Building Places for Life

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proven expertise

Proven expertise

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Trusted leadership

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Successful projects

Creating Positive Change One Real Estate Project at a Time

True North Companies is a full-spectrum real estate development and commercial construction company, specializing in building communities with lasting impact. With 60 years of combined experience in the commercial real estate industry – ranging from finance to general contracting – True North has the knowledge and know-how to provide our clients with innovative solutions that will positively change how they design, build, and finance their projects. Our team's dedication to customer satisfaction is evident through every step of each project we lead.

Comprised of a diverse group of real estate industry professionals with backgrounds in architecture, construction, consulting, development, education, hospitality, and finance, our team specializes in development projects for multifamily, senior living, mixed-use developments, hospitality, office, retail, and education market segments.

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A Company Built on Values

Safety

We believe that prioritizing safety prioritizes what we value most – people.

Respect

We believe all people have value and should be treated with dignity and professionalism.

People

We believe that creating spaces and opportunities for our team, our partners, and ultimately the patrons of the places we build to live their best lives is the touchstone of our business.

Gratitude

We believe gratitude – in both our successes and our challenges – helps us value where we are and maintain a grounded perspective towards growth.

Integrity

We believe that doing the right thing requires unflinching commitment. We’re honest, transparent, and dedicated to doing what’s best for our customers and our company regardless of challenges and circumstances.

Fun

We believe that the most fun aspects of our culture are the joy, humor and camaraderie we share together as we drive the growth of our business.

Advancing Community is Our Priority

proven expertise

Proven expertise

The leadership of True North has over 60 years and $2 billion of combined real estate, development, and construction experience.

truested leadership

Trusted leadership

True North Companies has built a reputation for their experienced and principled leadership and dedication to creating communities that thrive.

successful projects

Successful projects

True North Companies has completed over 300 projects in various commercial markets including education, mixed use, senior living, office, hospitality, retail, and multifamily housing.

Meet Our Team

Walt Gill

President

Walt’s career in construction, development and investments spans 30 years. Through Walt’s leadership, True North Companies – founded in 1997 – has expanded its real estate footprint across education, mixed-use, multifamily, retail, hospitality, and office market segments. Walt has successfully completed over 300 construction, development, and investment projects, delivering quality outcomes for clients on time and on budget.

Marc Davis

Chief Financial Officer

Marc is responsible for directing and managing all aspects of the company’s financial strategy, planning, and operations. He works closely with investors and the executive team to position the company for continued growth.

Carl Frinzi

Senior Vice-President Construction

Prior to joining True North, Carl led the multifamily housing group for one of the nation’s largest and top-ranked general contractors. Carl’s responsibilities cover pre-construction, project management, recruiting, strategic planning, scheduling, procurement, safety, and business development initiatives.

Joseph Fawole

Vice President of Operations and Asset Management

Joseph is responsible for the company’s asset management functions, marketing, sales, hospitality, and overall operations. He most recently served in various roles in a 20-year career with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.

Mickhal Locklear

Vice President Construction

Mickhal oversees the client experience and all facets of True North projects from inception to closeout. His past experience includes work with several well-known general contractors including Arco Construction Company Inc., Lend Lease, and, most recently, Batson Cook Construction.

Jerry Kenny

Senior Project Manager

Jerry brings over 25 years of experience in general contracting, project management, construction management, and development to True North Companies as Senior Lead Project Manager. He will oversee areas of construction management including budget planning, cost-estimating, pre-construction, quality and cost control, subcontractor negotiations, construction schedules and health and safety. He has managed the development and construction of over 10,000 units of multi-family and hospitality developments.

Sonny Schwab

Chief Estimator

Sonny manages True North’s estimating strategy and planning, including pre-selection of subcontractors and pricing. Sonny’s experience has run the gamut in his 30+ years in the construction industry, from working in the field to project management to estimating. Sonny served as Vice President of Osborne Construction Co. Inc. before joining True North Companies in 2006 as Chief Estimator.

Jeff Fincher

Program Director

Jeff is responsible for the financing, approvals, and design of infrastructure, multifamily, townhouse, education, and mixed-use development markets. In addition, he oversees all third-party relationships including consultants, public funders, private lenders/equity providers, community organizations, architects, construction managers, and government liaisons.

Evan Thomas

Project Manager

Evan is responsible for the management and oversight of projects in True North’s construction division, including estimating and bidding new work and managing construction projects from conception to completion.

Ashley Waefler

Administrative Assistant

Ashley joined True North in 2021 and handles the administrative functions for the True North team, supporting business development, systems management, client relationships, and office management.

Cheyenne Murray

Development Project Engineer

Cheyenne is responsible for co-leading project teams in the planning, directing, and project coordination of construction and development projects on time and on-budget across multiple market sectors. She is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, along with a certificate in Construction Management, Architecture, and Society.

John Joye

Director of Business Development

John has served True North in the education market for 15 years, including the charter school and university sectors, and leads multiple initiatives across the company and the education sector.

Pat Burgess

Project Accountant

Pat will lead multiple accounting roles across True North’s portfolio including budgeting, supplier contracts, production pricing and general accounting. He recently held the role of Staff Accountant with EFACEC, USA and Workshop Advisor with RBM of Atlanta.

Matt Slay

Superintendent

Matt brings over 30 years of experience to True North Companies from multiple fields in the construction industry. He holds responsibility for managing on-site account construction projects, planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work and providing leadership in managing schedules.

Mike Kiker

Superintendent

As a Superintendent for True North, Mike will invest over 30 years of expertise gained across the construction industry including retail shopping centers, medical buildings, multifamily, condominium, townhomes, schools, and churches into our growing portfolio. He has worked on notable retail projects for Kroger, Publix, and JC Penney’s. In his new role, he will oversee teams in the design and delivery of on-site account construction projects including planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work, and providing technical expertise to ensure the quality and timely completion of the project.

Tim Kiker

Superintendent

Tim has over thirty years of experience in construction and has been a part of medical, multi-family, office, and commercial builds. Tim manages on-site account construction projects including planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work, and providing technical expertise to ensure the quality and timely completion of the project.

Richard Harrison

Assistant Superintendent

Richard brings experience to True North in the specialty fields of electrical contractors, welding, and structural steel project management, as well as working with multifamily apartment renovations. He also served for ten years in law enforcement. Richard attended West Georgia Technical College with a focus on welding and iron works. He holds responsibility for supervising on-site construction projects ensuring each project is constructed according to design, budget and schedule, while interfacing with clients, officials, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Donald Marke

Project Engineer

In his role, Donald will partner with construction and project teams in the planning, directing and coordination of technical aspects of each project that effectively and safely turn blueprints into finished structures. He brings experience to True North in commercial, residential and heavy highway construction and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Construction Management.

Evin Patten

Project Engineer

Prior to joining True North, Evin held roles of Junior Estimator and Project Lead while accumulating four years of experience specializing in rebar and structural steel estimating. He will soon graduate from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Construction Management. In his new role, he will collaborate with True North’s construction and project teams in the planning, directing and coordination of technical aspects of each project that effectively and safely turn blueprints into finished structures.

We Plan. You Succeed.

With decades of combined team experience under our belt, we understand the high stakes involved across the ever-changing commercial real estate landscape.

You have a vision for maximizing your risk-adjusted returns while finding the right partner to get you where you want go – further and faster. With so much on the line, you need a partner with the right skills and relationships to navigate this complex market.

Hundreds of companies have trusted True North to guide them in creating and delivering a real estate roadmap that leads to successful results.

Schedule a call to get your custom project started today.

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