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OFS and beyond: A closer look at Gwinnett’s recent real estate gambles

Ken Ashley is a top Atlanta-based broker for real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. He said the possibility of the site becoming part of a transit hub adds value and that, with the exception of the former General Motors plant in Doraville, the OFS site might be the largest northside Atlanta site that’s also convenient to the Atlanta airport.

“In an attract-and-retain economy, being closer in to the city is never a bad thing,” Ashley said.

Sublease Right Prescription for Guardian

“Guardian had outgrown its existing premises, and the 171 17th space, which could no longer accommodate all of [Cushman & Wakefield’s] requirements, was a beneficial sublease for both parties,” said Cushman broker Sam Hollis. He and partners Ken Ashley and Whitney Hembree represented Guardian in the sublease.

Guardian moves HQ to Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA

“We are most appreciative of the excellent work done by Sam Hollis and Ken Ashley of the Cushman & Wakefield brokerage team in helping us locate here. We are impressed with the level of quality offered by the building owner, KBS Realty Advisors, and the expertise of the Cushman & Wakefield team managing the building. Our team looks forward to enjoying this office environment for many years to come.”

Ford: Tech culture can rise from ruins

“One way to compete is with sticks and bricks,” said Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate services firm. “Younger workers are interested in creating impact. It feels good to work in a space that’s historically significant.”

Atlanta Office Is So Red-Hot, CRE ‘Is Pinching Itself To See If This Market Is Real’

March 16th, 2018, Biznow

“Atlanta’s real estate industry is pinching itself to see if this market is real,” Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director Ken Ashley said in an email. “Velocity in Atlanta’s office market is at a torrid pace. There is robust demand for space by companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries. Expansions are as common as millennials noshing on avocado toast.”

Beasley Passionate About Helping Others

Jul 13, 2017, Atlanta Business Chronicle

“Beasley brings several qualities to bear in pursing her career in commercial real estate, according to Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director Ken Ashley. “Janelle has the mindset of a consultant, and is an excellent listener,” Ashley said. “She has a real sense of urgency to serve our clients, as well as a big-picture view of our business that’s rare for a young broker. [She] demonstrates this with not just words, but action. At a point in her career were many would be focused on themselves, she commits time to support not-for-profits in our community.”

Parker Leaves Marta, an Agency He Helped Revive

September 05, 2017, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Beyond its financial improvement in his tenure, Parker’s team helped boost MARTA’s reputation.

“I have a Breeze card at the very top of my wallet,” said Ken Ashley, an executive director in Atlanta at real estate services giant Cushman & Wakefield.

“Prior to Keith’s arrival it wasn’t at the top. It wasn’t even in my wallet.” Ashley, who helps major companies find and lease office space, said under Parker’s leadership, Corporate America signaled their vote of confidence in MARTA by increasingly choosing sites near its train stations.

Ashley said Parker helped make MARTA “a trusted brand.”

“More and more business people here in Atlanta are using MARTA for more than just the airport, which in and of itself is a minor miracle,” he said.

Beyond improving the agency’s financial performance, Ashley also credited Parker with the little things: improving customer service, launching a better smartphone app and modernizing the system.

“The concept is if you mind the pennies the dollars will take care of themselves,” Ashley said. “By paying attention to the details of the operation and delivering a great customer service the customers will come.”

Potential disruptors see opportunity in Atlanta’s commercial real estate industry. But cultural differences pose an obstacle.

Jul 21, 2017, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Investing in technology startups and ephemeral software can seem alien to real estate investors.

“When people think about real estate investing, they are typically thinking about sticks-and-bricks, they are thinking about dirt,” said Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office.

$25 Million Venture Capital Fund Targets Atlanta’s #1 Industry

September 19, 2017, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Real estate involves large and complex transactions which lead to problems that can be solved with technology, said Ken Ashley, executive director at real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

“If tech entrepreneurs in the CRE industry can provide real-time data and information solutions, they will have cracked the code on many problems,” Ashley said. “Put simply, decision support is an area ripe for improvement.”

100,000-square-foot startup hub ‘TechRise’ planned for Buckhead

December 30th, 2016, Atlanta Business Chronicle

“We are seeing increasing demand for short-term leases among emerging growth companies, and specifically in the tech sector,” noted Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield. “Those companies are changing so rapidly, it’s hard to see even six months into the future, much less five years.”

Viewpoint: Debunking the Atlanta traffic myth

November 18th, 2016, Atlanta Business Chronicle

My take on Atlanta’s traffic…

2016 A Good Year for Office, Industrial

October 21, 2016, Atlanta Business Chronicle

2016 was, by and large, a good year for Atlanta’s office and industrial markets, with a number of trends at work that are setting the stage for what these markets will look like in the coming year.

The surging popularity of co-working

August 12th, 2016, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Macro-shifts have given rise to a new kind of workplace — co-working hubs. In these “design-focused” developments, tenants don’t sign a five- to seven-year lease for fixed space. Instead, the lease term and the space are flexible.

Lofty opportunity? 220,000-square-foot creative campus set for Alpharetta

August 15, 2016, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Companies are drawn to Buckhead and Midtown loft office product in part due to the “coolness factor” associated with those markets. TPA is trying to bring some of that coolness factor further north to Alpharetta.

Corporate boom town: Mercedes-Benz, State Farm heating things up in the Central Perimeter area

February 26th, 2016, Atlanta Business Chronicle

A duo of sprawling corporate expansions promise to revitalize the central Perimeter business district, bringing thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in real estate projects and infrastructure investments.

Is Savannah the Next Atlanta?

June 12, 2015,

Ben Carter Enterprises: Ben Carter explains why they are investing $400 million in the Tanger Outlets and Broughton Street Collection, two real estate projects in Savannah.

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