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Randall Walter “Randy” Parham

Born: April 23, 1955
Died: July 25, 2019
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee

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Honoring Randy Parham

Randall Walter “Randy” Parham, a leader in Middle Tennessee’s commercial real estate industry and an active community volunteer, passed away on Thursday, July 25 at age 64.

He is survived by his wife, Jana Lisle Parham; his in-laws, Gifford and Barbara Jordon, Casey and Marabeth Quin and Jordon and Sophie Salveson; and cousins, Machandra Story, Dara and Josh Caldwell, and Finn Caldwell.

Originally from Zebulon GA, Randy moved to Nashville after earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Auburn University in 1978. He began his professional career as an architect at the Nashville architecture and engineering firm Gresham Smith.

He left Gresham Smith in the early 1980s to join Nashville’s commercial real estate industry where, thanks to his quick intelligence, strong work ethic and genuine interest in people, he rose to become one of Middle Tennessee’s most admired leaders in the industry. Among many other industry honors, he served as president of the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and was recognized as a “Power Leader in Commercial Real Estate” by the Nashville Business Journal for many years, including this year.

He began his commercial real estate career working for Alladin Industries, where his first assignment was overseeing the development of the Nortel building, the first major corporate headquarters building in MetroCenter. He went on to oversee the overall development, leasing and management of MetroCenter, Nashville’s first master-planned, mixed use business park, located on 850 acres in a bend of the Cumberland River north of downtown. Today, thanks in large part to Randy’s efforts, MetroCenter is one of the region’s most successful developments.

In 1997, he joined Nashville commercial real estate and design firm Southeast Venture as a principal and spent the rest of his career with the firm. His specialties included real estate brokerage, project development and property management and he oversaw Southeast Venture’s real estate services, including property management and brokerage. Among his many accomplishments at Southeast Venture was securing the NAIOP Middle Tennessee “Office Lease of the Year” in 2005 and playing a lead role in Southeast Venture’s purchase and successful development of the remaining land in MetroCenter.

As his career flourished, he took time to give back to the community, serving on the boards of many area non-profit organizations, including as president of the Nashville City Club and president of Fifty Forward, which also bestowed on him the “Staff Champion” award in 2009 and the Harriet Foley Leadership Award in 2010. His community leadership was recognized by induction into Leadership Nashville in 2011 and the awarding of a Lifetime Membership by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for extraordinary service.

Randy loved golf and Richland Country Club – where he served as president, and college football (especially Auburn). He was also an accomplished classical pianist.

A memorial service will be held at Richland Country Club at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 31. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the FiftyForward’s General Endowment Fund.

He is remembered by his loving family and friends as the smartest, gentlest and kindest of men.

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