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Tetro Truck at InterFace Conference

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014

Mobile Leasing On Display at National Student Housing Conference

The Tetro Truck was on display this week in Austin, TX for the 6th annual InterFace Student Housing Conference. The conference is a 3-day national information and networking event for the student housing industry, discussing a long list of topics such as “Site Selection Challenges & Opportunities” and “Underwriting Core and Value-Add Acquisitions in Today’s Market”. This year, the event attracted over 900 attendees with more than 40 exhibitors.

The Tetro Truck, a new innovative mobile leasing solution from Carter and Cardinal Group Management, was set up outside the Holding Austin hotel, where the conference is being held. All conference attendees were invited to check out the truck’s custom exterior wrap and imaginative interior amenities. Cardinal, who was on-site throughout the event, gave guided tours of the mobile leasing office to those interested.


Conference attendees check out the Tetro Truck; image from @TetroStudents

Designed to look like a food truck but without the kitchen, Tetro Truck tours San Antonio-area festivals, parks, sporting events, restaurants and bars to promote Tetro Student Village, Carter’s student housing development at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Thanks to a dedicated leasing team, the development is already 40% pre-leased for fall semester, and will be completed in summer of 2014.

Del de Windt, CEO of Cardinal Group Management, told Student Housing Business, “We won't have 15 golf simulators, but we focus on building our campaigns around one unique aspect of our properties, whatever it may be.”


Tetro uses the truck hand-in-hand with their already-strong social media following, using sites like Twitter to “take orders” from some of their 642 followers for items such as Sonic Blasts (above) or sandwiches, serving the snacks free of charge. To date, Tetro also has 1,152 fans of their Facebook page and 184 Instagram followers.

Texas Real Estate Business recently reported on the increase of student housing, citing Tetro Student Village as an example. David Nelson, senior vice president of development for Carter, was quoted, “Amenities are very important to students, so having a good, strong, robust program is critical for projects. In Texas, having a large pool is just the start. Students ultimately want a place where they can hang out, congregate and call home.”

Check out our last blog post on the Tetro Truck, “Breaking Boundaries with a Mobile Leasing Center”. 

Inside Carter | Meet Taylor Crowder

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014


Every other week we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Taylor Crowder, intern within Carter's development group. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. How did you end up in this industry?
I was introduced to Real Estate Finance through the Student Foundations Investments Committee at Georgia Tech and I really loved it. I worked with GE Capital Real Estate this past summer with their originations team on the Debt Lending side, after that I was curious to see more of the development side of Commercial Real Estate.

2. What's one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? 
I have never traveled outside the U.S. and have only been outside the southeast twice.

3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
The opportunity to learn. With the internship program, you have the ability to see so much of the business (and there is still so much I haven’t seen). The quality of the assignments that the interns are tasked with allows us to really dive head-first into the projects, and there’s always someone there to answer questions and or give advice if we need it.

4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My parents. They have been the most influential people in each and every aspect of my life.

5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
After I graduate from Georgia Tech in about a month, I’m hoping to head down to Destin, or any beach for that matter, before I start my full-time job.

6. What did you want to grow up to be?
I wanted to be an Architect. My grandfather had his own firm here in Atlanta and when I was little I just loved sketching plans for my “dream homes.” I had a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design books.

7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why? 
Leonardo da Vinci. Assuming he could speak English or I could speak Italian, I would love to pick his brain and hear anything he has to say.

8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
I actually only use LinkedIn currently, but am considering returning to Facebook.

9. What's on your bucket list that you'd like to share?
I would like to step foot on Antarctica… just something obscure that very few people can say they have done.

10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
My favorite thing about Atlanta is the weather (we all complain, but come on). I love being outside and unlike a lot of cities, Atlanta allows me to do that pretty much year-round.

Inside Carter | Meet David Denney

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014


Every other week we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: David Denney, vice president of IA asset management. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. How did you end up in this industry?
I had the opportunity to join the Equitable Life Real Estate Department and temporarily move to New York, just prior to the spin-off of the real estate group into Equitable Real Estate and the move back to Atlanta. I started in the Accounting Group and as the business grew I was able to move into other areas of the real estate business.

2. What's one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? 
I can cook! My specialty is grilling and one of my best dishes is smoked pork shoulder. I can make everything from shrimp creole to stuffed cabbage and peppers.

3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
The people. In any service business the only true assets of a company are the people. I appreciate the professionalism and dedication shown by of all the people I have the privilege to work with at Carter.

4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
There is not one single person I can point to for this. Everyone has good traits and talents. I tried to learn from the strengths of each person I worked for and with.

5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
I plan to go to the Gulf Coast of Florida this summer. What can be better than the beach, fishing and fresh seafood?

6. What did you want to grow up to be?
I wanted to be a pilot. I have always been fascinated with flying.

7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why? 
George Washington. We all know what he accomplished during his lifetime, but I would like to hear directly from a person who had the character to walk away from power and prestige at the height of his political career. He could have continued to be President as long as he wanted, but he was a true patriot and public servant who put the best interest of the Nation and others before his own.

8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
I use LinkedIn for the business connections it provides.

9. What's on your bucket list that you'd like to share?
I would like fish the Florida Keys. I enjoy being on the ocean and in the outdoors.

10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
It is close to Athens, Georgia. I enjoy going to UGA football games when I can.

Eagles on the Viking Campus

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Carter Client Berry College Gains Huge Following from Live Video of Bald Eagle Nest

Written by Todd Bradford, Director

As a project manager in the education group at Carter, I am privileged to work with our clients on new and exciting happenings on campus which bring notoriety to the institution. The addition of a state-of-the-art academic building, new student housing, or the addition of a sports facility all enhance the college experience and create a “buzz” in the community.

However, I could not have guessed that a couple of birds could generate worldwide attention for one of our most valued clients. A little over two years ago, a pair of bald eagles took up residence at the front entrance of Berry College, which has been a partner with us since 2007. As soon as they were discovered, a local following quickly formed. With the help of live streaming video, the college has realized millions of people who follow the daily life of the eagles, but far greater, now know about Berry College and what it has to offer. The public relations component has been amazing for Berry.


Above: Berry College’s Eagle Cam

While eagles have been spotted around Berry College’s 27,000-acre campus for years, we first found the eagles and their nest while master planning for campus projects. A 10-acre site was selected for a potential project between the main entrance and parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. The eagles nest was found in a tall Georgia pine just adjacent to the site.

The eagles hatched and successfully raised 2 young eaglets during the 2012-2013 nesting season. Before the eagles returned in the fall of 2013, a high resolution camera was installed in the tree to allow the world to share in the wonder of what nature has given to the college. This was made possible thanks to donations from Sony, which provided the camera, Georgia Power, which helped install the camera, and Fluid Mesh Networks, which donated the wireless transmission equipment.

This year, an egg was produced on January 14, and subsequently hatched on February 22. It quickly became local news; the hatching was covered by local media including AJC, Roswell Patch, and several TV news stations. Further boosting the eagles’ celebrity status, National Geographic featured the Eagle Cam in their article, Five Bald Eagle Cams to Watch Now; the Weather Channel also shared a short video about the birds. The eagles also have their own Facebook page.

Berry’s Eagle Cam is the only live, streaming video of a bald eagle nest in Georgia. The site has tracked nearly 7 million views from across the globe and averages about 20,000 viewers at any given time.

Todd is responsible for overseeing Carter’s client relationship with Berry, as well as providing project management services for facilities on its campus. He has been sharing the story of the eagles with our associates for a few years, and we are thankful for his participation in the Carter Blog. Since 2007, Carter has also served as project manager for a number of Berry’s campus facilities including Krannert Center, Morgan and Deerfield Halls, and Richards Gymnasium

Berry College - Eagle Cam

Inside Carter | Meet Jacole Todd

Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2014


Every other week we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Jacole Todd, human resources manager. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. How did you end up in this industry?
While in between jobs, I worked a temporary assignment at Georgia Power. At the time, Carter was the property manager. I shared with some of the associates that I was looking for a role in Human Resources and an HR Assistant role came available. I interviewed for the position and the rest is history!

2. What's one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? 
I performed during the halftime show of the Sugar Bowl with my high school cheerleading squad during the last two years of high school. It was a pretty interesting experience.

3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
I like the culture and working with the people – from the executive leadership team to the associates who work throughout the entire organization.

4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My mother is always extremely supportive and gives me a “nudge” to look at things from different perspectives and not just from my own personal view, which is really important.

5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
To some tropical island… I haven’t decided which one yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

6. What did you want to grow up to be?
Back in the late 80s/early 90s when dance videos were popular, I wanted to dance professionally like Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul.

7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why? 
Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a great motivator of people toward a goal that we all have benefited greatly from.

8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
I am on LinkedIn & Facebook – I am a light user currently but my plans are to get more involved this year.  

9. What's on your bucket list that you'd like to share?
I want to go to the Grand Canyon and to Paris.

10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
My favorite thing about Atlanta is the accessibility - there is always something to do here and you don’t have to drive far.

Inside Carter | Meet Gil Patterson

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014


Every other week we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Gil Patterson, chief financial officer. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. How did you end up in this industry?
I got into real estate because I enjoyed being a part of creating something tangible that others could see and use. So when I started my accounting career, the CPA firm I worked for allowed me to select real estate as my area of specialty and the rest as they say is history.

2. What's one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? 
I was fortunate enough to play Augusta National. I had just taken up golf about a year before I played the course but I was fully aware of its history so I was in total awe of walking the same holes as Nicklaus, Watson, Palmer, and many of golf’s other great players. My best hole was the 12th hole because I made par and it is considered one of the hardest holes on the course.

3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
Having such an enjoyable place to work because of the great people and the opportunity to contribute to the success of our company.

4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My parents. My dad taught me to work hard no matter what the circumstances are in order to achieve my goals and my mom taught me about understanding and relating to people. They both taught me to be respectful of others and that optimism has a brighter future than pessimism.

5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
Hopefully a beach somewhere but it may remain the junior tennis tournament circuit of cities until my kids are in college. Once they get to college, it will be nice having family vacations again.

6. What did you want to grow up to be?
An astronaut.

7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why? 
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. When I was a little kid, America’s space program was always in the news and when they talked about landing a man on the moon I dreamed of being that person. I would love to know what it was really like to be the first person to set foot on the moon and to better understand what it took to achieve that incredible accomplishment.

8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
Not really. I tried Facebook when my kids wanted to have their own accounts so that I could better understand what they were getting into. That is the extent of my social media use.

9. What's on your bucket list that you'd like to share?
I would love to visit the ancient ruins of Rome, Greece, and Egypt. It fascinates me how their societies figured out how to build some amazing structures using complicated engineering and without any of our modern technology.

10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
The people, the food, all of the fun things to do, and its central location to so many places.

Carter Promotes Three Associates

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Promotions Strengthen Investments, Asset Management and Development Teams

We are pleased to announce the recent promotions of three Carter associates: Matt Delicata, Jason Neisler and David Nelson.


Matt Delicata joined Carter in 2012 as senior analyst, where he played a large role on numerous development and investment projects such as 315 W Ponce, Tetro Student Village and The Banks. He was promoted last month to director for Carter’s investment team. As director, his roles include identifying, underwriting and due diligence for prospective investments.

Jason Neisler has been with Carter since 2010, when he was brought on-board to manage the industrial component on behalf of Carter’s largest account. He is now responsible for the asset management of this account’s nationwide portfolio totaling over 3 million square feet of office space spanning 21 properties in 6 states across the United States.

“Jason has effectively managed our team of asset management professionals and does a great job of representing our client’s interests,” said Scott Stringer, executive vice president at Carter. “We are proud to have him on the Carter team.”

David Nelson joined Carter in 2008 and has worked with our development team in a number of roles, ranging from project manager, providing design and construction management for some of our on-campus student housing projects, to overseeing the equity development of new multi-family and student housing projects like Valencia Condominiums and Highland Square.

In his new role of senior vice president of development, David will lead Carter’s student housing business line, focusing on the equity development of off-campus student housing projects.

“David has been instrumental in the success of Carter’s student housing projects,” said Conor McNally, chief development officer at Carter. “He has emerged as a thought leader within the student housing sector, combining his technical expertise with strong business development skills for the leasing and marketing of our projects.”

Carter values each and every one of our associates and we are proud to be able to recognize them with these well-deserved promotions. Congratulations Matt, Jason and David! 

New Athletics & Parking Facilities for Ragin’ Cajuns

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Carter Selected as Program Manager for University Facilities
Continuing an ongoing three-year relationship with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), Carter announced last week that it was selected to provide program/project management services for the university’s new athletics facilities and mixed-use parking facility. 
Carter will oversee the design and construction of UL Lafayette’s Tier-1 Athletics Facilities Master Plan. Cajun Field (UL Lafayette’s football stadium, home of the Ragin’ Cajuns) will receive an additional 5,900 seats. The new 70,000-square-foot addition to the athletics practice facility will serve as a training center for all sports, with enhanced weight and locker rooms, offices, hydrotherapy and training rooms. The new track and soccer facility will have office spaces, locker rooms, equipment storage and press facilities. 

      
Furthermore, Carter was selected to provide program/project management services for a new 1,200 space mixed-use parking facility that will be located on the west side of UL Lafayette’s campus. The unique design includes 7,800 square feet of commercial space and 1,000 square feet of retail, including a food service component.

“Carter is excited to continue our relationship with UL Lafayette and to be a part of the innovative model the university and foundation has put in place to strategically deliver updated facilities,” said John Jokerst, senior vice president of development for Carter. “The projects allow the university to keep an eye toward the future while being respectful of the rich heritage that has existed on campus for well over 100 years. The new assignments are integral components of executing UL Lafayette’s overall vision in providing state-of-the-art facilities for its students, faculty, staff and the entire Ragin’ Cajun community.”

In 2011, Carter also served as program/project manager for UL Lafayette’s recent 1,934-bed student housing project. In late 2012, Carter announced that it would serve as program manager for the university’s new 170,000-square-foot student union, set to be delivered in early 2015.

Inside Carter | Meet Tony Holloway

Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2014


Every other week we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Tony Holloway, operations administrator. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. How did you end up in this industry?
I was working for an on-site copying company and Carter was looking for a mailroom supervisor. After about a year and a half, Carter wanted to keep the job in-house instead of outsourcing and offered the job to me. Then, a year later, my current position in accounting became available. I have been doing this ever since and I love it!

2. What's one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? 
I took 3rd place in my 5th grade talent show doing a break-dance routine with a few of my friends. I dare not try it now as I might break something.

3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
Being in accounting, I deal with everybody at the company so I’d have to say my co-workers are the best part. The ability to work hard and have fun doing it makes work not feel like work.

4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
It would have to be several folks – all the supervisors I have worked for. They each brought something to the table, whether good or bad, that I could learn from. My current supervisor, Gil, of course, has been the best one of all.

5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
Well everyone will guess a cruise since I go on one or two a year, but… We are heading to Myrtle Beach right after the kids get out of school at the end of May.

6. What did you want to grow up to be?
A police officer.  

7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why? 
It would have to be Bruce Lee. I grew up watching martial arts movies and he is a great teacher and actor. I would have loved to take classes from him.

8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
I’m old-school and use smoke signals or Morse code to communicate. Just kidding, an email or telephone call will do it for me!

9. What's on your bucket list that you'd like to share?
I would like to skydive, but just once.

10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
Being surrounded by “millions” of fellow Bulldog fans everywhere you go. Go Dawgs!

Tetro Student Village Out of the Ground in San Antonio

Posted on Monday, February 03, 2014

Carter Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for Student Housing Project


Last Thursday, Carter’s project team gathered on-site with business and community leaders, representatives from both the city and school, consultants, neighbors and students for the official groundbreaking for Tetro Student Village, Carter’s newest student housing development located near the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Local media was also invited to attend.

Conor McNally, Carter’s chief development officer, opened the ceremony with an introduction of behalf of Carter, thanking the project’s partners, UTSA and the City of San Antonio, to name a few. He noted that the groundbreaking was unique due to the hard work and efforts of SpawGlass, the Texas-based general contractor responsible for Tetro’s “vertical” progress.

Next, Alex O’Brien, President of Cardinal Group Management, Tetro’s property and leasing management company, took the microphone and continued to thank attendees, as well as introduce the Tetro team.


Standing on top of the ground where Tetro’s watering hole (swimming pool) will be located. Carter associates (pictured L to R): Marisa Winsky, Kendall Golightly, Conor McNally, Charles Bonds and Jack Murphy.

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce presented Tetro with an honorary plaque recognizing the project as an “investor” within the business community; Conor McNally accepted it on behalf of both Carter and Tetro.

The event concluded with tour of the project site, courtesy of SpawGlass. The Tetro Truck, the community’s innovative mobile leasing center, was also on-site offering virtual tours and information.

The San Antonio Business Journal reported, “From the beginning, the goal with Tetro has been to create something different for UTSA students.” Additionally, FOX 29 News (San Antonio) was in attendance with camera crew in tow. GlobeSt.com and Student Housing Business also covered the event.

The celebration continued into Thursday night for the grand opening party, held at nearby bar & restaurant, Espana Bar de Tapas. Tetro sponsored college night for an estimated 300+ attendees and featured exciting giveaways including Coachella tickets, Beats headphones and flat screen TVs.

Tetro will provide UTSA students with a community-focused living experience unlike any other. The 16-acre community will include flats-style apartments and townhomes built around a “town center” of amenities. Tetro is currently accepting leases for Fall 2014.

Tetro’s leasing team provided us with an update: it is over 15% leased and has over 100 executed leases; the 3-bedroom suite has been the most popular floor plan to rent.

Click here for a full photo gallery of the event.