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Employee Spotlight: Marketing & Brokerage Specialist Grace Sommi

Posted on July 13, 2022 at 5:02 pm

Several times each year, we feature an Employee Spotlight to showcase the outstanding talents and contributions of J.H. Berry’s team. Today, we learn more about Marketing & Brokerage Specialist Grace Sommi.

Describe your role at J.H. Berry.
As the marketing and brokerage specialist at J.H. Berry & Gilbert, I collaborate with our team of experts to implement the company’s overall marketing goals and vision. My educational background and experience elevating brands, solving complex business and marketing challenges and collaborating across diverse teams helps me effectively capture our message and optimize presentations on behalf of our clients.

What is your professional background, and what were you doing before joining J.H. Berry?
Prior to joining J.H. Berry, I attended Samford University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management and an MBA. During my time at Samford, I had two marketing internships, served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and even played an integral role on the Samford University Women’s soccer team that won 5 conference championships during my tenure. I served as captain for the last two seasons.

What is your approach to your role at J.H. Berry?
Being a lifelong learner is key. In my role, I have the pleasure of implementing some of the valuable skills I obtained during my last 5 years of school to help real-world clients succeed. I also have the privilege of working with and learning from an amazing team. Joining the ranks of such a driven, intelligent, and knowledgeable group keeps me motivated to bring my A-game each day.

How do you approach challenges that arise in your work?
I approach challenges in my work with determination and a positive attitude. I believe it is important to not fear a challenge because everyone faces trials of many kinds. The way you deal with the challenge ultimately defines and builds your character.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work, and are you involved in any other organizations?
I am an active member of Redeemer Community Church and enjoy spending my free time with friends and family. I especially enjoy playing tennis, running, and trying out the new restaurants and attractions Birmingham has to offer.

Callan Poellnitz Mentioned in Birmingham Business Journal

Posted on May 26, 2022 at 3:30 pm

J.H. Berry’s Callan Poellnitz was mentioned in a recent article from the Birmingham Business Journal.

Poellnitz represented TransLoop,  a tech-driven logistics company, in its acquisition of new operating space at M2, located at 3501 First Ave. S.

M2 is 70,000-square-foot adaptive reuse development project redesigned for warehouse, office, studio, retail and food and beverage spaces. It opened in 2021 and is currently occupied by Ghost Train Brewing Co., Freshwater Land Trust and Trips for Kids.

To read the full article, click HERE.

Two J.H. Berry Deals Make Birmingham Business Journal’s Deals of the Year

Posted on March 14, 2022 at 6:08 pm

The Birmingham Business Journal recently released its annual list of commercial real estate deals of the year for 2021, and two J.H. Berry transactions made the cut; Shipt’s two-floor expansion in its downtown headquarters and Southern Veterinary Partners’ move to Lakeshore Plaza.

J.H. Berry President Philip Currie represented the buyer in both transactions.

To see the entire list from the Birmingham Business Journal, click HERE. 

 

Real Estate Business Article Details J.H. Berry Transaction

Posted on January 10, 2022 at 3:46 pm

J.H. Berry President Philip Currie was recently mentioned in a story from the online version of Real Estate Business Magazine.

The article details Shipshape, an Austin-based smart home software tech company, signing a lease at the 2222 Arlington Ave. office building in Birmingham, which is slated to break ground later this month.

Philip, in partnership with Michael Reilly of FiveStone Group, handles all leasing at 2222 Arlington.

For more information, read the full article here.

Employee Spotlight Blog: Property Manager Dennis Sanders

Posted on November 18, 2021 at 3:49 pm

Throughout 2021, we will feature one of our outstanding team members in J.H. Berry’s Employee Spotlight. Today, we learn more about J.H. Berry Property Manager Dennis Sanders.

Describe your role at J.H. Berry.
I specialize in cultivating tenant and vendor relations across J.H. Berry’s portfolio of owned and managed properties. In my day-to-day, I coordinate and oversee tenant and building construction work to ensure improvements are completed accurately and on time. I also schedule, supervise, and direct activities of maintenance staff and outside vendors to ensure timely repairs.

What is your professional background, and what were you doing before joining J.H. Berry?
Prior to joining J.H. Berry, I served as the director of construction maintenance at Education Corporation of America (ECA), where I managed the facilities team and external vendors in the areas of facilities construction, maintenance, and security for 79 locations nationwide. During my time at ECA, I implemented a maintenance program which produced $495K of savings in the first year of operation. I also managed the construction of new and relocated campuses totaling $45M annually from inception to completion on time and under budget.

What is you approach to collaborating with clients?
I always put the desires and needs of any client at the forefront of my work. Real estate is built on relationships, so I want to let clients know head on that I am operating with their best interest in mind.

How do you approach challenges that arise in your work?
When challenges or obstacles pop up, I try to lean on experience. I have been involved in property management and maintenance for almost three decades, so I have a good bit of history to back up decisions or solutions I come to. I have seen a lot in my career, and I feel like my experience has equipped me to face any type of challenge that arises.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work, and are you involved in any other organizations?
I am a member of the 12th Street Baptist Church building committee. Additionally, I volunteer with a program called Taste of Hope, whichprovides meals for Rainbow City and Gadsden area residents in need. I am also a member of the Shoal Creek Community Center building committee. In my spare time, I enjoy paddle boarding, boating, and spending time with my family and friends.

 

Employee Spotlight: Associate Appraiser Andrew Bolin

Posted on October 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Throughout 2021, we will feature one of our outstanding team members in J.H. Berry’s Employee Spotlight. Today, we learn more about J.H. Berry Associate Appraiser Andrew Bolin.

Describe your role at J.H. Berry.
I am an associate appraiser working on a variety of property types including office, medical, industrial, retail, and acreage tracts. I’m responsible for keeping our database up to date, preparing exhibits for reports, property inspections, and analyzing data to arrive at a valuation for our clients. I’m also working to develop new business prospects for the appraisal department.

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

I graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. After teaching for a few years, I decided to transition into commercial real estate with another local appraising firm before ultimately joining the team here at J.H. Berry. I am currently taking coursework through the appraisal institute with the goal being to obtain my certified general license and ultimately my MAI designation.

 You were recently named to Leadership St. Clair. What does that entail, and what does it mean to you? I’m honored to be a part of this year’s Leadership St. Clair Class. The goal of the class is to bring together a group of 30 individuals from different backgrounds to understand the “behind the scenes” work of St. Clair County. We meet once a month to develop a network of relationships and understanding of the priorities and problems of the county’s future. By the end of the program our class will have developed a “class project” to help address a need for the county. I look forward to growing my leadership abilities through this experience and translating that skillset to my role here at J.H. Berry.

Can you describe your approach to your work?

I really like the motto of “Ask questions, listen, Apply”.  I am still working toward my certified general license, so I try to make the most of my mentors and coworkers experiences. I’m also working on developing relationships within the commercial real estate industry.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work, and are you involved in any other organizations?

I generally spend my free time with my family. My wife Amia and I welcomed our son, Watkins, into the world this past May. We typically love being at the beach or the lake and we are active members of Bethel Baptist Church.

Employee Spotlight: Leasing and Brokerage Associate Sonny Potter

Posted on September 14, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Throughout 2021, we will feature one of our outstanding team members in J.H. Berry’s Employee Spotlight. Today, we learn more about J.H. Berry’s newest team member, Leasing and Brokerage Associate Sonny Potter.

Describe your role at J.H. Berry.

As a leasing and brokerage associate, I specialize in industrial leasing and sales and work with the brokerage team to foster new business opportunities. I place a major emphasis on customer service relationships and a heavy focus on delivering on the needs of my clients.

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

Prior to joining J.H. Berry (2021), I worked in the retail industry as a general manager for a start-up. After a year, I moved into a regional manager role where I oversaw three locations with over 75 employees across the southeast. I developed a real passion for leading people and holding others to high standards and expectations. This gave me an opportunity to further my leadership qualities and guide others in their path to success.

What motivated you to join J.H. Berry?

H. Berry is a fantastic company with a great group of people, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. It became clearer and clearer throughout the application and interview process that this was an opportunity I could not pass up.

Describe your approach to your work?

In my previous role, I played an instrumental part in our expansion into new territories and helped new managers/employees uphold the standards of our company. This taught me how to set expectations and hold people to those expectations no matter what. The standards and expectations do not change from person to person, so being consistent is a vital part in my success. I’m constantly reminded how important it is to maintain the highest quality of work, and I’m excited to continue that legacy at J.H. Berry.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I am an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. I also love spending time with friends and family, especially outdoors. You can typically find me on the golf course, at the lake or the farm, or cheering on the Alabama football team on Saturdays during the Fall.

Will Hollingsworth Mentioned in Birmingham Business Journal for KidStrong Transaction

Posted on August 4, 2021 at 12:34 pm

J.H. Berry Project Manager Will Hollingsworth was recently mentioned in the Birmingham Business Journal for his role in an exciting Birmingham transaction.

KidStrong, a science-based child development training center, will open its first Birmingham location in the Shops at Greystone at 5403 US-280. The 4,500-square-foot fitness center will offer Birmingham kids, ages walking to 11-years-old, parent-focused classes taught by professional coaches.

Hollingsworth represented KidStrong in the transaction and said he’s excited to see the company arrive in the Magic City.

“Birmingham’s strong suburbs are a great fit for KidStrong’s concept,” Hollingsworth said. “They’re going to be an excellent addition to Greystone and surrounding communities.”

You can read the full article HERE. 

 

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.