CBUR President and Broker Recognized for Hosting Local Conversation Club

 Thursday, January 03, 2019

January 2019 (Athens, GA) – Last month, Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty President and Broker, Charles Upchurch, III,  was presented with a commemorative plaque, recognizing and thanking him for graciously donating meeting space in the CBUR building to a local Conversation Club organized by CBUR agent, Michael DiBiase. The club meets every Monday and Wednesday, and has been using the facilities provided by Mr. Upchurch for the past four years. The club is a place for people who speak English as a second language to come together to learn, practice, and build community.

            The Conversation Club is open to all languages and backgrounds, and welcomes guest speakers from supportive organizations who provide information to members on their services and resources.  More recently, Laura Hyatt, Program Manager for the Latin American Association in Athens, GA, attended and visited with members to discuss educational and cultural engagement opportunities in the local area. Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty maintains a culture of inclusiveness and community service at the direction of Mr. Upchurch. They have opened their doors to other organizations including Project Safe, who conducted their monthly Board of Directors meeting in the building for six consecutive years. For more information on the Conversation Club, or to attend a meeting, contact Michael DiBiase.


Michael DiBiase


Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

2405 West Broad St. P.O. Box 1824

Athens, GA 30606

O: 706-543-4000

C: 706-207-3995

Email: mikedibiase@hotmail.com

Redwine Wraps Up His Year as AAAR’s Commercial/Land’s Chairman

(Athens, GA) November 16, 2018-Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty’s agent Roby Redwine has served as the 2018 Chairman of Athens Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial/Land Forum this year. During his year of service, Redwine’s responsibilities included researching relevant topics and scheduling guest speakers to better inform Athens Area Commercial professionals. Roby steadily increased meeting attendance by bringing in presenters such as Mayor Elect Kelly Girtz, Georgia Power representatives, and affiliate panels comprised of real estate attorneys and lending professionals.

When asked about Redwine’s year of leadership, Chief Executive Officer Lauren Daniel comments, “The Board and Staff of AAAR® sincerely appreciates the hard work and leadership Roby has shown by chairing the Commercial/Land Forum this year.  The meetings ran smoothly, were well attended, and the topics were diverse and informative- adding value for attendees each month.  He did a great job of getting breakfast sponsored for each meeting which is always appreciated!  All the feedback we’ve received has been positive, and we’re actually sad that his tenure is over!  Thanks, Roby, for a job well done!”

This month Redwine wraps up his tenure heading AAAR’s Commercial/Land Forum. He is to be succeeded by Robert Jahn of Cardinal Real Estate Advisors. Redwine reflects on the year and says, “We were fortunate to have a successful year growing the forum with a number of informative guest speakers as well as highly appreciated sponsors. We could not have achieved the success that we enjoyed without the unwavering support of both Lauren Daniel and Andrea Swilley at the Board office, as well as Katie Reeves at Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty. It is my hope that the membership will continue to support the incoming Chairman Robert Jahn as they have supported me.”

Mike Canova Speaks to CBCUR agents

Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty hosted Mike Canova, CFO of GAMLS — Georgia Multiple Listings Service – in their office recently to discuss intentions to develop a statewide commercial MLS. Canova’s visit was attended by CBCUR agents and staff along with several other local commercial professionals. GAMLS hopes to enable local commercial real estate professionals to be able to operate at a lower cost while furnishing statewide property information. Therefore, providing better servicing data for agents to represent their clients whether buying, selling or leasing. Canova was eager to meet with local commercial agents to learn about the criteria agents expect from a product of this nature. He listened to their opinions and took notes to take back to his board office.

CBCUR Attends CBC Regional Meeting in Charlotte

November 2018 (Athens, GA) — Team members and staff of Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty had the opportunity to attend the CBC Regional Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference was hosted and organized by CBC MECA, a Charlotte based affiliate, and attendees included affiliates from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. President Charlie Upchurch and Commercial Coordinator Katie Reeves attended the Owner/Manager meeting on Monday, November 5 and were joined that evening by commercial sales associates Jordan Smith and Frank Thompson for the Regional meeting.

Katie comments, “Attending corporate meetings is always beneficial to our business practice and company growth, but there is a little extra takeaway from these regional events. The intimacy of the smaller group, combined with the geographical connections and sometimes shared economic impact opportunities, exaggerates the importance of making those connections and establishing relationships. There is always something new to learn and apply in our industry, and I’m glad two agents joined us at the event to take advantage of the opportunity,”

Meeting discussion topics consisted of brand reports and updates, and sector breakout groups while networking opportunities engaged our team with other affiliates. Our team also got to learn from top producers in the region through a question panel. “It is always encouraging to meet with other brokers from around the region,” Charlie states, “and know that you are a part of a network that consistently strives to obtain a higher level of customer service and industry knowledge. Discussing commercial trends, support services and applying new technologies will allow us to continue as top competitors in commercial real estate.”

Ron Hamilton Qualifies for Circle of Honor after Latest Deal

Last week Ron Hamilton closed a Piedmont Medical Walk-In Clinic in Oconee County for $1.1 million. Ron has taken advantage of the opportunity to find properties in rapidly growing Oconee County for investors. “That’s the second clinic we’ve sold,” Ron comments, “Yet again investors are showing a keen interest in the Oconee County area on properties related to medical. It seems that the migration continues to Oconee County from adjoining counties.” The sale qualifies him for a Circle of Honor achievement award for 2018. Ron’s success sends an encouraging message to other local Realtors, “To all my fellow Realtor: work hard; opportunity is out there.”

Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty Attends UGA Fall Career Fair

(Athens, GA) September 28, 2018- Last Wednesday in the Classic Center, CBCUR set up a booth among the 500+ other companies attending the UGA Fall Career Fair. The anticipated event is where students and alumni meet representatives from companies all over America in search for jobs and internships. Students with every major attend the fair, including the Terry College of Business Real Estate students and graduates. The UGA Real Estate program has ranked in the top 5 Real Estate programs in the nation each year since 2005 and ranks #1 in the southeast. Our representatives were thrilled to meet and speak to a large number of these young individuals. CBCUR received many distinguished applications and looks forward to seeing the growth the company will experience.

New Athens Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Visits CBC Upchurch Realty

Athens, GA September 5, 2018-David Bradley stopped by to talk to our commercial department about his new role as President/CEO of the Athens Chamber of Commerce. Bradley has been in his position for five weeks and has hit the ground running. Because he moved to Athens from North Carolina, he brings a fresh and unbiased perspective to the community. Our commercial team enjoyed listening to his ideas, thoughts, and hopes for the Athens business community. David is thrilled to be in Athens and sees so much potential in our city. He has made a great effort to get involved in the community and to meet people from various businesses to hear different perspectives. We are excited to have him in our community and look forward to the work he will be doing in Athens.

RPAC Auction a Huge Success

Athens, GA September 5, 2018-Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty’s Frank Thompson is the co-chairman of the Athens Area Association RPAC committee along with CBUR’s residential agent Jane Greenway. RPAC, REALTORS Political Action Committee, raises money to back campaigns and lobbyist that support and fight for private property rights. The money raised is used locally and nationally to keep Realtor’s and property owner’s interest supported. Frank and Jane, along with many other CBUR agents, attended the 2018 fundraiser auction at the Foundry in Athens, GA hosted by the Athens Area Association of Realtors. Among the items auctioned off was catered BBQ for 70 contributed by CBCUR President and Broker Charlie Upchurch that raised $2,700. Sponsors and auction items raised over $50,000 for RPAC, making it a huge success!

New Agent Jordan Smith Aquires First Transaction

Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty’s newest agent Jordan Smith completed his first deal last Monday, August 27. Smith helped local antique shop Simply Old LLC relocate to a 1,400 SF retail space off South Barnett Shoals Road. He moved quickly and completed the deal in only two days. When asked how he felt about his first transaction, Jordan responded, “Feels great to be honest with you. Challenging but engaging. A lot unexpected came up but nothing insurmountable.” Jordan looks forward to working with Simply Old LLC in the near future as they plan to open by October 1st. Jordan feels he found his client a great space at a great price in an area that is “up and coming” and is excited to see the Watkinsville market grow. Senior Broker and President Charlie Upchurch remarked, “Jordan is a natural to commercial real estate. He has the tenacity to work through problems and complete the task at hand. He is a deal maker.”

Ron Hamilton Closes Another Multi-Million Dollar Deal

As the Oconee County property value increases, so does the potential for profits and investments. Ron Hamilton closed a $3.12 million deal in the middle of August for a large track of land in northern Oconee County for a local investor. The property consists of 137 acres of land with two houses on site. “This is a listing that was worked constantly for more than five years. Numerous contracts just came and went,” comments Hamilton. Finally, the right buyer and the right contract came through, landing Hamilton the large sale. Ron touched on the buyer’s intentions by adding, “The land will be used for private use, not development.”

Ryan Moore Speaks at Commercial and Land Forum

August 8, 2018-Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty’s agent Roby Redwine, 2018 Chairman of the Athens Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial and Land Forum, hosted the August 2018 Commercial and Land Forum monthly meeting at the AAAR board office on Wednesday, August 8. Over 30 real estate professionals attended the meeting to listen to guest speaker, Ryan Moore, current Director of Economic Development for Athens-Clarke County. Moore presented community and development updates for ongoing projects the county is currently assisting businesses with, including the Department’s work with seventeen new employment opportunities so far this year that will provide roughly 2,500 jobs. Moore also introduced the new Economic Development website whyathensga.com and Robin Bloss, Economic Developments new Development Coordinator.  

Mike Lipsey Speaks at CBC Upchurch Realty

Athens, GA July 23, 2018-The Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty team had the privilege of hosting Mike Lipsey on Friday, July 20, 2018. Lipsey is a top CRE consultant and trainer whose insight is sought after and recognized internationally. He has been actively involved in the real estate industry for over thirty years and is currently the President of the Lipsey Company. Lipsey travels the country each year to give classes, seminars, speeches, and workshops. He works with brokers, executives, and agents to increase their efficiency and skill to motivate them to generate more business.

 Mike Lipsey spent a few hours with our brokers and team members discussing business development, technological innovation, and industry tips. The topics covered included important tools such as CRMs, brokerage teams, and productivity.  The commercial department was able to learn and grow from Lipsey’s presentation and will continue to evolve and thrive in an ever changing industry.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty Hires New Agent Jordan Smith

(Athens) July 11, 2018- Jordan M. Smith joined the Coldwell Banker Commercial team at the end of June. Since he was born and raised in the Athens area, Jordan has an advantage as he begins his commercial real estate career. Smith graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies degree. At the University, Jordan had the privilege to play on the 2005 SEC Champion Georgia Football team. Not only did the University of Georgia provide him with tremendous opportunities in school but also after college as well. Shortly after graduating, Jordan joined Evoshield, a protective sports gear company, as the Director of Logistics. He developed his business and sales skills at Evoshield that highlighted his interpersonal communication and management talents. For five years Jordan was a key member of the successful start-up. Smith now uses his management, operational, and problem-solving skills to manage livestock and wildlife at David Allen Farms and Smith Farms in the Athens area. CBCUR is excited to see the company continue to grow and expand. Katie B. Reeves, the Commercial Coordinator, comments, “I think Jordan is a great addition to our commercial department. He’s young, determined, and has a competitive spirit which I think will boost his road to success.”

Ron Hamilton Closes $2.2 Million Deal

Athens, GA-June 20, 2018—Commercial agent Ron Hamilton closed a $2.2 million deal on a 10,000 square foot medical clinic in early June. The clinic is located in the immediate area of the largest Kroger in the state of Georgia off highway 29 North. The current tenant of the medical facility will remain as they have for the past 15 years. Ron states, “This is an exciting area for commercial realtors in Athens, GA as this property sold almost immediately after being put on the market”.


ATHENS, Ga-June 4, 2018 – David Torbert of Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty was recently honored as a graduate of the Coldwell Banker Commercial Emerging Broker Training (EBT) program.

Fred Schmidt, President, and COO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates Inc., notes, “I am very proud of all the recent graduates of the Emerging Brokers Training program for having completed a rigorous curriculum to enhance their knowledge of such a complex and dynamic business. These individuals are on the path to becoming the future leaders of commercial real estate.”

The Emerging Broker Training is a four-month, comprehensive education program targeted at Coldwell Banker Commercial professionals with one year or less experience in commercial sales/leasing. The program covers the key components of the commercial real estate industry and is a blend of traditional classroom learning followed by live online classes, self-paced learning, and structured participation of a mentor in the home office. The program then ends with three more days of classroom learning.

Torbert joined the Upchurch Realty team as a licensed associate in July 2017. Torbert has a 26-year career history in the forestry industry, providing experience and expertise in large land deals and agricultural representation. He is now educated in all commercial real estate sectors and looks forward to using his Emerging Broker Training as a means to jumpstart and propel his career in Commercial Real Estate.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty Hires New Intern out of The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business

Athens, GA-May 15, 2018

Upchurch Realty’s commercial department hires Catherine Bray, a senior at The University of Georgia majoring in Real Estate through the Terry College of Business on April 30, 2018.

Catherine is an Athens native whose eye for design, love for Athens, and sales skills drew her to the real estate industry. She graduated from Prince Avenue Christian School in 2015 and began her journey at the University of Georgia that fall. During the past three years she has actively volunteered in the community, stayed involved in her sorority, held a part time job, and excelled academically as she pursues a real estate degree and entrepreneurship certificate.

“We are thrilled to have Catherine join our team here at Upchurch Realty. She is determined to learn the day to day responsibilities of commercial real estate brokerage, and we look forward helping her grow professionally,” stated Katie Reeves, Commercial Coordinator.

Catherine has been hired on to assist in marketing the department, individual agents, and the company’s property inventory. Her responsibilities also include researching market statistics and assisting the Commercial Coordinator with management tasks and daily operations.


 Sunday, April 29, 2018

APRIL 2018- Last week, President and Broker of Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty, Charlie Upchurch III, Commercial Coordinator Katie Reeves, and Commercial Agent Roby Redwine traveled to Orlando to attend the annual CBC Global Conference from April 16th-18th. The conference was an opportunity to take advantage of multiple industry education sessions, learn from top performers, and network with CBC affiliates.


The education sessions covered topics such as business development, leadership, technological innovations, economic outlook of commercial markets, social media, and more.


The keynote speaker was Mike Eruzione, former captain of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team. In his motivational speech, he discussed ways to reach a higher level of performance and qualities such as teamwork and discipline that help you achieve your goals, all fitting with the overall conference theme of growing your business. Charlie was able to meet with him for a hand shake and photo opportunity after the speech.


Katie Reeves had this to say of the event:


“The goal of traveling to these annual events is to gain industry insight and communicate with professionals outside of our market in order to apply that wealth of knowledge to Coldwell Banker Commercial Upchurch Realty and improve the ways in which we serve our clients.”