Category: Team Recognition

Kelley Team Members Accepted into LGLR Classes XXVI and XXXVII

Yesterday at an event in the River Market Pavilion sponsored by Central Arkansas Water, the Little Rock Chamber formally announced the members accepted into the 2021-2022 Leadership Greater Little Rock Classes XXXVI and XXXVII. Kelley Commercial Partners is proud to have one associate in each class. Eric Varner joins Class XXXVI and Brandon Sheard will be a member of Class XXXVII. Although members of Class XXXVI were accepted in 2020, the program was postponed due to the pandemic.

Eric Varner, Property Manager and Partner

Eric Varner, Class XXXVI

Partner and property manager, Eric Varner, joined Kelley Commercial in 2013 and manages premier medical buildings, office buildings, and retail centers representing major health care providers, national banking institutions, international investment firms, local physicians, and several individual investors. He coordinates overall management, leasing activities, construction management, and financial oversight for his portfolio which consists of more than 2.4 million square feet.

Brandon Sheard has been an agent with the firm since 2019. Having worked in a variety of roles and industries, Brandon has acquired a diverse but complementary set of skills and experiences that enable him to bring perspective and innovation to clients. In a relatively short period of time, he has successfully completed transactions in both sales and leasing, representing owners, users, and investors. Brandon welcomes challenges and dedicates himself to exceeding clients’ needs and expectations.

Established in 1985, Leadership Greater Little Rock seeks to develop the skills of community leaders by training and informing participants of public policy opportunities and challenges. The nine-month program covers topics including government and politics, education, social services, and economic development. Participants meet each month at a different Central Arkansas venue to explore topics through tours, lectures, presentations, dialogue, and interaction.

Brandon Sheard, Agent

Brandon Sheard, Class XXXVII

Varner and Sheard will make a total of ten Kelley Commercial associates who have been accepted into the chamber’s program. Former alumni include Jim Dailey (Class I), Hank Kelley (Class V), Daryl Peeples (Class VI), Drew Laning (Class XXXIII), Jessica Kokinos (Class XXXIII), Cynthia Lu (Class XXXIV), and Nicholas Kelley (Class XXXV).

Kelley Commercial Partners extends its congratulations to all members of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXVI and Class XXXVII.

Leadership Development for Better Client Service

Terrance “Terry” Hill of Leading Edge Development awarded Nick Kelley a certificate for completion of the course “Effective Personal Productivity.” The 9-week course is designed to increase productivity by evaluating and making productive behavioral changes, setting goals, dealing with interruptions, and determining priorities.

Hank Kelley with Terrance Hill and Nicholas Kelley

 

Hill said, “Nick is a diligent, honest, and eager student with an empathetic character that is critical in a leader.”

“The commercial real estate business is multi-faceted, fast-paced, and demanding,” says Nick Kelley, executive vice president and partner at Kelley Commercial Partners. Even with years of experience as a real estate attorney, Kelley says the industry is complicated and changes constantly. “I consider myself to be a life-long student of self-improvement. This program equipped me with new tools to provide better service to my clients and to be a better leader to our team.”

Leading Edge Development is a franchise of Leadership Management International, Inc. a company dedicated to leadership development for individuals and organizations. The company now reaches more than 80 countries and offers programs in more than 25 different languages. Mr. Hill has been teaching leadership development for 28 years.

Hank Kelley: featured keynote speaker

Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy

Hank Kelley joins Scott Ford, Myron Jackson, Marta Loyd, and Darrin Williams as a keynote speaker at the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy Spring 2021 Program. The five-session program is designed to encourage personal development and professional growth for the state’s emerging business and nonprofit leaders. Participants will benefit from personal and professional strength assessments, on-on-one coaching, and mentoring from some of the state’s top CEOs and nonprofit executives.

Kelley will be the featured speaker for the April 16 session. Having led the company through a recent ownership and name change, he will share his expertise on “Leading through Organizational Change.” In May 2020, Kelley finalized an amicable stock purchase from former partner John Flake and the firm was renamed Kelley Commercial Partners.

Applications for the Spring 2021 sessions must be completed by February 22. The first session will be held March 5 and the final session on April 30.

UPDATE: Hank Kelley recognized by UALR School of Business

UALR School of Business Distinguished Alumni

UALR School of Business Distinguished Alumni Luncheon, Friday, March 12

 

In June 2020, the UALR School of Business announced that Kelley Commercial Partners’ CEO, Hank Kelley, and Whitney Burgess, vice president of client services and strategy at Team SI, would each receive the Dean’s Award for Excellence. Awards were to be presented at a luncheon in October which was postponed due to Covid-19. The Distinguished Alumni Luncheon has been rescheduled and will be held Mar. 12 at Little Rock Marriott. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available online or by contacting Shannon Gwinn at 501-916-5788 or sldrobena@ualr.edu.

Kelley Commercial Partners Northwest Adds New Shareholder Partners

Kelley Commercial Partners Northwest office is pleased to announce the appointment of two new shareholder partners, Jay Pearcy and Matt Strom. They will be joining existing partners Jordan Jeter and Philip Schmidt, and CEO Hank Kelley Jr.

“I am thrilled with the continued growth in our Northwest Office and delighted that Jay and Matt could join our other partners, Jordan Jeter and Philip Schmidt in Northwest Arkansas.  I appreciate the hard work of these partners and associates during 2020. Their leadership in this office made the difference in 2020 and we look forward to a bright future working together to serve the needs of our clients throughout the state and region,” said Kelley.

Jay Pearcy

Jay Pearcy, NWA Principal Broker, Partner

Jay Pearcy began his real estate career in 2005 as a sales associate at Pinnacle Realty Group, a subsidiary of Hunt Ventures. He joined Kelley Commercial Partners in 2016 as property manager. In 2020 he became the principal broker. Pearcy is the lead property manager and oversees the management of 1,500,000 square feet and 35 commercial properties.

A native of Texarkana, Texas, Jay has lived in Northwest Arkansas for more than 20 years. He serves as a board member for the Washington County Planning Commission and is an active member of Cross Church Fayetteville.

“It is great to work for a company that has supported me along the way and helped me reach my professional goals,” said Pearcy.

Matthew Strom

Matthew Strom, CCIM, NWA Agent, Partner

Matt Strom graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Finance and an emphasis in Real Estate. After graduating, Strom moved to Denver, Colo. where he earned his Series 7 and Series 63 license to sell non-traded REIT investments. After returning to northwest Arkansas, he continued his commercial real estate career as an agent at Kelley Commercial Partners in 2016. He received his CCIM designation in 2018. Strom’s extensive sales experience with real estate investments has made him a great asset to our team.

“It has always been a goal of mine to become a member of the leadership team here at Kelley Commercial Partners NW. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and look forward to our company’s future,” said Strom.