When Jim Meyer at Atlantic Capital Properties and Mack Reese at Gateway Ventures merged their organizations to form The Atlantic Companies, the goal was to create a multi-disciplinary real estate investment firm built on the Principal’s expertise in office, residential and mixed-used development, supported by property management. Now, with the addition of an investment platform led by industry veterans Taylor Smith and Andy Johns, The Atlantic Companies will expand its investment pursuits to acquire existing properties, enhancing the firm’s core development competency and full-service approach.
The Atlantic Companies Acquisitions (“TACq”) team seeks unique commercial real estate investment opportunities across the Southeast to deliver outsized risk-adjusted returns to the company and its investment partners. Leveraging the principals’ market knowledge, network of relationships, capital execution expertise, and risk mitigation discipline, TACq taps into the broader capabilities of The Atlantic Companies to add significant value to its projects where re-envisioning and redeveloping underperforming assets can significantly enhance value for the property and surrounding community.
Taylor joined The Atlantic Companies to co-found the firms Acquisitions business in 2021. As Managing Principal, he is responsible for all aspects of the business, including sourcing investments, managing capital relationships and executing business plans.
Taylor brings a diverse set of skills to The Atlantic Companies having broad experience across the life-cycle of real estate investing over his 17-year career. Most recently, Taylor was a Senior Vice President and Regional Director for Rubenstein Partners. In this role, Taylor was responsible for all activities in the region, which he successfully grew from zero to 4.1 million square feet over a five-year period. During his time Taylor invested over $800 million in capital, revitalized those properties through $150 million of capital improvements and executed over 1.0 million square feet of leasing.
Taylor's real estate career started off at HFF Securities, now JLL capital markets, where he worked with the firm's leadership to execute over $2.3 billion of office, industrial and multifamily transactions. Prior to leading Rubenstein's SE region, Taylor worked with Jim Meyer at Tishman Spayer. Joining in 2007, Taylor was primarily responsible for the recapitalization and disposition of the firm's existing 3.5 million square foot Atlanta portfolio, which he successfully completed in 2015. During their tenure, Jim and Taylor also successfully marketed, financed and developed two Class A office towers, Two and Three Alliance Center.
Taylor graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, where he was also a member of the football team. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and three children.
Andy joined The Atlantic Companies in 2021 and is a co-founder of the firm's Acquisition business. As a Principal of the Acquisitions business, he sources, underwrites, conducts due diligence, arranges capital and asset manages TAC's Acquisitions investment portfolio.
Andy joined The Atlantic Companies (“TAC”) in 2021 and is a co-founder of the firm's Acquisition business. As a Principal of the Acquisitions business, he sources, underwrites, conducts due diligence, arranges capital and asset manages TAC's Acquisitions investment portfolio. Andy brings more than 13 years of experience in real estate finance, most recently as a Director with Cushman & Wakefield's Institutional Office & Industrial Investment Sales group. While at C&W, Andy contributed to over $8 billion in sales volume and earned the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors® Million Dollar Club designation each year from 2018 to 2020. Prior to his time with C&W Andy spent 6 years with Trimont Real Estate Advisors, where he contributed to the asset management of a debt portfolio for various institutional clients in excess of $3 billion.
Andy is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (BS) and received an MBA from Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.