Our seasoned team of experts are not only passionate about real estate, but also dedicated to helping our clients make the most of their investments through sound business practices, strategic development and straightforward execution. Since we opened our doors in 2001, we’ve been involved in the ownership, development, and investment in real estate projects with completed values of over $1 billion.

Our team combined has developed or redeveloped more than 20 million square feet of commercial space across the Southeast. More importantly, we’ve generated successful returns for our investors along the way.

Quotation Mark
I appreciated SouthStar’s knowledge not only of the market, but of the development process. They went out of their way to ensure the deal worked for both sides -- a real partnership. In today’s world, it’s surprising when someone keeps their promises; SouthStar over-delivered.

Parham Javaheri | Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Development

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SouthStar at a Glance

• Founded 2001
• Headquartered in Franklin, TN
• Over 20 million square feet developed
• 85 years of combined experience

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Our Approach

Relationships Get the Job Done.

We’ve spent decades building solid relationships with architects, land planners, civil engineers, general contractors, entitlement attorneys and many other key players in our network of trusted professionals. Those relationships translate into faster timelines, higher quality work, better negotiations and investor deals that benefit all involved.

Strategy is central.

When it comes to site selection and development planning, we know how to thoroughly analyze a market and understand the smartest ways to capitalize on it.

Clients come first.

Our success is defined by yours. When you invest with us, we take it very seriously; we treat every dollar like it’s our own. We’re here to help you reach your goals first and foremost, and that means doing whatever it takes to ensure you get the results you came for.

Executive Leadership

Glenn R. Wilson | CEO


Glenn Wilson began his career in commercial real estate development in the early 1980s in Dallas, TX. Since forming SouthStar in 2001, Wilson continues to lead the company in its acquisitions, deal selections, risk analysis, budget management, and project financing.

“Above all, the most important thing to me is doing the right thing for our clients, and looking out for their needs first. Success for me means meeting the projections on a project and achieving a good return for our partners’ investment as well as our own.”

Wilson began his career as a commercial land broker in Dallas, TX in 1984. In 1988 he moved to Memphis, Tennessee to join the Weston Companies (formerly Vantage Companies). Wilson was promoted to vice president and managing director of the company’s Nashville Retail Division in 1997. While at Weston, he leased more than 1.5 million square feet of retail space and was involved in the development or redevelopment of more than 2.5 million square feet of retail shopping centers. After Weston, Wilson formed Smith Crowe Wilson, LLC, which he helped grow to 70 employees with management of more than 6 million square feet of retail space in less than three years.

Wilson holds a real estate broker’s licence in Tennessee, as well as held the Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers, of which he is a member. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate. He serves on the board for Pursue Ministries, and is a former board of Trustee member of Brentwood Academy, New Hope Academy, and Leadership International.

Glenn Wilson is married with 3 kids.

Glenn McGehee | Principal & President


Glenn McGehee's experience in commercial real estate development as an owner and developer dates back to 1994, with projects ranging from residential property development to a 23-acre recreation and golf-focused learning facility in Nashville. As SouthStar’s Principal and President, he oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, leads our market analysis process, heads up site selection and planning, and lends his expertise to entitlement efforts.

“This SouthStar team is such a great encouragement to one another, and we carry that same spirit into each and every project. I believe it’s our commitment to teamwork– within our office and with our clients– that has absolutely driven this company’s success.”

In 2001, McGehee joined the Shopping Center Group, LLC, where he served as a tenant real estate representative for major national brands including Ross Dress for Less, Borders Books, AT&T, Sally Beauty Supply and others; he also handled land acquisition for Kohl’s and other national anchor stores. He later served on the company’s board of directors and was named President of Operations for its Tennessee division. In 2004, McGehee was recruited by the Nashville Division of Centex Homes to consult and oversee all land acquisition, land planning and entitlement. In that role, he conceived and executed five major property residential developments consisting of over 1500 lots with a combined area of 859 acres and land purchases of more than $30 million. In 2008, he acquired half interest in SouthStar and entered into a successful partnership with the company’s original founder, Glenn Wilson.

McGehee holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Lipscomb University. He gained valuable healthcare industry experience early in his career through a two-year Executive Training Program with Fortune 100 Company Humana, Inc., and additionally with his own medical devices distributorship in the orthopedic and neurological medical fields.

Currently, McGehee serves on the board of Mt. Dora Children’s Academy and Children’s Home in Mt Dora, Florida; board member of Outback America in Nashville; and serves as Chairman of the board of TMA Group and chairman of the TMA Cool Springs Strategy Task Force in Franklin, Tennessee. He is a member of the Lipscomb Academy Leadership Council and Chairman of the Lipscomb Development Committee, and a former board member for Habitat for Humanity-Nashville.

McGehee is married with three children.

Our Team

Ralph A. Knauss | Director of Development & Construction


Ralph brings more than three decades of experience in development and construction experience to his role as Director of Development and Construction at SouthStar. He is responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing all delivery aspects of our real estate development process, from oversight and execution of project entitlement to design, land development and building construction. Ralph stays involved in each job from its beginnings as a paper sketch idea to the day the tenant gets the keys.

“To me, success means delivering on what is promised, no matter the circumstances, and to always deliver it with integrity and character. I feel very blessed to have been a vital part of so many successful developments, and am humbled at the opportunities that were provided for me to do so.”

Ralph has served in leadership roles at several mid-state development and construction companies over the course of his career, including COO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, Director of Entitlement and Construction for SouthStar LLC, Senior Vice President for Mitchell Development Group, Director of Construction for Mixed Use Development / Senior Project Manager for AIG Baker Shopping Center Properties, President of Haygood Contracting, Interim President JDN Development Company, Vice President of Design and Construction JDN Development Company, Project Manager JDN Development Company, Project Manager for Morgan Corporation, and Independent Consultant for Forcon International.

Ralph is a licensed Tennessee General Contractor, Residential/Commercial/Industrial (BC) and is a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and went on to complete 36 Credit Hours toward a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Ralph is dedicated to serving his community and remains actively involved with many area nonprofits, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Nashville Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, Rocketown and Second Harvest Food Bank. He is the founding Member and President of Belief, Inc., a non-profit whose purpose is to serve children and families stricken by childhood cancer and other serious childhood diseases and ailments.

Ralph lives in Franklin, TN with his soulmate of nearly 40 years, and enjoys spending time with his 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Garrett Wilson | Marketing Representative


As Marketing Representative, Garrett’s primary focus is finding Class A, irreplaceable real estate locations and opening development negotiations in the Nashville area and around the Southeast region. He’s dedicated to achieving a fair deal for everyone involved, based on substantive research rather than subjective information.

“I treat every project as if I were investing my personal money in the deal. It has to meet our strict analysis criteria; if it does, I want to see the deal through from start to finish as efficiently as possible.”

From in-depth market analysis to landowner negotiations and leasing management, Garrett’s methodical and systematic process results in the highest and best use for each site.

Garrett holds an Affiliate Broker’s License in Tennessee, and is a graduate of Union University with a B.A. in Economics. He began his career with SouthStar with an internship; today, he’s an important part of the company’s success. Garrett is also a dedicated athlete and a professional Ultimate Frisbee player with the Nashville Nightwatch, the city’s American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) team. He also serves as a Younglife leader at Ravenwood High School in Nashville as well as the school’s Ultimate Frisbee Head Coach.

Brent R. Baxter | Marketing Representative


Brent Baxter plays a vital role at SouthStar, working closely with our team to identify opportunities and begin negotiations on Class A real estate projects. He is responsible for in-depth market and site analysis, ensuring that we not only find the best sites on the market, but also create the best use for the site. Brent also helps oversee project budgets for high-value projects across the Southeast.

“I approach a deal like a puzzle – I focus on methodically working through each phase of the project piece by piece until it is finished and exceeds expectations for everyone involved.”

Brent holds an Affiliate Broker’s License in Tennessee, and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He began his career with SouthStar with an internship; today, he’s an important part of the company’s success. Outside of the office, Brent serves as a children’s swim coach for Excel Aquatics and enjoys writing fiction. He is dedicated to making a difference in the world through his actions, and recently spent 6 months living in a Haitian orphanage, managing construction projects there.

We build here, we help here.

We believe in giving back to the communities we impact with our work. SouthStar passionately supports the following local and national organizations:

American Heart Association
Franklin Tomorrow