, advertising and each other, via the web, smartphones, tablets and apps of all kind, through newsletters, text alerts and much more.

Natalie Pruitt
Senior Director of Platform

(205) 325-3339

Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of unparalleled service, reliable electricity supply and competitive prices to more than 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries across the state. More than 84,000 miles of power lines carry electricity to customers throughout the company’s 44,500-square-mile service territory.

Alabama Power is an active participant in the communities it serves. The Alabama Power Foundation supports a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations throughout the state, and Alabama Power employees and retirees volunteer their time and resources to support communities through the Alabama Power Service Organization and the Energizers retiree service organization.

Economic development has been engrained in Alabama Power’s culture for more than a century. The company established the first economic development department for an electric utility in the country in 1913. With a strong record of meeting or doing better than environmental standards set by state and federal environmental agencies, the company is focused on preserving and protecting Alabama’s natural resources.

Alabama Power is a part of Southern Company (NYSE:SO), a leading U.S energy company serving nine million electric and gas utility customers in 18 states through its subsidiaries.

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Scott Walls
Commercial Business Development

600 18th Street North
Birmingham, AL 25203

(205) 226-1617

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

Bradley is a regional law firm with a global perspective and has more than 500 attorneys serving established regional, national and international companies, emerging businesses and individuals. Our offices—strategically located in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia—provide an extensive geographic base from which to best accommodate our clients.

Bradley’s Real Estate team has earned a reputation as experienced problem solvers with a solid track record for closing deals efficiently and creatively, when necessary. Our legal team is deeply embedded in the real estate industry and serves every sector of the market, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, lending, leasing, construction, regulatory, tax, and other matters. Additionally, we serve as counsel for a broad range of banks, lenders and financial institutions across the United States. As part of our nationwide practice, our team advises clients across the entire spectrum of commercial real estate and finance transactions, including commercial leasing, corporate finance, and acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate.

To learn more about Bradley’s Real Estate team click here.

J. Keith Windle

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 are skilled in construction best practices, including virtual design and construction, integrated project delivery, and lean construction, but we are best known for our preconstruction and self-perform expertise and exceptional client service. Brasfield & Gorrie has 12 offices and approximately 2,600 employees. Our 2016 revenues were $2.4 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 29th among the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors” for 2016.

To view more about our company, click here.
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John Stivender
Vice President

3021 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 328-4000

Burr & Forman LLP is a century old full-service law firm with a forward-thinking approach to providing legal solutions. We have nearly 300 attorneys and offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Burr & Forman offers a wide range of business and litigation services to diverse clients with local, national and international interests.

For locations, click here.
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Dwight Mixson

420 North 20th Street
Suite 3400
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 458-5280

Capital One Multifamily Finance, formerly Beech Street Capital, is a national leader in commercial real estate finance. Through our team, you gain access to Fannie, Freddie, FHA, CMBS, as well as our balance sheet of lending programs. Chad Hagwood and his nationally recognized team of experienced deal makers delivers smoothly, quickly and with certainty.

For a company overview, visit their website here.
For news of Capital One Multifamily Finance, click here.

Monica J. Schroeder

31 Inverness Center
Suite 150
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 991-6700 (ext. 8)

Marshanne Castro is General Manager 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 650,000 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 the Institute of Real Estate Management; and serves as the President of the Board of IFMA North Alabama and is a member of the Board of Directors for BOMA North Alabama, and the local unit board of Sparkman Homes Boys & Girls Club.   She has served as Vice Chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama Board of Directors, the State of Alabama Alliance Board for Boys & Girls Clubs, At Large Committee Chair for Women In Defense Tennessee Valley and is a founding member of 100+ Women Who Care of Madison County.  She currently is serving a two year term on the ACRE Advisory Board of Trustees.

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Marshanne Castro
General Manager

310 Bridge St.
Suite 610

(256) 517-7030

As a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, EGS Commercial Real Estate can provide nationwide and international coverage for brokerage and other real estate services, so clients can do business in other markets while continuing to work with us, the local company they know and trust. In 2012, our team members handled in excess of $130 million in transactions, as well as a management and leasing portfolio of 6.1 million square feet of commercial property.

R. William Pradat, Jr., SIOR

2100 3rd Ave N
Suite 700
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 939-4440

Hoar Construction was founded over 81 years ago, and throughout our history we’ve been committed to learning from every project to improve our processes and deliver the best building experience possible for our clients and partners. With seven offices in six states and more than 4,000 projects across nine market sectors, building is our business, but we’re more than builders. We’re partners to our clients and leaders through the entire development process to ensure we deliver the results our clients want and expect. Always building. Always improving. Always in process.

For more information about Hoar Construction, please visit or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Trippe Gray
Project Executive

Two Metroplex Drive
Suite 400
Birmingham, AL 25309

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.

For company news on the website, click here.

Will Wilson

2260 EastChase Lane 
Suite 100
Montgomery, AL 36117

(334) 260-2500

JLL is ultimately a world leader in real estate services, powered by an entrepreneurial spirit. We want the most ambitious clients to work with us, and the most ambitious people to work for us. It’s as simple as that. We buy, build, occupy and invest in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hotel real estate. From tech startups to global firms, our clients span industries including banking, energy, healthcare, law, life sciences, manufacturing and technology.

To learn more about us, please visit our website here

Buff Teague
Managing Director for the Gulf Coast 

169 Dauphin Street
Suite 101
Mobile, AL 36602

(251) 341-1611

Buff Teague

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

Terry Steelman
Midsouth Division Manager

2050 Parkway Office Circle
Hoover, AL 35244

(205) 560-7292

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 1,700 business centers in 100 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support – city centers, suburban districts, shopping centers and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centers.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit  

Heather Salillas
Area Sales Manager

One Perimeter Park South
Suite 100N
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 970-6714

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 was formed in January of 1952 to provide natural gas service to the cities of Andalusia, Abbeville, Brundidge, Dothan, Elba, Enterprise, Eufaula, Fort Deposit, Greenville, Headland, Luverne, Opp, Ozark and Troy. Each of those cities owned, and still owns, an equal share of the gas district, and continues to be represented equally on the Southeast Gas Board of Directors.

Southeast Gas now serves 30,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 34 communities throughout the Southeast quadrant of Alabama.

Wiley Lott
Director, External Affairs and Economic Development

445 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

(205) 213-8141

Spire Energy (formerly Alagasco) has been providing reliable natural gas service in Alabama for more than 160 years. As the largest natural gas distributor in the state, Spire serves approximately 500,000 customers in over 210 Alabama cities, towns and communities. Approximately 1000 employees work in the Spire offices across the state, striving to provide excellent customer service to residential, commercial and industrial customers every day. For more information about Spire Energy, click here

Tom J. Morse
Manager of Commercial Business Development

605 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Office: (205) 326-1610
Cell: (205) 283-0324

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. 

For more information on The Sanders Trust, visit

Rance M. Sanders
President & CEO

1000 Urban Center Drive, #675
Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 298-0809