ATLANTA—Net lease brokerage Calkain Cos., headquartered in Reston, VA, has opened an office here, the first move in a push to grow the company in strategically targeted cities across the US. Atlanta was among the markets requested for growth by Calkain’s clients, and the company’s physical presence there aims to grow its footprint in Georgia as well as other areas of the Southeast.
Heading up the new Atlanta office are Stephen Counts and Hunter Roquemore. A past winner of a “Rookie of the Year” award at Calkain, Counts is a former member of the company’s Tampa, FL team and has relocated to Atlanta to launch the new market. He brings to Atlanta extensive experience in single and multi-tenant net-lease investment sales, as well as sale-leasebacks and portfolio dispositions nationwide.
By contrast, Roquemore is a veteran of the Atlanta scene. Formerly VP with Raving Brands, the franchiser of restaurant concepts Moe’s Southwest Grill, Mama Fu’s Asian House, Doc Green’s, Boneheads and Shane’s Rib Shack, Roquemore has also provided consulting services for retail developers as well as managed assets totaling over $175 million. He has experience in a variety of real estate services including valuation, site selection, development and leasing and acquisition.
“We have a culture that is vastly different than every other brokerage firm and we find that it’s extremely important for net lease professionals to match themselves with an organization that fosters the environment that promotes their successes, which ultimately leads to more productive outcomes, both professionally and financially,” says Jonathan Hipp, Calkain’s president and CEO, and a blogger for GlobeSt.com. Having Counts and Roquemore in Atlanta, he adds, “completely expands our presence and reputation in an area of the country that is highly sought after by many of our clients.”