Strategic Partners

Southfund Partners

Southfund is a Atlanta, Georgia, family owned business involved with various real estate investments. As background, Southfund achieved financial prominence in the broadcasting industry in the last 50 years. Southfund has the financial ability to acquire or develop properties up to nine (9) figures on individual transactions. John F. Smithgall, President, Southfund, is an Atlanta based real estate developer and entrepreneur. He has over thirty years’ experience in acquisition, brokerage, development, investment management and property management in income and non-income real estate. Transactions range in size from $1,000,000 to $100,000,000 with a geographic concentration in the Southeast U.S. Southfund’s real estate activities exceed $300 million in value over time. Current holdings include primarily retail, office, land, and apartments.

Retail Leasing Advisors

Retail Leasing Advisors, based in Atlanta, is commercial real estate company that specializes in retail properties around the Southeast U.S.  Shannon Shuman-Martin, President, founder and qualifying broker of Retail Leasing Advisors brings over fifteen years of commercial real estate experience to the organization.  Shannon’s strong relationships with national and local retailers and their brokers, combined with her market knowledge, has established Retail Leasing Advisors as a reputable boutique firm specializing in retail leasing and consultation services for landlords and developers. She works with the local community to ensure that each center has the best blend of retailers, restaurants and service providers to meet the community’s needs. Since founding Retail Leasing Advisors, Shannon has successfully leased nearly forty projects in various stages of development from new construction to existing, anchored by such tenants as Target, Wal-Mart, Publix and Kroger. She understands the importance of creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the landlord and tenant and strives, in all economies, to stabilize and add value to each project. She values her lasting relationship with the clients she has served.

Shannon earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double major in Real Estate and Marketing from The University of Georgia.She is a licensed broker in the state of Georgia. She is an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Atlanta Commercial Boards of Realtors. She is also the co-chair for the ICSC Political Action Committee (PAC) for the Southeast Conference.

Dart Retail Advisors

Kim Dart, an established real estate veteran, founded Dart Retail Advisors in November 2008. Her hands-on approach and entrepreneurial spirit have positioned the company as a stable third party leasing firm. In just the first year, Kim secured eight clients representing a portfolio of over one million square feet of retail space. Presently, Dart Retail represents over three million square feet in Georgia and South Carolina.

As Principal, Kim oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as client relations and leasing activity. Prior to forming Dart Retail Advisors, Kim served as Director of Leasing for Madison Retail were she was responsible for the formation of its leasing department and all leasing activity. Over her eighteen year tenure, Kim has been responsible for leasing, property management, outparcel sales, and marketing with companies such as Hull Storey Development, First Washington Realty, and Equity Investment. She brings this varied experience to Dart Retail Advisors resulting in a full service, vertically integrated firm.

Kim attended Augusta State University, majoring in Accounting, and is a licensed real estate broker in Georgia and South Carolina. She is actively involved with ICSC, serving as a member of the Southeast Convention Committee and Retail Connection Committee.