SMPS February 19, 2019 Development Program

February 19, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

City Springs Conference Center
One Galambos Way
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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Developing in atlanta: what's fueling our growth?

Session Overview:

Metro Atlanta’s significant increase in tourism and population, coupled with the decrease in unemployment, has proven the need for more commercial development. Will this trend continue? What will fuel the need for commercial developments in the future and what trends will continue? Are there concerns with rising construction costs?

Please join us for an SMPS Atlanta conversation about what’s fueling growth in Atlanta and how that will impact development in the commercial markets.

Event agenda

11:30 – 11:50 AM – Registration & Networking
11:50 – 12:30 PM – Luncheon & Networking
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Panel Discussion   

CPSM CEUs: 1.0 hours
: 1, 2, 3



Joe Appleton
Senior Vice President -
General Manager, Private Commercial 
Batson-Cook Construction

 A 42-year veteran of the construction industry, Joe Appleton joined Batson-Cook in 2005 as a project executive at the urging of his brother, Kevin, now the company’s COO.  He became senior vice president and general manager of the West Point Division in 2009 and accepted his current role as senior vice president and general manager of the Private Commercial – Atlanta Division in 2016. In this role, he carries ultimate responsibility for strategic planning, business development, and construction operations of Batson-Cook’s private commercial work and also manages other tasks essential to the growth of his division and the company at large.

Joe, a native of Birmingham, is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Licensed General Contractor in Georgia, and a past member of the board of directors of the Columbus, GA, Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Sarah, a structural engineer whom Joe met while the two were working on a Batson-Cook project, are residents of Atlanta. Together they enjoy exercise and fitness, bicycling, travel, in-town living and following Auburn sports. 


Jim Feldman
Principal – Development Services
Regent Partners 

Jim Feldman joined Regent Partners in 1994. He oversees all pre-development, design, construction and project closeout for the firm. Mr. Feldman has been involved in commercial real estate and construction since 1977 and has been directly responsible many types of real estate development including mixed-use high-rise, office, industrial, retail, restaurant, hotel, medical, and multi-family residential projects. Project size has ranged from small tenant spaces to a $250 million, 50-story mixed-use tower.  

Mr. Feldman received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977. He is a member of NAIOP (chairman of the Mixed-Use Forum), the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He serves and has served on numerous community committees regarding zoning and green space planning as well as the Board of Directors of Homeowners Associations and the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity at Georgia Tech.  Mr. Feldman has been a member of the SPI-12 (Buckhead zoning district) Development Review Committee, since its inception.  He was a participant in the initial writing of the SPI-12 zoning ordinance.

Chris Eagen
Senior Development Manager
Trammell Crow 

Chris Eagen serves as Senior Development Manager for Trammell Crow Company where is responsible for managing all aspects of design and construction of new speculative and build-to-suit projects. In addition, he has performed third party development consulting on a fee basis. Eagen has more than 20 years of experience in construction and development and has managed the development of more than 3 million square feet of commercial real estate, valued at $600 million.

Earlier in his career, Chris gained valuable construction experience as a project manager for Brasfield & Gorrie and DPR Construction. Chris worked his way up to the COO position of a regional general contractor prior to joining TCC. Throughout his career, Chris has overseen office, multi-family, hotel, school, biotech, industrial, mixed-use, retail and stadium projects. Chris has participated in numerous industry organizations such as NAIOP, AGC, ABC and USGBC.

Scott Leventhal
Co-Founder, President and CEO

Scott Leventhal is the co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trillist. As a fourth-generation developer, Mr. Leventhal has spent two decades in the real estate development business and has created an impressive portfolio of mixed-use and multifamily housing projects in the Southeastern U.S.   Mr. Leventhal is an experienced real estate developer and has overseen the development of a high-quality portfolio of residential and mixed-use projects. Mr. Leventhal formally managed Tivoli Properties, Inc. (“Tivoli”), which was one of the nation’s premier real estate investment and development companies. Under his leadership, Tivoli built innovative developments which forever changed the Atlanta landscape for residential condominium living. Within a few years of its formation, Tivoli created a portfolio of award-winning projects with a retail value of nearly $400 million. 

Mr. Leventhal appears frequently as a guest speaker and lecturer on matters involving the real estate development business. In the spring of 2012, Mr. Leventhal appeared as a special, select witness before a U.S. Congressional Committee on the effect of bank failures in the real estate development industry and structured finance programs that involve public-private partnerships.   Mr. Leventhal is also a member of Georgia State University’s Honorary Real Estate Board. He frequently lectures before students at Georgia State University’s Masters in Real Estate Development and Finance classes.

Bennett Sands
Development Director
Wood Partners 

Bennett Sands is a Development Director for Wood Partners responsible for development and finance for new projects and asset management for existing assets in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He has developed and financed more than 3,000 multifamily units and 120,000 square feet of commercial space with a total capitalization in excess of $700 million.

Before joining Wood Partners, he spent three years working in Investment Banking for Robinson-Humphrey. At Robinson-Humphrey, he worked on both public and private capital raises in several industry groups including retail, telecom and information technology.

Sands earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. He received an MBA with a Real Estate concentration at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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