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 joined Fuqua Development, LP in April of 2014 after fourteen years with The Sembler Company, and serves as Fuqua's General Counsel. He oversees the drafting and negotiation of all legal documentation related to shopping center development and leasing.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate and has negotiated leases for twenty-five major shopping center projects, including more than seventy-five anchor tenant leases. 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. Jim lives in Marietta with his wife Kimberlee and their three children.
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.
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.
Derek joined Fuqua Development, LP in 2018 as its Director of Multifamily Development. Prior to joining Fuqua, Derek worked for Landmark Properties where he was involved in all aspects of the development process including market identification, financial underwriting, contract negotiations, design development, and securing financing. While at Landmark, Derek was instrumental in developing over $800M in mixed-use projects throughout diverse markets nationwide, including over 2,100 units, 80,000SF of retail, and a hotel.
Prior to Landmark Properties, Derek worked for Target Corporation in multiple capacities supporting the opening of new stores, remodeling of existing stores, and completion of special projects. While at Target, Derek also served on the Company's employee-led Volunteer Council.
Derek graduated from Emory University's Goizueta Business School with a BBA in Finance.
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.
Thirty year senior veteran of property & asset management, Leilani comes to Fuqua Development from The Sembler Company as Asset Manager since 2003 where she managed the financial and operations of over 2.5 million square feet of commercial real estate including Perimeter Place, Town Brookhaven, both major Atlanta mixed use developments and Canton Marketplace a 750k regional power center. Previously, she spent 18 years with JDN Realty Corporation as Vice President & Director of Property Management overseeing a $1 Billion portfolio of 11 million square feet of retail space in over 100 properties. Leilani is educated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a prominent designated CPM & CCIM from the Institute of Real Estate Management and Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute respectively as well as a licensed Georgia Real Estate Salesperson.