Chas. Hawkins Co., Inc. was founded in 1962. Today, we are Middle Tennessee’s leading independent commercial real estate brokerage, development and asset management firm. Our first priority in every assignment, and the foundation of our long history of success, is our responsiveness to client goals. Our staff of skilled professionals is trained to listen to our clients and to assist our clients in making important real estate decisions to maximize the value of our clients’ assets.
We manage over 6,900,000 square feet of industrial, office and retail space. The market value of the properties we manage exceeds $325,000,000.00. We also maintain leases with over 500 tenants.
The philosophy of our company is one of skill and energy, leadership, integrity and community involvement, mirroring what our founder, Charles W. Hawkins III, started over 50 years ago. As an independent firm, we recognize the value of hard work, dependable character and strong ethics.
Charlie Hawkins was a two-sport athlete with the Vanderbilt Commodores and the first SEC pitcher to earn All-Conference honors. Hawkins Field at Vanderbilt University is named in recognition of Charlie’s love of the game and the school, for his personal dedication of time and support to Vanderbilt’s teams and individual players, and for his financial contributions to Vanderbilt baseball. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt University, Mr. Hawkins went on to serve in the United States Navy and then founded our company in 1962. Even today, the outstanding character that Charlie Hawkins demonstrated in his real estate career, and in his life, are still widely known throughout the Nashville community.
Like his dad, Bill Hawkins graduated from Vanderbilt University and headed straight for the armed forces. He served for seven years in the United States Marine Corps and was a fighter pilot with VMFA 235. During that time, he was selected as the Aide de Camp for the Commanding General of the Fleet Marine Corps Pacific. After exiting the service in 1989, he joined his father’s firm and later became the company’s President in 2003.
In 1999, Patrick Brakefield joined the company as Executive Vice President and has managed, trained, and mentored the brokerage team for almost two decades. After graduating from the University of Houston with a finance degree, Pat too joined the Marine Corps, and during his ten years in the Marines, served as a combat engineer platoon, detachment and company commander.
Our company has had a long run of strong leadership, and in 2016, the decision was made to install Lewis Agnew as President of the firm, adding to our brain power, our business and community leadership, and enhancing our ability to continue to provide more and better service to our clients. Lewis began as the Chief Operating Officer of our company in 2013. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Engineering and also completed a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. After practicing as a structural engineer in Nashville, Lewis enrolled in Vanderbilt University, where he obtained an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management in 2012.
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