Our Team

Todd G. Harrison - Managing Partner, Investment Committee Member

Todd is a founding Partner, and serves as the Managing Partner, of Carolina Capital Real Estate Partners LLC, a Charlotte, North Carolina based private equity real estate firm. Todd has over 32 years of real estate experience across many facets including acquisition, entitlement, development, and adaptive reuse. Prior to founding Carolina Capital, Todd spent more than 19 years with the national home building giant, Centex. As Vice President of Land for Centex’s Charlotte division, Todd was responsible for the acquisition, entitlement, and development of land and also worked extensively on the strategic marketing side of the business. He lead the acquisition and entitlement of projects that cumulatively produced over $2.1 billion in revenue and land deals ranging up to $45m in purchase price. Todd has been the point person on many large and high-profile rezoning cases having great successes in garnering both political and community support. He also helped author numerous creative solutions in dealing with neighbors, municipalities, and politicians that provided a win-win for all parties.

Robert S. (Rob) Carter - Partner, Investment Committee Member

Rob is a partner and founding member of Berkeley Capital Advisors, LLC, the Southeast’s most productive investment sales advisory firm specializing in the sale of retail shopping centers, malls and freestanding single-tenant retail properties.  During his career, Rob has arranged over $5 billion in retail investment transactions.

John R. (Johnny) Belk - Partner, Investment Committee Member

Johnny is recently retired as president and chief operating officer of Belk, Inc.  Johnny & his brother Tim, CEO, were the third generation Belk leaders, running the family-based department store.  John and Tim sold the company to a New York private equity group in 2015 for approximately $3 billion.  Belk, Inc. operates 301 department stores in 16 states.  Revenues for 2015 exceeded $4 billion.

Darren W. Ash - Partner, Investment Committee Member

Darren retired as the co-founder and Managing Partner of Apartment Realty Advisors (now ARA Newmark), the nation’s largest privately-held multi-family investment sales advisory firm. Prior to ARA, Darren was the eastern acquisition director for SSR Realty Advisors purchasing multi-family properties on behalf of CalPERS and CalSTRS. Darren arranged $4 billion of multi-family real estate transactions over a 20-year period. In addition to his strong engagement and commitment to Carolina Capital, Darren also currently runs a non-profit for Charlotte’s working poor, Common Wealth Charlotte and left his legacy by founding Charlotte Family Housing.

John W. Ash - Partner

John began his career with Crow Holdings Capital in Dallas, TX and worked for their private equity real estate fund. After his Acquisitions and Asset Management position with Crow Holdings, John came to Charlotte and joined White Point Partners before joining Carolina Capital. Throughout his career, John has been directly involved in the underwriting, and due diligence for over $2 billion of acquired and developed real estate properties. Furthermore, John has asset managed approximately 30 stabilized and development assets with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.

John R. Wilson - Development Partner

John joined the Carolina Capital in 2021 with a focus on creating new development opportunities in the single-tenant and strip center space. His primary responsibilities include site selection and acquisition, site planning, lease execution, government approvals, and the rezoning process. Since 2012, he has worked with a strong list of retailers including Publix, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Circle K, 7-Eleven, Chase Bank, Aspen Dental and Sheetz, among others. John began his career in commercial real estate as an appraiser, working with major lenders for valuations of various property types including retail, industrial and vacant land. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from Queens University of Charlotte and is currently pursuing the CCIM designation. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker as well as an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Joe M. McLean III - Associate

Joe joined the Carolina Capital team in 2019. Prior to Carolina Capital, he interned at Berkeley Capital Advisors and Emma + Co. Joe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 with a degree in Economics and minors in Sustainability and Urban Planning.

Stephanie R. Hemphill - Asset Manager & Investor Relations

Stephanie received her Master’s of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. She began her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte, NC. There she led audits of companies with over $1 billion in revenues. She then worked as a Senior Financial Analyst in Mergers and Acquisitions at iSolved HCM. Stephanie oversaw the finance and accounting efforts over eight acquisitions. Stephanie joined the Carolina Capital team in April 2021.


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