WDG provides turn-key, full-cycle build-to-suit development and re-development services for retail projects of all sizes and scope. These services include, but are not limited to, site selection; land acquisition; site layout; value engineering; permitting; zoning; and construction management.
Additionally, WDG actively pursues the acquisition of existing value-add retail projects ranging from single-tenant assets to power center projects.
The principals of WDG have more than 30 years of experience focused on the acquisition, development and management of retail investment properties with an aggregate value exceeding $900 million.
Matt is the founder of Wilson Development Group.
Prior to founding WDG, Matt served as Principal and Development Manager at Blanchard Real Estate (“BRE”). While at BRE, Matt focused on turn-key, full-cycle build-to-suit developments and re-developments of retail projects. Matt was responsible for overseeing all facets of the development process, including securing the initial site and managing projects up to tenant occupancy.
Prior to joining BRE, Matt was Vice President of Development at Butler Development Group (Atlanta, GA) for eight years. At Butler, Matt was personally involved with the development of over 100 build-to-suit projects across various national credit tenants.
Matt graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance and has served as a member of the Terry College of Business Young Alumni Board. Matt currently resides in Atlanta.
David is one of the managing principals of WDG.
From 2013 to 2014, David served as Principal of Blanchard Real Estate (“BRE”). Prior to joining BRE, David was an investment banker in the Global Industrials Group at Credit Suisse, based in New York. While at Credit Suisse, David and his team provided execution and/or advisory for mergers, acquisitions and financings valued at approximately $21 billion for some of the world’s largest companies. Earlier in his career, David focused on retail investment property sales at an Atlanta-based firm, eventually rising to Director of Sales.
David received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, which he attended as a Merit Scholarship recipient.
Garret LeBlanc joined Wilson Development Group in 2019 as a Development Partner.
Garret comes from an extensive commercial real estate background working with Equity One and Brixmor Property Group, where he was responsible for leasing and managing over 2 million square feet in Atlanta, Nashville, and North Carolina. He eventually transitioned into retail development, joining Eden Rock Real Estate Partners in 2015. At Eden Rock, he was responsible for business procurement, acquisitions, and development management for single tenant and adaptive-reuse projects throughout Georgia. After 3 years Eden Rock, Garret became Vice President of acquisitions for Leon Capital Group where he was in charge of the Georgia and Tennessee markets.
Garret is currently on the board of ICSC NextGen Planning Committee, an active member of ICSC, and volunteer with The Circle for Children. His hobbies include ice hockey, lacrosse, golf and hiking.
Kevin joined Wilson Development Group in 2014 as a Development Partner.
Prior to joining WDG, Kevin has been an active commercial real estate investor and was a Managing Partner with Bullards Development, focused on triple-net, build-to-suit commercial real estate development. Earlier in his career, he was President of American Capital Financial Group.
Kevin is registered with the U.S. State Dept and is currently appointed as Honorary Consul to Latvia where he is Head of Post in the state of Georgia. While attending college, he was appointed by Kentucky Governor as Honorable Aide-de-Camp by letters patent. Kevin is an active member of the National and Georgia Consular Corp, board member of the World Chamber of Commerce, and member of Gateway to the USA where he consults with international businesses that wish to conduct business and/or relocate to the U.S.
Kevin graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned his MBA from Regis University.
Matthew joined Wilson Development Group in 2016.
Matthew has 20 plus years of real estate development and construction experience. Most recently, Matthew’s expertise has been applied to managing build-to-suit retail developments throughout the Southeast. Prior to working with the Wilson Development team, Matthew assisted private investment firms and financial institutions with acquisition and development, through Woodland Asset Management, LLC.
Additionally, Matthew’s development experience came through work with The Columns Group in Alpharetta, Georgia; Jim Cowart Residential in Gwinnett County, Georgia; R.J. Griffin and Company in Atlanta, Georgia; Gwinnett Partners, Gwinnett County, Georgia; and Eagle Real Estate Advisors in Roswell, Georgia.
Matthew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management with a minor in Small Business from Georgia Southern University.
Tripp joined WDG in 2017 after graduating from the University of Georgia.