Board of Advisors
Craig B. Jones
Craig Jones received a BA degree from Washington and Lee University, where he was admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, and he also received a JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Craig practiced law for 10 years with King & Spalding, where he was a partner in the Real Estate Department in the Atlanta office. In 1987, he left King & Spalding to join New Market Development Company, an Atlanta-based shopping center developer, where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of development and financing. In 1992, New Market Development was sold to Cousins Properties Incorporated, an REIT traded on the New York Stock Exchange (CUZ). Craig joined Cousins at that time, and he went on to serve in a number of different positions, including President of the Office Division and Chief Investment Officer. Craig retired from Cousins in 2012.In terms of civic engagement, Craig serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, a community improvement district which levies taxes on commercial properties in Downtown Atlanta in order to fund public safety, transportation infrastructure, cleaning and other economic development initiatives. Craig also served several years as the Vice Chairman of Central Atlanta Progress, a sister organization of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. In addition, Craig serves on the Board of Directors of KIPP Metro Atlanta Collaborative, a non-profit which operates six high-performing charter schools in Atlanta; the Board of Directors of Fox Theatre, Inc., which operates and preserves Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre; and the Board of Governors of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
Dr. Carl Patton
Dr. Carl V. Patton, President Emeritus at Georgia State University, helped the university become a vital part of the downtown Atlanta community through the Main Street Master Plan. This billion dollar development strategy continues to increase the university’s footprint in the downtown community and shape the university’s future growth. Key components include creating a physical campus identity, constructing new teaching and research facilities and student housing, and securing private funding to supplement state allocations. Dr. Patton has taught and conducted research across the U.S. and in Greece, Indonesia and China. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as Masters degrees from U.C. Berkeley and the University of Illinois and a B.S. from the University of Cincinnati. Early in his career, he was the principal planning associate in a Midwest architecture firm and vice president of a planning and design institute in the Great Lakes area. His book topics include basic methods of policy analysis and planning, quick answers to quantitative problems, infrastructure deterioration, self-built housing, and early retirement options. He enjoys living in Centennial Park West, one of Legacy Property’s downtown Atlanta developments.
P. Alexander (Alec) Fraser
Alec Fraser has had two very unique careers. He has been the Commanding Officer of two United States Navy ships and has been the President of Turner Global Properties, a division of Turner Broadcasting. He has also been an on-air military analyst for CNN. He is currently writing a book on leadership and management based on lessons learned from his business, military, and television careers.At Turner Broadcasting, he was responsible for overseeing the global facilities and security of Turner’s over 30 locations worldwide. Duties as the President of Turner Properties included strategic real estate planning and management, supervision of building design and construction, engineering support, security protection, supervision of property management services, oversight of technical facilities, and coordination of more than 450 Turner Properties employees worldwide. Fraser has been on-air with CNN and CNN International numerous times as a military analyst on national and international security related events. These interviews included an appearance on the Larry King Live show.
Prior to joining Turner in 1996, Fraser completed 24 years in the United States Navy, serving as a ship captain on a destroyer and cruiser. His last command, the cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), earned the Arizona Memorial Trophy for being the most combat-ready ship in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. USS Cape St. George is a guided missile cruiser that has the latest AEGIS radar, can guide 24 missiles simultaneously, carries two helicopters, and has a crew of 500. Fraser was commissioned in the Navy following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. He later earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C.
Fraser has been an active member of the Atlanta Community, participating in numerous community and civic organizations. He has been President of the 500 member Rotary Club of Atlanta, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Riverside Military Academy, Vice Chairman of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, a member of the Executive Committee of Central Atlanta Progress, a member of the Atlanta Police Foundation Board, President of the Capital City Club in Atlanta, and an elder at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church. He has been a speaker at dozens of events on topics such as decision making, character development, ethics and civic issues. He and his wife Sheila live in Atlanta. Their son Powell is an investment banker in NYC for Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Smith, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, served in the White House and U.S. Department of Justice during the Carter Administration. He later became General Counsel and then Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the PGA TOUR. After leaving the PGA TOUR, Smith started two businesses: one a real estate and golf course development partnership with the TOUR and secondly a consultancy for sports organizations. The latter firm, International Sports and Entertainment Strategies helped develop the marketing and television plans for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. As an outgrowth of the Olympic Games-related work, Smith and colleague David Marvin formed a real estate development entity that subsequently evolved into Legacy Property Group. Smith, now retired, remains involved in various Legacy partnerships and subsidiaries as an investor and board member.
W. Gregory Null
Mr. Null is a shareholder with the firm of Carlton Fields. He has spent much of his career negotiating, documenting, and closing complex commercial loans of all types, including construction, acquisition and development, permanent and mezzanine loans. His career also includes real estate investment and development.
AGH Certified Public Accountants
AGH is one of the most respected boutique accounting and business advisory firms in the Southeast, serving clients nationally and internationally. For 40 years, its firm has been guided by the principle that accountants and advisors are of greatest value to their clients when they combine expertise with open communication and unwavering client service. AGH has been recognized for this service commitment, and has won accolades that include being named the 2008-2009 Atlanta’s Best Place to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, as well as a prestigious Client Advisor Award for the best-in-class client service by a professional services firm and firm of the year from Enterprise Network Worldwide, an alliance of independent accounting firms.
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt ranks among the nation’s largest law firms with more than 375 attorneys and 10 offices nationwide. Giddings Mabry founded Carlton Fields over a century ago with the help of his father Milton Mabry-a former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice-and Doyle Carlton-who would go on to become Florida’s 25th governor. The firm was mostly southern-centric until its 2014 merger with the law firm of Jorden Burt when it expanded northward into Hartford and Washington, DC and later into Los Angeles. The firm is now known nationally and internationally with a roster of Fortune 100 Clients. It has numerous industry specialties including real estate where they have vast expertise in all phases of site identification, acquisition, disposition, permitting, financing and regulation.
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Morris, Manning & Martin is a full-service law firm with national and international reach. MMM has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate and has closed real estate deals throughout the U.S. The Mixed-Use Development Practice at MMM has played an integral role in providing innovative and unique legal services to developers, owners and investors of some of the most significant mixed-use developments in the southeastern United States. As lead counsel in these dynamic deals, MMM has counseled and represented clients in all aspects of the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and structuring of their mixed-use projects. MMM also provides deep hospitality industry knowledge and responsive, innovative and efficient legal services to developers, owners, managers, investors and other participants in the hospitality industry.