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Flake & Kelley Commercial Elects New Shareholder Partners

Little Rock, AR (December 21, 2018) – Flake & Kelley Commercial is pleased to announce the election of four new shareholder partners. Nicholas Kelley, Cynthia Lu, Kevin Pledger, and Eric Varner have earned shareholder status in the company to join existing partners John Flake, Hank Kelley, Daryl Peeples, Cheryl White, Maggie Hogan, Kathy Groce, James Harkins, Bill Pendergist, and Brooke Miller. With the addition of these new shareholders, Flake & Kelley now has partners across every department, including: brokerage, property management, accounting, human resources, and maintenance.

Hank Kelley, CEO of Flake & Kelley Commercial, commented: “Our new shareholders are an important part of our future as they demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and care for our clients.”

John Flake, Chairman, joined Mr. Kelley in congratulating the new partners: “Our new shareholders represent the finest in professional services. We are delighted to recognize their many contributions to Flake & Kelley.”

Nicholas Kelley joined Flake & Kelley in 2017 and serves as Executive Vice President for the company. He is also a member of Flake & Kelley’s Executive Committee. Nicholas is a member of the company’s brokerage/leasing team, representing such clients as Arthur’s Steakhouse/Ocean’s at Arthur’s and Riverside Properties and properties including Two Financial Centre and the Blandford Building. He also provides guidance to Flake & Kelley’s team on a variety of complex legal matters.

Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Georgia (BBA, Real Estate and Finance) and the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University (JD). Mr. Kelley received The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law and the Bureau of National Affairs Award for excellence in the study of labor and employment law. Prior to joining Flake & Kelley, Nicholas practiced as a commercial real estate attorney with the Little Rock firm of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, PLLC and most recently with a large Am Law 100 firm in Atlanta, Georgia (McGuire Woods LLP). Nicholas is recently completed the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy.

Cynthia Lu joined Flake & Kelley in 2013. As a member of the company’s transactional team, Cynthia is responsible for traditional brokerage, leasing, and tenant representation. She represents national, regional, and local retailers such as AT&T, Firebirds Restaurants, Mattress Firm, PetSmart, Signet Jewelers, and Taco Bueno. Cynthia is also a leasing agent for a number of retail centers, including Westchase Plaza, Markham Square, The Village Shopping Center, and Lewis Crossing in Conway.

Cynthia is a summa cum laude graduate of Rice University (BA) and earned a master’s degree from Georgia Tech University in Building Construction & Facility Management. Cynthia was one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professionals. She is a member of ChainLinks Retail Advisors and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Cynthia was recognized as one of Little Rock Soiree Magazine’s “Women to Watch” in 2017. Cynthia has recently been selected to participate in the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIV.

Kevin Pledger joined Flake & Kelley in 2014 and serves as Director of Facilities. He is responsible for directing all activities for the facilities department including the repair, maintenance and construction of all Flake & Kelley managed properties.

Kevin is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Arkansas Association for Healthcare Engineering (AAHE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Prior to joining Flake & Kelley, Kevin served as the Operations Manager for the Arkansas Building Authority.

Eric Varner joined Flake & Kelley in 2013. As a member of the company’s property management team, Eric oversees the management of some of Central Arkansas’ premier office buildings, medical buildings, and retail centers, including Two Financial Centre, The Village at Pleasant Valley, Westchase Plaza, and Shackleford Crossings.

Eric is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University (BA – Business Administration). Eric was recently awarded the designation of Certified Property Manager® – CPMs are recognized as experts in real estate management and they are at the top of the profession. Eric is also active in Park Hill Baptist Church, Urban Promise, and FORE Ouachita.

For further information, please contact:

Paula Guajardo, Director of Marketing

Flake & Kelley Commercial

501.244.7540 (direct)

501.960.3693 (mobile)

pguajardo@flakeandkelley.com

Kevin Kestner joins Flake & Kelley Commercial Northwest

Before joining Flake & Kelley, Kevin was the President of a multi-unit franchise group in Arkansas for 10+ years. Kevin is very knowledgeable and experienced in the restaurant/retail sector and can provide insight and representation for any asset class in commercial real estate. He is an active member at Central United Methodist Church, has volunteered and coached youth baseball, basketball and football teams, and is a proud husband and father of four children.

Halsey Richardson is a current member of Leadership Fayetteville’s class XXXII

“Leadership Fayetteville gives a backstage pass to all things Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas while building life-long business relationships. Born and raised in Fayetteville, I am excited to learn more about our great city and engage with local organizations to help better serve the community.”

Jordan Jeter Recognized as One of Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40

 

Jordan Jeter enjoys the art of the deal, putting all the puzzle pieces of a transaction together over a long period and then seeing it come to fruition in a lease, a new building or a sale. In the process, he enjoys getting to know interesting people from all over the country.

Jeter pairs clients with property that fits their needs so that they will do business with him again, and 99% of his clients are repeat buyers. His business has grown along with the needs of his clients and makes him a “long-distance runner instead of a sprinter.” Transactions include Crossroads Plaza in Bentonville, Tuscany Square in Rogers and Mathias Plaza in Springdale.

 

The Pine Bluff native graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2004 with a degree in real estate finance. After a brief stint in San Francisco trying to break into music, he worked as a banker for Metropolitan Bank in Little Rock, getting his real estate license. About 12 years ago he was introduced to John Flake, who hired him as an intern. He ended up in an entry-level position in Northwest Arkansas at a time when the market was in a downturn, but Jeter saw that as an advantage, cold calling to get business.

Jeter counts John Flake, Matt Dearnley and Hank Kelley as important mentors, saying Flake and Dearnley allowed him to job shadow the two men for two years and gave him some listings so he would have inventory.

While still in his mid-20s, Jeter was promoted to partner, and he said that is his biggest accomplishment. One of his main responsibilities as a partner is recruiting new talent for the business.

While he enjoys his job, he has “had his head down for a long time now,” so he would like to slow down a bit and adjust to get more work/life balance. Jeter enjoys hanging out with his daughter and listening to records on his back porch.

Flake & Kelley’s Thomas Schmidt Recognized as One of Arkansas Business’ “20 in their 20s”

We are pleased to announce that Flake & Kelley agent, Thomas Schmidt, has been recognized by Arkansas Business as one of their “20 in their 20s.”  We’re proud of Thomas and all that he has accomplished, and we’re very glad that he’s on our team.

https://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/123939/the-new-influentials-20-in-their-20s-seem-to-get-younger-every-year

The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s Seem to Get Younger Every Year

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 12:00 am   2 min read

Arkansas Business has recognized young business and community leaders with a feature called 40 Under 40 since 1994, and since 2010 we have also introduced even younger notables, The New Influentials.

These “20 in Their 20s” have risen to our attention through nominations, generally by employers who are mighty proud to have been able to attract such promising talent. When you read about them, you are going to understand why.

This year’s honorees are almost evenly divided between men and women, and they represent different parts of our state — although you might not realize that in the first several profiles of faces from central Arkansas. It’s not my fault that the ones from JonesboroEl PasoSpringdale and Dardanelle have names that fall in the last half of the alphabet.

Similarly, the work at which they have distinguished themselves is also all over the map. As usual, they come from banking, law and construction. But they are also doing medical research and mission work. Anna Tayloris blending for-profit and nonprofit work between Little Rock and Kenya. Danielle Hoefer is in on the ground floor of a new industry in our state: In January, she became the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division medical marijuana staff attorney.

When we interview the 20s, we often ask about influences on their professional lives, and their responses reveal just how vital mentoring has been. Sometimes that comes in the form of a parent in the business, sometimes through internships, sometimes through formal mentor relationships. If you were hoping to be mentored in the real estate industry by the legendary John Flake, you may be out of luck. It looks like Thomas Schmidt is the last mentee he’s planning to take on.

 

Thomas Schmidt

Account Executive

Flake & Kelley Commercial

Little Rock

Age: 27

Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt certainly didn’t break into the real estate business in a low-key manner.

Schmidt was having lunch with John Flake, the chairman of Flake & Kelley Commercial in Little Rock, when Flake told the young Ole Miss graduate that he wanted Schmidt to join the firm under his wing. Schmidt, whose family are longtime friends of the Flakes, has an older brother, Philip, who works out of the company’s northwest Arkansas office.

“John Flake approached me about joining him and being his last mentorship,” Schmidt said. “We ate lunch one day at Whole Hog, and he told me, ‘I have one more mentorship in me, and I want it to be you.’

“I said, ‘I’m ready.’ He just knew my work ethic.”

Schmidt works “A to Z” in the brokerage department, handling real estate deals from development to investments and everything in between. He joined the firm in January 2016 at the age of 24 and was elected to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce board of directors two months later.

“All the knowledge and insight in the business that John has is substantially educating me as his right-hand man,” Schmidt said. “I’ve been able to learn it from him and go out and do it myself.”