Dewberry Capital - Who We Are - Key Executives
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Our Team

From development to acquisitions and operations, Dewberry Capital has built a strong team of individuals with various core strengths, allowing each sector to keep a sharp focus on the company's key objectives. The team possesses broad experience, a deep desire to succeed and keen market knowledge; all of which empowers them to deliver value-driven solutions and results around the globe.

John K. Dewberry - President & CEOback to top

Mr. Dewberry, who founded Dewberry Capital in 1989 with $5,000 of personal capital, has since grown his Company into one of the leading commercial real estate firms in the Southeast, acquiring and developing over 2 million square feet. Today, the firm has approximately $700 million in net operating assets under management, spanning Virginia to Florida, and controls development properties representing approximately $4 billion in future development costs. As CEO and President, Mr. Dewberry is responsible for the overall direction of Dewberry Capital. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Dewberry worked for New York-based Marine Midland Bank (a predecessor to HSBC) as Assistant Vice President - Southeast in commercial real estate lending. In 1986, Mr. Dewberry received his BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

John Clotfelter - CFOback to top

Mr. Clotfelter joined Dewberry Capital in 2008 as Controller and oversaw the company's corporate accounting, tax, and human resources. In 2017 Mr. Clotfelter was promoted to CFO. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Clotfelter spent over five years working with an Atlanta regional accounting firm, specializing in assurance and taxation for privately held real-estate and commercial development clients. He received his Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Masters of Accounting from Kennesaw State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Georgia Society of CPA's.

David Groce - Director of Business Development & Strategic Planningback to top

Mr. Groce is General Counsel for Dewberry Capital and is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs and other strategic and business development activities of the Company and each of its affiliates. He joined the Company in 2017. Earlier in his career, he held senior legal, policy and strategy positions with Anheuser-Busch Companies, Sara Lee Corporation, and Monsanto Company, and he was a partner in a large regional law firm based in St. Louis, Missouri. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and his JD degree from the University of Tulsa. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Texas, and Missouri.

Kim Lavigne - Vice President of Real Estateback to top

Ms. Lavigne joined Dewberry Capital in 2014 as the Director of Property Management. She is responsible for the oversight and direction of all components of the property management division and building operations for Dewberry Capital's prime office, retail, and residential assets located in Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas, and Virginia. She is also responsible for the oversight and direction of the retail leasing division. Prior to joining Dewberry Capital, Ms. Lavigne served as the Vice President of Operations for Stafford Properties, Inc. where she was responsible for the oversight of the property management division, all aspects of the lease administration process, lease negotiations, marketing, and collaborating with the CEO to determine and steer strategic business plans and fiscal administrations for the company. Kim began her career in commercial real estate with Aaron Rent's as a Real Estate Manager with responsibilities for over three hundred locations throughout Central, Mississippi Valley, and Southwest part of the United States. Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College and her Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. Kim is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Georgia and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA).

John Freeman - Director of Financeback to top

John Freeman joined Dewberry Capital in 2015 as the Controller. He is responsible for corporate accounting, financial reporting, cash management, tax strategy, financing and human resources. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Accounting, John began his career in Birmingham, Alabama as an auditor with Ernst & Young. He later transferred to Houston, Texas where he worked in a variety of industries, including Real Estate, Construction, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing and Distribution. In 2008, John moved to Atlanta to accept a job with Morgan Stanley in their Real Estate Investing group as a Fund Controller. In 2012, State Street acquired his group and John was retained to manage a team in charge of fund accounting and investor reporting of a $6 billion global real estate fund. In addition to volunteering for multiple organizations, John serves as the Finance Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of DeKalb County.

Lockie Brown - Vice President of Designback to top

Mr. Brown recently joined the Dewberry Capital team in 2014 after spending over 30 years in private architectural practice in the Atlanta area. Lockie's expertise is in the hospitality sector and has designed key properties for major luxury hotel brands throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Having grown up in the Atlanta area, Lockie graduated from Tucker High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in Architecture from Clemson University where he was a member of Clemson's 1981 National Championship Football team. Lockie spent a year traveling through Europe before returning to Clemson to complete his Masters of Architecture degree. He is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Lockie's focus at Dewberry Capital includes managing and assisting in the design of all major development projects and assisting the Dewberry Hospitality Group in the growth of the Dewberry brand of luxury hotels. Lockie has worked on the Dewberry Charleston for over 5 years and is excited to see the project under construction. Having been born in Charleston with extended family still living on the peninsula the importance of the Dewberry Charleston as a legacy project for the City is close to home. Lockie looks ahead to great things from Dewberry Capital. The opportunities at DCC to develop and design great projects that have a positive, long lasting impact in the communities they serve is a great responsibility.

Jaimie Brown Dewberry- Director of Dewberry Foundationback to top

Ms. Brown joined Dewberry Capital at the beginning of 2015 as Director of the Dewberry Foundation. She handles all of the charitable requests and contributions for the foundation. Jaimie began her career with Georgia Institute of Technology's Alexander-Tharpe Fund in Athletic Development. She then went on to manage Grace 251, a faith based art gallery and gift shop with an element of women's ministry, located in Dalton, GA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern University

Douglas German - Development Associateback to top

Mr. German joined in 2016 from Tishman Speyer where he was an Assistant Project Manager handling large tenant build-outs, assisted in the renovation of Colony Square, and the new development of Three Alliance Center. Douglas graduated from The Citadel in 2013 with a BS in Business Administration where he played 4 years of football.

Trey Howard - Designerback to top

Mr. Howard joined the Dewberry Capital Team in fall 2017 as a designer. Mr. Howard's focus at Dewberry Capital encompasses design creation and implementation of all ongoing and upcoming development projects. Mr. Howard also will be a major contributor to the advancement of Studio Dewberry. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Howard spent over four years working with Atlanta-based Architecture firms, specializing in Higher Education and Aviation Design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Florida. Mr. Howard resides in the Atlanta area and enjoys international travel, golf and photography.

Taylor Harris - StudioDewberryback to top

Taylor Harris joined The Dewberry Group as a member of Studiodewberry in Fall 2017 with the focus of managing and centralizing procurement. Mrs. Harris is eager to contribute to the growing Dewberry brand and its vast portfolio of projects. She brings a background in supply chain, product development and merchandising in a variety of product categories. Most recently, Mrs. Harris spent 6 years at Spanx in Atlanta, where she led Merchandising strategy for the mid-tier and mass brand business. Prior to Spanx she managed product development and buying for Mud Pie Gift also in Atlanta. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina International Business School.

Kimberly Arturo - Executive Assistant to the CEOback to top

Ms. Arturo joined Dewberry Capital in 2013 as a Finance/Accounting Intern. Shortly thereafter, Kimberly's prowess and interest in leasing and corporate communications led her to transition roles and become a Retail Leasing Intern. In this role she was intricately involved in vetting prospective tenants, assisting in the execution of leases and managing communication initiatives which effectively described and promoted Dewberry Capital, among other varying duties as well. Upon graduating with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in December 2015, Ms. Arturo joined the Dewberry Capital Team fulltime. Her new role as Executive Assistant to the CEO includes coordinating the daily operations of the Chairman’s office as well as maintaining all of the Chairman’s personal accounts. Serving directly under the CEO, Ms. Arturo also assists in Dewberry Capital’s growth and expansion further into the Atlanta market.

Ley Barnes - Controllerback to top

Mr. Barnes joined the Dewberry Capital management team in 2016 serving as Controller. In this capacity he manages the accounting, financial reporting, cash management, tax strategy, and human resources for DCC and its related properties. Ley began his career with Ernst & Young in their Birmingham and Atlanta offices. As a member of Ernst & Young’s Assurance & Accounting Business Services practice he worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial startups. Prior to joining Dewberry Capital, Ley was Controller for a healthcare management company including serving as an integral member of the management team as the Company sought out and completed a private equity recapitalization. Ley attended Auburn University receiving bachelors and masters degrees in accounting and also holds a CPA License in the State of Alabama.

Matt Connors - Finance Associateback to top

Mr. Connors first joined Dewberry Capital as a Finance Intern in the Spring of 2014. As the team’s Finance Associate, Matt develops financial models for new project developments, analyzes and evaluates our capital structure, and maintains treasury reporting. A native son of Atlanta, Matt graduated from Marist School before going on to attend Georgia Tech and continue his athletic career as a member of the football team. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Matt was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship on behalf of the ACC and completed his Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Real Estate from Georgia Tech. Prior to his experience at Dewberry, Matt interned with commercial real estate brokerage firm, Marcus & Millichap.

Lee Morrison - Staff Accountantback to top

Mr. Morrison joined Dewberry Capital in the spring of 2014. As the firms Staff Accountant, Lee assists in the delivery of accounting, management, and financial reports as well as facilitating the execution of all accounting functions. Prior to joining the firm, Lee completed his Masters of Business Administration graduating Beta Gamma Sigma from Millsaps College. In the Spring of 2012 he graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Millsaps College. During his academic studies, Lee worked as a financial intern at Merrill Lynch and also as an intern at The Mississippi Development Authority.

Johnny Ligon - Senior Accountantback to top

Mr. Ligon recently joined Dewberry Capital in 2016 as a Staff Accountant after previously working in real estate tax for the CPA Firm Bennett Thrasher. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Alabama, Johnny went on to get his Masters in Tax Accounting from Georgia State University. Mr. Ligon is a CPA and is licensed to practice in the state of Georgia.

Lindsey Sherrod - Director of First Impressionsback to top

Lindsey joined Dewberry Capital in July 2017 as the Director of First Impressions. She is responsible for welcoming all clients, daily office operations, and assisting you in any way she can. Prior to Dewberry Capital, Lindsey studied at Mercer University in Macon, GA graduating with honors from the Stetson School of Business with a major in Marketing and minor in French. During her time at Mercer, she studied abroad in Angers, France and was also the project manager of Traffick Jam, a non-profit organization to combat human trafficking in Middle, GA.