At Southpace, we start each new year by honoring our top five producing brokers from the previous year. While most of our 2015 top five shouldn’t be much of a surprise to those in the Birmingham area commercial real estate industry, there is definitely a new face in the mix.
Up first is Blake Crowe, CCIM, Director of our Office Division, who provides representation of both landlords and tenants in leasing and sales transactions. Blake helped several offices find their ideal space in Birmingham last year, including client Wettermark & Keith who leased 10,558 SF of office space at Grandview II. Blake also represented the owner in the sale of the 57,000 SF former Booker T. Washington building downtown to Gray Construction, who is renovating the space for their Southeastern regional office headquarters. Two other large transactions Blake facilitated included the sale of a 73,000 SF office building in Anniston and a 70,000 SF office building on Highland Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama.
Next is David Ashford, CCIM, Director of our Retail Division, who best illustrates our firm’s landlord representation capabilities. David represented the landlord in the leasing and renewal of retail space at Country Club Park shopping center in Mountain Brook to La Paz Restaurant and Catering, Total Fitness and 32º Yogurt Bar. David also represented the landlord in the leasing of 22,600 SF to Beauty Masters at Midfield Shopping Center.
Stutts Everette, who focuses on tenant representation in our retail division, had an excellent year with both new and existing clients. Stutts represented Twisted Root Burger Company in leasing restaurant space on Rocky Ridge Road in Birmingham. Stutts also represented Zoës Kitchen in finding a new location in Dothan, Alabama and also in a built-to-suit location at Brook Highland shopping center in Birmingham, which will be the fast casual chain’s first freestanding restaurant.
Rich Vanchina, CCIM, SIOR, Director of the Industrial Division at Southpace, had a great year in both sales and leasing transactions. Rich represented the landlord in new leases and renewals of more than 200,000 SF total at Continental Gin in Avondale in 2015, including leasing 18,000 SF to Cahaba Brewing. Rich also represented the landlord in new leases and renewals of more than 165,000 SF of industrial warehouse space at 165 Goodrich Drive in Birmingham, Alabama.
We round out our top five with Southpace broker Joseph Sedita. Joseph closed a variety of transactions in 2015, including assisting Blake Crowe with the sale of the 73,000 SF office building in Anniston, Alabama. He also represented the owner in the sale of 1.5 acres to Rural Urgent Care, LLC in Oneonta, Alabama. Joseph also helped several local Birmingham clients find their perfect retail or office location, including Rent Monster and Katie’s Plates.
Congratulations to our top five brokers of 2015. We look forward to seeing what you’ll accomplish this year!