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ATLANTA-Locally based Barry Real Estate Cos. has called Dan DuPree out of retirement and named him chief executive officer.

DuPree, the former president of locally based Cousins Properties, exited Cousins and the industry in March 2001. He brings extensive industry experience to Barry, which was founded by Hal Barry and Chris Schoen in 1996. Barry is chairman, and Schoen is president.

DuPree began is real estate career with locally based Post Properties. In 1984, he left to found his own firm, NewMarket Development, which he served as chairman.

In 1990, he sold NewMarket to Cousins and was named president of Cousins’ retail division, a post he held until he was promoted to president of Cousins Properties.

Barry has focused on the development of lead tenant and build-to-suit office properties since its founding.

In a prepared statement, Schoen says, “Dan’s experience in all areas of development will allow us to expand the scope of our projects from purely office development to significant mixed-use, live-work-play environments.”

Schoen says, Dupree “will also help us expand the reach of our company to become what we will call a super-regional developer, working from Texas through the Carolinas.”

Barry points to DuPree’s “expanded access to the capital markets,” in the statement and says his “relationships with Wall Street . . . will be a significant factor as we expand the types of projects we are developing and the markets in which we operate.”

Schoen says, “Chris and I have made a decision to take (the company) to the next level. Dan is the guy that will take us as far as we want to go.”

According to a printed statement announcement from Cousins at the time Dupree retired, the former president left “to spend more time with his family.”

At the time, however, he gave no reason for his resignation, and widely published reports speculated that he realized he would not be named to replace Tom Cousins in the top spot there. Tom Bell, a former local advertising executive, was later named chief executive officer of Cousins, a post he continues to hold.

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