Dewberry Group is a leading real estate company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Charleston, South Carolina. Our focus is on the acquisition, development and management of premier live, work, shop and play assets, including office, retail, multi-family and hospitality properties.
Founded in 1989 by President and CEO John Dewberry with a $5,000 personal investment, Dewberry Group has grown to achieve both significant value and international recognition.
At Dewberry Group, our primary goal is to create 5-star properties with exceptional capital appreciation realized through both top-flight design and a patient long-term ownership perspective. As a result, the company maintains an extraordinarily profitable track record of success, as evidenced by:
“Our tenants, our partners, our employees—at the end of the day Dewberry Group is all about connections and how we serve each other.”
From acquisitions and operations to development and design, Dewberry Group has built an unparalleled team of individuals with broad experience, keen market knowledge and a deep desire to succeed. Each maintains a sharp focus on the company’s key objectives, which translates to value-driven solutions across all sectors and success for clients around the globe.
John K. DewberryDewberry Group
Founder & CEO
Mr. Dewberry, who originally founded Dewberry Capital Corporation in 1989 with $5,000 of personal capital, has grown his company into one of the leading commercial real estate firms in the Southeast through the acquisition and development of more than three million square feet of property. Today, the firm’s approximately $1.5 billion in operating assets spans from Virginia to Florida, with additional development properties representing approximately $5 billion in future revenue and has become the largest private owner of land on or adjoining Peachtree Street, the backone of the commercial business district in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2019 Dewberry Capital Corporation changed its name to Dewberry Group as the parent company to its various entities, Dewberry Hospitality, Dewberry Office, Dewberry Living, Studio Dewberry and Dewberry Foundation.
Mr. Dewberry’s unique ability to understand the intersection of architecture, design and development is his hallmark, and led to the founding of Studio Dewberry, Dewberry Group’s design firm, in 2014.
Beginning with collaborations with architects, preservationists and design firms on his homes in Charleston, South Carolina, and Doonbeg, Ireland, Studio Dewberry has expanded organically to include additional larger partnerships on design, furnishing, lighting and art commissions, for prominent developments within the Dewberry Group’s portfolio—including Midtown Atlanta high-rise office developments, Campanile, Peachtree Pointe and The Dewberry Charleston. It represents yet another way to exceed corporate, residential and hospitality industry expectations.
Prior to founding Dewberry Group, Mr. Dewberry worked for the New York–based Marine Midland Bank (a predecessor to HSBC) as Assistant Vice President Southeast in commercial real estate lending. In 1986, Mr. Dewberry received his bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also served as the Institute’s quarterback for the Yellow Jackets football team during the 1983-1985 seasons earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference and honorable mention All-American Honors, as well as All-ACC Academic Team honors.
Mr. Dewberry and his wife, Jaimie, split their time between their homes in Charleston, Atlanta, and Ireland along with their beloved dogs Georgia and Cooper. They travel the world extensively experiencing different cultures while at the same time collecting new ideas for their next projects.
Kim LavigneDewberry Group
Executive Vice President, Operations
Ms. Lavigne joined Dewberry Group in 2014 as Director of Property Management, responsible for the oversight and direction of the property management division and building operations for Dewberry Group’s prime office, retail and residential assets, as well as for the retail leasing division. Shortly after joining the firm, she was promoted to Vice President of Real Estate, and in 2020 she transitioned into the role of Executive Vice President, Operations. Ms. Lavigne began her career in commercial real estate with Aaron Rent’s as a Real Estate Manager overseeing more than three hundred locations throughout the Central United States, the Mississippi Valley and the Southwest, and later served as the Vice President of Operations for Stafford Properties, Inc. There, she was responsible for the oversight and direction of the primary components of the property management division, which included at times more than two million square feet of primarily commercial real estate comprised of more than 400 tenants throughout the Southeast, specifically Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Ms. Lavigne received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and her master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. She is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Georgia and has been an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) since 2004.
Lockie BrownStudio Dewberry
Executive Vice President, Design
Mr. Brown joined Dewberry Group in 2014 after more than thirty years in private architectural practice in the Atlanta area. His expertise in the hospitality sector—he has designed key properties for major luxury hotel brands throughout the United States and the Caribbean—led to the successful creation of the Group’s first hotel, The Dewberry, in Charleston, SC which has won numerous industry awards since it opened in 2016. Today, Mr. Brown’s focus has expanded to include Studio Dewberry, where he and a team of designers and brand experts work closely with Mr. and Mrs. Dewberry to collaborate on the design of all major development projects, as well on the Dewberry Hospitality Group’s expanding luxury hotel division. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, who grew up in the Atlanta area, Mr. Brown completed his undergraduate degree in architecture from Clemson University, where he was a member of Clemson’s 1981 National Championship Football team, and later received his master’s degree in architecture degree from there, as well.
Jaimie Brown DewberryDewberry Foundation | Director
Studio Dewberry | Principal
Following her undergraduate education at Georgia Southern University, where she nurtured an underlying passion for philanthropy, Mrs. Dewberry began her career with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Alexander-Tharpe Fund in Athletic Development. From there she joined Dewberry Group as Director of The Dewberry Foundation, where she manages charitable requests, contributions and strategic planning. A native of Dalton, Georgia, and the daughter of design and home décor retail business owners, Mrs. Dewberry parlayed her appreciation for art and antiques into her latest role with at the helm of Dewberry Group’s Studio Dewberry. As Principal, she oversees design and procurement along with her husband, John. Their most distinguished project to date is the opening of the five-star hotel, The Dewberry, in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, Mrs. Dewberry divides her time among the family’s homes in Charleston, Atlanta and Doonbeg, Ireland.
John FreemanDewberry Group
Executive Vice President, Finance
In 2015, Mr. Freeman joined Dewberry Group as Controller, overseeing corporate accounting, financial reporting, cash management, tax strategy, financing and human resources; within a year, he was promoted to Director of Finance and, thereafter took on the role of Director of Leasing. In 2020, Mr. Freeman was promoted to Executive Vice President, Finance. A 2005 graduate of Auburn University with a master’s degree in accounting, Mr. Freeman began his career in Birmingham, Alabama, as an auditor with the global accounting firm Ernst & Young. He later transferred to Houston, Texas, where he worked in a variety of industries, including Real Estate, Construction, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing and Distribution, before returning to Atlanta in 2008 to accept a job with Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing group as a Fund Controller. In 2012, when State Street acquired his group, Mr. Freeman was retained to manage a team in charge of fund accounting and investor reporting for a $6 billion global real estate fund. Today, in addition to volunteering for multiple organizations in the greater Atlanta area, Mr. Freeman serves as the Finance Chairman for the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of DeKalb County.
Sam LyddanDewberry Group
Mr. Lyddan joined Dewberry Group in March 2020 as General Counsel. He is responsible for the legal affairs of Dewberry Group’s portfolio of hospitality, real estate development, and management companies. Prior to joining Dewberry Group, he worked as a litigation associate for the Atlanta-based law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP. Mr. Lyddan’s practice focused on real estate, landlord-tenant, and construction disputes, as well as corporate governance, limited liability company law, and white-collar defense and investigation work. He also served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Kurt D. Engelhardt in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Lyddan graduated from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, and he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Elizabeth ArmstrongStudio Dewberry
Mrs. Armstrong joined Dewberry Group in the beginning of 2017 and is responsible not only for creating and refining The Dewberry Hotel’s communications and branding, but also for maximizing The Dewberry brand’s long-term potential, growth and profitability through strategic partnerships and experiential programming. With nearly fifteen years of experience in brand development, public relations, advertising, experiential marketing and copywriting in the New York City metro area, with home décor, fashion and lifestyle brands, Mrs. Armstrong brings a unique perspective to Studio Dewberry. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with honors, where she received her degree in English and Public Relations.
Trey HowardStudio Dewberry
Mr. Howard joined Dewberry Group’s team in the fall of 2017 as an architect designer and has been a key contributor to the advancement of Studio Dewberry. Working closely with Vice President of Design Lockie Brown, Mr. Howard supports design creation and implementation for all ongoing and upcoming development projects. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Howard, a native of Tampa, Florida, spent more than four years specializing in Higher Education and Aviation design with various Atlanta-based architecture firms. He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts in architecture from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and subsequently earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida. Mr. Howard resides in Atlanta.
Ebonie KellyDewberry Group
Ms. Kelly joined Dewberry Group in Winter 2018 as an Accounting Administrator. In her current role she manages all accounts payable and receivable functions and provides general support to the entire Accounting team. Prior to joining Dewberry Group she worked as an AP/AR Specialist at Concessions International for 13 years where she provided support to over 60 restaurants in all major airports across the United States and USVI. Ms. Kelly is a native Atlantan and earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from Georgia State University with a major in Finance.
Sara BrandonDewberry Group
Real Estate Coordinator
Ms. Brandon joined Dewberry Group in the fall of 2018 as a Real Estate Coordinator. She is responsible for supporting the Vice President of Real Estate in day-to-day management and administration of operational tasks. Prior to joining Dewberry Group, Ms. Brandon served as a Senior Program Coordinator for a Nashville, Tennessee based Association Management Firm, specializing in Community Engagement and Development. Ms. Brandon received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, majoring in Public Relations.
Brant WellsDewberry Group
Dewberry Group welcomed Mr. Wells in 2019 as a Finance Associate responsible for creation of financial models for project developments, evaluation of capital structure, and maintenance of treasury reporting. Mr. Wells joined the team from PGIM Real Estate where he was an investment analyst within the Senior Housing group assisting with asset management and acquisitions for the Senior Housing Partners series of funds. He previously completed analyst programs at PGIM Real Estate and Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management in Atlanta and Interface, Inc. in London, UK. An Atlanta native, Mr. Wells earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in both finance and real estate.
Carolina MelguizoDewberry Group
Executive Assistant to the Founder & CEO
Mrs. Melguizo joined Dewberry Group in Fall 2019 as the Executive Assistant to John Dewberry, Founder & CEO of Dewberry Group. In this role Carolina coordinates the daily operations of Mr. Dewberry’s office as well as maintaining all of his personal accounts. Additionally, she supports the Leasing team and manages Dewberry Thoroughbreds. Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Melguizo held positions as a legal assistant at Stern Law Firm, assistant bank manager for a Suntrust branch, as well as roles in public relations and the non-profit sector. A native of Medellin, Colombia, Mrs. Melguizo speaks both English and Spanish. She received her bachelor’s degrees from Georgia State University in both political science and history as well as a Paralegal Certificate from University of Georgia.
Taylor BartonDewberry Group
Mr. Barton became a Dewberry Group team member in October 2015 as a Building Engineer at the Campanile building and in 2016 moved to service the Peachtree Pointe development. In 2019, he was promoted to Lead Engineer, and in 2020, he was again promoted to Chief Engineer at Peachtree Pointe. He brings a vast knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems, learned through various field experiences as well as three years of facilities maintenance with the YMCA. Mr. Barton continues to hone his knowledge of industry standards and regulations through regular professional seminars and workshops as well as continuing to work toward his professional designation as a systems maintenance technician.
Thomas OglesbyDewberry Group
Mr. Oglesby joined Dewberry Group in summer 2017 as a Building Technician at Midtown’s Campanile Building. In this role, he supports building maintenance to meet Dewberry Group’s standard of excellence and services any and all maintenance requests from corporate residents. Prior to joining Dewberry Group, Mr. Oglesby gained related experience as a lead painter and in other facilities maintenance positions throughout the Atlanta area.
At Dewberry Group, our mission is to create projects that bring long-term value to the people they serve—be they clients, residents, strategic partners, employees or simply neighbors. That’s because people and places are at the heart of everything we do as a company. We are committed to building lasting and enriching relationships with each and every member of our team, and to fostering career growth and advancement. By joining Dewberry Group, you will become part of a culture that values collaboration, community, entrepreneurial initiative, talent and hard work. As an established leader in the real estate industry, we offer an exciting opportunity to reap the rewards of strong values and swift growth.