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Southeast Venture transforms an empty shell into a light-filled office for the Bradford Group

the Bradford Group lobby

the Bradford Group lobby

When the Bradford Group needed a new home for its growing public relations agency, the firm turned to Southeast Venture Principal Randy Parham and Broker James Roscoe High to find the perfect space. Randy and Roscoe found the perfect space—an office condo on the second floor of the iconic glass and red-steel Fifth & Main Building in East Nashville—then brokered the purchase for Bradford, using their experience to negotiate an attractive price and favorable terms.

the Bradford Group Conference Room

the Bradford Group Conference Room

The Bradford Group then worked with Ginny Caldwell and Shannon Mikula of Southeast Venture’s interior design team to turn the new space, which was an empty shell, into the light-filled office the Bradford Group’s smart and creative team need.

the Bradford Group Kitchen

the Bradford Group Kitchen

There is only one office in the Bradford Group’s office that is not exposed to natural light. Because interior walls are broken up with lots of glass, even interior offices get plenty of sunlight. The highlight of the space is the break room and kitchen, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide a panoramic view of downtown Nashville.

the Bradford Group

the Bradford Group – view from the kitchen

Additionally, the agency’s primary brand color—Pantone Yellow 123—can be found throughout the office: in the carpet, on the walls, surrounding the reception area and kitchens, in chair fabrics, etc. Southeast Venture worked with the Bradford Group to ensure that the corporate color is prominent in the space, though not overwhelmingly so.

Services Provided

Brokerage

Interior Design

Project Scale

5,500 SF

Project Timeframe

2013-2014

Southeast Venture Taps into Nashville’s Restaurant Movement

Brings Prima restaurant to Terrazzo

Terrazzo1In May 2013, Southeast Venture Broker Jon Petty and Principal Axson West helped bring Nashville’s newest fine-dining option to the Gulch by securing a lease agreement for Community Hospitality, LLC in the Terrazzo.

Local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes and Jim Lewis, managing partner and CEO of Cumberland Consulting Group, who make up Community Hospitality, LLC, secured Chef Sal Avila for their innovative new restaurant, Prima. Sal previously worked at City House, 360 Bistro and Jay Jay’s Good Food Truck.

Terrazzo2Over the last couple years, Nashville’s burgeoning foodie scene has garnered national accolades from publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Conde Nast, Bon Appétit, The Guardian and Food & Wine, and this development of new restaurants has helped spur other development around Nashville.

Prima’s 7,000-square-foot first floor space at 700 12th Avenue South fronts Division Street and sits across from Music City Flats. The restaurant will provide a unique international spin on farm-to-table dining and include an expansive wine cellar and private dining space via a mezzanine that overlooks the main dining lobby. The restaurant will use a wood-burning oven along with a mozzarella and olive bar to pair with fresh, chef driven cuisine. The restaurant is expected to open in early 2014.

Terrazzo3Location Nashville, Tenn.

Date Completed May 2013

Client Community Hospitality, LLC

Project Scale 7,000 Total SF Class A Retail Space

Services Provided Brokerage

Middle Tennessee’s CRE 50

Nashville Post’s recent listing of the “CRE 50” of 2011 included two familiar faces from Southeast Venture: Randy Parham and Axson West. The feature highlights 50 commercial real estate pros who are making moves throughout Middle Tennessee.

Check out Randy and Axson’s profiles from the article.

Congratulations to both of them!

A Little History To Cap Our 30 Years

In addition to sharing pictures from our 30th Anniversary Party, we wanted to share some history of our company from over the past 30 years.

Dick Sorenson, a seasoned real estate developer from Atlanta, and George Volkert, a local real estate professional and Georgia Tech football star, established Southeast Venture in 1981.

The company is led today by seven principals: Todd Alexander, Wood Caldwell, Michael Finucane, Randy Parham, Paul Plummer, Cam Sorenson and Axson West. Wood, Paul, Cam and Axson have been with Southeast Venture for over 20 years.

Southeast Venture has grown with Nashville. And like Nashville, we’ve been fortunate to enjoy times of economic expansion and learned how to be resourceful during down times. Though no one wants to experience a recession—and in our history we’ve been through three—the lessons we’ve learned during the down times have made us a better, stronger company. It taught us how to turn obstacles into opportunities.

The firm’s story was born in 1981 when a banker called George and asked him and Dick to solve a problem. Perimeter Park, then under construction, had run into some difficulties and the bank needed someone to fix it. So Perimeter Park became the company’s first project. We handled the leasing, property management and landscaping, and turned a struggling property into a success.

The founding principals were also among the first to see the potential in Williamson County. As development partners with Gary Baker and the late Gerry Ezell, Southeast Venture led the project to create what is now Cool Springs. Southeast Venture handled master planning, rezoning, assembly of the land and approval of the Cool Springs interchange.

Southeast Venture Principals

Dick Sorenson, Paul Plummer, Wood Caldwell, Cam Sorenson, Todd Alexander, Randy Parham, Axson West, Michael Finucane

Construction on the Cool Springs interchange was well underway when the bank financing the project went under, forcing Southeast Venture to relinquish control. But George and Dick’s dream stayed alive, and today Cool Springs is one of the most successful mixed use developments in the south.

In 1991, Southeast Venture added third-party brokerage to its repertoire, and completed its first major third-party project with Sam Moore a year later, brokering the development of Royal Park Business Center.

Other Southeast Venture third-party projects include: Lakeview Regional Medical Center in St. Tammanny Parish Louisiana, Indian Lake, Stewarts Ferry, a major U.S. Postal facility in Royal Park, Central Woodwork Office and Distribution Center in Memphis and Mallory Park, an office park on the former “flagpole property” in Brentwood.

Southeast Venture’s brokerage arm has grown from two to 15 brokers. In April 2011, the company added brokers Finucane and Alexander to its ownership team. This was only the third time in 30 years that Southeast Venture has added partners.

Axson West, Jon Petty, Jimmy Pickel, Tarek El Gammal, J.T. Martin, Todd Alexander, John Cavin, Gilbert Smith, Alan Treadway, Michael Finucane

Our Brokerage Dept.: Axson West, Jon Petty, Jimmy Pickel, Tarek El Gammal, J.T. Martin, Todd Alexander, John Cavin, Gilbert Smith, Alan Treadway, Michael Finucane

The second time was in 1998 when a merger with Metro Center Inc. brought in Randy as a principal and added his broad background and talent in lease management. Over the last five years, Southeast Venture has developed 390,000-square feet in MetroCenter.

Southeast Venture also works closely with HG Hill Realty Company, the largest private property owner in Middle Tennessee. Providing brokerage and design services, Southeast Venture’s projects with HG Hill include BMW/Mini Cooper of Nashville, Gateway at Armory Oaks, Armory Hill Corporate Office Center, Hill Center in Green Hills and the Hill Center in Belle Meade.

If you were to ask what’s Southeast Venture’s stamp, what sets us apart, I’d have to say our track record and leadership that is well known and respected in Nashville. We know the local market, care about the local landscape and have been a part of greater Nashville business community for the last three decades.

The Southeast Venture Team

The Southeast Venture Team

Welcome Michael Finucane and Todd Alexander to our Ownership Team

We are happy to announce the addition of Michael Finucane and Todd Alexander to the Southeast Venture management team.

Michael and Todd @ our offices

Adding Michael and Todd has been 3.5 years in the making, and is only the 3rd time in 30 years that we’ve added partners.

The last time was 14 years ago when a merger with Metro Center, Inc. brought in Randy Parham. Michael and Todd join Randy, Paul Plummer, Cam Sorenson and Axson West in leading our company.

It’s only fitting that this announcement comes as we celebrate our 30th anniversary.

Michael and Todd both joined Southeast Venture as brokers, Michael in 1997 and Todd in 1999. Integral to the growth of our brokerage arm, both have been involved in all aspects of the Southeast Venture’s commercial real estate brokerage services, including land sales, landlord representation, tenant relocation, site acquisition, office and medical office representation, industrial leasing and improved property sales.

When we brought Michael aboard, he was one of only two brokers outside the principals. Now we have 11 brokers. Michael and Todd have been key to the growth we’ve enjoyed in brokerage services. It will be their goal and task to continue that trend, as well as to help our leadership team plan the firm’s future.

From the beginning Todd and Michael were team players; they showed leadership and were willing to put the interests of the firm ahead of their own, if necessary. We feel very fortunate that they are now partners at Southeast Venture and look forward to their continued leadership.

Michael joined Southeast Venture from the Trammell Crow Company where he worked in property management managing their industrial portfolio.

He concentrates primarily as a tenant representative broker in office and industrial transactions and recently closed on two industrial transactions totaling 761,400-square-feet.

He has represented such clients as H.G Hill Realty, Duke Realty, Griffin Technology, Inc., Franklin American Mortgage, Digital Reasoning, Essex Technology Group, Thompson Caterpillar, Kemberton Healthcare and Cumberland Consulting Group.

Todd was promoted to director of brokerage services in 2009. He works primarily in landlord and tenant representation.

He is currently responsible for leasing over 525,000-square-feet of office product and over 60 acres of commercial property in the greater Nashville market – as well as representing Southeast Venture in the development of a 98,000-square-foot office building for HealthSpring located in MetroCenter.

He has represented such clients as Behringer Harvard, USAA Real Estate Company, Northwestern Investment Management, IPC US REIT, SunTrust Bank, Saint Thomas Hospital, Sonic Automotive, Inc., Avis, Inc. and Sony, Inc.

He was a co-recipient of the 2005 NAIOP Office Lease of the Year, and recipient of the Commercial Awards of Excellence Horizon Award for 2001. He is a chair of the MetroCenter Advisory Committee of Chamber North, the North Nashville advisory council of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Join us in welcoming Michael and Todd to their new management roles.