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 helps 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.

Sam Heide

Principal | President

Sam Heide is a Principal at Wicker Park Capital Management and President of Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors. As Vice President of Leasing at Bayer Properties, Sam Heide oversaw leasing at a majority of Bayer owned and managed assets across the company’s portfolio, attracted potential new business and assisted institutional clients and Bayer with acquisitions. Among other responsibilities, Sam led the leasing efforts at two of Bayer’s marquee properties in Birmingham, Alabama: the iconic 1 million-square-foot The Summit Birmingham, and The Pizitz, a transformative mixed-use project that opened in February 2017. During his tenure at Bayer, Sam led the leasing efforts for some of the company’s premiere properties as well as managed multiple client relationships such as JPMorgan, Heitman, CALPERS, LaSalle Investment Management and Clarion Partners. He was also the primary leader responsible for restaurant leasing portfolio wide.

Sam serves as a board member of REV Birmingham, the Chair for the Board of the American Cancer Society’s Central Alabama chapter, an associate board member of the Alabama Policy Institute, and a board member of City Action Partnership (CAP). Sam is also a past president of the Board of Directors for Camp-Smile-A-Mile. He is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and was named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2014.

Sam holds his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.

Jackson Ratliff

Principal | Vice President – Leasing

Jackson joined Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors after having served as Executive Vice President of Leasing at Retail Specialists, where he managed the leasing efforts of the company’s mixed-use and retail portfolio. During his time at Retail Specialists, Jackson spearheaded business development to significantly grow their institutional client services platform. Before Retail Specialists, Jackson worked with Bayer Properties, where he acted as the lead leasing contact for some of the company’s most high profile third party properties and managed relationships for some of its largest third party clients. Jackson has leasing experience across a wide range of properties in the Southeast including urban mixed-use, regional lifestyle centers and entertainment-focused retail assets. He holds his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Alabama and a law degree from Cumberland School of Law.

Scott Laslo

Vice President – Property Management

Scott Laslo joined Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors with over 30 years of commercial real estate experience. Scott’s has a wide variety of experience managing all commercial property types and leading teams to value creation of assets at all levels. Formerly Scott was the Vice President of Asset Management for Bayer Properties where he managed a portfolio of 10 million square feet and some 20 assets. He worked closely with the institutional investment asset managers to maximize the goals of each ownership to drive value and return on investment. Prior to his time at Bayer, Scott spent 17 years at Forest City Commercial Management rising from General Manager to Western Regional Vice President with leadership responsibilities for six regional mall assets totaling over 7 million square feet. There he mentored teams to drive Net Operating Income growth by over 12% portfolio wide over his tenure.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in management and marketing from Columbia College. He also earned his CSM from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Brandon Bowling

Vice President – Accounting

Brandon Bowling joined Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors with more than a decade of commercial real estate accounting experience. Brandon’s experience includes accounting for retail, office, and mixed use commercial assets. Before Crawford Square, Brandon worked at Bayer Properties where he was quickly promoted ultimately leading to the accounting manager position. As the account manager, Brandon specialized in third party assets and managed a portfolio of over three million square feet for six different ownership groups. Brandon also assumed the lead in the budgeting process for over ten million square feet across all departments, as well as holding a leadership role in developing and executing strategic initiatives across the accounting department.

Brandon earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Auburn University.

Board Members

Blake Berg, WPCM
Board of Directors
Mark Ibanez, WPCM
Board of Directors