Founded in 1987, GBT Realty Corporation develops virtually all types of retail and mixed-use developments throughout the United States from its headquarters in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburban Nashville community. In recent years, the real estate company has completed over 6 million square feet of development totaling over $1 billion of project cost in 27 states through its shopping center, net lease and diversified development divisions. Since inception, GBT has been involved with the development, construction, leasing and management of over 30 million square feet of retail including grocery-anchored shopping centers, neighborhood centers, single-tenant buildings, regional power centers and mixed-use developments. The team’s combined decades of experience with local, regional and national tenants includes such names as Academy Sports + Outdoors, Hobby Lobby, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Publix Supermarkets, Walgreens, Dollar General, Ross Dress for Less, Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, PetSmart and Target, to name a few. Currently, the company has $1 billion of commercial development totaling five million square feet in the pipeline and under construction.
GBT aspires to increase the value of every property it touches.
In 1987, George B. Tomlin, a Nashville-based real estate executive, formed GBT Realty Corporation with a regional focus in office and retail investment management services with a diverse client base. The company changed its focus in 1990 from investment management services to retail development, and it experienced great success. GBT has gone on to develop a diversified mix of retail properties including single-tenant, grocery-anchored, and neighborhood centers. In 2008, GBT formed a Net Lease Division of the company, which has gone on to become the annual leader of net lease developments in the United States. In addition, GBT recently added the Diversified Development Division, which will specialize in the development of medical office buildings and urban mixed-use centers, including retail, office, and multi-family residential projects.
George is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and seasoned veteran of commercial real estate with over 35 years of experience. Early in his career, George managed the Nashville-based office of WM Capital Corporation of New York. He later joined American Diversified Capital Corporation of Costa Mesa, California as the Southeast Acquisitions and Development Manager where he oversaw the company’s growth throughout the southeast. During these years, Tomlin gained extensive experience in the site identification, acquisition, development, construction, leasing, and management of commercial properties including office, retail, and multi-family apartments.
During his career in commercial real estate Tomlin has been actively involved in over 50 million square feet of property acquisition, development, and management across the nation. He has been an active member in the International Council of Shopping Centers for more than 25 years, maintaining a strong presence within the industry.
Tomlin consistently contributes to non-profits throughout the Nashville MSA with private and public donations. He has provided sponsorship’s of the local arts, and he is personally committed as a steward of the Nashville Inner City Ministries, which supports and aids the mission to improve the lives of inner city children.
As Chief Financial Officer at GBT Realty, Geren leads the financial team responsible for evaluating investment in the company’s new development throughout the country. Procuring the capital needed for these opportunities and GBT’s core assets is a major part of his role. He is also directly involved in the company’s disposition strategy for its portfolio of assets under management. Geren joined GBT Realty in 2007 after a 20-year career in banking and real estate finance. He earned his MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 1987.
Craig Cole leads GBT Realty’s Net Lease Division. He brings more than ten years’ experience in retail development, and has managed the development of more than three million square feet of single-tenant, build-to-suit properties across the country. Prior to leading the Net Lease Division, Craig was responsible for GBT’s development of over two million square feet of first-class shopping center space across the Southeast. Craig is also licensed professional engineer.
Jeff Pape has been providing commercial real estate development solutions throughout the east coast for over 20 years. At GBT Jeff is responsible for leading the Shopping Center Division in all aspects of Development. Prior to his role at GBT, Jeff formed D&A Development and Consulting, Inc, and held senior leadership positions with several notable commercial real estate companies, such as Vice President of Investments for Regency Centers (NYSE: REG), Vice President of Development with North American Properties, as well as a Senior Manager for The Sembler Company.
Jeff is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and sat on the ICSC Certified Design and Construction Professional (CDP) governing committee. He is a faculty member for the John T. Riordan School for Professional Development where he teaches courses in commercial real estate development and contract documents. Jeff served as a member of the ICSC Centerbuild program committee. He is also a licensed professional engineer.
As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Evan is responsible for all legal aspects of real estate development and general corporate matters at GBT Realty, including acquisition, development, entitlement, leasing, capital and finance, and disposition, providing counsel to the Shopping Center Division, the Net Lease Division, and the many subsidiaries and affiliates of GBT Realty. Evan serves in an advisory capacity on the business aspects of both the Shopping Center and Net Lease divisions, providing transactional management while coordinating the efforts of outside local counsel across the country. He assists in the structuring of capital investment and financing for GBT Realty’s developments and joint ventures and is responsible for corporate structuring and documentation.
Evan also provides internal counsel on litigation, general corporate governance and structure, and employment matters.Prior to joining GBT Realty in 2007, Evan was in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee working in commercial real estate development and finance.
Evan, his wife Amy and their three daughters live in Nashville. He is actively involved at Grace Community Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Evan received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 1996 and his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1999.
Rita is responsible for the Asset Management of GBT Realty’s shopping center portfolio and legal support for new shopping center developments. This includes the negotiation, review and approval of all leases and operating declarations for new shopping center developments, heading up GBT Realty’s Property Management Division, and handling GBT Realty’s Dispositions for both the Shopping Center and Net Leasing Divisions. Prior to joining GBT Realty in early 2011, Rita served at Realty Income Corporation’s in-house legal department for almost 7 years, working on the San Diego based REIT’s multi-billion dollar portfolio (NYSE:O). Before that, she headed up the in-house legal department and was made partner at Aston Properties, a shopping center development company located in North Carolina. Rita earned her Law degree in South Africa.
Don’s primary responsibility is the oversight of the Division’s growth and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining GBT in 2005, he garnered significant depth of knowledge in commercial, retail, and medical development and construction as President of a commercial general contracting firm, Corporate Vice President of Development for Service Merchandise, and Vice President of Construction for Target Stores.
Don has an MBA in Management and a BS in Civil Engineering. He brings over 40 years of experience in the design, development, and construction of commercial offices, warehouses, distribution centers, shopping centers, big boxes, community centers, restaurants, gas and convenience stores, tenant buildouts, medical buildings, and over 350 Net Lease, build to suit facilities located in 19 states.
Ben brings more than a decade of experience in property management, marketing and finance for multifamily and mixed-use developments, having served as sales and marketing manager for Birchwood Consolidated.