Gregory Boler is on the move, and it’s safe to say he had quite a rewarding 2017. From being elected as a future leader of The National Association of Office and Industrial Professionals (NAIOP), an owner and developer trade organization and named to the coveted 40 under 40 listing by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, we are proud to have Greg as a Georgia State Real Estate alumnus.
In 2016, Greg joined the Ridge Development Company based out of Atlanta. Ridge Development is the industrial development arm of Transwestern Development, where its focus is on large scale warehouse for build-to-suit and speculative development.
As a vice president of the East Coast region, Greg is charged with the management of all aspects of industrial development from land sourcing, underwriting, capital sourcing, entitlements, construction, leasing and disposition. With his thorough understanding of all phases of the acquisitions, development, and disposition process, he has completed more than 10 million square feet of institutional Industrial development.
Greg shared his thoughts on the top priority for improving metro Atlanta for the future, “Expanding Atlanta’s mass transportation to extend not just to major central business districts in the city but all parts of the metro area is crucial. The extension will allow residents, who might not be able to afford to stay in the city, access to well-paying job opportunities.”
Prior to joining Ridge, Greg worked at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) for five years with project and development services. While at JLL, he managed diverse property types including industrial, multifamily, and retail. Early on, he was deemed one of the firm’s top talents by being selected to be a Young Gun, receiving the Rising Star Award, and serving as the chair of the JLL Community Connection in Atlanta.
Greg earned his M.S. in real estate from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he was a four-letter football athlete. Being a devoted philanthropist, Greg is a member of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta, a young professional auxiliary of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta where they serve as mentors to the Collegiate 100 and seniors at Best Academy High School. Greg is currently an active member of Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
“Lift as you climb,” explains Greg. “Due to my background in mechanical engineering, I believe heavily in energy and how it affects everything in the universe. Energy can’t be created nor destroyed, but it can be transformed from one entity to another, which can be applied to humanity. Each of us has energy or opportunity that propels us to excel. Therefore, it is our duty to transfer that to others. Ultimately, it comes back around in the form of acknowledgment and recognition, which continues the cycle to do more in the future.”