William (Bill) Warfield, President:

As President, Mr. Warfield directs all corporate operations within Brookside. Under his leadership, Brookside has grown into one of the premier real estate firms in the South Eastern United States.

With more than six hundred employees including eighty property managers, Mr. Warfield oversees more than 140 properties in twelve states valued in excess of 500 million dollars. He personally directs all multi-family acquisitions and leads our team of professionals in the successful operations of each property.

Mr. Warfield is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and is past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is an active supporter of many charities and civic organizations including Edge Hill Center, Inc. and Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Clinic. He is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and he is married and the father of one beautiful daughter.


David Crabtree, Executive Vice President:

Mr. Crabtree is responsible for all aspects of Brookside’s commercial property portfolio including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, marketing, construction and development.

As Principal Broker, Mr. Crabtree oversees all brokerage activities for the firm including sales, leasing, and property management. Currently he is a licensed real estate broker in twelve states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Under Mr. Crabtree’s direction, Brookside has developed more than 25 commercial projects valued in excess of 250 million dollars. Throughout his twenty year career, he has brokered sales in excess of 200 million dollars.

Mr. Crabtree is a three time past State Director of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and continues to be an active ICSC member. He holds the professional designation of Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cumberland County Playhouse. An honors graduate of the University of Tennessee, he is married and has three sons.


H. Rodes Hart, Jr., Executive Vice President:

Mr. Hart is responsible for overseeing all company operations at Brookside, including facilities, accounting, informational technology, and human resources. With his guidance and team of seasoned professionals, Mr. Hart facilitates the smooth operations of the non-real estate functions within the firm.

Additionally, Mr. Hart oversees a portion of the asset management responsibilities of Brookside’s apartment portfolio.

Mr. Hart is known to be an astute investor and has been instrumental in the acquisition of Brookside’s entire real estate portfolio.

He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Discovery Place. He has also served as treasurer of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee and as a board member for the Ensworth School.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he is married and is the proud father of three daughters and one son.

Lisa Francis, Chief Financial Officer:

Ms. Francis is directly responsible for all accounting, financial reporting and banking operations within Brookside. She supervises in excess of 40 professionals in the preparation of all daily, monthly, and annual financial reports and cash management and banking activities for the firm.

Ms. Francis graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

She is a licensed real estate broker and is a tireless and brilliant professional in the execution of her duties as Chief Financial Officer.

She is the mother of two beautiful girls.

Jim Gortmaker, Senior Vice President of Residential Management:

Mr. Gortmaker oversees all aspects of Brookside’s multi-family operations and supervises group managers of the individual properties. He holds a Master’s Degree in History from Dallas Theological Seminary and the designation of a Certified Property Manager by the Institute of Real Estate Management. He has managed multifamily real estate investments for twenty years in eighteen states. He worked for major regional and national companies and his portfolio includes A, B, and C class properties with many involving extensive apartment rehabilitation.

He has served as president of both the Nashville Apartment Association and the Tennessee Apartment Association. He has produced and taught numerous training and marketing programs for residential management, and has been actively involved in industry legislative work at both the state and federal levels with TAA, NAA, and IREM. He holds a Tennessee Associate Broker’s Real Estate License.

He is married and the proud father of 1 son and 2 daughters and has 5 grandchildren.

Jennifer Rucker, Affiliate Broker, ICSC, IREM, Vice President of Commercial Management:

Ms. Rucker has over eighteen years of property management experience and a thirty-year history in the Nashville real estate market. She joined Brookside in 1998 and today manages over one million square feet of commercial real estate.

The diversity of her management portfolio highlights the multiplicity of her experience. Her all-encompassing skills of property management include retail shopping centers in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia.

She implements lease issues, attends to emergency concerns and oversees owner-approved renovations and upgrades to properties which recently included a completed $1.5 million dollar renovation of a Georgetown, SC property and the beginning of an extensive renovation in Gonzales, LA. She assiduously oversees warehouse and office buildings in Nashville, TN as well as supports the design and construction of expansion within the Brookside workplace.

She grew up in a family of property managers and understands both the financial and physical needs of a property. She takes a hands-on approach and the gift of know-how, which promotes leadership and merit. She is committed to excellence at Brookside and strives for continuous growth on all properties.

Kelly Harris, Corporate Comptroller:

Ms. Harris joined Brookside Properties, Inc. in 1999 and currently manages the Accounting function in the Commercial Property Management Department and also is responsible for all financial institution draws for Shopping Centers that are under development.

Prior to Brookside Kelly spent 18 years with Shoney’s Inc. in the Captain D’s and Corporate Accounting Departments, holding increased level positions throughout her tenure there.

In addition to working hard, Kelly is a docent at the Nashville Zoo and is the Nashville/Tennessee area Chapter Leader of the Bionic Ear Association where Cochlear Implant candidates and current users meet to help gain understanding of the benefits and optimal use of implants and what to expect before and after surgery. She has also spoken to Master’s level Audiology students at Vanderbilt during their training. She participates in Cochlear Implant research both at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville and Advanced Bionics in Valencia, CA. She is a native of Lebanon, TN where she graduated from Lebanon High School as Salutatorian, attended Nashville State Technical Institute and Vanderbilt University.

She is married with one son.

Charles Warfield, Jr., Senior Vice President of Leasing and Sales:

Mr. Warfield oversees the leasing and sales of retail and office space for Brookside in the Southeast region of the United States. He partners with owners and investors in short and long term decisions to maximize value of each property.

He gained vast experience having worked with public and private companies and established an asset management group responsible for the management of multi-family as well as retail and office properties.

He is the past state director of ICSC and co-chaired the ICSC program committee. He has served as past president of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce. He is a Leadership Nashville graduate and in various capacities teamed up the Boy Scouts of America organization, including the Middle Tennessee Counsel, and Troop 444.

A native Nashville, he graduated The University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee and is married and a proud father of two children and one grandchild.


Matt Eads CCIM, SVP Commercial Leasing and Sales:

Mr. Eads serves as Senior Vice President of Leasing & Sales for Brookside Properties, Inc. He specializes in site selections, tenant and landlord representation, and investment sales. He oversees leasing and asset management for approximately 800,000 square feet of commercial real estate throughout middle Tennessee and is a licensed real estate agent in Tennessee and Alabama. Throughout his career, Mr. Eads has brokered sales in excess of 70 million dollars. Mr. Eads is a senior executive with Brookside Properties, Inc. which currently owns and manages assets in 16 states

He is an Eagle Scout and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as the Tennessee State Director 2014 – 2017. He is a past founding board member of the Phoenix Club of Nashville, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. He received his CCIM designation in 2012 & has served as board member and sponsorship chair for the Middle Tennessee CCIM chapter.

Mr. Eads is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and calls Nashville home with his wife and three daughters.

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