Tim Perry, CID Chairman, North American Properties
Tim Perry is passionate about the power of community-building and all the ingredients needed to create a great place. With 26 years of commercial real estate experience, Perry has played a pivotal role in the success of multiple destinations and municipalities by adhering to his vision for curating outstanding places that encompass essential elements such as walkability, connectivity, hospitality, street-level energy, events, and a diverse mix of uses.
After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Rhodes College in 1997, Perry began his career with CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). He served the company for over a decade, ultimately reaching the position of Senior Vice President. In 2009, Perry joined North American Properties (NAP) as Partner and Vice President of Acquisitions. Over the years, he has held various financial roles, including Director of Investments and Chief Investment Officer, before becoming Managing Partner of NAP’s Atlanta office in January 2020.
Under Perry’s leadership, the Atlanta office of NAP has experienced remarkable growth. The office’s commercial footprint has tripled, with a portfolio now spanning 5.3 million square feet at a value exceeding $2.5 billion. Perry has been instrumental in overseeing the acquisition, redevelopment, and disposition of several mixed-use communities, including notable destinations like Atlantic Station, Avalon, Birkdale Village and Ridge Hill. Collectively, NAP Atlanta’s properties accommodate more than 32 million annual visits and have raised well over $1 million for local charities in the last decade.
Additionally, Perry is committed to cultivating a positive company culture and fostering employee relationships. Upon being named Lead ExperienceMaker™ at NAP Atlanta, he prioritized creating a gender-balanced leadership team comprising six females and six males, a rarity in the commercial real estate industry. Perry also spearheaded the establishment of three in-house departments, further enhancing NAP Atlanta’s capabilities as a boutique, full-service CRE firm. Furthermore, he championed the growth of the People Operations department and hired an ESG Coordinator to emphasize NAP’s internal and external impact potential, with a particular focus on philanthropy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. By empowering staff through NAPCares and the employee-led D&I Committee, NAP Atlanta significantly increased its community engagement efforts by 100% from 2021 to 2022.
Perry is also involved in professional organizations such as Innovating Commerce Serving Communities (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Outside of his NAP duties, Perry actively gives back to the community. As Chairman of True North 400 since 2022, he has secured funding and overseen major projects that significantly improved the region’s infrastructure and property values. Perry also serves as a Board Member for Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED), where he has supported criminal justice reform initiatives and fundraising efforts. Another notable role is his involvement as a Board Member of the Newport Southbank Bridge Co. (NSBC), where he plays a crucial role in the care of the iconic Purple People Bridge, which connects two communities across the Ohio River. In addition to these positions, Perry serves on the Boards of the Council for Quality Growth, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Midtown Alliance.