Orlando, Fla.—Crescent Communities announced two appointments in its land and commercial business groups. Whit Duncan has been named Land Sales president and Brian Leary has been named president, Commercial and Mixed-Use, adding to a deep senior leadership team.
Leary comes to Crescent from Jacoby Development, a national developer of corporate, mixed-use and retail projects. He oversaw the design and development of Atlantic Station, the largest urban brownfield redevelopment in the nation at the time, and its 13.5 million square-foot master plan. Previously Leary 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.
In addition to Leary’s appointment, the company announced a new set of responsibilities for Whit Duncan.
Duncan, a proven sales leader who joined Crescent more than 15 years ago, previously led Crescent’s commercial group. During his tenure Crescent developed and leased more than 15 million square feet of commercial properties throughout the southeast, including Gateway in Altamonte Springs, an Orlando, Fla., suburb. Duncan was instrumental in recruiting Adventist Health System/Sunbelt to build its new headquarters in Gateway and helping them envision and create a signature 345,000 square-foot office space which best suited its culture and employees.
Duncan takes the helm of the land sales group from Jim Short, who is winding down his Crescent involvement after 32 years of service.