Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Company, Inc. has made a very conspicuous effort to retain our diversity. We emphasize a flexible approach to our brokerage services through private sale, tenant representation, commercial development/brokerage, or a combination thereof. By providing this broad spectrum, we become a single point of contact for your real estate needs.
Oliver Smith Realty Brokers
Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc. is a full service company with a cross functioning team of devoted individuals providing experience in commercial development, brokerage, commercial auctions and 1031 tax exchanges, working throughout the southeast United States.
After receiving a degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with high honors in 1987, Oliver A. Smith, IV joined his family’s real estate firm. That same year he completed his commercial real estate auctioneering training from the Missouri Auction School, “The Harvard of Auction Schools”. He personally trained in real estate development, auctions, brokerage and syndications under the tutelage of Oliver A. Smith, Jr., until his demise in 1990. At that time, Mr. Smith became president and sole owner of Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc.
Oliver A. Smith, IV continues the involvement of the company with the region’s growth. He pushed the company to record sales levels and put together a team of sales associates that are known throughout the industry for their production. Mr. Smith sits upon a number of professional and civic boards as well as charitable organizations. He was President and has been named to the Hall of Fame of Keep Knoxville Beautiful, a nationally recognized affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. He has been a member of the Economic Development Board for the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership and was a founding member and past president of the internationally recognized Young Entrepreneur Organization’s Knoxville Chapter. He currently is the President of the West Knoxville Rotary Club and Simply Smart Foundation for Education.
With over a thousand acres of multi-use commercial parks under development and with close relationships with numerous national and regional clientele which have been obtained through years of being in the industry, Oliver A. Smith, IV continues to propel the company forward. Bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of new development and tenants to the region’s landscape, Oliver A. Smith, IV strives to maintain the company’s 75 year reputation of being respected in every field of its endeavor.
Jerry grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. His love of sports kept him engaged in athletics from an early age and was his ticket to a football scholarship at the University of Tennessee. Under the tutelage of Coach Doug Dickey, Jerry and his teammates played in three major bowl games (’66 Gator, ’67 Orange, and ’68 Cotton Bowls) and won the Southeastern Conference in 1967. Jerry graduated with a degree in Marketing and Transportation in 1969 and coached the UT freshman offensive line that Fall while working on a masters degree. In 1970, he was honored by UT fans as a member of the News-Sentinel’s Tennessee All-Decade team for the ’60’s. Upon graduation, Jerry and his wife, Mary Lynn, remained in Knoxville and are proud parents of two sons, a granddaughter and grandson.
After a 25+ year award-filled career in the automotive replacement parts industry as a salesman, sales manager, and marketing manager with firms like Maremont, ITT, and Arrow Automotive, Jerry decided on Commercial Real Estate Sales as his career path of choice. He chose Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc. because of its long standing history of success, reputation and recognition in the market place, and a common philosophy…. “what is right, is right and that’s what we will do.” One of Jerry’s most recent milestone accomplishments was the sale of the historical 500 Acre Davis Farm in Blount County, Tennessee to The University of Tennessee.
Jerry believes that honesty, good work ethics, competitive spirit, and building win-win relationships bring happiness and success
Jim Turner has been associated with Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc. for over 10 years, developing Retail Centers, Offices and a variety of other commercial properties.
Jim graduated from Penn State University in 1973 earning a degree in Real Estate and Insurance. After graduation, Jim was employed by R. Dan Culp, Realtor, as Construction Coordinator and Leasing Agent for the Northshore Center Office Complex where he leased and finished the interior space of the 200,000 square foot complex.
In 1976 Jim formed Eastern Realty Management Co., specializing in commercial property development and management. For 15 years he developed numerous successful projects from Tennessee to Florida. Since working with Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc., Jim has developed projects from Advance Auto Parts Stores, St. Mary’s Medical Offices, Family Dollar Stores, Movie Gallery Stores, Fabric Outlet Stores to a Montessori School.
Jim is a member of the Rotary Club of West Knoxville where he has served as both President and Treasurer. Jim is a devoted family man and father. He and his wife, Susan, and their 5 children enjoy boating on the Tennessee River and traveling abroad. Jim also enjoys touring the southeast while piloting his plane.
Drake attended Carson-Newman College, where he received an athletic scholarship for baseball. Growing up in a restaurant family, he had an early look at how the restaurant world worked in this region. Drake has been in the restaurant industry for ten years and he has now decided to go into commercial real estate and concentrate on restaurants. During his time working in restaurants, Drake learned the ins and outs of opening multiple restaurants as well as developing new concepts from the ground up. In his off time, Drake enjoys spending time with his daughter Paisley and son Parker.
The son of American foreign service officers overseas, Chad received his high school education in London, England before graduating from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Prior to joining Oliver Smith Realty in July of 2015, Chad resided in Northeast Florida where he spent three years involved in entrepreneurial ventures in both the real estate and technology spheres. Having witnessed firsthand the risks and rewards inherent in owning and operating a business enterprise, Chad now leverages these experiences in order to better serve his commercial clients in the Knoxville and Southeastern marketplace.
Alpesh is a Cornell University graduate with a degree in the School of Hotel Administration. His professional career began as an analyst at Ernst & Young’s Hospitality Advisory Services group in New York City. Alpesh recently moved back to Knoxville to work with his family’s hotel development and management company, Kana Hospitality Group. Kana develops and manages midscale and upper midscale hotels affiliated with Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental brands. The team of Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc. and Kana have formed partnerships that developed the Hilton Garden Inn Cedar Bluff, Holiday Inn Express Strawberry Plains and Hampton Inn & Suites Smyrna. Kana and Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc. have a 20 year relationship. Alpesh focuses on hotel acquisition, dispositions and new developments.
Will attended The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a focus in Pharmacy and Business Management. Growing up in Atlanta, GA and Knoxville, TN, Will has watched the Southeastern marketplace continue to grow and prosper. Out of college, he ventured into residential real estate as well as opening and owning new concept restaurants and businesses. Firsthand, Will learned the values of building lasting relationships with customers and clients. Continuing to strive for such high standards, he uses his personal business experiences to ensure his clients are shown the upmost respect; the building blocks of Oliver Smith Realty & Auction Co., Inc.
In his free time, Will enjoys spending time on the lake, golf course, with his family and his Daughter Lilly. Will is focusing on retail tenant representation and leasing.
Peter was educated in Melbourne, Australia at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where he received a degree with honors in Commercial Real Estate Appraisal. His career started in Melbourne working with English Firm Hillier Parker appraising commercial real estate in downtown Melbourne. He was the recipient of the first USA – Australia Appraisal Scholarship and moved to East Tennessee in 1992. Peter has over 30 years experience in all aspects of real estate including brokerage, appraisal, development and investing. In addition to developing several west Knoxville residential subdivisions including the Polo Club and the Anthem he spent 2 years working in China promoting an EB-5 investment project. In his free time Peter enjoys boating and traveling with his wife Marta and three children.