GBT Realty Corporation strengthens its development team through several strategic new hires and promotions

  • March 1st, 2012  


    GBT Realty Corporation strengthens its development team through several strategic new hires and promotions

    Brentwood, Tenn. – Jan. 25, 2012 – GBT Realty Corporation, a national retail real estate company headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., has expanded its team through the addition of four commercial real estate veterans and the promotion of three others within the area of acquisitions and development.

    Thomas M. Hickman, a 25-year industry veteran, joins the company as senior vice president of acquisitions and development. His responsibilities include identifying new and redevelopment opportunities throughout the southeast, with an emphasis on Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and the southern half of North Carolina. Hickman is a senior certified leasing specialist and is a long-standing member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He attended the University of Windsor, Ontario and joins GBT from New Horizon Retail Development, where he was a managing partner.

    Jeff Pape joins GBT as senior vice president of development. He has more than 17 years of commercial real estate development experience and most recently served as vice president of investments for Regency Centers (NYSE: REG). He is a member of ICSC and sits on the Certified Design and Construction Professional (CDP) governing committee. He also serves as faculty member for the John T. Riordan School for Professional Development where he teaches courses in commercial real estate development and contract documents. A licensed professional engineer, Pape received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

    Steve Pierce serves as GBT’s vice president of acquisitions where he is responsible for site selection for retail tenants throughout the northeast. He has more than 14 years of commercial and real estate experience and also founded National Property Services in 2007. Pierce earned his B.A. from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

    Rita Bryant joins as vice president of asset management where she is responsible for managing GBT’s existing portfolio and new development assets. This includes processing leases, providing legal support for property management and handling legal matters related to the company’s dispositions. Bryant comes to GBT after serving as in-house counsel for nearly seven years with Realty Income Corporation, a San Diego-based REIT. She earned her law degree in South Africa.

    Chuck Varn has been promoted to senior vice president of acquisitions and development after serving in a similar capacity as vice president. The promotion gives Varn responsibility for site selection for many national retailers, along with locating new retail opportunities for the company.

    Alan Ray Brewer has been promoted to vice president of development services where he oversees the project management of commercial sites from conception to construction. He formerly served as development project manager.

    Preston Dial was promoted to assistant vice president of acquisitions and development for sites in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and northern North Carolina. He formerly served as business development manager.


    About GBT Realty Corporation

    George B. Tomlin, a Nashville-based real estate executive, formed GBT in 1987. Based just outside of Nashville in Brentwood, Tenn., GBT develops throughout the country. Over the past few years, GBT has been involved with the development, construction, leasing and management of over 20 million square feet of retail development, including grocery-anchored shopping centers, neighborhood centers, single tenant buildings and regional power centers. GBT’s many years of experience with local, regional and national tenants includes such names as Publix, Harris Teeter, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Best Buy, Dollar General, Ross Dress for Less, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Marshalls, PetSmart, and Old Navy, to name a few. GBT provides a wide array of services, such as site identification, project analysis, contract negotiation, acquisition management, construction and development management, capital markets, property disposition, leasing and property management. Clients and investors profit from the full complement of GBT’s services. The GBT team carefully manages the entire development process, from inception to completion. GBT aspires to increase the value of every property it touches. For more information visit