Our seasoned experts understand the nuances and complexities of real estate cycles for supply and demand and pricing. We cultivate a sophisticated view of socioeconomic trends and capital flows while maintaining a local investment discipline, allowing us to generate targeted returns on real estate investments. Our strategic, process-driven approach enables us to successfully serve financial institutions, institutional asset owners and franchisors.
DSG’s core strategy is to produce above-average returns with moderate- and low-risk volatility. We develop and operate assets through stabilization and then sell the stabilized assets to institutional investors, such as real estate investment trusts or real estate funds.
Over the course of more than 30 years, Gary has founded, led and grown successful enterprises in commercial real estate and health care. He has aligned his passion for enhancing the quality of life and opportunity in Memphis, Tennessee, and beyond with his endeavors in business, civic, educational and charitable work. Gary’s entrepreneurial drive and leadership are what built Development Services Group into a nationally recognized commercial real estate group with more than $1 billion in assets across the United States.
In addition to founding DSG, Gary founded Ambulatory Management Services in 1987, which was later acquired by Symbion Inc. His equal success in real estate and health care led to several business honors throughout his career.
Gary is the chairman and a board member of Hapten Sciences in Memphis. He has served in board leadership roles for West Tennessee Family Solutions, St. Mary’s Episcopal School and the Housing Foundation of West Tennessee, for which he represented the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee residential housing for mentally handicapped adults in Tennessee. He also served on the board of the College of Consumer Services at his alma mater, University of Tennessee.
With a degree in architectural engineering and a license as a general contractor, Michael has been responsible for the design and construction of DSG projects since 2007. Dedicating his career to more than 30 years in hospitality design and construction, Michael has managed the development of several hundred hotel projects and properties.
Prior to joining DSG, Michael served as the director of franchise design and construction for the Promus Hotel Corporation, which Hilton Hotel Corporation later acquired. For 12 years, Michael managed more than 150 hotel projects for Promus and Hilton. He also served as vice president of construction and capital projects for Equity Inns, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, for which he was responsible for a portfolio of more than 100 hotels.
A civil engineer by trade, Ethan joined DSG in 2012 to manage research, property acquisition, pro forma analysis and construction management for the group’s wide range of commercial real estate projects. His appreciation and passion for his hometown of Memphis has led to the revival of several historic properties and urban neighborhoods in the city.
After graduating from Auburn University in 2010 with a degree in civil engineering, Ethan began his career as a civil designer for Memphis-based architecture and engineering firm A2H, where he specialized in project management, transportation analysis and bridge design. Outside of DSG, Ethan serves on the board of the Alcy-Ball Development Corporation in South Memphis and is actively involved in the City of Memphis' Bluestream Task Force, Urban Land Institute and Second Presbyterian Church.
A certified public accountant, Janet joined DSG in 2015 to manage accounting, financial reporting, cash management, tax payments, payroll and administration of all DSG projects. Prior to joining DSG, she applied her accounting expertise to several major companies including Arthur Andersen, Abbott Laboratories and The Knowledge Tree. Janet is an alumna of St. Louis University, where she earned a degree in accounting.
Meg joined DSG in July 2019 to manage general responsibilities, including assisting with finance and offering support with ongoing projects, such as draws, market research and reporting.
Before joining the group, she managed business and financial matters for Streets Ministries. She also served as a patient information coordinator for Accredo Health Group and sales coordinator for the Memphis-based company Varsity Brands.
Meg graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She also attended an instruction and curriculum leadership program at the University of Memphis, concentrating on elementary education.