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WILLIAM H. FREEMAN
Chairman
Co-founder

Bill Freeman serves as Chairman of Freeman Webb, Inc., a real estate investment, management and brokerage company he co-founded with partner James A. Webb, III in 1979.

In 1978, Freeman became director of Downtown Urban Development for the Metropolitan Nashville Development and Housing Agency (MDHA), a position he held for a year before founding Freeman Webb, Inc. at age 28. Prior to his work for the city, he spent four years as a real estate securities sales representative with Freeman Brothers Realtors, where he was involved in land sales and the packaging and sale of income producing real estate syndications.

Freeman's career in real estate began as a teenager, when he held a summer job as a maintenance man and grounds keeper at family-owned apartment complexes. At 16, he became the youngest person in the country to graduate from the Realtors' Institute and receive the GRI designation, and at 17, he acquired his first piece of income producing real estate.

Freeman graduated from Peabody Demonstration School (now University School) and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

He is a member of the Nashville Board of Realtors, the Tennessee and National Associations of Realtors and the Realtors National Marketing Institute. He has chaired or served on numerous committees with these organizations throughout his career. A Certified Real Estate Appraiser, he has served as an instructor in commercial investment real estate for the Nashville Board of Realtors and in real estate syndication for the Tennessee Real Estate Institute. He is certified to market and sponsor real estate securities by the Real Estate Securities Syndication Institute and is a past president of the institute's Tennessee Chapter.

A strong supporter of charitable and community organizations throughout his career, he has served on the boards of the Tennessee State University Foundation, the Nashville Area YMCA, the Nashville Public Television Council and Children's House. An alumnus of the Leadership Nashville program (1979-1980), he has served as commissioner of the Nashville Convention Center and on the board of The Tennessee Housing Development Agency. He was named Man of the Year by the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1977.

Freeman and his wife, Babs Tinsley Freeman, and their three sons live in Nashville.

JAMES A. WEBB, III
President
Co-founder

Jimmy Webb has served as President of Freeman Webb, Inc., a real estate brokerage, acquisition and management company, since he and his partner William H. (Bill) Freeman founded the company in 1979.

Webb, who graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee, began his career as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy where he served in Vietnam and later in New Zealand with Operation Deep Freeze, which is the U.S. scientific study of Antarctica. Before his honorable discharge in 1975, he had received the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Unit Citation.

In 1975 Webb joined the firm of McKee, Geny & Thornton as an insurance account executive. He then left the firm in 1979 to co-found Freeman Webb, Inc, a real estate investment firm which owns and manages 10,000+ apartments and one million square feet of commercial space in the southeastern United States.

In addition to providing business management and financial and insurance expertise to the company, Webb is an active supporter of community and charitable organizations. He is a past- chairman of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the ninth largest YMCA in the United States, and is past-president of Sister Cities of Nashville and is a founding and current member of the Executive Board of the Nashville Zoo which opened in 1991. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montgomery Bell Academy.

He is a former board member of the Better Business Bureau of Nashville, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Chamber's Urban Planning/Land Use Committee, Buddies of Nashville, the March of Dimes, Nashville City Bank, Tennessee Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, Tennessee State University Foundation, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Webb and his wife Becky Smotherman Webb reside in Nashville. They have three adult sons living in Dallas, Nashville, and New York City.

KENT A. BURNS
Executive Vice President

Kent Burns is currently Executive Vice President of Freeman Webb, Inc., the parent company, and President of Freeman Webb Investments, Inc., the real estate investment and ownership division of the company.

Since 1985, Burns has played a role in the acquisition, disposition, brokerage and management of multifamily real estate. Burns began his career as a real estate analyst and acquisition officer for Jacques-Miller Company (now AIMCO). Burns had his own company from 1991 until he joined Freeman Webb in 1998 to handle real estate acquisitions for the company. In the summer of 2000, Burns was promoted to President of Freeman Webb Investments, Inc. where he is responsible for acquisitions, asset management and business development.

Burns attended high school in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and graduated from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.

In addition to his responsibilities with Freeman Webb, he is an active member on several boards: the National Multi Housing Council, the Middle Tennessee Apartment Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. He is also involved with the Commercial Investment Division of the Board of Realtors and several other civic and community organizations.

Burns and his wife, Susan Anderson Burns, live with their two daughters in Nashville.

W. KIRBY DAVIS, JR.
Chief Operating Officer
Director Of Property Managment

Before joining Freeman Webb in 2014, W. Kirby Davis, Jr. served as Executive Vice President and ultimately President of First Management Services based in Nashville, TN – managing approximately 5,000 multifamily units in Tennessee, as well as over 700,000 s.f of shopping centers.

Prior to his tenure in property management, Kirby received his law degree from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he graduated Order of the Coif. He then served as a law clerk to the Honorable L. Clure Morton, United States District Judge from 1983 to 1985. After completing his clerkship, Kirby worked in New York as an attorney in the offices of William S. Friedman, who at that time, was Vice Chairman of Southmark Corporation - a $9 billion real estate syndication firm. Kirby is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and several of the federal circuits.

Kirby returned to Nashville in 1986 to work for Mid-South Financial, a Nashville based mortgage brokerage firm, originating mortgage loans and brokering investment real estate. In his three years at Mid-South Financial, he financed and sold over $100 million of real estate.

Davis also lends his expertise to a variety of charitable, civic, and professional organizations. He is a past President of the Greater Nashville Apartment Association (GNAA) and the Tennessee Apartment Association, and continues to serve on the board of the GNAA. He served in 2007 as chairman of the Nashville Downtown Partnership and currently serves on the board of that organization. In 2008, he was named Volunteer of the Year by the Nashville Downtown Partnership and received that award again in 2013 as part of the How's Nashville team that is focused on ending homelessness in Nashville.

He served on the board of the Baptist Healing Trust from 2005-2011. Kirby is also an advisory board member of the Faith Family Medical Clinic.

He and his wife Ann have two children. He currently chairs the housing subcommittee of How's Nashville.

JUDITH E. BEASLEY
Executive Vice President
Legal Counsel

Judy Beasley joined Freeman Webb in 1997 as General Counsel and continues to head up the firm's in-house legal department in addition to being named Executive Vice President in 2000.

Prior to joining Freeman Webb, Beasley was in private practice with the Nashville law firm of Stewart, Estes & Donnell, where she specialized primarily in employment law. She is a graduate of Hillwood High School in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees with honors and served as a legal writing instructor. Beasley was a National Merit Scholar and former law clerk to the Honorable Thomas W. Brothers of the Sixth Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial District of Tennessee. She is a member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations and the Nashville chapter of the Lawyers Association for Women.

Judy Beasley and her husband, Dan Hamm, live in Nashville with their son.

STEPHEN D. WOODARD
Controller

Steve Woodard has served as Controller of Freeman Webb, Inc. since December 1990.

In 1980 Steve joined Hurd Investment Properties, Inc. as a staff accountant and in 1985 was named Comptroller of that firm. In December 1990, Hurd Investment Properties, Inc. merged with Freeman Webb, Inc. and at that time Steve assumed his current position with Freeman Webb.

Woodard graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1987. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Steve and his wife, Susan Sanders, live in Nashville.

SUSAN RICHIE
Director of Marketing & Training

Susan Richie has worked in Property Management since 1991. As our Marketing Director, she is responsible for marketing and training for the company's entire portfolio of apartment communities. Susan oversees the marketing and leasing efforts of these properties, which are located throughout Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri and Mississippi. She is also responsible for organizing and conducting multiple training courses for Freeman Webb's on-site staff.

Susan began her career in property management as a Leasing Agent and was quickly promoted to an Assistant Manager then Property Manager. After 10 years of experience on-site Susan was promoted to a Regional Manager in 2001 then Director of Marketing and Training in 2002. She combined all of her experience and started her own Consulting Firm in 2004, Simple Solutions. Her experience includes, senior communities, student housing, renovations, and new construction. She has gained experience in multiple markets throughout the South and Midwest. Susan has also worked with a variety of property management companies including industry leaders gaining extensive experience in property management and marketing.

She is a member of the Nashville Apartment Association, Memphis Apartment Association, and Atlanta Apartment Association.

Earle T. (Tommy) BUMPOUS IV
Vice President of Construction

Tommy Bumpous is the Vice President of Construction for Freeman Webb, Inc. and Rehab Specialists of Tennessee, Inc., the Construction division of Freeman Webb Companies.

Tommy has been in the construction industry, primarily construction management, since 1984. Fresh out of Middle Tennessee State University, he began his career in Nashville with Ward & Associates, a general contractor specializing in luxury residential, multifamily, and commercial construction in Tennessee and Texas. After six years with Ward & Associates, he held general management and vice presidential level positions with four regional general contracting firms performing construction of residential, multifamily, and commercial projects.

He and his wife, Jamie, have three children and reside in Thompson's Station.

Rod Beverstein, CPM
Regional Manager

Rod Beverstein began his career in the field of real estate management and sales in 1970, after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. He began his tenure with Freeman Webb in 2002 – lending his expertise to a multitude of property management arenas, including commercial, conventional multifamily, bond financed, Section-236, Section-8, Section-42, and Farmer's Home multifamily property management. He is also active with HUD, PHA's, monitoring agencies, asset managers, lenders, and owners.

Rod is the founding director of the Green Bay Apartment Owner's and Manager's Association. He is also a Certified Property Manager and a Certified Tax Credit Specialist. He has also held real estate licenses in multiple states.

Rod lives in the greater Nashville area with his wife and enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

TRACI L. HALL, CAM
REGIONAL MANAGER

Prior to starting her career in Property Management, Traci served our country for 10 years in the United States Air Force as an Administrative Manager. Traci has more than 18 years of property management experience. Originally from Florida, she started in the property management field working as a Housing Technician for the Brevard County, Florida Housing Authority and then was quickly promoted as a property manager. After working for several large property management companies in various cities such as Rockledge, Florida, Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, Clarksville, Tennessee; Traci joined Freeman Webb in 2007. After being with Freeman Webb for 6 ½ years with dual roles as Property Manager and Multi-Site Manager, Traci was promoted to Regional Manager.

Traci is a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) and is a member of the Greater Nashville Apartment Association. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Bible Institute and Seminary.

She devotes her free time to volunteering with her church Living Water Church in Bowling Green, KY with such activities as Feeding the Homeless, Street Ministry, and serving as Administrative Tech Support for Living Water Live Bible Study and The Global on Demand School of Ministry (GODSOM).

Traci lives in Davidson County with her puppy Skittles and enjoys cooking, traveling, music and photography. She has one son who resides in Bowling Green, KY.

D. Joy Sims Hickey, ARM
Regional Manager

Joy has been with Freeman Webb for 15 years. She started as a part time leasing consultant, advancing to Assistant Manager within her first year. Then served as a Property Manager for 12 years before being promoted to Regional Manager.

Joy is an Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) and is a member of IREM and the Greater Nashville Apartment Association. In 2008, she served as an ARM Chairperson for IREM and also received ARM of the Year. In 2011, Hickey received the Chairman's Award.

Joy and her husband reside in the greater Nashville area.

Deanna C. Hill, CPM
Regional Manager

Deanna is a 1985 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She entered the property management field upon graduating from UT and has been engaged in the profession since. Prior to joining Freeman Webb in 2014, Deanna worked for 25 years with First Management Services, where she served as a Regional Manager and Vice President. Prior to her promotion to Regional Manager, Deanna served as the site manager of a community which, under her leadership, won the company's Multifamily Property of the Year Award four times – a feat no other property team achieved. She has extensive experience in property renovation. Her portfolio includes apartment communities, condominium homeowner associations, and retail centers.

Deanna earned the Registered Apartment Manager (RAM) designation from the National Association of Home Builders in 1991, and she obtained her Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 1998. She is past president of the Apartment Association of Greater Knoxville and now serves as a lifetime board member. She is also past president of the East Tennessee Chapter of IREM and past president of the Tennessee Apartment Association. IREM recognized Deanna in 1999 by naming her the East Tennessee chapter's Committee Chairperson of the Year. In 2002, she received the chapter's CPM of the Year award. She holds a Tennessee Broker's license and a South Carolina Property Manager's license.

Deanna and her husband, Richard, reside in Knoxville, TN. They are avid Green Bay Packer fans , enjoy photography and traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Julie Maynor, ARM
Regional Manager

Julie Maynor brings 14 years of experience in Property Management to Freeman Webb. As a Regional Manger she oversees on site administration of accounting functions, marketing and leasing efforts of several properties, which are located throughout Tennessee and in Missouri.

Julie began her career in property management in 2000 as a Leasing Agent and was quickly promoted to a Property Manager. After 12 years of experience on-site Julie was promoted to a Regional Manager.

She is a member of the Chattanooga Apartment Association and holds an active certification as an ARM (Accredited Resident Manager) though IREM. She devotes her free time to volunteering with local pet adoption centers in Chattanooga and participating in Project Homeless Connect – an organization dedicated to helping the homeless.

She lives with her son, an active soldier in the ARMY Reserves, in Chattanooga.

NANCY MORRIS, ARM
Regional Manager

Before joining Freeman Webb in 2014, Nancy was with First Management Services, Inc., where she was responsible for six diverse multi-family residential properties in Nashville, TN ranging from 102 units to 472 units. Prior to joining First Managment Services, Inc. in 2011, Nancy was a Vice President with Sentinel Real Estate for 25 years with responsibilities for 34 properties in 15 states. Gaining invaluable expertise while overseeing the portfolio to understand each properties' market position and develop a strategic plan for each community.

Originally from St. Louis, MO where she began her property management career, then transferred to the great city of Nashville, TN in 1987. Nancy is an active member in the Greater Nashville Apartment Association since 1988, serving on the board of directors since 1989 and held the position of President in 1996. She is currently the Chairman of the Ethics committee. She achieved her ARM designation with IREM and will be working toward her CPM certification. Nancy resides in Brentwood, TN with her husband Harold. They are members of the Brentwood Baptist Church and they enjoy boating, tennis, travel, Titans football and being with family and friends.

Patti Ruccio, CPM
Regional Manager

Patti Ruccio is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a major in Public Relations. She entered the property management field upon graduating from U of A and has been engaged in the profession since.

Before joining Freeman Webb in 2014, Patti Ruccio served as Regional Manager and Vice President of First Management Services based in Nashville, TN. She has overseen operations on A, B, C, and D properties in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and worked with several properties in turnaround situations. Her current portfolio includes multi-family properties ranging in size from 101-595 units.

Mrs. Ruccio obtained her Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 1994. She is a founding member and Board member of the Apartment Association of Greater Knoxville and past president of The Tennessee Apartment Association. She has also served on various committees of the Nashville IREM chapter. She holds a Tennessee Broker's license. Mrs. Ruccio resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and three children.

KAREN M. SCHULTZ, ARM, CPM
Regional Manager

Karen graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1986, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Shortly thereafter, in 1987, she joined Hurd Investment Properties, Inc. as a Property Manager. In December 1990, Hurd Investment Properties, Inc. merged with Freeman Webb, Inc., therefore establishing her association with Freeman Webb.

Karen was promoted to Regional Property Manager in 1991, managing a variety of properties, including residential and commercial properties, with extensive experience in property rehabilitation and new construction lease-up.

Karen is very involved with the local Apartment Association of Greater Knoxville and local IREM chapters. In 1990 she earned an Accredited Residential Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and in 1994 she earned a Certified Property Manager designation from IREM. She has fulfilled the duties as an officer and as president for both the Apartment Association and IREM, and is currently the education committee chairperson for each trade organization. She teaches classes and seminars for the Apartment Association including those necessary to earn the National Apartment Leasing Professional, Certified Apartment Manager and Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician. She is also a member of IREM's national faculty, teaching classes necessary to earn the Accredited Residential Manager designation from IREM as well as IREM's Ethics class. She previously served on the Education Committee for the National IREM organization.

Shultz has received awards from Freeman Webb as well as industry trade organizations. In 1991, Freeman Webb awarded her the company's inaugural Property Manager of the Year award. Then in 2006, the company awarded her the Superior Property Management award. Karen was recognized in 2000, by IREM, receiving the East Tennessee chapter's CPM of the year. In 2008, Karen received the President's Award for volunteer work with the Apartment Association of Greater Knoxville.

Karen makes her home in Blount County where she spends most of her free time on and in the water – wakeboarding, waterskiing, and paddle boarding. She also enjoys scuba diving in beautiful reefs around the world.

Delores Sharpe, ARM, CPM
Regional Manager

After attending the University of Tennessee as a music major, Delores began working as a Leasing Consultant/Assistant in Chattanooga, TN. She relocated to Nashville in 1984 where she began working as a Property Manager for Hardaway Management. Then, in 1991 she was hired as a Property Manager by Freeman Webb, and was promoted to Regional Manager in 2000.

Delores is an Accredited Residential Manager, as well as a Certified Property Manager. She is also a memeber of the Institute Affiliate of Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. Over the years, Sharpe has served on many committees and a variety of offices for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Delores lives in Rutherford County with her husband, Wilson, and her pound puppy, Rain. Delores still enjoys music - she is a founding member of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. Her other loves include oil painting, reading, and spending time with her five children and ten grandchildren.

Mary J. Rosson, ARM
District Manager

Mary has been with Freeman Webb since 1993. Prior to her tenure at Freeman Webb, she graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana with a BS degree in Fashion Merchandising/Marketing. After graduating, Rosson was hired as a part time leasing consultant in Baton Rouge, LA, and stayed in property management as she moved to Savannah, GA, Aiken, SC, and ultimately Knoxville, TN.

Before becoming a District Manager, Mary served as Property Manager for several apartment communities in Knoxville, TN including Sunflower Apartments, The Reserve at Westland, and Windover Apartments.

Mary has had her Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) designation since 1994. She is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) East Tennessee Chapter #57, where she served as Secretary for many years. Rosson is also a member of the Apartment Association of Greater Knoxville (AAGK), where she served as Treasurer in 2013, and currently serves as Secretary.

Mary currently lives in Knoxville, TN, and travels around the United States running in half marathons. She has one son, who lives in Jackson, MS.

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