It's my opinion that the economic history of Nashville dates to 1818 when the first steamboat, The General Jackson, docked on the Cumberland. For with that steamboat, modern transportation made it possible for Nashville to become the region’s shipping and distribution center. Nashville, with the Cumberland's connections to the Tennessee, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, soon ranked second only to New Orleans in importance among Southern cites." - Bob Mathews

The Mathews Company History

The Mathews name has been synonymous with quality real estate projects for nearly 80 years. Robert C.H. Mathews Sr. founded R.C.  Mathews Contractor in 1938, and in 1951, his son Robert C.H. "Bob"  Mathews Jr. joined the company. 

Over its first four decades, The Mathews Company established a reputation for integrity and success. 

In the early 1980s, Bob Mathews' two sons, Bert and Walker, joined the company. At that time, the company's brokerage, property management and development services were separated from the construction company, which retained the original name of the company. The new company was called The Mathews Company. 

In early 2000, the commercial brokerage operations merged with NAI TaylorVaughn Green and formed NAI Mathews Partners. In 2010, The Mathews Company and NAI Nashville joined the Colliers International family as Colliers International Nashville to provide that local strength in the Middle Tennessee market. 

In June of 2008, Bob Mathews passed away, leaving behind a legacy of projects that shaped the character of Nashville, the city he loved. Mathews embraced change while honoring tradition, a balance that enabled him to help transform the Nashville community. 

Throughout the last two decades, the Mathews Company has continued to honor the city of Nashville’s rich history, rehabilitating the 100 year old Stahlman Building into the first multifamily units delivered in Downtown Nashville for 10 years. In 2011, the Mathews company renovated the once abandoned Trolley Barns at Rolling Mill Hill into creative office and retail space. 

In 2014, the company moved its Downtown office on Broadway to the burgeoning South of Broadway District at 3rd and Lea. 

Today, the family-owned and -operated business continues with three distinct, innovative companies under the Mathews umbrella. Each has its own professionals, specialists, clients and service areas. Walker Mathews is president of R.C. Mathews Contractor, and Bert Mathews is president of The Mathews Company and a partner at Colliers International | Nashville.

All three companies will move into their new office, under construction at in December 2017.