Southern Land Company (SLC), a national real estate developer of multifamily, mixed-use developments and master-planned communities, has hired Charles Warner as Senior Vice President Mixed-Use & Commercial Leasing and Gabrielle (Gaby) Lerner as Vice President of Hotel Investments and Acquisitions.
Warner, who works out of the company’s Nashville headquarters, is responsible for leasing all commercial and retail properties for SLC nationally. He will execute the company’s strategy of incorporating carefully merchandised retail and commercial spaces within development projects to provide highly-synergistic elements that promote community, lifestyle, entertainment, and convenience while maximizing investor returns.
A retail property veteran, Warner makes this move after spending the last 13 years as a partner at Baker Storey McDonald Properties, Inc., of Nashville. During his tenure, he represented numerous retailers, restaurants, landlords and developers, as well as supported the firm’s direct investment arm.
“Charles is a highly respected commercial leasing professional who has been very successful serving the commercial property industry,” said Tim Downey, CEO of Southern Land Company. “He is crucial to executing our significant growth plans for new development and servicing our existing properties around the country. We are very pleased to have him on our team”.
Warner has received many accolades throughout his career, including the Nashville Business Journal’s CRE MVP for Retail Properties, and has been recognized for the last 10 consecutive years as a Costar “Power Broker for Retail Properties.” He has served on numerous real estate panels and is regularly-published in industry trade magazines as a retail expert. Warner has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Richmond.
Gaby Lerner will work out of SLC’s New York office and has participated in a numerous development and acquisition projects within the mixed-use and hotel industry. She also has extensive experience in business development, feasibility and valuation.
Prior to joining SLC, Lerner was the Senior Director of Development for Vail Resorts in Broomfield, CO, working on notable deals in the Keystone and Breckenridge areas that created value for the mountain and in the base areas. She previously served as the VP of Development at Miller Global Properties and the Senior Director of Investment Services at Richfield Hospitality, both in Denver, where she was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing hospitality acquisitions and developments. Before moving to Colorado, Lerner worked with PKF|CBRE in Los Angeles where she was responsible for hospitality real estate ventures and feasibility analysis and was a publisher of PKF’s Trends® in the Hotel Spa Industry report. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
“To meet the needs of today’s buyers, we are delivering a more curated experience featuring lifestyle elements and entertainment opportunities within our properties,” said Downey. “Gaby has the right skillset to assess the feasibility of hotel components at our unique sites and oversee planning and acquisition as deals materialize.”
About Southern Land Company
For 33 years, Southern Land Company has continued to build extraordinary communities that enhance the lives of residents and tenants across the United States. With a comprehensive set of services that span the entire development cycle, Southern Land Company delivers distinctive settings where people want to live, work and shop. By upholding stringent standards for single-family, multifamily, and mixed-use developments, the company creates projects with long-term viability that investors, residents, employees, and partners can rely on. Founded in 1986, Southern Land Company is headquartered in Nashville, TN and develops properties in many key U.S. markets. www.southernland.com.