Our Company

We have completed over 100 projects in the Americas and Europe. From traditional design build | leaseback to development management and from program and project management to owner’s representation, we have programmed, financed, developed, managed and owned or operated more than $1.5 billion in commercial, educational, industrial and residential projects covering over 16 million square feet across 18 states and five countries.

Our comprehensive Project Team offers a cohesive across-the-board development plan for each client. Our commitment to single-source accountability allows us to manage every detail of a complex development project from concept to completion. We plan for growth and invest in your company as a trusted and long-term partner with your team.


Executive Team

Christi Branscom

General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer

Christi serves as legal counsel and managing broker for Partners and leads the direction of brokerage transactions. By relying on her legal expertise and extensive real estate experience, Christi consistently brings a unique perspective to every project. Her professional career began more than 20 years ago when she became licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee. When her practice became more focused on real estate, Christi became a principal broker. She is currently working to obtain her CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. In 2003, she established Grace Construction, a woman-owned construction company. In 2012, Grace was honored to have been selected as the builder for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” television production in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Orlando Diaz

Executive Vice President of Operations and Project Development

Orlando is responsible for ensuring our projects are completed on time and within budget. He oversees budgeting, design, construction, contract negotiations and project management. Orlando’s ability to work with clients, municipal authorities, architects, engineers and contractors has helped to solidify Partners’ longstanding reputation for producing successful projects of the highest quality. His effective management style and vast construction experience make him a respected leader not only at Partners, but also industrywide.

Randy Jenkins

Chief Financial Officer and Financial Strategist

Primarily responsible for managing the financial risk of Partners and its affiliates, Randy also handles financial planning and reporting. He is responsible for analysis of data development and financing of commercial, industrial and multifamily projects. Randy works with higher education institutions in the analysis and development of facilities, including residence halls, student centers, libraries, academic buildings and mixed-use structures. A big-picture thinker, Randy serves as the financial authority in the organization, ensuring the integrity of fiscal data and modeling transparency and accountability. He plays a fundamental role in the development and critique of strategic choices and is a key player in stakeholder education and communication.

Russ Watkins

President and Chief Executive Officer

Russ is responsible for new project origination and current portfolio management of development and redevelopment of commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and specialty use facilities throughout the Americas and Europe. A senior construction executive, Russ is a hands-on professional providing business acumen and team and organizational leadership in directing project startups and remediation through the total project cycle. He demonstrates broad-based strengths and accomplishments in project management; client management; site evaluation; planning; organization building; bidding; negotiations; lease and purchase consultations; staff management; critical path; scheduling; quality control; estimating; regulatory compliance; contractor management; budgeting; tax-exempt bond placement; financial modeling; and cash flow analysis.

Steve Whitehead

Executive Vice President and Business Development Officer

Steve focuses on real estate property management and business development and successfully has managed multifamily properties and worked with higher education institutions in the analysis and development of facilities, including residence halls, student centers, libraries, academic buildings and mixed-use structures. He currently serves as Business Development Officer for higher education pursuing collegiate projects nationwide