Jeff Koon, CCIM Jeff Koon, CCIM

A native Georgian, Jeff has accrued a wide variety of knowledge of real estate from day-to-day maintenance and marketing techniques, to broader economic philosophies. Beginning his career at the bottom, he established a baseline of skills renovating homes and assisting in the management and maintenance of rental properties. Jeff attended the University of Georgia where he was trained in corporate finance and real estate in the #3 ranked real estate degree program in the nation.

Over the years, he has accumulated a long list of clients who include high net worth investors, private equity funds, family trusts, estates, retailers, builders, developers, and financial institutions. He has assisted these clients in a variety of functions including acquisition and disposition of real property, consulting/strategy, leasing, development, property management, and ground-up construction. Total value of projects directly brokered, developed, or consulted upon total more than $200 million.

In his current role, Jeff leads Stratus Property Group, a top-rated boutique, Georgia-based real estate brokerage with assignments in Georgia and surrounding states. He also is a principal in Stratus Development Group, a leader in in-fill, boutique student housing communities. He is a CCIM designee and active in the Atlanta Commercial Board, AYREP, his church, and a variety of local and international charities.
Contact: 404-618-0878 ext. 1 or [email protected]

Charlie Carroll, Senior Vice PresidentCharlie Carroll
Senior Vice President

Hailing from Dunwoody, GA, Charlie graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics and History and continued his studies there, receiving a Masters of Accounting degree. Starting his career in Atlanta, Charlie worked as a CPA in an audit capacity for PricewaterhouseCoopers. While at PwC, Mr. Carroll provided assurance services to various private and public clients in the Manufacturing, Industrial Services, and Utilities sectors across the United States; his various teams facilitated the transition of private clients to the public sector through filing public debt offerings, assisted with new mergers and acquisitions by performing opening balance sheet procedures, and enabled the filing of quarterly and annual financial statements for clients varying in size from small, private companies to Fortune 500 companies. In 2012, he began working with Turnstone Group, a private equity backed real estate investment manager focused on opportunistic investments across a wide range of asset classes. As Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Charlie was responsible for the identification, analysis, and consummation of new investment opportunities in addition to the coordination of development efforts on existing portfolio assets. Before joining Stratus Property Group, Charlie served as the CEO for Provadus Home Loans where he was responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the independent mortgage bank. In his free time, Mr. Carroll enjoys running and working out as well as playing basketball, tennis, and golf. He volunteers as a greeter at his church, coaches youth basketball at a nearby recreation center and attends Bible study with friends.

Contact: 404-618-0878 ext. 2 or [email protected]

Blake Underwood
Principal, Stratus Development Group

Blake attended the University of Georgia where he graduated from Terry College of Business with a Bachelors of Administration degree in Finance.  Blake gained his experience in the real estate industry by investing his personal assets to flip and sell houses in the Athens area real estate market. When the market began to deteriorate, Blake focused his investment strategy on student-oriented rental property, and eventually began developing lots and small communities.

After several successful years in the real estate industry and turning around a struggling homeowners’ association, other investors began expressing interest in having him manage their properties and investment decisions. Blake decided to obtain a real estate license and create a full service real estate firm—Athens Real Estate Group.

Today, Blake has partnered with Jeff and Stratus Property Group to found Stratus Development Group. He uses his hard-earned, hands-on experience in the real estate industry to help his clients structure a real estate portfolio to fit their needs and to help manage that portfolio through an ever-changing real estate market.

Contact: 706-340-1215 or [email protected]


Spencer Linquist

Originally from North Carolina, Spencer moved to Atlanta in 2014 after graduating from Elon University, where he studied Advertising and played football. Before joining Stratus, Spencer spent nearly four years with CINC, the leading provider of web-based real estate marketing and CRM software for top-producing agents, elite real estate teams, and leading mortgage brokers across North America. With CINC, he led sales and revenue generation efforts for XChange, CINC’s phone-based lead-cultivation business unit. In this role he worked directly with real estate brokers and team leaders to build customized solutions that would enable them to save time by focusing on lower-funnel leads, and ultimately grow their businesses faster. In his free time, Spencer is an exercise junkie and enjoys cooking.

Contact: 404-618-0878 ext. 4 or [email protected]

Nicole Sarmer
Marketing Director

Nicole a Georgia native and graduate of the University of Georgia where she studied public relations and new media. She has a history working with social media marketing and is certified in Google Analytics. Before joining the Stratus team, Nicole gained experience in the student housing industry during her years at Georgia as a community ambassador at a luxury mid-rise community in downtown Athens.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys staying active through competitive running. She recently completed her second half marathon, and will compete in the Publix Atlanta Marathon in 2020.

Contact: 404-618-0878 ext. 3 or [email protected]

Chelsea Fishman, DesignerChelsea Fishman

Chelsea attended college in Colorado where she studied marketing and played collegiate soccer. After graduation, she worked in project management in North Texas before doing some digital marketing and social media for a recreational company in the outer banks of North Carolina. Later experience includes digital marketing for a software company wherein she furthered her skillset in graphic design and digital advertising campaigns.