Zachary Bearden, Partner at Origin Development Partners
Zach Bearden has an extensive background in real estate entitlement, design, development and construction. He began his career with Seamon Whiteside+Associates, a Planning and Civil Engineering Firm, with offices in Charleston and Greenville, SC. During his time at SW+A, Mr. Bearden served as the Director of Client Services and focused his efforts on zoning entitlements, due-diligence and site development for commercial and residential developments.
After leaving SW+A, Mr. Bearden joined Mashburn Construction Company and served as Director of Business Development. His responsibilities included: contract negotiations, feasibility studies for new construction, design team management, and as a liaison between the Owner and Contractor during the construction process. During his time at Mashburn, Mr. Bearden sourced 52MM of new construction. Notable projects: Hilton Garden Inn Mt. Pleasant, Grand Bohemian Charleston, ATS Logistics, Harris Teeter on Isle of Palms, and Charleston Distilling Company.
Mr. Bearden’s project management and business development efforts in land design and commercial construction has led him to build relationships with key partners such as land owners, elected offices, municipal staff, Architects, Engineers, real estate brokers, bankers, and property owners throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Bearden graduated from the University of Georgia Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, licensed Landscape Architect in the state of South Carolina, and SC Realtor.
Mr. Bearden currently serves as a board member and the founding Commercial Loan Chair of the South Carolina Community Development Fund. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute Coastal Executive Committee for ULI South Carolina. In 2009, Mr. Bearden was chosen as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
Mr. Bearden will give a general overview of the entitlement process and then present a case study of The Six, a 92 unit mixed-use workforce housing project in Mount Pleasant.