Sponsor Spotlight



Alston & Bird


Alston & Bird’s commercial real estate lending team handles all aspects (loan and property level) of lending transactions, including agency, conduit, portfolio, construction, equipment, and repo financing, as well as mortgage and mezzanine financing, in a multitude of asset classes (retail, office, MHC, self-storage, condominiums, hotels, and ground leases). We also address and resolve all complex structuring involved in such financings, including subordinate debt, mezzanine/senior debt, cash management, and cross-collateralization. We originate, service, and restructure secured loans for lenders and servicers, resulting in a clear understanding of the dynamics of complex transactions and industry trends.


  • Conduit and portfolio origination program development
  • Mortgage loan origination
  • Participations and subordinate financing origination
  • Mezzanine financing/Pref Equity 
  • CRE CLO Structuring and Servicing
  • Construction lending
  • Loan administration
  • Special servicing/Workouts/Foreclosures 
  • Master servicing
  • Secondary market advice
  • Tax/Regulatory

Our team works closely with lawyers at Alston & Bird in tax (including REMIC), bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, health care, hospitality, ERISA, environmental, securities, banking regulation, and litigation/dispute resolution to ensure full compliance with all regulatory lending requirements. 

Industry Engagement

Our attorneys have been at the forefront of innovation in the CMBS industry for more than 35 years, including working on the first shelf registrations of CMBS, drafting the basic form of ratable commercial mortgage loan documents for the secondary market, creating early standardized conduit programs and documents as well as early loan flow purchase programs, and the development of novel structures in the creation and sale of mezzanine and participation interests. We are active participants in all key industry groups, including CREFC, CREW, and Mortgage Bankers Association.

Elizabeth Murphy






KI is an industry leading commercial furniture manufacturer that stands for quality, trusted expertise, and a commitment to customized solutions for clients ranging from Tech Startups to Fortune 500 companies, Universities to Health Systems and Schools to Federal Government institutions.

Our services include:

• Space planning
• Furniture selections
• Renderings
• The specification, proposal, delivery, and installation of the products we represent.

We believe knowing our customers helps us serve them better. We listen. We observe. We understand that each customer has unique needs. So, we pride ourselves on helping our customers make smart contract furniture decisions by offering expert advice, design options and personalized solutions.

Adam Brown




KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 207,000 professionals, including more than 10,500 partners, in over 150 countries.

KPMG's multi-disciplinary approach and deep, practical industry knowledge help clients meet challenges and respond to opportunities. KPMG firms collaborate across the globe, addressing the needs of clients, making bold decisions on investing together and serving the needs of KPMG professionals, wherever they work.

As companies continue to transform their operations as a result of regulatory changes and technology advancements, KPMG also continues to aggressively invest to strengthen and build capabilities across a number of priority industries where change and opportunity are most pronounced – including financial services, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, government, and energy.

Recent achievements
For the seventh year running, KPMG in the US has been named in the top 10 of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)’s prestigious Top 60 Companies for Executive Women list. This award honors organizations that have not only made it a priority to identify and advance women to senior positions, but have also created meaningful opportunities for their personal and professional development.

KPMG has been distinguished by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) for its ongoing commitment to advancing women in the workplace, gaining a coveted Top 10 spot on the prestigious Top Companies for Executive Women list

WayUp, the number one job platform for college students and recent grads in the US, has ranked the US firm's internship program at the top, at the #1 ranking of its list of 100 top internship programs. This is KPMG's first year participating in the WayUp National Intern Day campaign.

For the tenth consecutive year, Working Mother magazine has named KPMG one of its Top 5 Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother develops the list through a careful evaluation of companies’ initiatives around recruitment, retention and advancement.

KPMG, together with the PGA of America and LPGA, sponsor the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which develops, advances, and empowers women on and off the golf course, by bringing together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative.

KPMG continues its highly-successful program to combat childhood illiteracy, “KPMG’s Family for Literacy” (KFFL).  Since its inception in 2008, KFFL has distributed more than 4.0 million new books to low-income children in more than 90 communities across the United States. Global expansion has begun with programs started in more than 20 countries.

Environmental Sustainability
At KPMG, we’re always focused on the long-term impacts of our decisions. That’s why environmental sustainability is a core component of KPMG’s corporate responsibility strategy.

Implementing environmentally sustainable principles, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and addressing local environmental challenges adds value for our clients and reflects the integrity and ethics of our professionals.

We demonstrate our commitment in various ways, including working with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees to celebrate new hires, volunteering to build renewable energy solutions and cleaning up beaches to promote ocean conservation.

Women’s Leadership
KPMG Charlotte is also the proud title sponsor and licensee of the Charlotte ATHENA Leadership Awards in Charlotte, which recognizes women leaders in our community. Once again, three ATHENA awards will be presented: 1) ATHENA Leadership Award–Corporate, 2) ATHENA Leadership Award–Service (i.e., not-for-profit), and 3) ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

THANK YOU to CREW - KPMG would also like to thank CREW Charlotte for their support, commitment and sponsorship of the Charlotte ATHENA awards program.

The awards program will be held on November 4, 2019 at the Mint Museum.   Nominations are now open! Please contact Susanne Dixon, KPMG Partner with any questions.

Susanne Dixon

Phone: 704-560-6600

New South Properties

Since our beginning in 1994, New South Properties has been a leader in the commercial real estate industry.  We are a full service real estate firm based in Charlotte with coverage throughout the Carolinas.  We provide brokerage services, property management and investment sales for office and retail. 

Our dedicated and experienced professionals provide our clients with local expert market knowledge allowing them to make the best real estate decisions for their business.  We pride ourselves in building lasting relationships and for the past 24 years, these principles have guided us to help our clients successfully achieve their goals. 

We would like to thank CREW Charlotte for providing a channel for New South Properties to grow our platform, forge lasting relationships and execute successful transactions. 

A good lead for New South Properties is a prospect who needs representation to relocate or renew their lease, buy or sell real estate; an owner in need of property management services; or investors who would like to buy or sell income producing properties.

Holly Alexander
Phone: 704-975-8540

Perkins and Will

Since 1935, Perkins and Will has believed that design has the power to make the world a better, more beautiful place.

That's why clients and community members on nearly every continent partner with us to design healthy, happy places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. We're passionate about human-centered design, and how design can impact our lives through sustainability, resilience, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and mobility. And we're committed to advancing design through research. As a matter of fact, in 2018, Fast Company named us one of the World's Most Innovative Companies in Architecture. Our team of 2,500 professionals provides worldwide interdisciplinary services in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, landscape architecture, and more. The North Carolina practice of Perkins+Will features a collaborative and diverse team of 70 design professionals based in studios in Durham and Charlotte. 

Irene Vogelsong
Phone: 704-972-5629

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