BEAUXWRIGHT, THE NAME
The genesis of Beauxwright’s name originates from the principals’ fundamental goal of creating desirable places, and consequently, sound investments that draw strong market demand. Thus, Beauxwright is derived from beauxmondes, meaning “desirable places to be”, and wright, meaning “creator”.
Beauxwright is a Charlotte based real estate investment and development firm that specializes in the acquisition, renovation and development of infill properties in the Southeastern United States. Collectively, the principals of Beauxwright have experience acquiring, developing and repositioning all property types throughout the US. Beauxwright differentiates itself through utilizing our extensive relationships and reputation in the Southeast to identify unique acquisition opportunities and leveraging our development and asset management experience to realize each property's potential.
Beauxwright was founded upon the principles of integrity, work ethic, professionalism, and, most importantly, fostering lasting relationships with our clients, investors, and vendors. The principals have both diverse and complementary backgrounds in development, operations, principal investing, capital markets, and brokerage; creating a well-rounded team that brings an entrepreneurial spirit to institutional investing.
Chris is a co-founding principal of Beauxwright and involved in all aspects of the business, with an emphasis on transactions, sourcing capital and strategy. Since launching the company in 2013, Beauxwright has executed 10 transactions exceeding $140 million in value.
Chris has 20 years of commercial real estate development and capital markets experience. Prior to Beauxwright, he resolved some of the largest and most complicated assets in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. From 2008 to 2013, he oversaw asset management, re-structuring, and disposition of 70 properties totaling $700 million in investments. Prior to 2008, Chris was a Vice President in the Real Estate Principal Transactions Group at Lehman Brothers where investments included mezzanine and equity transactions, high leverage senior debt, and fund platform investments. Early in his career, Chris was a Senior Associate with Trimont Real Estate Advisors, an Atlanta-based primary and special servicer with investment management responsibilities.
Chris is a Charlotte native who earned his undergraduate degree from Sewanee, University of the South. In 2013, he moved from New York back to Charlotte with his wife and two daughters. He serves on the Advisory Board for Auburn University’s Master of Real Estate Development, is a member of NAHB’s Developer’s 20 Club, and an active participant in the Urban Land Institute. Chris also volunteers as a member of the Corners Society and as a past Elder at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Eric J. Speckman
Eric is a co-founding principal of Beauxwright with over 15 years of real estate experience. He focuses on sourcing and executing infill development and acquisitions of multifamily and commercial properties.
Prior to Beauxwright, Eric was a founding member and partner of Sereo Group, Inc., a Charlotte-based development company. From 2010-2012, Sereo Group assembled development projects totaling approximately $151M and comprising 887 Class A apartment units. In addition to development and acquisitions, Eric's professional experience includes brokerage and asset management of a wide range of asset classes including office, industrial, land, retail, and multifamily properties. He began his career in commercial real estate with CB Richard Ellis, quickly being promoted to Senior Associate, before becoming Vice President and Director of Leasing for Kellogg Development Company.
Eric lives in Charlotte with his wife and two sons. He is a native Charlottean and has been active in the community holding positions with the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR), East Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber, Eastland Area Strategies Team (EAST), and Second String Santa. He is a member of Myers Park Baptist Church and the Community Service Chair for The Corners Society. Eric is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is a licensed real estate Broker in North and South Carolina. Eric received a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA with Finance concentration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Andy joined Beauxwright as a Principal in 2016. Andy brings valuable experience in credit analysis, principal investment, asset management, capital markets and structured finance. Most recently, Andy served as CFO of an energy efficiency startup targeting LED lighting retrofits for property owners and Founding Principal of a private investment management and real estate advisory business. Before that, as Vice President at Wells Fargo, Andy sourced, underwrote and closed over $750 million in secured and unsecured commercial real estate originations for opportunistic clients in both Washington, DC and Austin, TX, where he managed the commercial real estate office. In addition, Andy's role required the relationship management, internal sponsor analysis and reporting on $500 million in existing credit exposure.
Andy began his career as a Global Capital Markets and Investment Banking Analyst with Banc of America Securities, LLC, where he focused on residential mortgage-backed securitization.
Andy earned his B.B.A. degree in Finance from James Madison University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has been an active participant in ULI's Young Leaders Group and is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina. Andy lives in Charlotte with his wife and two daughters.
Cooper joined Beauxwright as a Principal in 2016. He brings institutional capital raising and investment experience including joint venture equity, construction debt, mezzanine financing, and participating debt structures. At Beauxwright, Cooper leads real estate investments including acquisitions, development, and re-development of residential and commercial properties across the Southeast. Formerly at Street Level Partners, Cooper focused on the capitalization and co-development of a 317 unit, multifamily high-rise in Uptown Charlotte in addition to other residential and commercial development opportunities.
With a focus on residential development, Cooper has been involved in mixed use projects with significant commercial components, co-development, and outparcel transactions. Formerly at Crescent Communities, a nationally recognized development firm based in Charlotte, he has been involved in the capitalization of over $900 million (15 projects) for multifamily development as well as $900 million (13 projects) dispositions. Cooper was involved in expanding debt and equity relationships to capitalize future pipeline as well as determining feasibility and capital structure of Crescent's $1.5 billion development pipeline.
Prior to Crescent, Cooper led underwriting for acquisitions and development at Colonial Properties Trust (now Mid America), a publicly traded REIT based in Birmingham, AL. Cooper was involved in the acquisition of 15 multifamily properties ($465 million). In addition, he led investment analysis for Crescent's $300 million development pipeline, consisting of 12 multifamily developments.
Cooper earned his Master of Real Estate Development at Auburn University's Executive Program and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Economics from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is actively involved in the Charlotte Chapter of the Urban Land Institute as well as St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Uptown Charlotte.