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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.”

New Dairy Queen Coming to Hurricane Creek Village in Benton

Flake & Kelley Commercial is proud to announce the closing of a 1-acre purchase by You Scream Properties Benton, LLC, who intends to construct a new freestanding Dairy Queen restaurant with drive-thru at Hurricane Creek Village Shopping Center in Benton. This location will be the fourth Dairy Queen location planned by the buyer / franchisee.

“We appreciate the opportunity to have represented the seller and developer of the Hurricane Creek Village shopping center, Dallas-based Connected Development Services, for this future Dairy Queen location in Benton,” stated Hank Kelley, CEO of Flake & Kelley Commercial.  “This sale represents another step in the process of Hurricane Creek Village being the go-to destination for daily needs shopping and dining in the City of Benton.”

Benton’s Mayor, David Mattingly, is also pleased that Dairy Queen is coming to Hurricane Creek Village, stating: “We have always been big fans of the Dairy Queen!  Great burgers, chocolate shakes, French fries, and a place to see your friends.  It was always a special treat to enjoy a Dilly Bar.  Welcome home Dairy Queen, we’ve missed you!”

Hurricane Creek Village was developed by Connected Development Services, a division of The Retail Connection. The retail center is anchored by a very successful Kroger Marketplace and Academy Sports. Other businesses in the immediate area include Tacos 4 Life, Slim Chickens, T-Mobile, Pie Five Pizza, Poke Café, Super Cuts, City Nails, and Monarch Dental.

Hurricane Creek Village worked with the Buyer agent, Ben Lester of Orion Capital Partners, and the Seller agent, Brooke Miller of Flake & Kelley, to complete the sale. The future Dairy Queen site is located East of Alcoa Road, fronting Highway 5.

Dairy Queen has over 4,400 domestic locations and 6,800 locations worldwide. Flake & Kelley is pleased to be able to represent the Seller and help bring the Dairy Queen brand to this premier location in the heart of the most popular retail and dining district in Saline County.

https://bentoncourier.com/content/official-dairy-queen-coming-saline-county

Flake & Kelley Commercial Welcomes Grub’s Bar & Grille to Little Rock

Flake & Kelley Commercial is pleased to announce that Grub’s Bar and Grille is coming to Little Rock.  The restaurant chain, which has three locations in northwest Arkansas, plans to open a new location in the Chili’s location at The Village at Pleasant Valley, which is located at 10700 North Rodney Parham Road. The lease for the 6,120 RSF space was finalized in early August.

According to the Grub’s ownership team, “Grub’s Bar and Grille has spent years looking for the perfect location in Central Arkansas and we are thrilled to finally be able to open a family friendly restaurant in Little Rock!”

Nicholas Kelley, Brooke Miller, and Eric Varner of Flake & Kelley Commercial represented the building’s owners.  Matt Strom and Thomas Schmidt of Flake & Kelley Commercial represented Grub’s.   Hank Kelley, CEO of Flake & Kelley Commercial and part of The Village at Pleasant Valley ownership, stated: “We are thrilled to help Grub’s locate in the Village at Pleasant Valley. The Grub’s location is front and center to a reemerging retail and restaurant neighborhood named West Village.  The food and drink options will be fun and popular and create an exciting addition to our property.”

Read the article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette

 

Jessica Dearnley and the Flake & Kelley Northwest Team Featured in The Scout Guide NWA Blog

WORK. PLAY. LIVE. LOVE. LOCAL.

Jessica Dearnley recently had the opportunity to sit down with writers for The Scout Guide NWA to share what she loves about her work, the team at Flake & Kelley Northwest, and the NWA region.  Take a few minutes to read the blog post, and you’ll get to know a little bit more about Jessica and our NWA team, along with learning about what makes NWA such a special place to live and do business.

https://northwest.arkansas.thescoutguide.com/post/175880563543/work-play-live-love-local-with-jessica

Eric Varner Becomes Flake & Kelley’s Newest Certified Property Manager®

Flake & Kelley Commercial is proud to announce that Eric Varner has been awarded the designation of Certified Property Manager®.  CPM®s are recognized as experts in real estate management, and they are at the top of the profession.  According to the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®), “The CPM is the elite mark of distinction those invested in real estate demand when they seek someone they trust with their assets. It’s a title that makes a life-changing difference for those who have what it takes to earn it.”

Eric 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).