Phone: 770.297.4800 | Fax: 770.287.7033 | Address: 434 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501
At one point John Drew saw himself as a counselor, maybe even a theologian.
The realities of life had other plans for Drew.
“I studied psychology and business in college, but when I graduated, I needed a job, and I soon had an opportunity presented to me,” Drew said. “I wasn’t sure it was for me at first, but I decided pretty soon that I was going to make the most of it.”
The opportunity came via the real estate boomtown of Atlanta in the early 1980s, and it proved the perfect prospect for Drew to forge his business and analytical acumen, people skills and innate salesmanship into a successful career that has now spanned 30 years and seen the Decatur native tackle all aspects of the commercial real estate industry.
“I grew up doing sales projects with school and other organizations, and I was always pretty good at it,” Drew said. “What this job does is allow me to provide business solutions to various people, while also meeting my clients’ needs.”
And Drew enjoys the challenge of meeting every need, no matter the size, whether it be in land development, leasing, sales, property management or build-to-suit projects.
“I’ve done everything in this business,” said Drew, who has developed deals with Fortune 500 companies such as Allstate, The Home Depot and Subaru America, Inc. “But what it really boils down to is meeting people, talking to them and building long-term relationships. I have always found that, if you treat people right, they will work with you and come back to do other projects.”
That also extends to friendships, and one that Drew cemented in his early days with real estate giant CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), recently developed into a business partnership, as Drew joined forces with former co-worker and longtime friend Frank Norton, Jr., at the Norton Agency.
“Frank is someone I’ve known, respected and liked for 30 years,” said Drew, who moved from Atlanta to north Georgia 11 years ago. “I saw an opportunity to build aspects of the commercial real estate business along the Georgia (Highway) 400 corridor, and Frank was also interested in doing that. Norton’s presence, traditionally, has always been on the east side of Lake Lanier. We want to add more growth to the west side of Lanier along GA 400 and GA 515.”
John is Senior Vice President and Managing Partner for Commercial Brokerage Services with Norton Commercial & Acreage Group. John has a proven track record of success in delivering expert real estate advice and service to a wide range of companies, developers, investors, and property owners. He is also the Managing Partner for Norton Drew, LLC and JDREW, LLC. He is known for being analytical, knowledgeable and skillful in negotiating complicated real estate transactions.
John has held executive corporate real estate positions with The Staubach Company, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), and began his career with Cousins Properties. John provides valuable direction and leadership to his clients, colleagues, and team members. His advice and service have resulted in the successful acquisition and sale of thousands (1,000’s) of acres of land at optimal prices. For corporate clients, projects delivered on time, on budget, and exceeding expectations – have resulted in repeat business over extended periods of time.
Partial Land Sales Profile
Development and Investment Property Groups
Provided advice and brokerage services for investment and development entities for the acquisition and disposition of thousands (1,000’s) of acres across North Georgia
Provided advice and brokerage services for investment and development entities in the acquisition and disposition of properties across Florida’s Gulf Coast
Partial Corporate Project Profile
• Allstate Insurance Company
Southern Regional Headquarters Lease/140,000 SF
Regional Commercial Processing Center Sale / 110,000 SF – 12 acre site
Led the site-search, selection and negotiation process for Allstate’s Southern Region on 18 separate lease and sale acquisitions and dispositions
Obtained state and county tax incentives of $1M
• The Home Depot, Inc. / The Trion Group, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters – Lease / 450,000 SF
Secured The Home Depot as the lead tenant for the Paces West office complex in Atlanta and represented the developer in successful lease negotiations
Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Services, Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services, Development and Investment Property Advisory Services and Facilities Management Services
Professional Recognition and Community Involvement
• Recipient of The Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors Phoenix Award
• Recipient of The Dorey Award for Professionalism in Atlanta Commercial Real Estate
• Recipient of The Meritorious Service Award from Mercer University and Past President of the Alumni Association
• The Georgia Technology Forum – Executive Steering Committee
• The Woodruff Arts Center – Corporate Capital Campaign
• Board member for the Joint Development Authority for Dawson and Lumpkin Counties
• Established and leads the Commercial Real Estate Round Table for the Cumming Chamber of Commerce
• Norton Commercial & Acreage Group – Senior Vice President/ Managing Partner
• Norton Drew, LLC – Managing Partner
• JDREW, LLC – Managing Principal
• The Staubach Company – Vice President of Corporate Services
• CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) – Vice President of Corporate Services
• Cousins Properties – Marketing and Leasing Manager
Mercer University – Bachelor of Science from the College of Arts and Sciences
Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Coursework
Georgia Real Estate Commission – Brokers’ License
Georgia Academy for Economic Development