Bryan Austin, Broker
Partner with Austin Sumner Properties, has grown up in the Athens area and in the commercial real estate business. Bryan is a graduate of Athens Academy and holds a BBA from the University of Georgia in Real Estate. His career in real estate began while in college working for his grandfather’s development business, Porterfield Development Co. After graduation, he went to work at The Dovetail Companies where he managed the leasing of retail, office and flex space developments across the Southeast and Texas. Throughout his career, Bryan has worked on projects such as The Markets at Epps Bridge, Sugarloaf, Anderson and Charlotte, The Terraces Office Park and many others. These projects, among others, have exposed him to a vast array of development concepts and allowed him to become skilled in tenant negotiations and space acquisitions. Bryan’s experience and work ethic enable him to find the perfect space for your needs or effectively lease you property while maximizing your profitability.
Don Sumner, Broker
Partner with Austin Sumner Properties, has been providing commercial real estate services for his clients across the Southeast since 1978. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and has taught courses in Business Management and Real Estate. Don has been associated as a commercial agent with Edens & Avant of Columbia, South Carolina and Max L. Hill Company of Charleston, South Carolina. In 1984, Don founded Sumner Properties in Athens, Georgia. As Owner/Broker of Sumner Properties, he joined with Bryan Austin to create the partnership of Austin Sumner Properties.
After 35 years of building relationships in Athens, Don has assisted many families with their real estate needs, including management and distribution of estates. Don is relevant in today’s market, while maintaining historical integrity with the past. Don currently sells, develops, leases and manages medical complexes, office buildings, retail centers and warehouses. Don’s business model is to continuously serve his clients with fresh and creative ideas that remain at the top of the market.
Traci Phillips, Brokerage, Agent & Property Manager
Traci Phillips, Property Manager and licensed Realtor with Austin Sumner Properties, has over 15 years of Real Estate, office and accounting experience. Traci has spent most of her career listing and selling Real Estate in the North Georgia area, before going to work for a law firm and coming to Austin Sumner Properties. Her duties at Austin Sumner Properties include managing several properties, coordinating our Leases for new and current tenants, creating new information flyers and ads for new properties and showing properties to potential tenants and buyers. She is married and has one daughter, son in law and grandson. Traci and her husband live on a 26 acre farm where they enjoy their horses that they train and show.
Joy Simonton, Brokerage, Agent & Property Manager
Joy Simonton, Property Manager and Licensed Realtor with Austin Sumner Properties, has over 15 years of commercial real estate experience including office, retail and multi-family investments, dispositions and property management. Joy is a native of LaGrange, GA and spent almost 20 years in the Atlanta area working for real estate firms Dewberry Capital, Lane Company and Cassidy Turley. After 4 years at UGA, Joy received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from LaGrange College. Joy returned to Athens in 2011 and is enjoying working in a smaller college town. She enjoys attending UGA basketball games and fostering dogs. Joy and her fiancé live in Athens and have 3 dogs and a cat.
Stacey Smith, Brokerage, Agent & Property Manager
Stacey Smith, Property Manager and licensed Realtor with Austin Sumner Properties, has over 12 years of Real Estate, Property Management, Multi Family and Development experience. Stacey has been with Austin Sumner Properties for over 7 years. She has spent most of her career working for Developers and Real Estate Brokers in the Commercial and Residential fields. Stacey worked at The Dovetail Companies in Athens for 6 years before making her move to Austin Sumner Properties. She obtained her Georgia Real Estate license with Austin Sumner Properties and has been an agent for over 5 years. Her duties at Austin Sumner Properties includes preparing leases and contracts, showing properties to potential tenants and buyers, listing commercial space, and managing several properties. Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Debbie Swope, Brokerage Coordinator
Debbie joined Austin Sumner Properties in January, 2016, with a background in office management and education. Debbie received a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University, taught elementary school early in her career, and for the past ten years has worked as an administrative assistant to the director of a school in Orlando, Florida. Her duties at Austin Sumner include greeting clients, scheduling meetings and appointments, organizing paper work and records, and coordinating the daily operations to ensure efficiency in the office. Debbie has recently relocated to Athens and enjoys the Georgia outdoors as well as spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Mary Beth Justus, Accountant
Mary Beth is a fifth generation University of Georgia graduate and longtime Athenian who started working with Austin Sumner Properties in 2010. She served as Director of the Athens Welcome Center for five years before becoming a tax accountant, having served clients in the Athens area for over ten years. She was named “Favorite Independent Accountant” by the readers of the Athens Banner Herald twice. When not accounting for everything in the AS office, she is a wife, mother, aerialist, bassist, and minister in the Universal Life Church of Modesto, CA.