Pat Schepman

Bert Mathews

Bert Mathews is one of Nashville's most astute real estate investors. Behind his disarming smile is an encyclopedic knowledge of the deals that have shaped Nashville's growth over the past 70 years. Real estate is in his DNA. His grandfather started The Mathews Company, and his father ran it for 30-plus years. Now Bert has taken the reins and is leading The Mathews Company into a new era of growth and success.

Pat Schepman, commercial services coordinator, says: " Bert is an incredible boss. He is always even-keeled, fun to work with, and he has a great sense of humor. He knows everyone here on a personal level. "

Bert combines consummate people skills with a keen and decisive business mind. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Business School, Bert's 25-plus years of experience in commercial real estate services have seen him represent clients as a developer, a broker and a property manager.

Bert joined The Mathews Company as vice president in 1984. He became president of the firm in 1992. As president, Bert oversees development, acquisitions, financing, institutional and investor relations, and supervision of all real estate marketing activities for both portfolio and third-party properties, which total more than 3.5 million square feet.

Not only is Bert a leader in commercial real estate services, he is also a community leader in both civic and professional organizations and serves in several leadership roles. He is past chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and was the founding chairman of the Nashville Council of the Urban Land Institute. Bert is also active in Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Nashville's Central Business Improvement District, Nashville Downtown Partnership, and is former vice chairman of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and former chairman of the Metro Transit Authority.

Bert and his wife, Brooks, are the dedicated parents of five. As a result, Bert also participates in a variety of organizations aimed at educating young people. He is a former president and current member of the Adventure Science Center board, and past President and current board member for University School of Nashville. Bert was named Father of the Year in 2007 by the American Diabetes Association.

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