Wilbert Wins: Media Relations - Q1 2023

Wilbert Wins: Media Relations - Q1 2023

For most of our clients, media relations is an important piece of an integrated PR program. Coverage in well-respected media outlets has credibility. Plus, many outlets have large and relevant audiences. We’ve built relationships with local, regional and national journalists, which helps us effectively pitch stories about our clients.


Below are a few notable media mentions our team has secured for clients recently.

  1. Wilbert worked with Scout Motors Inc. to announce a $1.3 billion electric SUV plant near Columbia, South Carolina. Scout’s vehicles, powered solely by electricity, will be manufactured at the plant. Read more via Bloomberg.
  2. A recent story from The Wall Street Journal on the trend of Americans flocking to cooler climates featured commentary from Wilbert client Cooper Carry’s sustainability leader J.D. Harper. Harper believes buildings should be designed to withstand extreme heat to accommodate for scientists’ predictions of increased temperatures in many densely populated areas.
  3. Wilbert client Blaze Capital Partners was featured in CoStar for its purchase of The Pointe at Siena Ridge in Davenport, Florida. This marks the apartment investment company’s fourth purchase in the “active adult sector” in the last five months.
  4. Wilbert client Branch Properties, an Atlanta-based real estate development and investment firm, was recently featured on AL.com for its new shopping center, The Market at Hays Farm in Huntsville, Alabama. Brett Horowitz, partner at Branch, details the diverse dining and retail concepts that have signed leases at the center, which is now 99% leased. Read more about the new tenants here
  5. Flex office space is becoming more prevalent as owners navigate post-pandemic reopenings and the return-to-office movement. John Ward, chief financial officer at Wilbert client Bridge Commercial Real Estate, penned a byliner for Forbes on why optimal space utilization is key in navigating the 2023 office market.
  6. Seth Bellas, branch manager at Wilbert client Churchill Mortgage, was featured in a CNBC story on three key things to know before opening a home equity line of credit. Learn about Bellas’ top three items to consider before signing the dotted line here.
  7. As Wilbert client Echo Street West closes in on the final components of its phase one launch, Urbanize Atlanta has been keeping the public up-to-date with the status of the mixed-use development. The outlet reported on what remains for Echo Street’s first phase, complete with new aerial photos of the site.
  8. In February, Wilbert client Georgia’s Own Credit Union celebrated Black History Month with a 450-foot high mural displayed on its Peachtree Street building in downtown Atlanta. 11Alive covered the story here.
  9. Clay Grubb, CEO of Wilbert client Grubb Properties, believes Dunwoody, Georgia will be facing major challenges unless residents allow apartments to be built in the city. Grubb was featured in a story from Atlanta Business Chronicle, where he details his concerns for the city as its continues to stagnate in housing and office occupancy.
  10. To combat the rising price of eggs, some households are buying their own chickens. Wilbert client and sustainable chicken feed company Grubbly Farms spoke with Daily Mail about seeing a 50% increase in its customer base in the last year.
  11. FOX10 News in Mobile, Alabama highlighted Wilbert client HPM’s project controls specialist Megan Cordingly in honor of Women in Construction Week. Cordingly shared what it means to be a woman working in a male-dominated field, and how she has seen the construction industry change during her career.
  12. Wilbert client JLL secured two major leases at its 3379 Peachtree office building in Buckhead, Atlanta. These 34,500-square-foot and 126,000-square-foot leases propelled the building occupancy from 60% to 90%. Connect CRE has the full story here.
  13. In March, AtlantaInno released its “2023 Startups To Watch”, and Wilbert client and energy efficient software company Joulea made the list. Learn more about Joulea’s mission to reduce carbon emissions in commercial real estate and construction here
  14. Atlanta-based real estate investment firm and Wilbert client MDH Partners purchased Loop 375 Industrial, a premier industrial property in the high-demand El Paso, Texas market. Commercial Property Executive covered the story, which discusses MDH Partners’ future plans for the property.
  15. Wilbert client Portman Holdings announced the addition of Nightswim Coffee to the retail and dining offerings at its 2161 Hawkins mixed-use development in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Business Journal covered details on the lease here.
  16. Richard Ross, CEO of Wilbert client Quinn Residences, wrote an op-ed for the Atlanta Journal Constitution on dismantling the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding institutional ownership and the affordable housing industry.
  17. Commercial Property Executive covered the addition of new tenant Westport Axle to Wilbert client Robinson Weeks Partners’ 2.5 million-square-foot Selma Industrial Park in Selma, Texas. The 115,000-square-foot lease brought Building 2 at the park to full occupancy.
  18. Wilbert client RocaPoint Partners, a privately held real estate investment and development firm, announced Whole Foods Market will serve as an anchor tenant at the highly anticipated County Square redevelopment site in Greenville, South Carolina. The renowned food retailer will be strategically positioned in a standalone building and will further elevate the profile of the 3.5-million-square-foot mixed-use development project. Read more from the Upstate Business Journal here.
  19. Wilbert client Ryan Companies broke ground on a 210,463-square-foot facility in Tampa, Florida to serve as the headquarters for Feeding Tampa Bay, which aims to end hunger in the bay region. CoStar reported on the project, which will also act as a distribution center and hold more than 41,000 square feet of cold storage space for the nonprofit organization.
  20. Trademark Property Company, a Wilbert client and Fort Worth-based developer, announced in March it will launch an advisory business aiming to assist mall developers in evaluating the market potential of regional malls, large outdoor retail spaces and mixed-use assets. The new business will be led by Sunny Patel, previously the senior vice president of institutional services and investments at Pacific Retail. Chain Store age has the full story here.
  21. The industrial market in northern New Jersey is one of the most dynamic in the country right now, and Wilbert client Stonemont Financial Group is tapping into this activity with a 295,506-square-foot speculative development in Passaic, NJ. NJBIZ reported on the project here.
  22. The Chattanoogan reported on Wilbert client Hoar Construction’s opening of a larger office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, detailing how the construction company is further cementing its presence in the Southeast with this move.
  23. Shirley Gouffon, senior vice president at Wilbert client Selig Enterprises, spoke with Atlanta Business Chronicle about Selig’s plans to transform Lenox Marketplace into an innovative retail hub called The Blocks at Phipps, a reimagined, walkable shopping destination in Buckhead, Atlanta.

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