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Employee Spotlight: Controller April Stidham

Posted on July 21, 2021 at 3:34 pm

Each month in 2021, we will feature one of our outstanding team members in a J.H. Berry Employee Spotlight. Today, we highlight Controller April Stidham.

Describe your role at J.H. Berry.

As a controller at J.H. Berry, I lead the company’s Property Management Accounting department, overseeing all property management accounting activity: payables, receivables, financial statements, balancing and reconciling, as well as all activities related to information technology.

What is your professional background, and what were you doing before joining J.H. Berry?

Prior to joining J.H. Berry in 1997, I spent time working in property management in Gulf Shores before relocating to Birmingham. I attended the University of Alabama before going on to obtain my real estate sales license in 1990 and real estate associate broker’s license in 1992.

How has your background helped you deliver results in your current role, as well as to J.H. Berry and clients?

The experience and knowledge I accumulated over my career in property management and in the pursuit of my real estate licenses have benefited me in numerous ways. It has given me the ability to communicate with our clients easily and effectively, as well as property managers and tenants. I am also able to approach my work armed with a deep understanding of the commercial real estate industry.

What fuels your work approach?

Honesty, integrity and a deep respect for the trust our clients place in us. H. Berry is a truly collaborative workplace, so I always try to be as approachable as possible to my co-workers, and I always feel like I can engage anyone in our office with any challenges or obstacles I am facing. Teamwork is a vital piece of our operation at J.H. Berry, so I place a significant emphasis on that.

 What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love the outdoors, and I especially enjoy taking in any of Alabama’s many beautiful hiking trails. Additionally, I am a member of Hands On Birmingham, a program of United Way of Central Alabama. I also enjoy weight training and spending as much time as possible with my family.

Jake Bottcher and Edwin Moss Mentioned in Birmingham Business Journal

Posted on May 26, 2021 at 3:22 pm

 

J.H. Berry Executive Vice President Edwin Moss and Leasing and Brokerage Associate Jake Bottcher were recently mentioned in an article in the Birmingham Business Journal for their roles in an industrial transaction on Pinson Valley Parkway.

GW Systems, an engineering, manufacturing and construction firm, acquired 4420 Pinson Valley Parkway.  Moss and Bottcher represented the seller, Process Barron, in the deal.

“This was a great transaction to be a part of,” said Moss and Bottcher. “The greater Birmingham market currently has limited crane served space available for sale, which made this an actively pursued asset. We appreciated the opportunity to work for Ken Nolen and Cliff Moss at Process Barron and are pleased with the outcome.”

For more information, read the full article here. 

 

Philip Currie Mentioned in Bham Now

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 9:05 pm

 

J.H. Berry President Philip Currie was recently mentioned in an article from Bham Now.

The article details a class A office project in development at 2222 Arlington Avenue in  Redmont Park.

Philip, along with FiveStone Associate Michael Reilly, will represent the leasing team.

For more information, read the full article here.

Philip Currie Mentioned in Birmingham Business Journal

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 8:34 pm

J.H. Berry President Philip Currie was recently mentioned in an article from the Birmingham Business Journal.

The article details a class A office project in development at 2222 Arlington Avenue in  Redmont Park.

Philip, along with FiveStone Associate Michael Reilly, will represent the leasing team.

For more information, read the full article here. 

Employee Spotlight: Brokerage Relations Specialist Callan Sherrod

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 7:35 pm

 

Each month in 2021, we will feature one of our outstanding team members as a J.H. Berry Employee Spotlight. Today, we are featuring Brokerage Relations Specialist Callan Sherrod.

Describe your role at J.H. Berry.

I wear a lot of hats in my role as a brokerage relations specialist at J.H. Berry. I focus specifically on supporting and managing the office brokerage team’s principal goals and tactics as it relates to tenant and landlord representation, building sales and acquisitions and marketing. The industry and market knowledge I’ve been able to cultivate at J.H. Berry allows me to drive efficiency, as well as guide firm activities toward the vision and goals we have laid out for ourselves and our clients.

What is your professional background, and what were you doing before joining J.H. Berry?

After graduating from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, I spent time as a sales representative before joining J.H. Berry in 2015. I have been very fortunate to spend many years learning from the best at J.H. Berry and to grow my career here

What is you approach to working with CRE clients?

For me, it’s all about relationships. When you’re working with a client, you want them to know they can trust you and the team behind you. It’s easy to build those client connections when you’re coming from a place like J.H. Berry. We’ve generated a reputation for ourselves that is built on trust, communication, and quality service for every client we serve.

How do you approach challenges that arise in your work?

Any time an obstacle arises in a professional setting, you want to feel confident that you can lean on the people around you. Throughout my six years at J.H. Berry, I’ve always been able to consult with my fellow team members, brainstorm, and receive guidance on how to solve any problem we (or our clients are) facing. That collaboration and confidence is extremely valuable.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Birmingham has such a fantastic food and drink scene, and I love any opportunity to try out a new hotspot in town. Birmingham is also a community with many non-profit organizations, and I can usually always find an event for a good cause. And of course, I love watching Alabama sports. Excited to watch our men’s basketball team in March Madness!

SIOR Recognizes JHB in Deals of the Year List

Posted on March 16, 2021 at 6:13 pm

Philip Currie, Edwin Moss

J.H. Berry President Philip Currie and Executive Vice President Edwin Moss

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors recently released their Top Deals of the Year List for 2020, and J.H. Berry’s Philip Currie and Edwin Moss had a top 10 industrial deal of the year. This esteemed list features SIOR designees that are doing major and impressive transactions across the globe.

Read more about the achievement and see the full SIOR list here. 

 

Jake Taylor Mentioned In Birmingham Business Journal

Posted on February 10, 2021 at 4:09 pm

Jake Taylor, leasing and brokerage associate at J.H. Berry & Gilbert, was recently mentioned in an article in the Birmingham Business Journal detailing Harris Family Investments LLC’s purchase of Noah’s Event Venue in International Park in six separate deals totaling $1.65 million.

Taylor represented Harris Family Investments in the transaction.

Located at 2501 International Park Place, the building was developed in 2019 and is about 8,304 square feet.

Read the full article HERE. 

Christopher Thames Mentioned in Birmingham Business Journal

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 8:03 pm

 

Christopher Thames, senior vice president and chief operating officer of J.H. Berry & Gilbert, was recently mentioned in the Birmingham Business Journal for his role in a deal at 2701 Seventh Ave.

Thames represented the seller,  Choctaw Investment Co. LLC.

The space was purchased by Gusty Gulas Group, who is planning a full renovation of the property.

“We’re excited to see a building on Southside to be renovated and put into new use,” Thames said.

 Read the full article HERE.

 

Employee Spotlight: Leasing and Brokerage Associate Jake Bottcher

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 4:08 pm

Each month in 2021, we will feature one of our outstanding team members as a J.H. Berry Employee Spotlight. Today, we start with Leasing and Brokerage Associate, Jake Bottcher.

Describe your role at J.H. Berry.

I’m extremely thankful to be a part of the J.H. Berry team. I serve as a leasing and brokerage associate, specializing in industrial leasing and sales. I also work closely with the brokerage team to develop new business opportunities. In this role, I work in a business development capacity as well as helping execute deals once underway. This has been rewarding as I am identifying new leads, entertaining prospects, and gaining a better understanding of some of the more technical aspects of commercial real estate deals. A little over a year into the role, and I am learning that deals typically have some ‘hair’ to them and require some creative problem solving, which has been a lot of fun to work through.

What is your professional background, and what were you doing before joining J.H. Berry?

After graduating from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in finance, I headed to Jacksonville, Fla. to begin my career. There, I began working with Deustche Bank. During my time with Deustche, I raised hedge fund capital before moving to the leveraged finance team. From there, I worked with corporations to satisfy debt financing needs. 

What is your approach to working with CRE clients?

To put it simply, clients are my priority. I always aim to take a client-first approach and anticipate any needs that they’ve entrusted to me on behalf of their business.  I think everyone at J.H. Berry puts an intense focus on great communication, creative problem solving, and a deep list of connections to call upon. Our clients are the best part of this job. It’s been incredibly rewarding to work with them to help achieve the needs and desires as it comes to both business-related needs or personal capital being invested and/or utilized to maximize their personal returns.

How did you go about navigating the challenges of 2020?

The year 2020 brought about many challenges for businesses across the country. Companies were forced to adapt to the changing real estate environment. Luckily, we have a great team at J.H Berry that was able to navigate and closeout 2020 strong.


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

As an Alabama graduate, I (of course) love to watch Alabama football. I also love any sort of outdoor activity like playing golf, anything on the lake, or chasing animals through the woods. Additionally, as a newly engaged man, I have picked up wedding planning as a new hobby, albeit I act in more of a ‘someone to cry at/get frustrated with’ capacity. I’m also an active member of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.

 

 

J.H. Berry Highlighted in Historic Buffalo Rock Co. Acquisition

Posted on November 10, 2020 at 11:32 pm

 

Buffalo Rock Co. is expanding its Birmingham operations with a distribution campus off of Lakeshore Parkway – largest infrastructure investment in the company’s history.

The company acquired 895,000 square feet of warehouse space at 400 Industrial Drive and a 120,000-square-foot office building at 800 Lakeshore Parkway.

J.H. Berry President Philip Currie and Executive Vice President Edwin Moss represented Buffalo Rock in the transaction, which was mentioned in multiple publications.

Read more about the transaction in the Birmingham Business Journal, Alabama Political Reporter, AL.com., and The Birmingham Times. 

 

 

Edwin Moss Mentioned in BBJ Article

Posted on October 22, 2020 at 11:24 pm

Executive Vice President Edwin Moss was mentioned in the Birmingham Business Journal for his involvement with a Highland Park apartment community transaction.

Two local multifamily investors – Bret Connor and Will Byars of Coosa Investments LLC, as well as H2 Real Estate – acquired Highland Riviera Apartments.

Moss was the selling broker in the deal.

Read the full article HERE. 

Christopher Thames Mentioned in BBJ Article

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 10:56 pm

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Christopher Thames was mentioned in the Birmingham Business Journal for his role in a restaurant transaction in Crestline Village (Mountain Brook.)

Thames represented the landlord in a deal that will see a neighborhood venue – Slims Pizza and Bar – open at 65 Church St. this spring.

“We think it’s a great addition to the Village,” Thames said. “We hope they’re successful along with everybody else there.”

Read the full article HERE. 

J.H. Berry’s Jake Taylor Quoted in Birmingham Business Article on Auburn Redevelopment Project

Posted on August 25, 2020 at 11:00 pm

A recent article in the Birmingham Business Journal highlighted J.H. Berry’s involvement with a major redevelopment project in downtown Auburn, Ala.

J.H. Berry will handle leasing at AuburnBank’s redevelopment project at 100 North Gay St., at the corner of Magnolia Avenue. The first phase of the project will include a 90,000-square-foot Class A office building and a 535-space parking deck.

President Philip Currie and Leasing and Brokerage Associate Jake Taylor will be handling all leasing for J.H. Berry.

Taylor was quoted in the story saying: “Historically, larger businesses in this area needing 5,000 square feet or more of office space have had few, if any, options in downtown. Now, businesses that require larger spaces can operate in the heart of Auburn, just minutes from Auburn University and within walking distance of all the restaurants, shops, retail services and other amenities that downtown has to offer. We think this will be a game changer, and we hope that our project will bring new businesses and employees into Auburn’s urban core.”

Read the full article.

Assessing The Industrial Sector Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on August 10, 2020 at 2:18 pm

 

 

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted businesses and markets across the country and the world. Commercial real estate is one area that has been impacted in areas across all sectors and markets.

J.H. Berry & Gilbert actively studies the changing market conditions and how it effects our clients. Today we observe the trends defining the industrial sector of commercial real estate, which has been able to maintain a degree of stability since the pandemic began.

While Birmingham’s industrial market has not been immune from the effects of COVID-19, commercial real estate experts note it remains one of the healthiest in the local market, particularly for warehousing and manufacturing. The U.S. industrial sector also remained solid as of the first quarter, with the average vacancy nearing a record low at 2.8%, per CoStar On a national level, the industrial market is a little less tight with vacancy levels at 6.0% according to JLL.

In the first quarter of 2020, industrial deals were moving along like usual, and many deals made it across the finish line before pandemic effects truly took hold of the market.  April and May saw a bit of a dip, again contributed to the pandemic, but performance has been trending toward normalcy since June and July. The summer has seen more participants return after giving everyone an opportunity to catch their breath and evaluate what they believe the new normal will look like, and how to prepare for such.

The relative stability compared to other sectors and return to normalcy in the industrial CRE market can likely be attributed to a few factors. Most of the local and regional firms occupying industrial space in the Birmingham market were considered “essential businesses” and were not required by the state to work from home during the state-wide quarantine. Additionally, many occupants of industrial CRE in Birmingham compete in markets that have fared far better than many in the retail and entertainment sectors. Sectors such as transportation, manufacturing & distribution for products related to home goods, building materials, and food & beverage have largely fared quite well given the common denominator of products associated with the ‘Safer-at-Home’ mandate.

If you’re looking to buy, sell or lease industrial space, or have any additional questions regarding commercial real estate, contact J.H. Berry today.