Chief Executive Officer and Principal
About Jeff Shaw
Mr. Shaw serves as Chief Executive Officer and is a Principal at Bridge Commercial Real Estate, LLC. In addition to leading the firms brokerage divisions, Mr. Shaw provides leasing demand analysis and ownership strategies for Bridge’s acquisition and investment sale initiatives. Mr. Shaw is an Atlanta native and a long time member of the Atlanta real estate community, where he has developed strong relationships with the Atlanta business and brokerage community. These relationships have allowed him to be consistently in front of leasing and investment opportunities in the market. Jeff also concentrates on positive tenant relationships, as he believes by offering superior service and frequent communication on tenant needs, a partnership is created leading to long term loyalty and high tenant retention.
Mr. Shaw offers over 23 years of commercial brokerage and leasing experience in the southeastern United States. His former positions include co-founder and owner of Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate where he served as President for the last 8 years. Mr. Shaw was involved in over $500 million in acquisitions over the past few years, where he personally maintains ownership in many of the properties. Mr. Shaw currently and historically works closely with tenants, brokers, equity clients, and joint venture partners, while acting as the president of the company. While at Jackson Oats Shaw, Mr. Shaw had over 45 employees and was responsible for over 4.2 million sf of commercial office, industrial, medical, and retail property in Atlanta. Mr. Shaw has completed thousands of leases in his career and in addition to Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate, he has held executive positions with COMPASS Management & Leasing, Insignia/ESG, Cushman & Wakefield, and PC Associates, where he was responsible for leasing nearly 10 million square feet of many of Atlanta’s largest and most prestigious office buildings, while focusing on substantially increasing portfolio occupancy, equity returns and capitalized value. Mr. Shaw has provided asset leasing advisory for such notable clientele as Northwestern Mutual, Lend Lease Investments, America’s Capital Partners, Morgan Stanley, Equitable Real Estate, LNR Partners, RREEF, Selig Enterprises, General Electric, Wachovia, Shumard Holdings and MRE Properties.
Mr. Shaw has consistently been regarded as one of Atlanta’s most respected and accomplished landlord advisors, receiving the distinguished honor of being named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who” in Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Shaw frequently speaks as a market expert and has received numerous awards for lease transactions over the past decade, including awards from such notable real estate institutions such as the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and “Lifetime Membership” in the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS Million Dollar Club.
Mr. Shaw is an Atlanta native and attended The Lovett School in Atlanta and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He is married to his wife Jennifer of 26 years and has two daughters. Mr. Shaw’s passions include Leadership Ministries, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, his family, tennis, jogging, salt water fishing and sailing.
Chief Operating Officer & Partner
About Mark Ferris
Mr. Ferris is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Bridge Commercial Real Estate. He has over 22 years of experience working in the commercial office real estate sector. Prior to joining Bridge, Mr. Ferris worked for 22 years at Hines, one of the largest global real estate investment, development and management firms in the world with over $90 billion of assets under management. Mr. Ferris was most recently a Managing Director and Development / Investment Officer for Hines in its Southeast region, with primary responsibilities in asset management, leasing, development, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Ferris was directly responsible for commercial development projects in varying stages in Atlanta totaling over 2.2 million square feet of office space, 600 hotel rooms, and 75 thousand square feet of retail space. Mr. Ferris has been responsible for the operational and asset management of over 6.6 million square feet of class A and B commercial office assets valued at over $1.5B located in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. During his 22 year tenure with Hines, Mr. Ferris has worked in Denver, CO, Louisville, KY, Oklahoma City, OK, Cleveland, OH, Charlotte and Durham, NC, Miami, FL and Atlanta, GA, serving on and leading the asset / property management, construction management and leasing teams of over 20 different assets representing more than 12.1 million square feet with annual revenues in excess of $300 million. In addition, Mr. Ferris has worked on the acquisition / disposition of over 3 million square feet of office assets totaling over $600 million in asset value. Mr. Ferris has leased on behalf of landlords over 3.5 million square feet in tenant engagements and executed over $120 million in capital investments, with a proven track record of success in the repositioning and stabilization of assets while meeting or exceeding investor financial goals.
Mr. Ferris has proven independent leadership and strategic thinking skills in commercial office development, asset management, leasing, construction management and operational management with market familiarity in multiple sub-markets across the Southeastern region of the US. He has had extensive line operating experience with proven performance records across office product class types and varying market conditions and dynamics.
Mr. Ferris has been actively involved within various industry organizations to include NAIOP, CoreNet, and BOMA, and held steering or leadership roles in The Woodruff Center for the Arts – Real Estate Committee, Midtown Alliance, and Charlotte Center City Partners Development Committee. Mark recently completed the Leadership Sandy Springs – Class 2016 program. Further, he has been recognized among industry peers and firms with awards such as “Top Producer – Office” for office lease transactions from Atlanta NAIOP in 2012, “Power Broker” from Cleveland CoStar for Office Leasing Transactions in 2006. He has also participated as a panelist for ULI, BOMA, BisNow and NAIOP in areas of asset management, operations, and commercial development. Mr. Ferris received his B.A. from St. Lawrence University.
Chief Investment Officer and Principal
About John Ward
Mr. Ward serves as Chief Investment Officer and is a Principal at Bridge Commercial Real Estate, LLC. In addition to leading the investment and disposition initiatives for Bridge, Mr. Ward’s extensive commercial real estate and development experience gives him a unique perspective in navigating opportunities in the current real estate market. During his career, he has been involved in over $1.1 billion in commercial acquisitions, has asset managed over 13.6 million square feet, has had development oversight for 2.4 million square feet, and has financed $550 million originated out of $1.1 billion in financing and/or refinancing.
Mr. Ward’s deep experience allows him to provide detailed asset management reporting and portfolio strategies tailored to individual partner needs and objectives, using his extensive knowledge to achieve exceptional results. These are delivered in a concise, informative way, allowing partner to be actively involved and fully informed of asset strategy and performance throughout the life of a property or portfolio.
Prior to joining Bridge, John Ward held the role of Chief Financial Officer with Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate where he assisted in the firms many refinance and recapitalization efforts, including the recapitalization of the firm’s 36 story Class A office building in downtown Atlanta, Centennial Tower. Mr. Ward worked directly with the firm’s CEO, President, and COO to fine tune and streamline communication with investors and provide valuable reporting and strategy.
Mr. Ward has also served as Vice President at Banyan Street Partners where he was responsible for evaluating new potential acquisitions with an additional focus on asset management and financial initiatives of 2.2 million square feet of properties. Mr. Ward has also held positions as Regional Vice President of America’s Capital Partners where he led $630 million in direct acquisitions, $1 billion in acquisitions/recapitalizations $500 million in direct financing, and $850 million in total financing/refinancing, including 5.1 million square feet of asset management and 1.2 million square feet of redevelopment.
Mr. Ward worked for Cousins Properties where he asset managed 3.1 million square feet of office in 4 states, assisted in development oversight of 1.2 million square feet of office space, and led entitlement efforts on 2.1 million square feet of office space and 1600 condominium units.
Mr. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University where he was a National Merit Scholar. Mr. Ward also has his Series 7, 63 licenses.
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Bridge CRE’s executive management team brings over 140 years of combined experience across real estate, private equity, funds management, capital markets, and law. Having held senior executive roles at leading firms in the US and internationally, the Bridge Commercial Real Estate executives have been involved in the investment, management, development, and leasing of over 30 mm sf of commercial property with total value in excess of US$3 billion.