WILLIAM H. FREEMAN
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
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.
JUDITH E. BEASLEY
Executive Vice President
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
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.
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 55 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.