The commercial real estate agents at Stratus Property Group have expertise across a variety of asset classes in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, and they are eager to help you meet your real estate needs. Meet our team below, then come experience the Stratus difference.

Commercial Real Estate Agent | Jeff Koon

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 | Commercial Real Estate Agent

Charlie Carroll

Senior Vice President, Brokerage

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]

Max Albers | Commercial Real Estate Agent

Max Albers


Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Max attended Auburn University and then Kennesaw State University where he graduated from Coles College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics. Before joining Stratus, Max began his career in property management working for Habersham Properties in Atlanta, GA. While at Habersham Properties, Max worked on marketing properties, tenant relations, facilities management, financial reporting and owner relations. In these roles he worked directly with property owners, subcontractors, maintenance teams and tenants. In his spare time, Max enjoys golfing and spending time outdoors with family and friends. 

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

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Nicole Sarmer

Marketing Director

Nicole is a Georgia native and graduate of the University of Georgia where she studied public relations and new media. She has a history working with digital 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 with Landmark Properties in downtown Athens.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys staying active through competitive running. She will compete in the Publix Atlanta Marathon in 2020.

Contact: 404-618-0878 ext. 3 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.