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Executive Team

The Commercial Property One management team combines over one hundred years of industry experience in our hand-picked team of leaders. Our management team is a winning group of successful owners, property managers, investors and developers. Their leadership provides a business model that brings owners, managers and tenants together for a common goal.

Along with our commercial property expertise, Commercial Property One has two Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) on staff to help oversee our properties.

To find out more about Commercial Property One, our properties or about investing or management, please contact us.


Our Management Team


Gary Cress: Chief Executive Officer

As the founding Principal of Cress Realty Group, Gary is a successful, entrepreneurial real estate developer. At one time, Cress Realty Group was the largest residential developer in Mississippi. Throughout his 20+ year career in commercial real estate, Gary has developed office buildings and shopping centers in Mississippi and Florida, managing over 65 third-party properties in the Southeast. Prior to the creation of Cress Realty Group, Gary received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and worked for IBM in the data processing division.


Brian E. Estes, CCIM, CPM®: Principal/Investment Brokerage

Brian originally started The Estes Group, Inc. after ten years of commercial real estate experience as a staff appraiser and associate broker for two commercial real estate companies. Brian successfully operated the investment brokerage, property management and valuation/consulting firm, The Estes Group, before merging with Commercial Property 1. Additionally, he was a staff accountant at LDDS WorldCom following graduation at Mississippi College. Brian was honored with the Top 40 Under 40 awards in 2009 by the Mississippi Business Journal, is affiliated with multiple professional organizations and is involved with a variety of community organizations and causes. He has been awarded the prestigious CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute in 2000 and CPM Designation by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 2008.


Chad Hirn, CCIM: Investment Brokerage/Leasing

Chad graduated from Mississippi State University in 2001 with an undergraduate in Forest Resources and in 2002 with a graduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate. Chad joined Cress Realty Group in that same year. During his tenure with Cress Realty, Chad was responsible for facilitating and overseeing the process of the acquisition and disposition of retail shopping centers and office buildings, development of retail shopping centers and additions, new financing, refinancing of investment property, lease negotiations for new/existing tenants, tenant representation work, and selling of commercial land as well as management of commercial properties. Chad is involved in overseeing the day to day operations of the Brokerage Division. A CCIM member since 2008 and member of ICSC, Chad serves on the committee for the CCIM Mississippi Chapter.


John Shanks: Controller

John is responsible for the accounting operations of the company including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and management reporting. Prior to joining Commercial Property 1, John was the controller for Hudson Capital Partners, LLC, a company specializing in asset disposition services. John was also the Assistant Controller and Director of Accounting for Bill’s Dollar Stores for more than thirty years. He is a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.




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