The principal of Barnhart Guess Properties has developed mixed use and retail space in cities throughout the Southeast.
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Dave Barnhart brings a broad array of real estate experience and expertise to Barnhart Guess, which he has acquired in a career spanning over 30 years. He has been a managing partner, directing all phases of real estate, including; development, marketing, management, leasing and disposition of institutional grade properties throughout Atlanta and the Southeast United States.
Mr. Barnhart began his development career in 1980 in Atlanta, specializing in grocery anchored centers. In 1985, Dave was a founder and managing partner of Isakson Barnhart, a privately owned development company whose partners went on to produce a development portfolio over 5 million square feet with a value exceeding $500 million.
Initially at Isakson Barnhart, the developments were primarily power centers and accompanying freestanding retail. Mr. Barnhart has overseen all leasing for both small tenants and anchors as well including: Target, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Linens N Things, The Gap, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, Ross, Publix, Bi-Lo, Kroger, REI, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Babies R Us. Walgreen, Panera Bread, Jared Jewelers, Jason's Deli, Dress Barn, Longhorn Grill, Famous Footwear are among the shop tenants in their portfolio. He also was involved in site selection, financing, and all phases of development and management on a daily basis.
Also during his tenure with Isakson Barnhart, Dave was involved with the development and marketing as part of the companies' entry into the senior living business. Along with partners Kevin Isakson and Andy Isakson, they opened Park Springs in 2003, which became a nationally recognized, award winning, residential/mixed use community for those over 62 years of age. Park Springs won an award in 2005 from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) for the Best Large Continuous Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and Best Clubhouse design. The Clubhouse has three dining venues, branch bank, library, art studio, card rooms, workshop, business center and offices. Park Springs is a CCRC development of approximately 900,000 sq.ft. located on 54 acres adjacent to Stone Mountain State Park including 390 independent living units, a health center with 2 swimming pools, workout rooms with personal trainers and massage services, skilled nursing facility, dementia care and 28 assisted living suites.
Their second senior project, Peachtree Hills Place, is a premier location in the Buckhead section of Atlanta which won a Gold Award from the NAHB in May of 2008 for large CCRC projects on the boards. It is currently in predevelopment and marketing of its 275 residential units.
Mr. Barnhart began his commercial real estate career in 1973 as one of the original retail brokers in the Atlanta office of Coldwell Banker, now CBRE. Mr. Barnhart graduated from University of Florida in 1969 and then served in the US Army as a 1st Lieutenant, with a tour of duty as a Rotary Wing Aviator in the Republic of Vietnam.
Dave has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers for over 20 years and has served as speaker in their seminars related to the retail industry.
Since 1982, Dave has served various times as a member of the Endowment Trust for Southeastern Guide Dogs (SEGD), a non-profit organization who supplies guide dogs to the blind free of charge. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for SEGD as well as being a member of the Endowment Trustees. He and his wife Deborah, have two daughters attending the University of Georgia
Director of Architecture/Planning/Construction
Frank Klemenc brings a career spanning over 38 years in the fields of Commercial Real Estate Development, Architecture, Engineering and Construction to Barnhart Guess Properties. He has extensive experience in a broad range of projects including retail, institutional, transportation, industrial, military and health care. He has directed all phases of developments from inception through construction with project budgets ranging from $1 million to over $160 million. He has been responsible for the design and construction of over 12 million square feet of commercial space.
Frank is involved in all aspects of development and works with the other partners and real estate brokers on determining and selecting the best area for successful retail centers. During the early phases of commercial development he prepares site analysis and demographic reports highlighting population, household density, average income, traffic counts and other key demographic information to support the best possible location for a new retail development. He interfaces with municipalities on obtaining public approval, zoning, utilities and permitting while bringing a strong background in life safety, building codes and regulations including The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Congruently he works with small and large national retailers reviewing and editing tenant leases, preparing lease exhibits, coordination of landlord work and tenant work letters as well as constructions objectives including turnover dates and tenant improvement allowances.
Frank prepares construction budgets and project schedules as well as negotiating consultant and construction contracts tailored to a specific project scope while working closely with design consultants in preparation of drawings and specifications from schematic design through construction documents with the ultimate goal of creating centers that improve the quality of the community.
During the construction phase, Mr. Klemenc works with contractors to value engineer projects prior to the start of construction and handles the Construction Administration duties as well as working with the lender to inspect, review and approve payment applications, changes orders and requests for information.
Frank received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering and also holds a degree in Architecture. He is listed in several publications as one of the pioneers of CADD in architecture and has presented lectures on the subject at several U.S. firms and the University of Wisconsin.
Holly Greer, "Georgia Real Estate Broker's License" and resident of Georgia for most of her life. She has been in the Real Estate Industry since 2002 and has had experience in lease administration, collections and property management. Holly enjoys fostering tenant relationships. She has been with Barnhart-Guess since 2005 and currently holds a Georgia Real Estate Salesperson License.
Assistant Property Manager
Shelly Richards is an Assistant Property Manager at Barnhart Guess Properties, where Shelly manages the accounting department and assists the property manager. Shelly has over 22 years of accounting experience with commercial real estate, retail real estate as well as residential, commercial and industrial construction. Not only is she a dedicated worker but she’s a team player.
A native of Georgia, Shelly holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Gordon College. She loves playing tennis, working out and the Georgia Bulldogs – GO DAWGS!