With a bachelor’s degree in finance, Douglas McRae wanted to leverage his analytical skills and his love of people in his career. This quest led him to leave the marketing department at Chick-fil-A, Inc. to pursue a career in commercial real estate. “I knew a career in real estate investment would be both intellectually stimulating and financially rewarding,” explains McRae. “I loved the culture at Chick-fil-A, but marketing wasn’t what I wanted to pursue long-term.”
After learning some foundational skills of real estate acquisition at RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc., McRae joined Columbia Property Trust, one of the nation’s largest office REITs. While there, he decided to pursue his master’s degree. “I loved my job, and I wanted to learn as much as I could, as fast as I could,” states McRae.
McRae worked by day, taking classes at night. He especially appreciated the hyper-focused nature of the Robinson program. McRae is currently director of asset enhancement at The Dilweg Companies, a real estate investment firm focused on key economic markets in Southeast. McRae joined as the company’s second Atlanta employee. Today, the company has grown to 16 employees and from 300,000 square feet to two million square feet of office space in Atlanta.
Day-to-day, McRae oversees asset management, leasing and properly management for Dilweg properties around Atlanta. His notable projects and accomplishments include:
- Repositioning 250 E. Ponce in Decatur through a $1 million renovation
- Overseeing leasing and renovations of The Pointe, 400 and 500 Northridge Road in Central Perimeter, Dilweg’s most recent acquisition in Atlanta
- Shared responsibility for asset management and leasing of 101 Marietta Street
- Successfully transitioned third-party property management of Dilweg buildings in Atlanta to internal property management.
“It’s very gratifying to see the fruit of your labor translate into the built environment. We are taking broken office buildings and shaping them into places where people want to be, which ultimately will drive great returns for our investors,” states McRae. “At Dilweg, I’ve found a company with a culture and values similar to that of Chick-fil-A, Inc., but now I love what I do on a daily basis. My experience at Robinson helped propel me to where I am today.”
McRae lives in the Upper Westside of Atlanta with his wife, Laura and 16-month old son, Wales.