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Education Seminar: Wednesday, September 20 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am

2017 CBR Education Seminar -  September

3-hour CE Option Available
Exclusively for ACBR Members!

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Members of the Atlanta Commercial Board can take advantage of an additional Continuing Education option through the Education Seminars held the 3rd Wednesday morning of each month!

Members now have the opportunity to register for $75 to attend all three designated monthly programs to receive three hours of CE Credit certified by GIRE!

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Connie Engel, Childress Klein

Bill Hollett, Cousins

Jeff Kelley, Colliers

Mike McDonald, Eastdil

Panel Coordinator:

Jim Caswell, Bridge Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Scott Rees, PMRG


  • Time: 7:30 am, Continental Breakfast & Networking
    8:00 am - 9:00 am, Program
  • Location: The Atlanta REALTORS® Center
    5784 Lake Forrest Drive, Atlanta, GA 30328
  • This is a one hour session, CE credit does not apply.

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Jim Caswell

Jim Caswell

Bridge Commercial Real Estate, LLC,
Vice President of Leasing

Mr. Caswell is the Vice President of Leasing at Bridge Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Caswell is an Atlanta native who is a highly accomplished commercial office broker that has been involved in leasing transactions totaling over $100 Million in gross volume and over one million square feet. Mr. Caswell is involved in the leasing and marketing of over one million square feet of class “A” multi-story office product in almost every Atlanta Sub-Market. Throughout the day, Mr. Caswell works closely with investors, business owners, asset managers, brokers and attorneys in an effort to lease the firm’s Atlanta portfolio.

Mr. Caswell has over seven years of commercial real estate experience leasing commercial projects in the Atlanta area. Jim’s relationships with the younger commercial brokerage community and his aggressive approach to leasing makes him the perfect fit for more challenging leasing projects. Previously, Mr. Caswell was the Leasing Director at PC Associates; an Atlanta based commercial real estate developer. Mr. Caswell was responsible for the leasing and marketing of over 1.3 million square feet of Class “A” multi-story office product. As the Leasing Director he represented joint-venture partners such as Northwestern Mutual, Met Life and American Realty Advisors. During his tenure at PC Associates, Mr. Caswell created tremendous value through his leasing efforts during the disposition process of over 1.4 million square feet of commercial office space, The transactions exceeded over $270 million dollars in gross value.

Connie L. Engel

Connie Engel

Childress Klein

Ms. Engel is an accomplished commercial real estate executive. Her broad strengths include business development and commercial real estate development, personnel management, sales management and product marketing. Ms. Engel’s leadership abilities have been recognized by organizations, corporations and foundations. She is the immediate Past-Chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation and in 2011 Connie was named Executive in Residence for the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Previously she was President of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties of Georgia (NAIOP) and she is a Past President of Commercial Real Estate Women. Ms. Engel additionally has a wide understanding of current issues, obstacles and opportunities facing our country in foreign policy and national security which she has received through her membership in and involvement with Business Executives for National Security. (BENS).

Bill Hollett

Bill Hollett

Cousins Properties,
Senior Vice President

As senior vice president for leasing with Cousins Properties, William (Bill) Hollett is responsible for a number of the company’s Atlanta Class A office properties in Atlanta, including Terminus, 3348 and 3350 Peachtree, 8000 Avalon and 2 proposed new developments, Abernathy 400 and 10000 Avalon.

Over the past 30 years, Bill has established his expertise in leasing and asset management of Class A office properties and has been directly involved in the successful completion of more than 6 million square feet of leases, as well as leadership and support of successful leasing teams.

Prior to joining Cousins Properties, Bill was a managing director/senior vice president in 2011 and early 2012 with Parkway Properties, where he was the Atlanta market leader. From 2009 to 2011 and 2007 to 2009, he was the Atlanta market leader for Eola Capital LLC and America’s Capital Partners, respectively.

Jeff P. Kelley

Jeff P. Kelley, SIOR

Colliers International
Senior VP and Principal

Jeff Kelley has over 23 years of experience as a real estate professional specializing in office tenant representation. As an industry leader, he is well versed the real estate market and actively studies fluctuating trends. From negotiating optimal commercial leases to finding off-market building opportunities, Mr. Kelley has the knowledge and skills to deliver ideal outcomes to his clients. Mr. Kelley is an established professional in all aspects of the tenant representation process including financial analysis, workplace studies, construction management, lease negotiations and build- to-suit projects.

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald

Eastdil Secured, LLC,
Managing Director

Mike McDonald is a Managing Director and Partner of Eastdil Secured. He co-founded the Atlanta office of Eastdil Secured (predecessor Eastdil) in 2000. Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Mr. McDonald was a Vice President of Ben Carter Properties where he focused on office and retail investment sales, acquisitions on behalf of the firm and an offshore investor and office and retail development activities. He is one of the leading investment sales professionals in the Southeast and Sunbelt regions of the U.S. and has been involved in more than $5 billion of transactions over the past five years across the product type spectrum including office, retail, industrial and multi-family assets. Key transactions include 191 Peachtree, 1180 Peachtree, Atlanta Financial Center, The Brookdale Collection, Buckhead Plaza, Heritage Plaza, Las Olas Centre, The Mall of Georgia, Miami Center, One Alliance Center, The Post Properties Apartment Portfolio, and The Wildwood Collection. Mr. McDonald received a B.B.A in Banking & Finance from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from Georgia State University. Mike is an active member of NAIOP, ICSC and ULI.

Mike, and his wife Stephanie, live in Atlanta and have three children: Macartney, Michael and Riley. He is actively involved with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and enjoys playing golf, camping, coaching Little League baseball, reading and spending time with his family.

Scott Rees

Scott Rees

Eastern Division
Sr. Vice President of Leasing

As Senior Vice President of leasing, Scott Rees is responsible for the day to day leasing and marketing activity of such prominent Atlanta landmarks as Crown Pointe I & II, Powers Ferry Landing, 1955 & 2300 Lake Park Drive, 1600 Parkwood, Mansell Forest, Northridge Center & 66 Perimeter Center East.

As Senior Vice President of leasing, Scott Rees is responsible for the day to day leasing and marketing activity of such prominent Atlanta landmarks as Crown Pointe I & II, Powers Ferry Landing, 1955 & 2300 Lake Park Drive, 1600 Parkwood, Mansell Forest, Northridge Center & 66 Perimeter Center East.

Prior to joining PMRG, Mr. Rees was Principal of Rees Real Estate Advisors, where he served clients providing tenant representation services.

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