About Us

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 platforms. 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.

Our Mission

GBT aspires to increase the value of every property it touches.

Our History

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 Tomlin


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.

Craig Cole

Managing Director

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

Managing Director - Shopping Centers & Diversified Divisions

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.

Rita Klein

SVP of Asset Management

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.

Geren Moor


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.

Evan Gower

SVP/General Counsel

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.

Scott Porter

Managing Director

Managing Director


Amanda Martin

Staff Accountant

Ashley Holcomb

Staff Accountant

Bob Ligon

DG Real Estate Tax Admin

Brittany Carr

Staff Accountant

Carol Willingham

NNN Accountant

Kate Smith

Project Finance Staff

Kim Bibb

Accounting Manager

Nicole Hollowell

Project Finance Manager

Stephen Brown

Corporate Accountant

Susan Hilton

Property Accountant

Alex Poladian

VP Property Accounting


Chuck Varn

SVP of Acquisitions

Greg Kuenning

SVP of Acquisitions

Thom Hickman

SVP of Acquisitions

Preston Dial

VP of Acquisitions

Bert Dargie

VP of Development & Acquisitions

Richard Sellers

VP of Acquisitions

Clay Lehning

Acquisitions Manager


Ruth Logan

Sr. Executive Assistant to CEO

Sharon Cicero

Front Office Administrator

Capital Holdings

Scott Porter

Managing Director

Ford Tomlin

VP of Capital Holdings

Trey Culpepper

VP of Capital Holdings


Michael Vickers

Construction Manager

Ivan Lozina

SVP of Construction

Zach Rogers

Director of Construction

Brandon Lutz

Sr. Construction Manager

Tim Mondello

Construction Manager

Eastin Travis

Construction Manager

Chris Truesdell

Site Construction Manager

Tiffany Pruett

Development Assistant

Adrienne Tharpe

Construction Coordinator

Diversified Development Division

Olivia Tomlin

Design & Property VP


Rex Edmonds


Will Ogilvie

VP of Investor Relations

Geren Moor



Doug Finch

IT Manager

Carlos Zavaleta

IT Technician


Fraser Schaufele

Director of Leasing

Alex Kelly

Sr. Leasing Associate

Brooke Stevenson

Leasing Assistant


Rita Klein

SVP of Asset Management

Evan Gower

SVP/General Counsel

Gretchen Bauer

Lease Administrator

Jennifer Fuller

Lease Administrator

Julie Loyd


Justine Moreau

Staff Attorney

Kim Hurst


Marketing & Research

Betina DiDomenico

Director of Marketing & Graphics

Lauren Tangard

Director of Market Research

Net Lease Division

Craig Cole

Managing Director

Austin Rogers

VP of Net Lease Development

Will Beard

Director of Pre-Construction Services

Greg Glaser

Designer NNN

Jason Horowitz

Development Manager

Bob Gage

SVP of Development Svcs.

Property Management

Mary Ann Howell

Property Manager

Gina Hamilton

Property Management Assistant

Shopping Center Division

Jeff Pape

Managing Director - Shopping Centers & Diversified Divisions

Alan Brewer

VP of Development Svcs.

Fiona Haulter

VP of Development