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BEN FOX KUSHNER RESUME

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Ben F. Kushner


University of North Carolina, AB 1971 US History and Journalism


Employment: Real Estate, 1972 – Present;

Founder and President of Ben F. Kushner Co., 1975 – Present

Adjunct Professor Coles College of Business Kennesaw State University 2005 – Present


Avocations: FAA Licensed Pilot; Breeder/Trainer Arabian and Warm Blood Horses; Volunteer Teacher Cherokee County School Systems, 1996-2000; Forsyth County School System 1998-1999; Coached AAU Basketball 1999-2003; Skiing; Golf; Cycling; Reading; Writing; US History


Ben F. Kushner Co.

Ben F. Kushner, President and Founder, 1975

Web Site: BFKco.com


Ben F. Kushner Co. is a full service commercial real estate brokerage and investment firm specializing in the acquisition, sale, development, and management and leasing of commercial properties.


Investment Glimpse of Ben F. Kushner Co. – A sampling of the properties that have been part of the BFK Co., portfolio


· 1975 Fayette 85 Center, developed 60,000 square feet Food Giant Treasury Drug Shopping Center, Fayetteville, GA., Sold 1994


· 1976-1980, developed 6 Goodyear Tire Stores, 5 Magic Market Stores, 3 Pizza Huts


· 1978, 3221 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 1979 converted old Kroger to retail; leased to major Art Supply Store, Sold 1985

· 1979, 267 E. Paces Ferry, Atlanta, Ga., 100% leased, 9,000 square feet, Otto’s Restaurant, Sold 2000


· 1981, Acquired 3771 Roswell Road Shopping Center, including Johnny’s Hideaway, popular Atlanta nightspot still operating, Sold 1983


· 1981, 1701 Spring Street, 17,000 square feet, Warehouse, Smyrna, Ga., 100% leased, Sold 1998


· 1981, 3219 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Ga., 5,000 square feet, Old Texaco Station converted to Restaurant 100% leased, Sold 2000

· 1982, Acquired 3181 Peachtree Road, 60,000 square foot auto dealership, Sold 1984


· 1987, Purchased Crossville Square Shopping Center, Old A&P, purchased A&P Lease, Leased to Shoe Gallery Warehouse, Treasury Drugs, 66,000 square feet, 100% leased renovated 2004, carved outparcels to Auto Zone and Stoney River Restaurant, Sold 2011


· 1987, Peachtree Park Office Park, Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, Ga., 60,000 square feet, five 2-story buildings, purchased from Drexel Burnham had 40% occupancy consisting of small non-credit tenants. By 1991 100% leased; 80% major tenants (Brenau University, Lockheed Martin), Sold 1998


· 1988, Developed Vining’s on the River, 24,000 square foot specialty center on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, current location for Canoe Restaurant, 100% leased


· 1990, Acquired Scott Village Shopping Center, Kroger, Revco, Blockbuster Video, 77,000 square feet, Church St. & Scott Blvd., Decatur, Ga., 100% leased. Replaced Kroger with higher paying major. Sold 1999, Current Asset Manager, PM and Leasing Sold 2007. $900,000 Cash Investment exchanged into $12 million Belk property


· 1991, Nations Bank Building Project, Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga., 90,000 square feet, two office buildings, 2 retail buildings, on 5.5 acres, acquired April, 1991 at 70% occupancy, developed KFC and Checkers on site; at sale occupancy 98%. Traded 2006 for LaVista Office Park


· 1992, North Springs Plaza, 85,000 square feet with Dark Major, lease major to Baby Superstore; Exchanged 1996


· 1995, Covington Square Shopping Center, Lithonia, Ga., 136,000 square feet, acquired March 1995, Ingles, Goodwill, Regal Cinema. 1997 acquired Covington Square SC, Lithonia, Ga., established community relations center and a local police station in the center. Sold for 500% return on equity in 2004


· 1996, Salem Gate Shopping Center, Conyers, Ga., 137,000 square feet, acquired November, 1996, 84% occupancy, added three major tenants, increased occupancy from 85% to 100%; increased cash flow by 150%, Sold 2002


· 1997, 10200 Alpharetta Highway, Intersection Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 92, Former Bank, purchased 1997; immediately ground leased to Stoney River Restaurant, $2.5 million renovation and re-tenanted, constructed additional space and development Auto Zone outparcel, Sold 2013


· 1998, Acquired 645 Old Milton Parkway, Ga. 120, Alpharetta, Ga., 15,000 square feet; 100% leased, Sold 2006


· 1999, Acquired Blue Ridge Shopping Center, Blue Ridge, Ga., 42,000 square feet, Food Lion, 100% leased, Sold 2005


· 1999, Acquired Kendale Plaza, Sanford, NC, 200,000 square feet, A & P , Eckerd, Advance Auto, and Home Bazaar ; development outparcels


· 2000, Acquired Alpharetta Business Park, Alpharetta, Ga., 80,000 square feet


· 2000, Acquired Crossings Shopping Center, Columbia, SC, 55,000 square feet, Food Lion, Blockbuster Video, 100% leased; Exchanged 2006


· 2003, Acquired Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, Ga., 10,140 square foot building, 100% leased, Sold 2012


· 2003, Developed Medlock Promenade, Duluth, Ga., 55,000 square feet, 95% occupied, Sold 2007


· 2004, Acquired Roswell-Hembree Commons, Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, Ga., 24,000 square feet, 87% occupied upon acquisition, now 100% leased


· 2005 Acquired Alpharetta Business Center sold in 2021


· 2004, Acquired Citizens Square SC, Dallas, Ga., 85,000 square foot former Winn Dixie, re-tenanted and developed Auto Zone outparcels, 2004; Exchanged 2007


· 2004, Developed and leased Sharon Promenade, 44,000 square feet of shops, 95% occupied, Sold 2012


· 2004, Developed and leased Sharon Eckerd’s, Cumming, Ga., 14,000 square feet; converted to Dollar Tree 2012


· 2005, Acquired Kennesaw Landing 68,000 square feet, Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, Ga., Goodwill and Lumber Liquidators


· 2005, Acquired Vaughn Plaza, Montgomery, Al., Office Depot. Sold in 2022.


· 2005, Developed and sold, Hamilton Ridge Plaza, 80,000 square feet adjacent to new Walmart. Project included sales of Outparcels to CVS, Chick Fil A, Chili’s, Bank, Goodwill and Taco Bell. All Sold 2007-2013


· 2006, Acquired LaVista Office Park, 225,000 square feet on 21.38 acres, Tucker, Ga.


· 2017 Demolished Lavista Office Park Developed Tucker Meridian with Sprouts Dicks, DSW, Hobby Lobby and Navy Federal Credit Union


· 2006, Acquired Big Springs, Guntersville, Al., Walmart shadow, Belk and Dollar General


· 2008, Acquired and developed Warner Robbins, Ga., Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Kroger Shadow and Olive Garden; Sold 2011


· 2009, Developed and sold, Walmart shadow center Locust Grove, Ga., tenants included Dollar Tree, Games Stop and Benchmark Therapy; Sold 2014


· 2012, Developed, leased and sold, IHOP and Murphy Oil


· 2022 Sites sold to Steak n Shake, Fairfied Inn and 2 shopping center sites


· 2014, Acquired 43 acres Warner Robbins, Ga., at I75 Interchange, Sold to Quick Trip


· Acquired 1805 Hembree, a multi use service center


· Acquired 7715 Majors Road, Cumming, GA 24,000 sf Service space


BANKING RELATIONS

· Synovia Bank of North Georgia,

· Truist

· Schwab, NYC

· Ameris Bank

· Wells Fargo

REAL ESTATE LENDERS

· Aetna

· Columbus Mutual Life

· United Companies

· Midland Life

· Great West Life Insurance Co.

· SouthTrust Bank

· Premier Bank

· Regions Bank

· Protective Life

· GMAC

· Key Commercial

· Orex

· Principal

· BB&T

· Wachovia / Wells Fargo

· Nations Bank

· LaSalle

· Bank of North Georgia

· Sun Life Insurance Co.

· Confederation Life


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