After more than two decades working for a regional brokerage and development firm, Jubal Early decided the time was right to launch his own boutique with colleague André Collins.
Early and Collins, who spent more than six years working together at Lincoln Harris, launched Charlotte, North Carolina-based First & Early Partners last week. In their new firm, they plan to focus on representing tenants, buyers and sellers of office, healthcare, industrial and retail properties and doing agency leasing for owners.
“I was not an owner, manager or member of the management team at LH and after 24 very enjoyable and successful years there, I needed a new challenge,” said Early, chief executive of LH. company, in a LinkedIn message. “I plan to work no more than 10 years and creating my own legacy and doing what I love is important to me.”
Its volume of business should help First & Early get off to a quick start, Early said.
“I have many loyal, dedicated and growing customers who want to do business with me, regardless of the company name on my letterhead.” he said. “Charlotte and the Southeast will grow beyond our imaginations and I want to be part of that growth.
Early teamed up with Collins, who began his career as a financial analyst at department store company Belk before joining Lincoln Harris in 2016, due to his commercial real estate background and mindset. ‘company.
“He was recruited weekly by our competitors and wanted to be a business owner,” Early said of Collins, director of First & Early.
Similar to other cities in the South, Charlotte has experienced healthy population and employment growth over the past decade. Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city with a population of nearly 880,000, according to the US Census Bureau.
The influx of jobs and residents has prompted several developers to build or plan to build new office towers, especially in Charlotte’s Uptown neighborhood. Apartment developers are also very busy in the market, where housing starts hit a record high with nearly 5,000 new units launched in both the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.
Charlotte’s bustling real estate market is well positioned to be an even bigger economic hub in the South, Early said.
“The growth in Charlotte’s population and market size over the next few years will be staggering, and we are well positioned to help businesses manage this growth from an investor, tenant or landlord perspective” , did he declare. “Charlotte’s commercial real estate market has tremendous upside, and we saw a unique opportunity to leverage our experience at a boutique-style, high-level consulting firm.”
First & Early plans to add staff as its business grows, and Early said it plans to leverage its relationships with established companies, including Lincoln Harris, as it strives to helping its clients meet their real estate needs.
“We appreciate the contributions Jubal and André have made during their tenure at Lincoln Harris and look forward to working with them in the future,” Lincoln Harris Chairman Johno Harris said in a statement.