Our Leaders

Just as we focus on the people thriving in our communities, we also focus on our people, our employees. After all, it is their diligence and attention to detail that drives our business drive day in and day out. At Crescent, we pride ourselves on hiring people whom we would qualify as masters – they drive their profession to be better every day, they “get” people, and they never give up.

Brian Leary

President, Commercial / Mixed Use

Brian Leary joined Crescent Communities as president of its commercial / mixed use business unit in 2014. In this role, he directs the company’s office, industrial and retail developments and property management across the country. With 17 years of experience in commercial real estate and development, he specializes in large and small-scale, mixed use holdings.

Prior to joining Crescent, Brian held senior management and executive positions with Jacoby Development, Inc., Atlanta Beltline, Inc., AIG Global Real Estate, Atlantic Station, LLC and Central Atlanta Progress. While at Jacoby Development, a national developer of corporate, mixed-use and retail projects, he was the driving force behind ONE Daytona, a 4.5-million square foot joint venture with International Speedway Corp. As vice president of AIG Global Real Estate, he oversaw the design and development of Atlantic Station, a 13.5-million square foot joint venture that, at the time, represented the largest urban brownfield redevelopment in the United States. Previously Brian served as president and CEO of Atlanta Beltline, Inc., the organization planning and executing the implements of the BeltLine, one of the country’s largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects.

Active in the industry and his community, Brian served on the Board of Trustees of Leadership Atlanta and the Urban Land Institute’s Livable Communities Coalition Council as well as the Governing Board of Atlanta Medical Center. He is a national author and speaker on topics including real estate trends, sustainability and transportation for the Urban Land Institute, United States Congress, Harvard University and others. Brian graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in architecture and a master’s degree in city and regional planning.

Meet the Commercial / Mixed Use Team

Lud Hodges

Senior Vice President

Since joining Crescent in 1997, Lud has overseen the development of more than 5.7M sf of Class A office space, 1M sf of industrial space and 250,000 sf of retail space. He currently oversees all of the commercial / mixed use development in all markets. A licensed real estate broker in NC and FL, as well as a licensed engineer in both NC and SC, Lud has an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech.

Ned Austin

Vice President, Leasing

Having been with Crescent since 2000, Ned directs the commercial /mixed use operations throughout the Carolinas, including the management, development and oversight of industrial, office, retail and commercial land. He graduated from NC State University with a bachelor’s degree in textile management.

Elizabeth McMillan

Director of Development

Elizabeth’s responsibilities include oversight of the full development process for the commercial / mixed use business, including land acquisition, design, entitlement, permitting, construction, leasing, land sales, budget preparation, and project sales throughout the Carolinas and Tennessee. She is an LEED Accredited Professional and has her real estate broker license in NC and SC. She received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Amy Bezanson

Director of Development

Amy is responsible for all portions of the development process, with a focus on design and construction. She is a registered architect (NCARB), a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and an LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction. Amy has a Master of Architecture from Clemson and a BS in Architecture with highest honors from Georgia Tech.

Dan Richardson

Director of Construction

Dan is responsible for preconstruction pricing efforts and construction management in assisting with development opportunities and commercial / mixed use pursuits. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he's also a member of the Johns Hopkins Engineering Alumni Leadership Committee.

Jennifer Sharabba

Director, Development

Jennifer oversees the sales and leasing of properties in the Orlando and Tampa area, specializing in the office sector of commercial real estate. She has had her real estate license in FL since 1998 and has been a licensed broker associate since 2005.