About Us

The team at Crawford Square has extensive knowledge and experience in all primary and secondary markets in the Southeast. Our relationships with tenants, brokers, and municipalities help create an environment that benefits all stakeholders involved in an asset. Our team has handled some of the most high profile projects in the Southeast and has successfully represented large institutional clients on a variety of assets.

Our mission is to provide unparalleled and proactive service to our clients tailoring strategic initiatives and thought to each individual asset. Each property requires a different set of solutions to produce the desired outcome.

Leadership Team

Sam Heide

Sam Heide

Principal | Chief Executive Officer

Sam serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors and is a Principal at Wicker Park Capital Management. Crawford Square, an affiliate of Wicker Park, presently manages and leases an extensive portfolio of commercial real estate all located in the Southeastern United States. Prior to his current roles, Sam spent 10…

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Jackson Ratliff

Jackson Ratliff

Principal | Chief Operating Officer

Jackson Ratliff has more than 12 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and has completed transactions with numerous local, regional and national tenants ranging from rural lifestyle retailer, Tractor Supply Company, to fast-fashion apparel retailer, H&M. He has previously managed the leasing efforts of a portfolio of mixed-use and retail assets in…

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Mary Beyer

Mary Beyer Lell

Principal | Head of Leasing

Mary Beyer has over 17 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. She has been involved in the leasing and development for major ground-up projects in the Southeast where she worked closely with marketing, construction and development teams from the start of the process to the opening of the shopping center. Mary Beyer…

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Blake Berg

Blake R. Berg

Chairman of the Board

Blake R. Berg is the Managing Principal of Wicker Park Capital Management and the Chairman of the Board at Crawford Square. Blake is primarily responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, portfolio management and investor relations. Prior to WPCM, Blake spent approximately thirteen years working in U.S. real estate acquisitions for J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global…

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Brandon Bowling

Brandon Bowling

Chief Financial Officer

Brandon has worked in commercial real estate accounting for more than a decade. Brandon’s experience includes accounting for retail, office, and mixed-use commercial assets. Since joining Crawford Square, he has successfully led acquisition and on-boarding efforts for more than 8 million square feet of commercial assets. Brandon earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with…

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Scott Laslo

Scott Laslo

Executive Vice President | Property Management

Scott has more than 35 years of experience in property management. During his successful career, Laslo has lived in several regions of the country and been involved in almost every aspect of the real estate business — from onsite property management to the corporate oversight more than ten million square feet of commercial space. An…

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Suzanna Wasserman

Suzanna Wasserman

Vice President | Marketing

Suzanna has more than a decade of experience in marketing and public relations. Suzanna manages the branding, community engagement, events, digital and social media strategies, and public relations for the Crawford Square portfolio. A Montgomery native, Suzanna was named the 2019 MGM Impact Maker for the city of Montgomery and has been featured multiple times…

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Kyle Fessler

Vice President | Investment Sales

With more than a decade of experience in property acquisition and dispositions, contract negotiations and product financing, Kyle Fessler leads the Investment Sales division of Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors. He handled the transaction of investment grade assets across multiple asset classes for his family’s brokerage company in Atlanta, GA, which was eventually acquired by…

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Derek Williams

Derek Williams

Director | Accounting

Derek joined Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors with over twelve years experience in commercial real estate. Derek was responsible for all financial statement preparation, budgeting, cash management, and daily operations for a healthcare real estate portfolio of 2 million square feet comprised of four different ownership groups.  Derek has been a CPA for twenty years…

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Todd Bond

Director | Construction Management

Todd Bond joined Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors as Director of Construction Management. Todd has experience in all segments of Commercial Real Estate. His career spans 25 years and includes more than $1B in development in 15 states. Todd’s expertise is in development management with emphasis on entitlements, design, feasibility, process and construction management. Since…

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Steve Chrimes

Steve Chrimes

Director | Property Management

Steve Chrimes has more than 15 years of experience in property management. A veteran of the retail industry, Steve has managed across the United States from Nevada to the East Coast, overseeing a range of assets from grocery anchored to lifestyle centers. Prior to his current role, he spent 5 years with a value-add firm,…

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Karen Weiner

Karen Weiner

Director of Property Management

Karen Weiner joined Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors as Director of Property Management based at the Pack Square Collection located in the heart of historic downtown Asheville, North Carolina. With over 20 years’ experience in the shopping center industry with publicly traded REITs, Karen has led a variety of property management initiatives at locations from…

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Ashley Achor

Ashley Achor

Manager | Corporate Operations

Ashley joined Crawford Square in 2018 as Manager of Corporate Operations with more than five years of commercial real estate experience.  Ashley has experience across many disciplines including marketing, accounting, logistics, and office management. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University. When away from the office, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors,…

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