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Shepherd Heery

Shepherd Heery


Shepherd Heery is Brookwood Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also chairs the firm's executive committee and is one of Brookwood's three co-founders.

Shep has served as a member of Brookwood Group’s Board of Directors since the firm was established in 1989. He currently divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Ross, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area); and his home/office in Whitefish, Montana.

Shep’s experience as a developer, architect and construction program manager for private and public sector owners spans five decades. He has extensive management, leadership and marketing experience, especially in the realms of high-rise office and residential developments, encompassing all aspects of the development process.

Shep also serves as co-principal of each of Brookwood's joint ventures, including:

  • Brookwood|Johnson, an Atlanta-based partnership with The Johnson Companies that provides consulting, advisory and program management services to its clients. Artis Johnson serves as the other co-principal of the partnership.
  • Brookwood|Evolve, a strategic business relationship that Brookwood Group has with Los Angeles based Evolve Real Estate LLC. Chris Fraley serves as the other co-principal of the partnership.
  • Brookwood|Starboard, a San Francisco based comprehensive real estate services partnership with Starboard Commercial Real Estate Inc. (an independently-owned local brokerage and a TCN affiliate). Starboard's President, Hans Hansson, serves as the other co-principal of the partnership.

Shep has been in his current role at Brookwood since mid-2013. He also previously served as Chairman/CEO of the firm from 1989-1997 (when it was known as Satulah Group). In 2009, when he returned to the firm as an employee, he became Brookwood’s President, again becoming CEO in 2010, and Chairman/CEO in 2013.

At Brookwood, Shep has served as the Senior Principal for client relationships including Salesforce, Aflac, Wells Fargo Bank, Cal Poly, the City of South San Francisco, the Jefferson Union High School District, and the Pacifica School District (both school districts being in the San Francisco Bay Area).

From 2002 through early 2009, Shep served as Senior Vice President of San Francisco based Myers Development Company where he had overall responsibility for implementing the firm's development and construction activities.

From 2000-2001, Shep was employed with Tishman Speyer Properties as the Director of Development in San Francisco where he and his colleagues secured planning and zoning approvals to develop the 33-story, 650,000 square foot office tower at 555 Mission. He and others initiated the environmental review process for four residential towers in San Francisco. Two of the towers completed by Tishman Speyer are known as The Infinity. The other two towers on an adjacent block are known as Lumina.

At Satulah Group, Shep guided the growth of the firm from 1989-1997. In 1997, he negotiated the sale of Satulah's corporate real estate project management, facilities management and software units to LaSalle Partners, predecessor to Jones Lang LaSalle. In conjunction with the sale, Shep joined Jones Lang LaSalle where he worked for two years in a multi-disciplinary marketing capacity. At the time of the sale to LaSalle, the company's name was changed from Satulah Group to Brookwood Group. Shep remained on Brookwood's Board of Directors.

From 1982-1989, Shep was a Project Manager with Gerald D. Hines Interests, responsible for the development of several high-rise projects in Oakland and San Francisco. While at Hines, he coordinated and closed a number of transactions, the largest of which involved an ownership interest in 101 California Street. Prior to Shep’s experience at Hines, he was a practicing architect and construction program manager in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Aspen, Colorado.

Shep holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also attended summer sessions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at University College, Oxford.

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