Research Triangle Foundation Announces Retail Partner for First Phase of Hub RTP’s Development
Senior Vice President / Development
Banker. Lawyer. Developer.
When it comes to commercial real estate, Alex Chambers has seen and done it all. And he’s loved every moment of his nearly 30 year career in the industry.
“Commercial real estate is an industry that I find interesting and really enjoy,” Alex says.
Alex joined KDC in 2014 as a regional vice president. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of KDC’s Atlanta office including the massive master-planned project in the Dunwoody submarket that is home to State Farm’s regional hub.
I think of my banking and legal background as useful tools in my current role developing real estate. I’ve sat in every seat at the table.
Alex obtained an undergraduate business degree in finance from the University of Georgia and then kicked off his career as a banker, specializing in commercial business loans including real estate. After spending four years at Wachovia, he returned to the University of Georgia and attended law school.
“My dad was a commercial real estate attorney, and I always knew I wanted to go to law school,” Alex says.
After graduating from Georgia’s School of Law, Alex practiced real estate law for clients ranging from REITs to private developers.
“I think of my banking and legal background as useful tools in my current role developing real estate,” Alex says. “I’ve sat in every seat at the table.”
In 1999, Alex had an opportunity to transition from the legal side of commercial real estate to the development side, and he jumped on it. Over the course of nine years, he was involved in office development from California to D.C. out of Atlanta and retail development from Florida to Missouri out of Atlanta and Austin, Texas.
After living in Austin for several years, Alex returned to his hometown of Atlanta. Sometime after Alex was introduced to KDC by a friend and colleague. “KDC had a stellar track record, and I had worked with some KDC people in previous jobs,” he says. “I was excited to join such a group of talented individuals.”
For the past several years at KDC, Alex has focused on the Dunwoody development. He’s worked with clients to make sure they get what they want and need, and he’s navigated the complex process of rezoning, tax abatements, design, and construction. Now, he’s shifting more of his energy to business development.
“My job at KDC is everything I like to do,” Alex says. “For me, it’s the perfect job.”
When Alex isn’t busy developing buildings, he’s spending time with his wife, Melissa, and his three children, ages 22, 21, and 17. He enjoys participating in their extracurricular activities, as well as golfing and hunting. He’s also a big Georgia football fan.
Alex has traveled around the world, and his favorite vacation spot is Jackson Hole, Wyoming (in the summer, not the winter).