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With our diverse backgrounds in development, operations, principal investing, capital markets, and brokerage in markets across the U.S., the Beauxwright principals offer big picture thinking with an eye on the fine details.

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Akhil Singh

Development Manager

Akhil joined Beauxwright as a development manager in 2022, and leads investments with a focus on sourcing capital and directing development and construction activities. He brings valuable experience in coordinating and implementing development strategies, and underwriting both residential and commercial opportunities.

Prior to joining Beauxwright, Akhil was an associate director with Lincoln Financial Group’s Mortgage and Real Estate Investments Department, where he arranged over $700M in non-recourse debt financing, and over $300M in equity investments for residential and commercial properties. Akhil also brings relevant development experience from N-Site Construction, a Charlotte-based development and general contracting company. From 2019 to 2021, Akhil focused on the execution of a single multifamily project from site acquisition through entitlement and construction. He successfully led efforts to acquire a construction loan and recruit limited partners, and was heavily involved in coordinating construction activities with individual contractors.

Akhil is a Charlotte native and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing golf and exploring local eateries.

Andy Lucas

Principal

Cooper Morrison

Principal

Eric J. Speckman

Principal

Chris Warren

Principal

David Belk

Development Manager

Avery Shaw

Development Manager

Akhil Singh

Development Manager

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Andy Lucas

Principal

Andy joined Beauxwright as a principal in 2016. He 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 a vice president at Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate, Andy sourced, underwrote and closed over $750 million in secured and unsecured commercial real estate originations for opportunistic clients in both Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, where he managed the commercial real estate office. His role required 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.  

He earned his B.B.A. degree in finance from James Madison University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Andy has been an active participant in ULI’s Young Leaders Group, serves on the Parent Advisory Council for First Presbyterian Church, and is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and two daughters.

Cooper Morrison

Principal

Cooper joined Beauxwright as a principal in 2016. He brings institutional capital raising and investment experience. At Beauxwright, Cooper leads real estate investments including acquisitions, development and redevelopment of residential and commercial properties across the Southeast. Formerly at Street Level Partners, Cooper was focused on the capitalization and co-development of a 317 unit, multi-family 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 commercial projects. Formerly at Crescent Communities, a nationally recognized development firm based in Charlotte, he was involved in the capitalization of over $900 million (15 projects) for multi-family development as well as $900 million (13 projects) for 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, Alabama. Cooper was involved in the acquisition of 15 multi-family properties ($465 million). In addition, he led investment analysis for Colonial’s $300 million development pipeline, consisting of 12 multi-family 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.

Eric J. Speckman

Principal

Eric is a co-founding principal of Beauxwright with over 18 years of real estate experience. He focuses on sourcing and executing infill development and acquisitions of multi-family 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 multi-family 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 B.A. 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.

Chris Warren

Principal

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.

Chris has over 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.  

David Belk

Development Manager

David joined Beauxwright as a development manager in 2021, and leads development and construction management activities. He brings valuable experience in project management, underwriting and business development.  

David most recently received his MBA with a real estate development concentration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in school, he worked as an investment intern for Grubb Properties and served as the vice president of the MBA Real Estate Club. David began his career as an analyst for Lincoln Financial Group’s Mortgage & Real Estate Investments Department. From 2016 to 2019, he arranged over $400M in non-recourse debt financing for commercial and residential properties. He was promoted to senior analyst and directed real estate underwriting across the East Coast.  

A Charlotte native, David earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina. In his free time, David enjoys fishing and is an active member of North Carolina’s Coastal Conservation Association. 


Avery Shaw

Development Manager

Avery joined Beauxwright as a development manager in 2021, and leads investments including acquisitions, development and construction management activities of residential and commercial properties across the Southeast. She brings unique experience in real estate capital markets, project execution, market analysis and underwriting to the team.

Prior to joining Beauxwright, Avery was a brokerage associate at Berkeley Capital Advisors, a firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC, that specializes in retail income property brokerage. While at Berkeley Capital, Avery helped organize over $350MM in transactional sales volume comprised of retail and commercial redevelopment opportunities across six states. Avery began her career with General Mills in Cincinnati, OH, where she specialized in business management on the Kroger account, growing market share across the country for brands including Progresso and Betty Crocker.

Avery was born and raised in Charlotte, where she currently resides with her fiancé. She is involved in her community as a member of the Urban Land Institute and Junior League of Charlotte and is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina. Avery graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. from Kenan-Flagler Business School. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, traveling, golfing and spending time at Lake Wylie, SC.