Fuqua Development LP was established in March 2012 by Jeff Fuqua, Principal, and Heather Correa, Partner. Jeff Fuqua, the company's namesake, was a Sembler executive for 24 years and was a Board member, Partner and President when he left Sembler to start the new development company.
Heather Correa was a Sembler executive for 15 years and was Vice President of Development when she left Sembler to establish the new company along with Jeff Fuqua.
During their tenure at Sembler, the company was widely recognized across America for its extraordinarily successful marquee metro Atlanta projects. Developments such as Town Brookhaven, Edgewood Retail Development, Perimeter Place, Midtown Place, The Prado, Lindbergh Plaza, Lenox Marketplace, Canton Town Center and Henry Town Center, among others, made Sembler's name synonymous with bold, innovative, cutting-edge, high-quality mixed-use developments in urban and suburban settings.
Thanks to these successes in Atlanta, Sembler received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle's prestigious Top Commercial Retail Developer for twelve consecutive years. Fuqua Development Company is headquartered in Atlanta, which has been Fuqua's base of operations (and his home) since 1992. The company is pursuing major developments in Atlanta, Denver, Florida, South Carolina, and Canada.
Fuqua Development is committed to enhancing neighborhoods and communities by investing in what are often considered marginal or transitional areas. While financially successful projects are ultimately the goal, Fuqua Development's commitments outweigh seeking purely financial gains in its efforts to improve neighborhoods and communities and create jobs. Time and again, Fuqua Development has demonstrated a willingness to go to areas many others have left behind seeking greener and easier to develop suburban pastures.
Jeff Fuqua personally has received multiple awards for his commitment to redevelopment in the urban core of metro Atlanta as well as in other urban areas in the Southeast.
The Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, among others, have presented prestigious awards to Fuqua, Correa and the team in recognition of the financial and social value of the large-scale mixed use urban developments they have undertaken. These awards recognize the courage, the determination, the patience and the willingness to put some capital at risk to bring such developments to life.
Jeffrey S. Fuqua is the founder of Fuqua Development, LP. He was previously Board Member, Partner & President of The Sembler Company. In his nearly 25-year tenure there, Fuqua developed in excess of 14 million square feet in over 80 projects valued at $4 billion. During Jeff's tenure with Sembler, The Atlanta Business Chronicle named The Sembler Company Top Developer for eleven consecutive years since 2000. Major real estate projects include The Prado, Town Brookhaven, Edgewood Retail District, Lindbergh Plaza, Perimeter Place, Lenox Marketplace in Atlanta. In Florida, Fuqua developed Legacy in Palm Beach Gardens, and Boynton Beach Town Center.
Fuqua earned a BSBA from Denver University in Real Estate and Finance, and later a MBA in Real Estate Development and Real Estate Finance. Formerly, he served on the Boards of the Perimeter Community Improvement District and the Dekalb County Police Alliance. He is a regular invited speaker for ICSC, Urban Land Institute, Georgia Tech and many Real Estate and Chamber of Commerce organizations.
Heather Correa is a Partner in Fuqua Development, LP, where she oversees the day to day operations of the company while playing a key role in all facets of multiple development projects currently under way.
Correa brings to the company broad experience in shopping center and mixed use development. Her current responsibilities include project conception, capitalization, acquisition, design, entitlements, zoning and land use, anchor leasing, and construction.
Prior to her current responsibilities at Fuqua Development, Correa was Vice President of Development with The Sembler Company, where she was involved in the planning and development of nearly 40 major projects totaling over 10 million square feet over a fifteen year period.
Correa has been widely recognized for her high-level role in the development of award-winning metro-Atlanta projects such as Midtown Place, Edgewood Retail District, Perimeter Place, Town Brookhaven and Lindbergh Plaza. All these projects incorporated national and local retailers and all but one included a residential element.
An architect by training, Correa began her career doing design work for high-profile hotel and mixed use projects and working with Home Depot developing over 50 Home Depot-anchored shopping centers throughout the southeast, primarily in Florida.
Correa earned a Bachelor of Design in Architecture followed by a Masters in Architecture at the University of Florida. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In addition, she is affiliated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Mindy is Chief Financial Officer of Fuqua Development, LP. In addition to her CFO duties, she is instrumental in the development process with her finance expertise. Her twenty year executive accounting and finance experience includes positions as CFO with Ronus Properties, Corporate Controller with CNM Associates, llc and Tax Manager at Price Waterhouse, LLP. She is a CPA for the State of Georgia and has Master's degrees in Business Administration and Taxation. She also enjoys being Team Mom for her daughter's travel fastpitch softball team and, in the past, has volunteered as treasurer for her neighborhood pool and homeowners' associations.
Jim Ackerman serves as General Counsel for Fuqua Development, LP. He oversees the drafting and negotiation of all legal documentation related to shopping center development and leasing.
Jim was formerly General Counsel and Vice President of Leasing in the Atlanta office of The Sembler Company. During his fourteen years with Sembler, Jim negotiated over seventy anchor tenant leases and managed the Atlanta leasing department.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate. In addition to being a real estate attorney, Jim has worked as a retail leasing broker and as a real estate director for a major retailer.
Jim is a native Atlantan and holds a business degree from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and ICSC and is a licensed real estate broker.
Greer is Director of Construction at Fuqua Development LP in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been in the construction industry for over twenty years managing various sized projects ranging from national tenant roll out programs to large complex commercial projects throughout the United States. He manages design and permitting phases, budgets, scheduling, and tenant coordination to ensure successful completion of projects.
Previously, five years with The Sembler Company, Greer was Construction Manager of various projects, and was instrumental in coordinating tenant contractors to ensure successful opening dates after ground breaking. Greer was promoted to Director of Construction, relocated and worked with the Atlanta development team completing the $180 million Town Brookhaven and The Prado valued at $100 million.
Greer was Vice President of a retail general contractor in Tampa and the nation's largest design build firm of Self Storage as the executive manager over regional offices in Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, and New York. Primary responsibilities included maintaining client relations, establishment of project budgets in concept phase, negotiations of Owner contracts, procurement of new business, management of staffing, and overall project oversight to ensure quality and schedule requirements were met.
Greer graduated from University of Florida with B.S. in Building Construction with Honors.
Mike Hagan joins Fuqua Development as Vice President of Development. Hagan oversees development activities including site assessment, due diligence, entitlement, budgeting, design and construction on projects located in the Southeast Region. With particular focus on mixed-use and retail shopping center development, Hagan has been responsible for managing the development of such projects as Lindbergh Plaza (Atlanta, GA), the Edgewood Retail District (Atlanta, GA), Town Brookhaven (Atlanta, GA), Canton Marketplace (Canton, GA), and Boynton Town Center (Boynton Beach, FL).
Hagan spent seven years in the commercial general contracting industry as a Project Manager with both Hardin Construction Company and McDevitt Street Bovis managing the construction of a variety of office, retail, manufacturing and correctional projects throughout the Midwest and Southeast before joining The Sembler Company in 2001 as a Development Manager.
Hagan holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Dayton. Hagan currently holds a Georgia Real Estate License and is a member of ICSC. Hagan resides in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife and two sons.
As Director of Land Acquisitions, Adam has nearly twenty years experience in the commercial real estate business with a BA in Communications from University of Kansas. Formerly, a project manager of a construction company, he oversaw the steel fabrication of high end office and retail projects in the Southeast. His financial background comes from his position as an Asset Manager with a commercial lender where he was responsible for the due diligence, analysis and approval process for a $250 million portfolio of Big Box, Retail, Office and Apartment assets. In the past ten years, Adam has become very savvy finding sites for tenants and developers for build-to-suits based on specific site criteria and pro forma expectations. Originally, from Chicago, Adam moved to Atlanta in his early teens and considers the South his home along with his wife and two children.
A native of Gwinnett County, Bill joined Fuqua Development LP in 2014 as Project Manager. Formerly with the City of Duluth as the Senior Planner in the Department of Community Development for five years, he brings a wealth of knowledge in zoning and land use planning and analysis, development and building permitting, and project management. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Planning and Economic Development from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography with a Minor in Economics from the University of Georgia.
Bill and his wife Breann enjoy spending time with their three boys in the Carolina Mountains on the weekends. When he is not at work, you can usually find Bill coaching, watching or playing sports.
Denise Laudun is from New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Atlanta in 2006. She attended Southern Polytechnic State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a Minor in Business Administration. Before joining Fuqua Development, she was previously a Project Engineer for DPR/Hardin Construction and a Project Manager/Estimator for a masonry contractor. She is experienced in commercial construction, tenant coordination and restoration of historical buildings. Her responsibility at Fuqua is as a project manager and her duties include managing design and construction activities, buyouts, budgets, and tenant coordination.
Denise lives in Marietta and enjoys traveling to other countries as well as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in her free time. She also enjoys the outdoors, hiking and running on the weekends with her dog Chloe.
Len Erickson started leasing new projects for Fuqua Development in 2013. He has fifteen years in commercial real estate leasing and development with O'Leary Partners and Wieland Homes. As Development Director of O'Leary, he was responsible for more than 750k square feet of retail space. He increased the NOI by more than $1 million in leasing revenue to 97% occupancy at Greenbrier Mall, anchored by Macy's and Burlington Coat Factory, by upgrading to more national and regional tenants. Len restructured and remerchandised North Dekalb Mall, anchored by Macy's, Ross Dress For Less, Marshall's and AMC Theatres by implementing a new development and remerchandising plan. Len also brings expertise from Wieland Homes where he worked for eight years as Corporate Facilities Manager, Construction Operations Manager and Leasing Manager of all their commercial mixed use developments.
Len holds a Master's of Science degree in Building Construction and Facility Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. Formerly Len was a commissioned officer of The United States Army and has a family with two children.
Jennifer Koontz of Fuqua Development leases with a focus on new mixed-use projects as well as medical space. At Pope & Land Enterprises for over twelve years, she leased more than 5 million square feet of office space including retail components of mixed-use projects and standalone buildings for financial institutions throughout Atlanta.
Ms. Koontz is a prestigious CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member, as well as a member of several national real estate organizations such as the National Association of Industrial & Office Parks (NAIOP), Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and the Young Council of Realtors. She was a member of the inaugural NAIOP Future Leaders program and past chairman on the Young Council of Realtors executive committee. Currently, she sits on the executive committee for the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.
Ms. Koontz holds a B.S. Degree in Business from Wake Forest University from the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Denny has over 30 years in leasing and the commercial real estate industry primarily in premier regional malls. His experience includes remerchandising Riverchase Galleria in the late 80's doing $295/sf in sales to over $400/sf with Jim Wilson & Ass. During the mid '90s, Denny held the position as Vice President and Regional Director of Leasing with Rubin Organization (PREIT) in Chicago managing and overseeing a 13 mall portfolio across the US. Then he joined General Growth Properties in the late 90's for over ten years and personally leased well over $250 million in net present value of leases and succeeded as one of the national mall developer's top producers year after year. His strong knowledge of the retail real estate industry and retailer relationships bring exceptional talent to Fuqua Development LP.
Sam has over 25 years experience in retail leasing covering a broad spectrum of properties including super regional malls, life style centers and mixed use developments throughout the Southeast. His background includes six years with the Rouse Company, Corporate Property Investors, who owned trophy property, Lenox Square Mall at the time, and fifteen years with General Growth Properties, the number two Mall Developer in the country. as Director of Leasing. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a degree in Communications. Sam enjoys to play golf and travel.
Michelle Edgar has twenty years experience in commercial retail leasing with emphasis on leasing strip centers and regional malls throughout the Southeast with Aronov Realty in the mid to late 90s then recently with Moore Real Estate services. Her focus on "demalling" and redevelopment of small secondary market malls such as Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland, Tennessee; Clearview Mall in Metairie, Louisiana; and Singing River Mall in Gauter, Mississippi strengthen her skill and expertise in cold calling and working with local and regional retailers. She also has strong relationships with national retailers while leasing Richland Mall in Columbia, SC. Michelle graduated with honors from the University of Georgia earning a BBA in Business and Marketing. She volunteers her time with various organizations to include Riverwatch Middle School and Rainbow Village, a shelter for homeless women and children.
Amelia is a native Atlantan and joined Fuqua Development in 2014 as Project Coordinator. Formerly as Director of Operations with an international management consulting firm, she brings extensive knowledge in project management, financial planning, and business development.. She earned a BS degree in International Business from Auburn University and enjoys college football, traveling with family and friends, and exploring all that the growing Atlanta area has to offer.
Chelsea brings over ten years of paralegal experience with prestigious firms of The Pope Law Firm, PC; Cook, Noell, Tolley & Bates, LLP; Hastings & Hastings, PC. She is responsible for assisting in all legal documentation of shopping center development and leasing of our multimillion dollar portfolio. She has multiple degrees, one in Criminal Justice Bachelor of Arts and a Psychology Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Georgia.
A native of Milwaukee Jennifer moved to Atlanta in 2007 to seek greater career opportunities and a warmer climate. Prior to joining Fuqua Development, she brings over ten years experience working with senior management providing administrative and marketing support for other commercial real estate development firms. Jennifer loves the fast paced environment and manages multiple details to help the company succeed.
Jennifer earned a BS degree in Marketing from University of Wisconsin in 2002 and enjoys cooking, oil painting and traveling.
Jennifer Ledbetter has been the Executive Assistant to Jeff Fuqua since 2008. Prior to joining Jeff in Atlanta, Jennifer worked in Washington, D.C. for Atlantic Investments as Operations Manager. Jennifer graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002. She also participated on the Georgia Tech Women's Track and Field team and was an ACC champion in high jump.
Wendy has over ten years successful professional experience providing world-class customer service. She is highly organized and skilled in managing and meeting challenges under strict deadlines. She is instrumental in spearheading any necessary projects at Fuqua to accomplish development and leasing support. Wendy has very interesting experiences working in confidential positions with Net Jets Aviation, Inc. and Ritz Carlton Group.