Our Team

Meet our exceptionally talented team.

John L. Nichols, III

President

John L. Nichols, III was born in Lake Toxaway, NC. He is the founder of The Nichols Company, Inc., a commercial real estate firm in Charlotte, NC and has over thirty years of experience in real estate. He has continued to be thoroughly involved in the revitalization of all of the Charlotte Center City Communities. He was the President of Plaza Central Development Group, serves as a member of the Independence Citizens Advisory Committee for the Charlotte Department of Transportation, and served on the Board of the Charlotte Commercial Board of Realtors, the Johnston YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. John is currently renovating a number of historic buildings in Brevard and Lake Toxaway, NC.
John was recognized by the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR) with The Nichols Company winning Top Independent Brokerage Award for a Large Firm and Top Producer Land – 1st Place. The Nichols Company has also won “Charlottes Best Places to Work”.

President

Josh Beaver

Vice President

Josh Beaver is a native Charlottean and joined The Nichols Company in 2003 after starting his career in commercial real estate brokerage in 2000. Over his career, Josh has been involved in hundreds of transactions totaling several hundred million dollars in value with an equal emphasis on both leasing and sales.

Josh won the award of excellence at The Nichols Company in 2004, Broker of the Year numerous times, the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (“CRCBR”) Deal Makers award for achievement in commercial brokerage annually and has been recognized perennially as a Platinum broker by CRCBR for transaction volume, placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the Retail category many times. Josh was voted by his peers in the Charlotte market as the Best Tenant Rep in Retail in 2016 and won the Top Overall Producer at an independent firm across all categories in 2018. CoStar has given Josh its prestigious Power Broker award numerous times during his career for transaction volume in the Retail category.

Josh became Vice President of The Nichols Company in December of 2007 and in 2012, was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Forty Under 40 award, as recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Josh is a licensed real estate broker in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”), where he served on the planning committee for the Carolinas Idea Exchange, was the North Carolina/South Carolina State Retail Chair and served as its Chair for the Carolinas Idea Exchange in 2015.

Josh is an active member of the Dowd YMCA of greater Charlotte, having represented its interests during a major renovation, a member of Christ Episcopal Church, ICSC and CRCBR. He attended Charlotte Latin School and received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University.

Josh lives in Charlotte with his wife, two children and two dogs.

Vice President

Jeff Alexander

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Alexander joined The Nichols Company in July 2020 and brought with him over a decade of experience in law, real estate, and construction. He is a licensed attorney in North Carolina and with the U.S. Patent bar and a licensed General Contractor and Broker in North Carolina. Jeff honed his skills in the real estate and construction industries over the last decade with experience in financial analysis, property management, drafting and reviewing contracts, and managing tenant and capital improvements.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and DePaul College of Law, Jeff’s passions include his family, fitness, and the great outdoors. He met his wife, Meigan, a Charlotte native, shortly after moving here, and they have two boys, JJ and Kedar. He is an avid bowhunter, a member of Carolina Golf Club, Mecklenburg Wildlife Club, and Ultimate Crossfit, and he is actively involved in Ducks Unlimited and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Chief Operating Officer

Evelyn Adelman

Broker

Evelyn Adelman is a licensed broker in North Carolina, specializing in landlord leasing for adaptive reuse and urban infill projects, and large mixed-use redevelopments. 

Prior to commercial real estate, Evelyn spent nearly a decade in finance working in a variety of roles in the Fixed Income Division at Wells Fargo Securities. Evelyn participated in the execution of 800 bookrun transactions for the Investment Grade Syndicate desk totaling $650 billion in proceeds. Evelyn was a bond salesperson on the High Yield Sales and Trading Desk where she managed multiple client relationship and executed over $745 million in trade volumes. She formerly held Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Evelyn is a Charlotte native and graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in both Spanish and Russian. Evelyn is a member of CREW Charlotte. Evelyn lives in Charlotte with her husband, daughter and mini golden doodle.

Broker

George Karres

Broker

A Charlotte native, George graduated from Presbyterian College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a double major in Economics and Management. He has been serving as a real estate Broker in NC & SC since 1992. George has served with the Gaston County YMCA Board, served as President of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and serves as Chairman of the Yiasou Greek Festival. George has been engaged in helping clients identify and acquire properties to meet their needs. George joined The Nichols Company in 2019.
George is married to Kiki Karres and they have three children Demetra, Theo and Andrew. George is a member at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte and serves on the Parish Council.

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John Hadley

Broker

John Hadley has been working the last fifteen years in the restaurant industry. He was previously a co-owner of Just Fresh. He started the Doc Greens Gourmet Salads and Grill franchise in Charlotte. He has extensive experience in the restaurant industry from the creation, planning and design to the operational and expansion into multi locations. John has served as committee chairman of the Carolina Golf Club food/beverage committee while helping with menu, management and operations. He serves on the advisory board for the Elizabeth Area plan and participates in the Charlotte Streetcar Project.

John is married to Wendy Hadley and they have two children Ella and Sallie. John is a member of Dilworth United Methodist Church and a basketball coach for the Dowd YMCA for six years.

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Lauren Bremer

Broker

Lauren, a Charlotte native, has worked in the commercial real estate industry her entire career. She spent 5 years in business development and sales for a title insurance company in Manhattan where her love of real estate flourished. Her desire to return to her roots led Lauren to return to Charlotte where she began working for Bisnow producing real estate events for their Charlotte, Raleigh, and Nashville markets. She joined The Nichols Company in April 2021.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from East Carolina University. Her philanthropic activities include volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House. She is a member of QCLRE and Carolina BUILT. When not working, Lauren enjoys spending time with her Chocolate Lab, Moose, doing yoga, and golfing.

Broker

Matt Stankus

Broker

Matt is a licensed Broker in North Carolina, specializing in commercial property sales for owners/occupiers and investors. Matt’s education and background in finance translates to high competency in commercial property financing, feasibility, and investment analysis.

Prior to commercial real estate, Matt was a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he managed a portfolio of institutional clients dealing in foreign currency sales and trading. Matt began his career with Morgan Stanley in New York City where he worked in Institutional Equity Sales and Research. Matt has previously held his Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Matt was born and raised in Chapel Hill and graduated from Appalachian State University where he studied Economics and Finance. Matt is a member of the Professional Associates Network of the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina and a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church. Matt lives in Myers Park with his wife and son.

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Mike Sullivan

Broker

Mike Sullivan is a seasoned broker with more than a decade of experience in commercial real estate. Since joining The Nichols Company in 2007, Mike has assisted hundreds of property owners in the sale and lease of their property and aided numerous buyers and tenants in locating space for office, retail and industrial uses. A former employee of the City of Charlotte (Neighborhood and Business Services) and a two term Commissioner on the Charlotte Planning Commission (2013-2019), Mike has accumulated extensive knowledge about land use, zoning, permitting and building standards as well as government organization, operations and procedures related to development. He has an undergraduate degree from Winthrop University and a MA from UNCC. Currently Mike is co-chair of CharlotteEast, board member of Preserve Mecklenburg, board member of The Charlotte Gold District and is a part-time instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.

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Mish Nichols

Broker

Mish is a native of Columbia, SC and graduated from the University of the South (Sewanee). Real estate has been a part of her life since an early age, with a mother in the industry as well as her husband who owns The Nichols Company. Mish welcomes the opportunity to work with you as she understands the importance of a prudent investment since she was a licensed financial adviser at Merrill Lynch, and also has a discerning eye which served her well when she was a buyer for a retail company with multiple locations in the southeast.

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Rusty Gibbs

Broker

A North Carolina native, Rusty moved to Charlotte in 1999 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and working abroad in London, England. Rusty has been a licensed Broker for the last 14 years and also has experience in construction and property management. He currently helps business owners and developers buy, sell and lease properties throughout the Charlotte Metro Area. Aside from real estate, his passions include traveling, collecting vinyl records, and sports, especially the Tarheels. He lives in Plaza Midwood with his wife Laura and their 3 boys, Mason, Holland, and Lane.

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Taylor Barnes

Broker

A Charlotte native, Taylor is a licensed Broker in North Carolina. He graduated from Appalachian State University where he studied Marketing. Taylor joined The Nichols Company in November 2020. Prior to commercial real estate, Taylor began his career working in advertising and marketing for a large retail client. Taylor uses his marketing experience to help develop the brand strategies for The Nichols Company.

Having grown up in Charlotte and seen the city’s growth over the years, Taylor is passionate about historical and adaptive reuse projects and the preservation of old buildings. Taylor lives in the West End neighborhood of Seversville with his wife.

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Ted Lee

Broker

Ted began his commercial real estate career in August 2020 when he joined The Nichols Company. Before working at TNC, Ted interned for Blue Water Materials and The Shopping Center Group. He values putting his clients first and giving undivided attention to projects.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Ted earned a degree in finance and real estate from The Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama. He is a North Carolina licensed broker. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Tracy Efird

Broker

Tracy Efird is a native to Charlotte. He is a graduate of Myers Park High School and North Carolina State University. He has been working the last seventeen years with a family business in the retail/service industry. He became a broker in 2007 and is actively pursuing his CCIM designation, along with being a member of CRCBR. He attends Myers Park Baptist Church and when he’s not working his interests are sports, music and travel.

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Walter Reid

Broker

Walter Reid is a native of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and started his career in commercial real estate brokerage when he joined The Nichols Company in January 2020. Walter attended The University of South Carolina – Darla Moore School of Business where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in both Finance & Real Estate. Walter proudly puts the principles he learned in school to practice every day while helping his clients make the most informed decisions regarding their commercial real estate needs.

Walter holds a North Carolina Broker’s license as well as a South Carolina Salesperson license. Walter primarily specializes in tenant representation with a focus on retail and office users, however, he is very passionate about land development and adaptive reuse projects. As a young broker, no project is too large or small for Walter and he is willing to go the extra mile to help his clients achieve their goals.

Walter is a member of The Charlotte Young Professionals Group (CYPG) as well as the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR). In his free time, Walter enjoys fishing, traveling, mountain biking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Will Carlton

Broker

Williard (Will) L. Carlton began his career as a commercial real estate broker upon joining The Nichols Company in 2005 and is working toward obtaining his CCIM designation. Will moved to Charlotte from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, he worked with a prominent local Real Estate Developer, the Knauer family and Oakland’s Business Parks, Inc and with Liberty Property Trust.

Will is a CPA with extensive experience working with vairous types of companies and is experienced in leasing as a landlord representative, to investment properties, with financing, analysis, and acquisitions

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Naomi Ehrens

Director of Property Management

Naomi Ehrens joined The Nichols Company in January 2021 and brought with her seven years of diverse industry experience related to industrial, retail, office, and mixed-use assets as well as hotel development, acquisitions, and investments for some of the world’s largest hotel brands. Naomi spent the past seven years in Denver, CO focused on her work in the Commercial Real Estate industry at large, offering expert knowledge in lease and contract negotiations, financial modeling, real estate investments, and institutionally owned property management.

Originally from Boston, MA and a graduate of High Point University’s Earl N. Phillips School of Business and the Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Institute, Naomi’s passions include staying active with her golden retriever, Kobe, traveling to Haiti on medical missions, and working to visit every National Park in the U.S.

Director of Property Management

Kaine McAlister

Video and Marketing Director

Kaine McAlister joined The Nichols Company in August, 2020 as the video and marketing director. With a background in video production, Kaine makes it his priority to provide exceptional photo and video content for The Nichols Company. His goal is to lead the industry in digital marketing throughout the metropolitan area of Charlotte by implementing industry-leading marketing strategies.

Originally from Brevard, North Carolina, Kaine started his career as a free-lance videographer immediately after graduating high school. After obtaining his Part 107 Drone Pilot License, he launched his own business filming luxury real estate listings throughout Western North Carolina. Kaine then continued to grow his business by expanding it to include residential listings, business promotions, weddings, and events throughout the southeast.

Video and Marketing Director

Buffy Follak

Receptionist

Buffy is a native Charlottean and joined TNC in August of 2018. Her main role at TNC is that of receptionist, but she also picks up and helps where needed in the office.

Buffy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Belmont Abbey College. During her free time she loves spending time with her three children and two dogs. As well as watching the Carolina Panthers play.

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