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Investing in Communities
in the Southeast
Through trust-based relationships with city leaders, our team of Residential Specialists are bringing affordable homes to growing markets in Alabama, Mississippi, and Northern Florida.
The intersection of Location and Opportunity.
Where there is a need, there is a way. We have found a niche in the residential market that returns investment while aiding communities in a time when growth is harder to find.Contact a Specialist
Residential Development Services
We offer services from a team of experienced real estate professionals.
- Land Acquisition
- Subdividing land
- Master Planning
- Phasing Projects
Service with Integrity
Robert started his career working for Black and Decker Corporation in Sales Management and Marketing and lived in every region of the United States. In 1996, Robert left Corporate America to pursue an entrepreneurial career in Commercial Real Estate and has since assisted companies like Winn-Dixie, Starbucks, Verizon Wireless, Chipotle, and Dave and Buster’s and many others with their Southeastern market expansion.
Throughout his career, Robert has been the recipient of numerous accolades. Most recently he received the 2020 CEO of the Year award from the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ). He has been named Who’s Who of Commercial Real Estate by the BBJ several years, Top 40 Under 40 in 2004, Top Small Business CEO in 2012, and the Birmingham Association of Realtors’ Commercial “Rookie of the Year” in 1998.
Robert graduated from the University of Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and English. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a Life Member of the Birmingham Association of Realtors’ “Million Dollar Sales Club” and has his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Real Estate Investment Institute.
Robert holds a broker’s license in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma. He is Board Director at Southpoint Bank in Birmingham, on the Culverhouse School of Business (University of Alabama) Board of Visitors, and is on the board of Urban Ministry.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Robert currently lives in Birmingham with his wife and three children. He is an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, hunting and playing golf.
Mead brings over a decade of real estate experience to the company. His past experience includes work on the retail team at Eason, Graham, and Sandner, Inc., Hamlet Homes, and Intermountain Mortgage Company in Park City, Utah. He graduated from the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and economics. In 2008, he earned the coveted Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Real Estate Investment Institute and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Mead is a native of Birmingham and is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He currently resides in Birmingham with his wife, Laura, and three sons. He enjoys playing golf, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Brown University in 1986. He earned his J.D. degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, graduating magna cum laude in 1994. He is licensed to practice in Alabama and Georgia.
In 2001, the Birmingham Business Journal selected Steve as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” when recognizing outstanding young business leaders.
Steve is an associate professor for Mergers & Acquisitions and Bankruptcy Law at the Cumberland School of Law (Samford University – Birmingham, AL). He is currently a board member of the Brown Football Association (Providence, R.I.) and the Holy Trinity/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral Foundation (Birmingham, AL) for which he also serves as its President. He was formerly a board member of the Mountain Brook Sports Corporation (Mountain Brook, AL) and SouthPoint Bank (Birmingham, AL).
Over his career he has represented the occupant and opened nearly 2,000 new store and restaurant locations. Since 2012 Emil has completed more than $400 million in tenant transactions in 26 different states. He has been a trusted advisor working recognized brands of all sizes and uses including Hollywood Feed, Cabela’s, Kroger, Dollar Tree, T-Mobile, Guitar Center, Harbor Freight Tools, AutoZone, Core Power Yoga, Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Glidden Paints, Fifth Bank, First National Bank and PNC Bank.
Prior to Retail Specialists Emil has worked for three Fortune 500 retailers as well as a private developer. He was a Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle for Outsourced Occupier Services and worked at Franklin Street.
He has been recognized with many industry awards during his career including CoStar’s Top Retail Leasing Power Broker award for four years. He has been recognized as Broker of the Year for Cabela’s in 2013, and the Client Satisfaction Award for Kroger in 2011. While at Franklin Street he won the Sales Achievement Award for three years in row, the Breakout Award and Leadership Awards.
He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has held several leadership and chair positions for ICSC throughout his career. Emil has been a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) since 2003.
Emil is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and upon graduation received the Real Estate Student of the Year award from Roger Staubach. In his personal time he enjoys traveling with his family for new adventure destinations, following rugby, riding motorcycles and nearly everything else outdoors.
Prior to founding Simply Fashion Stores in 1993, Rodney started Barstein & Associates, a full service real estate development, leasing and management firm specializing in retail projects. Founded in 1989, Barstein & Associates developed over 125,000 square feet of retail space including land acquisition, overseeing construction, leasing and management and through the years has managed over 500,000 square feet of retail space, one apartment complex, and office and distribution space. In addition Barstein & Associates handled the sale of over 300,000 square feet of retail shopping centers.
Rodney graduated from the University of Alabama undergraduate and law schools and has an LLM in Taxation from Southern Methodist University. Rodney and his wife Susan have three grown children and enjoy travel, outdoor activities and spending time with family.