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Stirling Properties Expands National Property Management Footprint

Awarded management contracts for three retail properties in Mississippi & Ohio.

Stirling Properties was recently awarded the property management duties for three retail properties in Mississippi and Ohio.

Kings Crossing is a 116,952-square-foot Kohl’s shadow center located at 3980 N Gloster Street in Tupelo, Mississippi. The center is 97% occupied with a lineup of national/regional tenants, including Petco, Five Guys, Five Below, Kirkland’s, Ross Dress for Less and others.

Wadsworth Crossing I & II are adjoining retail centers located at 1183 Williams Reserve Boulevard in Wadsworth, Ohio, totaling 63,328 square feet. The centers are shadow-anchored by Target, Lowe’s and Kohl’s and feature a diverse tenant mix. They are currently 95% leased, including Petco, Verizon, Beef O’Brady’s, Wayback Burgers, Mattress Firm and more.

“Stirling Properties is proud to assume the management duties of these high-performing retail properties and looks forward to working with their ownership teams to create added value for their assets. We are also excited to further grow our commercial portfolio and management services on a national level,” said Donna Smith, Executive Vice President with Stirling Properties.

Stirling Properties owns and manages 20.5 million square feet of commercial real estate across the country, including office, retail, industrial, healthcare, residential and mixed-use properties.

For property and asset management information, contact Donna Smith at (985) 246-3758 /

November 8, 2021|Management Services, news, Press Releases, Retail|

Stirling Properties Acquires 140,000-Square-Foot Pepsi Distribution Center in Livingston, LA

Marks company’s 1st large-scale industrial acquisition.

Stirling Properties announces the acquisition of a 140,000-square-foot Pepsi Distribution Center located in Livingston, Louisiana. The sale closed on August 19th. This marks Stirling Properties’ first large-scale industrial acquisition. The company will also assume asset management duties of the property immediately.

Built in 2016, the industrial property sits on 15 acres and is strategically located along the I-12 corridor. The facility is fully occupied by PepsiCo., Inc. and serves as a logistics hub for PepsiCo brands, including Gatorade, Dasani, Frito-Lay, Starbucks, Mountain Dew and other related brands for the Greater Baton Rouge Area, Greater New Orleans Area and the Northshore regions of Southeast Louisiana.

Townsend Underhill, President of Development for Stirling Properties, will serve as the Asset Manager for the property. Beezie Landry, Justin Langlois, and Chad Rigby, with Stirling Investment Advisors (SIA), a division of Stirling Properties, handled the sales transaction. Stirling Investment Advisors specialize in investment sales of retail, multifamily, office, healthcare, and industrial properties, across the Gulf South market.

Pan-American Life Insurance Group Renews Long-Term Commitment to New Orleans Market

Pan American Life Center

Extends 10-Year Lease Terms at Pan-American Life Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stirling Properties announces that Pan-American Life Insurance Group has signed a long-term lease extension thru 2031 of its office space at Pan-American Life Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company will also retain naming rights of the newly renovated building. 

Pan-American Life Insurance Group, one of New Orleans’ largest employers and a leading provider of life, accident and health insurance throughout the Americas, occupies a total of 84,014 square feet of office space on four floors of the Pan-American Life Center located at 601 Poydras Street in New Orleans’s CBD. This marks one of the largest lease renewals in the New Orleans office market since 2019.

Founded in New Orleans, Pan-American Life Insurance Group is currently celebrating its 110th Anniversary and a rich history of corporate philanthropy and community service in New Orleans, supporting dozens of organizations across the arts, education and public safety.

“Pan-American Life Insurance Group is pleased to extend our office lease in the Pan-American Life Center and continue our long-term commitment to the New Orleans community and surrounding South Louisiana region. We look forward to renewing our promise to serve as a lifeline to our customers, their families and their businesses,” said José S. Suquet, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of Pan-American Life Insurance Group.

Gaines Seaman, Senior Advisor with Stirling Properties, serves as the exclusive leasing agent for the office tower and worked with Pan-American Life Insurance Group to secure the lease extension.

“Pan-American Life Insurance Group has been an integral part of the New Orleans office community for many years, and we are honored to help cement that relationship for many more years to come. Pan-American Life Insurance Group’s renewed commitment to and investment in our area further validates the resiliency of the New Orleans office market. The recent lobby renovations and added amenities to the Pan-American Life Center make it an attractive office location for corporations, large or small,” said Seaman.

The Conference Centre on 11

The Conference Centre on 11

The Pan-American Life Center is recognized as one of New Orleans’ most prestigious office towers, boasting high-quality tenants in addition to housing the national and regional headquarters of many premier corporations. The class-A building encompasses roughly 673,000 square feet of office and retail space and an eight-story parking structure. The local ownership group of the Pan-American Life Center recently made a renewed investment of $7 million in renovations of the building as a sign of its deep commitment to ensure that it remains a premier office location in New Orleans. The renovations included a redeveloped café, state-of-the-art conference center and upgraded ground floor lobby to better position the building in the evolving office landscape.

The new Café on 11 is a restaurant-style, full-service cafeteria featuring a modernized dining area and exciting new menu. The Conference Center on 11 offers multi-purpose meeting space in various sizes and configurations, including a ballroom, tiered-seating amphitheater featuring high-tech audio/visual equipment, ample break-out areas and collaborative spaces, full-service catering and on-site event management and technology assistance. Other unique amenities in the building include a grab-and-go mini-mart, coffee bar, Royal Shoeshine & Repair Station and dry-cleaning pick-up lockers.

The Cafe on 11

The Cafe on 11

Office tenants in the building include Pan-American Life Insurance Group, IBERIABANK, Morris Bart Law Offices, McGlinchey Stafford, Merrill Lynch, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard and Stirling Properties. First-floor retail tenants include Smoothie King, Starbucks, Tsunami and IBERIABANK. Stirling Properties’ affiliates own the property and are the exclusive management and leasing agents for the Pan-American Life Center. 

For more information on the Pan-American Life Center, visit For leasing information, contact Gaines Seaman at or (504) 523-4481.

Stirling Properties Names Brad Stillwagon As New General Manager of Pan-American Life Center in New Orleans

Brad StillwagonStirling Properties announces Brad Stillwagon as the new General Manager of the Pan-American Life Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will be stepping into the role upon the retirement of the building’s long-term General Manager, Nancy Rome.

Stillwagon has been with Stirling Properties since early 2019, serving as both an Asset and Property Manager of more than 2,000,000 square feet of retail, medical and office properties across the Gulf South. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and is actively involved in the W&L New Orleans Alumni Chapter. Stillwagon holds the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and is active in the Louisiana CCIM Chapter. He is a Young Leader with CoreNet Global, a network of corporate real estate executives focused on the strategic real estate needs of Fortune 500 Companies, and is pursuing a Master of Corporate Real Estate with a specialization in Workplace Strategy (MCR.w).

Prior to joining Stirling Properties, Stillwagon served as Vice President – Real Estate Team Lead with Hancock Whitney Bank, where he worked in Asset and Transaction Management. He currently resides Uptown with his wife and three sons.

In addition to his General Manager duties, Stillwagon will continue to serve as the Asset Manager for many of Stirling Properties’ Southshore properties, including Mid-City Market, Offices at Mid-City Market, Magnolia Marketplace, Old Metairie Village and Oakridge Place.

“Stirling Properties is pleased to announce Brad Stillwagon as the new General Manager of the Pan-American Life Center. We have a great group of talented professionals and building engineers working closely with Brad to ensure a smooth transition. We are confident our team will continue to provide first-class service and support for the office tower and building tenants,” said Grady Brame, Executive Vice President with Stirling Properties. “We’re also excited about the remarkable renovations to the Pan-American Life Center that we believe uniquely positions it as one of a kind in the New Orleans CBD and enhances its long-term success.”

The Pan-American Life Center is recognized as one of New Orleans’ most prestigious office towers, boasting high-quality tenants in addition to housing the national and regional headquarters of many premier corporations. Built in 1980, the granite-clad, Class A trophy tower encompasses roughly 673,000 square feet of office and retail space, as well as an eight-story parking structure. Office tenants include Pan American Life Insurance Group, IBERIABANK, Morris Bart Law Offices, McGlinchey Stafford, Merrill Lynch and Stirling Properties. First-floor retail tenants include Smoothie King, Starbucks, Tsunami and IBERIABANK. Stirling Properties’ affiliates own the property and are the exclusive management and leasing agents for the Pan American Life Center. 

Stirling Properties recently completed a $7 million redevelopment of the property, including a renovated café, state-of-the-art conference center and upgraded ground floor lobby to better position the building in the evolving office landscape.

Stirling Properties Awarded Management & Brokerage Assignment for BB&T Building in Foley, AL

Renovations & exterior updates planned for the office/retail space.

BB&T Building located at 200 West Laurel Avenue in Foley, AL.

Stirling Properties commercial real estate company was recently awarded the exclusive property management and brokerage assignment for the BB&T Building located at 200 West Laurel Avenue in Foley, AL.

The 21,403-square-foot building is positioned in downtown Foley’s historic business district, one block west of the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 98. It is anchored by BB&T Bank.

Stirling Properties is working with the property owner on renovations to the building, including modifications and modernization of the interior to convert the former bank lobby into a flexible work/event space. It is anticipated that the second-floor former bank office will be a single office user or divided into smaller office suites. Other plans include the redesign of the landscaped area facing the intersection of West Laurel and South Alston Streets to create an outdoor plaza with seating.

Stirling Properties’ commercial advisors Amanda Goldman and Jason Scott are the leasing agents for the property and are working to fill the remaining office and retail space. Approximately 16,000 square feet of space is available for lease on the upper and lower levels.

“We are thrilled to be involved in the management and leasing of the BB&T Building. It’s a beautiful property offering prime commercial space in a high-growth area of Foley,” said Goldman. “This building will continue to play a vital role in downtown Foley’s live, work, play environment. Stay tuned for updates on renovations and the upcoming open-house to be announced soon.”

Stirling Properties is located at One St. Louis Centre, 1 St. Louis Street, Suite 4100 in Mobile, Alabama, and 220 West Garden St., Suite 802 in Pensacola, Florida. The company manages more than 20 million square feet of commercial property across the Gulf South region, including office, retail, industrial, medical, multifamily and mixed-use real estate assets.

For leasing information, contact Amanda Goldman at / 251-375-2490 or Jason Scott at / 850-418-6792.  

For asset & property management information, contact Robin Hayles at or (251) 342-7229.

Now, Next & Beyond: The path forward for reentry into the office space

Pan American Life Center New Orleans, Louisiana

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rewrite the rules of daily life, both personally and professionally, every business must deal with the unprecedented challenges that few of us ever expected. We in commercial real estate need no reminder of the extraordinary times we are currently experiencing. The retail real estate sector remains the most immediately and directly affected economically by the coronavirus pandemic, with April rent collections down on average of 35% – 45%. Compare that with multifamily, industrial and office tenants, where rent collections are around 90%. However, regardless of the sector or market, the future remains uncertain.

Unlike other disruptions where we can point to a specific cause and implement a plan of action, the challenging nature of this new coronavirus, along with its systemic impact on almost everything we do, makes near-term planning a crapshoot. Hence the difficulty in not only containment but in planning just what our “new normal” will look like—particularly for the office environment.

As areas begin to stabilize and stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, businesses will start the process of reopening, reentering and recovery. The path forward for office landlords and occupants can be viewed in three phases: now, next and beyond.


The “now” is what businesses are currently experiencing and how they are reacting to the situation at hand. A recent Gartner, Inc. survey of HR executives found that 88% of organizations have encouraged or required their employees to work from home. Additionally, daily usage of the Zoom meeting platform has increased more than 300% from before the pandemic. Companies are doing whatever it takes to keep their workforce productive and find creative ways to serve their clients and customers. The place and pace in which employees work may have changed, but if you are the CEO, leader or stakeholder of a company, your mind is centered on subsequent steps—what’s next? The social investments we have made and continue to make will determine how long we stay in the “now.” 


“Next” as it concerns the reopening of companies is what landlords and employers are focusing on—the “reentry” phase. As we begin to bring workers back into the office, the physical space and social dynamic of the workplace will undoubtedly change. Employers will first have to find a balance between those who don’t yet feel comfortable returning to the office and those who welcome a return.

What near-term solutions will employers and building landlords be required to put in place for the office environment as we transition through the phases of reopening the economy over the next few months? Obviously, the health and wellness of people will be paramount. Staggering schedules of the workforce coming back into the office, so there are fewer employees present at one time, and coming up with creative wayfinding around common areas and office amenities will be needed to address how we meet social distancing guidelines. Reduced touchpoints, cleaning procedures and sanitizing must be enhanced. New guidelines that change how we interact person-to-person with our coworkers and clients, like controlled access and visitor policies, will need to be determined.

Flexibility is going to be a critical factor once we start emerging from uncertainty over the next few weeks. If all goes well, distancing measures will technically be relaxed, but how many of the near-term policies and procedures will become long-term changes to how and where we interact with each other?


“Beyond” is an extension of “next.” As “next” is considered near-term, “beyond” is long-term. It is believed that it takes approximately 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. How many of the near-term policies will become permanent in the office ecosystem? Real estate owners and operators across every asset class are considering the long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak and required modifications that these shifts are likely to bring. 

For example, the recent trend toward densification of the workspace may change, but the need for social interaction and professional collaboration—in a safe environment—will certainly keep us in the office. This could result in the reintroduction of hard separations between desks or staggered workspaces, plexiglass dividers or cough shields between coworkers, widened corridors, the continued use of Zoom and other teleconference platforms within the office for team meetings, the list goes on as far as space planners and social engineers can imagine.

Various data show that anywhere from 5% – 20% of the workforce that previously operated from company offices will become permanent work-from-home employees, potentially reducing the need for office space. Then again, as distancing and safety become part of our social psyche, and public health codes place occupancy limits on space planning, the employee-per-square-foot ratio will likely increase, producing an uptick in demand for office real estate. The obvious question is, will one offset the other?

Long-term corporate real estate decision-making will likely be put on hold for some time as we reenter the workplace. Fewer organizations are going to feel comfortable signing a 3- or 5-year lease for office space because of the need to maintain as much flexibility as possible. As tenants and landlords shake out how best to accommodate their mutual needs, the opportunity will lie in rethinking office space to make it more accommodating for employees, whether that means more or less square footage.

On the landlord side, owners with patience and enough working capital to endure the short-term volatility and initial stress of the post-pandemic lease-up will emerge the winners. They will maintain a strong presence in urban centers, with updated spaces that meet the “new normal” tenants will seek.

We don’t know what’s going to happen over the next weeks and months; the situation remains fluid and continually evolving. But as more businesses face various phases of now, next and beyond, the need for professional guidance and best practices and protocols will grow. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you during these next critical steps. Stirling Properties’ advisors are experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate, including retail, office, industrial, healthcare and multifamily sectors.

Stay safe and healthy.

April 30, 2020|Blog, Gulf South, Management Services, office|
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