MONTGOMERY, AL | December 3, 2020 – In a tradition that began in 1985, each year in November as a part of its anniversary Thanksgiving luncheon, Jim Wilson and Associates takes the time to recognize and honor long tenured associates in the home office who have been with the company for at least ten years who have completed yet another five years of service. The 2020 service awards were especially unique. Of the four associates recognized two Vice Presidents passed the forty year milestone with JWA!
Jim Wilson & Associates (JWA) is celebrating forty-five years in the business world this month. What started in the mid 1970’s with Jim Wilson, Jr. as a shopping center development company has grown to a successful, well-known, diversified entrepreneurial company now managed by his two sons, Jim Wilson, III and Will Wilson. Like any other successful business, JWA has survived, changed and pivoted to new ideas and ventures. The footprints of JWA deals are found all around from real estate transactions to the buying and selling of operating companies. All projects are unique. Some are really special. The following is a brief look at some special JWA projects and the dates each began:
- New Park – A 1,100 acre master planned development, Montgomery, AL-2007.
- Wynlakes – A 1,000 home residential community and country club, Montgomery, AL-1984.
- In New York City – High rise condominiums on Central Park South-2007.
New Park Wynlakes Golf & Country Club
- In Alabama: Riverchase Galleria, Hoover-1986, Montgomery Mall redevelopment, Montgomery-1989, Wiregrass Commons, Dothan-1986, EastChase-a 300 acre mixed-use development, Montgomery-2002.
- In Texas: Sunrise Mall, Corpus Christie-1980.
- In Mississippi: Metrocenter Mall, Jackson-1978.
- In Florida: Santa Rosa Mall, Ft. Walton-1975, Redevelopment of Ft. Lauderdale Galleria, Ft. Lauderdale-1993.
- In Georgia: Peachtree Mall, Columbus-1976, Redevelopment of Cumberland Mall, Atlanta-1992, Shoppes at River Crossing, Macon-2009.
- In Tennessee: The Shoppes at Carriage Crossing, Collierville-2008, Carriage Crossing MarketPlace, Collierville-2008.
Riverchase Galleria Peachtree Mall
- Hotels: Wynfrey (now Hyatt Regency at Wynfrey)-1986, Hilton at Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL-1987, Hilton at Peachtree Corners, Atlanta, GA-1988
- Office: Sterling Centre, Montgomery-1988, The Offices at 3000 RiverChase, Birmingham-1987, Lakeview Center, Montgomery-2005, Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL-1987, Redstone Gateway, Huntsville, AL-2009.
The Wynfrey Hotel Lakeview Center
Redstone Gateway The Offices at 3000 RiverChase
- A&W Enterprises, an entry into the gaming business.
- 42 Equity Partners, investing in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) world and providing a tax credit syndication vehicle.
- Big 10 Tires: Developed from the 1980’s through 2005, this company had over 100 tire store locations across the Southeastern U.S. when sold to Pep Boys.
- Diversified Products: Buying, operating and selling of Diversified Products during the 1980’s, an international company that, using sophisticated robotics, made exercise equipment such as stationary bikes and treadmills for sale by national retailers such as Sears, Wal-Mart and K-Mart.
And then, in 1995, there was the Mall of Louisiana, a five-department store enclosed mall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that some say was the “last, great Grand Opening of an enclosed mall in the U.S.” A Grand Opening where people came from all over the world, people were thanked, saluted and honored for jobs well done as the project opened on-time, on budget and fully leased. What started as the company’s “Louisiana Purchase,” opened with the LSU Marching Band, with balloons, streamers and confetti cannons erupting amid the singing of God Bless America.
For Jim Wilson & Associates, as we turn the page on 45 years, we offer the perspective highlighted 15 years ago as we “turned thirty”:
Through the years times changed; times were tough, difficult, tragic, hopeful, energizing, unexpected, fortunate, bountiful, wonderful and both sad and happy. And…we all got a little older.
Many people have been touched, many deals have been completed and many friends have been made. Through it all we have tried to have fun and laugh as we planned our work and worked our plan, and sometimes made it up as we traveled along.
As we celebrate 45 years and look forward to the future JWA salutes the thousands of associates from all the years for jobs well done and we thank all the people, investors, partners and contractors who bought in to our concepts and projects to help make JWA a success.
The legacy lives on…we especially thank Jim Wilson, Jr. who left behind far more than a business — he left behind a legacy of hard work, integrity and generosity. His insistence on doing things the right way every day continues to guide JWA, just as his love and enthusiasm for the work — and the people who worked with him — continues to inspire us. He exemplified character, commitment and friendship. It was our privilege to work with him, to know him, and to learn from him.
BIRMINGHAM, AL | November 10, 2020 – Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and The Offices at 3000 Riverchase co-hosted the 2020 Hoover City Inaugural Reception honoring Mayor Frank Brocato along with Councilmen, John Lyda, Mike Shaw, Curt Posey, Casey Middlebrooks, Derrick Murphy, Steve McClinton and Sam Swiney.
In addition to the Inaugural Reception, The Offices at 3000 Riverchase held an open house introducing two new tenants, Werkplas and HAILO Ventures.
Werkplas is a professional co-working space located on the 15th floor. Werkplas provides walk-up workspaces, private offices & conference rooms. Along with high speed internet, print services and an on-site concierge. Hourly, daily and monthly reservations are available. To reserve your space book online at werkplas.com or call 205-578-8505.
HAILO Ventures is a tech incubator focused on helping launch technology companies in the artificial intelligence, logistics, operations and cybersecurity sectors. HAILO Ventures provides innovative solutions for dynamic ventures. HAILO Ventures enable startups and growing businesses to launch, scale and secure funding. Their team of dedicated and proven business experts provide entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to drive revenue, improve operational efficiency, and establish strategies that lead to success. The incubator currently occupies about 10,000 square feet on the 15th floor and is home to four startup companies. For more information visit hailo.ventures.
Jim Wilson, Jr. formed Jim Wilson & Associates in late 1975. When assembling a team of real estate professionals, he quickly settled on outside legal counsel when he reached out to retain his good friend Herman B. Franco to work with the newly formed company. That relationship provided JWA with one of the country’s best and most highly respected real estate attorneys for over thirty years.
On September 3, 2020, Herman passed away at the age of 91. Even though Herman had long since left the private practice of law, JWA lost a great friend and outstanding counselor. Our memories of Herman’s presence are many and those of us at JWA who knew him paused for a while to share with others our Herman Franco experiences and stories.
In representing JWA, Herman’s approach was always direct, always tactical and always complete. As a friend, Herman stood shoulder to shoulder with us with great conversation, unmatched wit that led to laughter and an astute seriousness whenever needed and appropriate.
Herman Franco was a critical and important chapter in the book of JWA. His passing will be mourned, his life celebrated and our memories of him cherished.
BIRMINGHAM, AL | August 27, 2020 – For years, Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato has had a goal of diversifying the city’s economy to make it less retail-dependent and to grow the city’s technology sector.
A new business incubator in the office tower connected to the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall is a step toward that end.
The incubator, called HAILO Ventures, opened in The Offices at 3000 Riverchase in June and is focused on helping launch technology companies in the artificial intelligence, operations, logistics and cybersecurity sectors.
MONTGOMERY, AL | July 9, 2020 – Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC is excited to announce that New Park Development Company sold +/- 19 acres of vacant land located on the North side of Park Crossing, adjacent to New Park. The property is the first phase of a four (4) phase development. Phase one (1) will be developed as 55 residential homes. The terms of the sale are undisclosed. Lee Meriwether, with John Stanley and Associates, Inc. represented New Park Development in this transaction.
HUNTSVILLE, AL | April 20, 2020 – Construction is one activity that COVID-19 hasn’t stopped on Redstone Arsenal.
“We are full steam ahead,” said Glen Strobach of Directorate of Public Works. “In fact we’re pushing to get more road work completed while our traffic flow is light and the weather stays good.”
In addition to ongoing work at the new Redstone Gateway project, Strobach said crews have been working to complete new road construction leading to Gate 3, which is currently closed because of COVID-19. On Monday, April 6, he said paving was completed on the new intersection of the Haysland Road extension and Hobbs Road, which will offer another option for entering and exiting Gate 3 on Redstone Road north toward Grissom High School.
COLLIERVILLE, TN | January 31, 2020 – Carriage Crossing MarketPlace, on East Shelby Drive in Collierville, and its leasing and management company, Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC, announce the signing of a new lease at the MarketPlace – ACME Brick Company. ACME Brick Company is projected to open its showroom in April of this year. The 5,100 square foot showroom will make the brick selection process informative and enjoyable for prospective homebuyers and commercial customers.
On January 29, 1935, James W. Wilson, Jr. was born in Montgomery, Alabama and would have been 85 years old today. He is missed, yet remembered, by many. In 1975, he formed Jim Wilson & Associates and planted the seeds of sound business and excellent real estate development. Projects of Jim Wilson, too numerous to mention, are found throughout the Southeastern United States. As was his custom to close staff meetings with a special card evidencing a life quote, we close this short tribute with several of his favorites:
• Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
– Vince Lombardi
• Remembering where you’ve been is the key to getting where you want to go.
– John MacArthur
• Standing still is not an option.
• By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.
– Ben Franklin
• Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.
– Proverbs 19:20
Happy Birthday, Jim.
HENRY COUNTY, GA | January 21, 2020 – JWA Ventures, an affiliated company of Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC, is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for a new retail development, Shoppes at Ola Crossroads, a Publix anchored shopping center is located at the northeast quadrant of Highway 81 and N. Ola road, east of McDonough, Georgia in Henry County. The shopping center will include a Publix Super Market or approximately 48,000 square feet plus over 22,000 square feet of additional specialty store space and three, free standing stores along Highway 81.