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Making News: Our Clients in the Headlines


by Alyssa Wenger

The Wilbert Group’s clients have been making news over the past few weeks, and we’ve been busy getting them headlines across the Southeast. Take a look:

1. Mall developer Ben Carter’s newest project, Tanger Outlets Savannah, opens today and Business in Savannah covered the story.

2. A Boys and Girls Club in Franklin Tennessee received a makeover, thanks to Aaron’s.

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3. In a great article about Atlanta’s blossoming outdoor fitness trend, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussed Avalon’s new outdoor wellness classes and Atlantic Station’s outdoor yoga program.

4. Read more about Crescent Communities’ groundbreaking for a new industrial building in North Carolina from the Charlotte Business Journal.

5. Grand Cayman’s Camana Bay was mentioned in a Travel and Leisure article featuring a guide to Caribbean destinations.

Making News: Our Clients in the Headlines


by Alyssa Wenger

Curious about hits The Wilbert Group has secured for clients lately? Check out recent coverage:

#1. For its story on issues facing the University of Oklahoma after a recent racist act by students, The Wall Street Journal quoted expert source Scott Schneider, a partner at Fisher & Phillips

#2. Trey Loughran of Equifax was quoted in a USA Today article about how credit card offers are signaling a stronger economy.

#3. Two chefs from Camana Bay on Grand Cayman, Michael Schwartz and Thomas Tennant, were referenced in Smarter Travel’s article on the hottest food trends of 2015.

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#4. We placed a story for Fisher & Phillips in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on the risks of in-office March Madness betting.

#5. Alpharetta/Roswell Revue & News wrote a story on Avalon’s “Perfect Year” program.

Making News: Our Clients in the Headlines


by Shannan Jordan

#1 Camana Bay restaurant Michael’s Genuine was featured on for its recent unveiling of a new fall salad.

#2 Zagat shared a list of new restaurants to visit in and around Atlanta. See what Avalon restaurant was mentioned here.

#3 Multifamily Executive looked to Jake Reid of Franklin Street for his insight on the Class C real estate market.

#4 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shared the news about Riverwalk Village, a mixed-use development slated for to Roswell.

Making News: Our Clients in the Headlines


by Shannan Jordan

#1 Robert Simons and Leslie Booking of Hartman Simons gave their insight on fast-casual restaurant leases in the October issue of Sopping Center Business Magazine.

#2 Read what The Washington Post had to say about Cooper Carry taking office buildings and turning them into schools in Northern Virginia.

#3 Atlanta magazine shared 10 facts about Alpharetta’s Avalon to get you ready for its grand opening on Oct. 30.

#4 Gary Saykaly joined Franklin Street as a senior director. reported on the new hire here.

#5 Camana Bay isn’t short on great food, but if you can’t make it there check out this Lionfish slider recipe from Caribbean Journal.

Making News: Five Clients We Can’t Stop Talking About


by Shannan Jordan

The Wilbert Group clients have been busy lately. Here are five stories that we are excited to share:

#1 Atlanta’s 11 Alive News interviewed Lucas Group’s Scott Smith about the impact of a minimum wage increase for the southeast, and he says optimism is key.

#2 The Baltimore Business Journal reported that The Hyatt Place Hotel project in downtown Baltimore is moving quickly for Cooper Carry.

#3 North American Properties continues to prepare for the opening of Avalon with Taste of Avalon. Here’s the AJC story.

#4 Curbed shared the news that Crowdvested has teamed up with Paces Properties on an equity crowdfunding project to raise funds for a redevelopment project in East Atlanta Village.

#5 Good food and Camana Bay go hand in hand. This story on the slow food movement in Grand Cayman talks about just how good it can be. 

Five Great Media Hits Featuring Wilbert Clients


by Stephen Ursery

The atmosphere at The Wilbert Group is – to put it mildly – fast-paced and exciting. That’s due not only to the wide range of clients we serve, but also to the steady drumbeat of big news and insightful thought-leadership pieces they generate. In this High Five blog, we present five great recent media hits featuring our clients.

#1 “Spring Break Vacation Destinations 2014: Recharge Yourself and Drop the Winter Blues” – by Annemarie LeBlanc of Tourist Meets Traveler. It’s nearly impossible to believe, but spring break time is here, and the mixed-use Camana Bay resort in the Grand Cayman rightly gets some time in the sun as a great place to spend that week in this article. In fact, some Wilbert Group team members have plans to do just that!

#2 “Avalon: Georgia’s First Fiberhood” – WSB TV. Avalon, a 2.4 million-square-foot mixed-use development in Alpharetta, Ga., is not only expected to provide a huge boost to the Atlanta suburb, but the $600 million project also will boast Georgia’s first “fiberhood,” an ultra-high-speed fiber-to-the-premises broadband network. In this piece, John Bachman of WSB TV gets the lowdown on Avalon’s expected economic impact and its fiberhood from North American Properties’ Mark Toro.

#3 “Cortland Beefs Up Its Portfolio” – by Dawn Wotapka of The Wall Street Journal. Cortland Partners has emerged as a major player in the apartment industry in recent years, growing its portfolio of owned properties from 1,900 units to approximately 17,000 units. Cortland grabbed its biggest headline to date after reaching an agreement to buy a 28-property portfolio for $338.5 million. The portfolio and its previous owner were at the heart of “one of the largest alleged frauds in Utah history, Wotapka writes. The massive portfolio totals 5,500 units in eight states. The deal is expected to close later this spring.

#4 “What Lies Ahead for the Multifamily Market?” – by Michael Bull for Multi-housing News. The apartment sector has been the star student of the commercial real estate industry for several years, but its sizzling performance may be on the verge of cooling ever so slightly. That’s the word from Bull in this byliner for Multi-Housing News Online. But landlords shouldn’t worry too much: with Echo Boomers and Millennials pouring into rental housing and the economy continuing to gain traction, 2014 will still be marked by rental growth – it’s just that the growth will be smaller than in years past.

#5 “Kimpton Hotels to Open The Brice in Savannah This Summer” – by Sarah McLellan of Infinite Legroom. The Brice, Kimpton Hotels’ soon-to-be-opened hotel in Savannah, is one our newest clients, and this exciting project gets a nice turn in Infinite Legroom’s spotlight. The hotel, an adaptive reuse of an old Coca-Cola bottling plant, will open this summer, so expect to see plenty more coverage of this great destination in the weeks and months ahead!

Five Reasons We’re Excited for 2014


by Savannah Duncan

Sure 2013 was a great year for The Wilbert Group. But it looks like 2014 is going to be even better. From project openings to milestone celebrations, this year promises to be downright fun. Here are five reasons we’re looking forward to the next 12 months:

#1 Cayman Cookout. The most exclusive epicurean event in the Caribbean takes place Jan. 16-19 on Grand Cayman. Cayman Cookout celebrates all things food with celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and more. Wilbert client Camana Bay is hosting a special event to honor local Caymanians who have come together to creatively manage the lionfish, an invasive species that also happens to be a serious culinary delight.

#2 We are turning five! In May, Wilbert will celebrate our fifth birthday…hopefully with cupcakes. We have great memories of working together as a team, and a whole bunch of client work that makes us proud. We look forward to many more years!

#3 The Brice opens. A sophisticated boutique hotel by Kimpton located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, The Brice will open in May. As one of our newest clients, we can’t wait for the grand opening, sure to be the best party Savannah has seen in a long while.

#4 The National Association of Real Estate Editors conference in Houston. Last year, we made connections with top real estate reporters in the country at NAREE in Atlanta. We look forward to seeing old friends and sharing our clients’ stories.

#5 Avalon opens. In October, the first phase of North American Properties’ 2.4 million-square-foot mixed-use development in Alpharetta will open. The first phase includes 250 luxury rental homes, 101 single-family homes, 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurants and 108,000 square feet of loft office space. We don’t usually say this, but we can’t wait to go OTP!

Here’s a sneak peek of what Avalon will look like:

Wherever we go and whatever we do, we’ll share our journey with you on our blog, Facebook and Twitter!

Five Reasons I’m Excited to Go to Grand Cayman


by Savannah Duncan 

Next week I am getting my passport stamped as I head to Grand Cayman to visit our client Camana Bay. I have worked for the Wilbert Group for a little over seven months now, and have been pitching Camana Bay like crazy and securing trips for journalists such as Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon. Check out her great blog here. Now, I finally am getting the chance to experience it. Here are the top five reasons I’m excited to visit Camana Bay:

#1 The experience: While the photos look beautiful and I have read all about it, it will be great to actually experience what I’ve been talking about all along. Exploring Camana Bay and being able to share my own personal experience will make my pitches stronger.

Town Centre at Camana Bay during sunset.

#2 The relationships: I work with several people every day I have never met! I am excited to establish relationships with the people I spend so much time emailing. Once we have met face to face, we will have a stronger relationship because we will actually know one another.

#3 The design: When Dart Realty designed Camana Bay, they hired some of the top artisans in the world – including Jim Garland of Fluidity, artist Charles Duvall, Hervé Descottes of L’Observatoire International, Sam Fidler of The Design Theorem and Olin Studio. The diverse team created a one-of-a-kind design for Camana Bay.

#4 The food: Grand Cayman is emerging as the culinary capital of the Caribbean and Camana Bay is at the heart of it. Camana Bay is home to several restaurants, including Michael’s Genuine and Ortanique. There is a huge emphasis on farm-to-table food, so I can’t wait to try some new things.

#5 The beach: Camana Bay is located on Seven Mile Beach, which is regularly recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. After the grey, rainy skies Atlanta has had for the past few weeks I am certainly looking forward to relaxing on the beach in the sun!