IMPACT AWARDS: PAT EMERY - SPECTRUM | EMERY
Spectrum | Emery manages more than 1.5 million square feet of Class A office space in Cool Springs and is spearheading projects such as Franklin Park and Corporate Centre, which have both attracted the offices for Fortune 500 companies. President Pat Emery founded the company in 2010 as a joint venture with Charlotte-based Spectrum Properties.
What does Williamson County most need that it currently lacks? As Williamson County continues to grow with corporate relocation and a talented workforce, an integrated mass-transit system that connects the area as well as downtown Nashville is integral for the future of commerce in Middle Tennessee.
What one perk sets Williamson County apart from it's neighbors to make it the best place to live and work? Look at what we've done with Franklin Park. We are building an extensive multi-family project in what is essentially the back yard of our first office building on the property, One Franklin Park. You can literally work within the shadow of your office. A short morning stroll to the office is a commute most people dream of. We are also adding restaurants and cafes, and we've created an amphitheater for hosting events and gatherings. That is hard to emulate elsewhere.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why? Seoul, Korea, to see where I was born.
Other than the people you work with and for, what is your favorite part of your job? I enjoy meeting so many different CEO's who have created businesses and understanding their story.
What one class should every college student be required to take that isn't currently? A finance course.
What is the biggest challenge facing Williamson County? Traffic and/or a good solution for traffic.
Please describe your most recent professional accomplishments. 1. One Franklin Park, which was built as a [speculative] office building is now 95 percent leased. 2. Our properties, which total more 1.5 million square feet of Class A office space, are currently 99 percent leased.
Please list three ways you have made an impact in Williamson County. 1. Building the first spec office in Cool Springs in 1995, and continuing so far for 20 years. 2. Working on the Nissan deal to help bring America's headquarters to Cool Springs. 3. Setting a new standard for office development with Franklin Park.