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News Release: Industry veterans Tj Drought, Sloane Nichols and Jeff Patterson join Equity|ECS

TJ Drought Sloane Nichol

Jeff Patterson

HILLARD, Ohio – May 14 2019 – Equity|ECS, a full service commercial real estate firm offering services for every phase of the project lifecycle, is pleased to announce the addition of TJ Drought, Sloane Nichols and Jeff Patterson to the team. Both Drought and Nichols join as Senior Vice Presidents and Patterson returns to Equity as Senior Vice President and the Orlando Market Director. Drought will be in Columbus and Nichols in Cincinnati. Equity|ECS CEO Steve Wathen made the announcement.

“At Equity|ECS, we value our team and their dedication to providing customized real estate solutions to our clients,” said Wathen. “Serving clients throughout the entirety of the project lifecycle begins with having the right people in the right seats. TJ, Sloane and Jeff have extensive experience and specialized knowledge in commercial real estate that will allow us to amplify the client experience in their respective markets. We look forward to the growth that will occur on their teams and throughout Equity|ECS as a whole.”

Drought brings extensive knowledge and significant national relationships to his new role. He has experience in strategy development, landlord and tenant representation, and transaction negotiations. His value creation, experience and creativity will greatly benefit the Equity|ECS team as the company grows its services and national exposure. TJ is active in advisory and leasing services for developers, investors and owners of retail and mixed-use environments. He also served as executive vice president/director of leasing for the Columbus-based real estate investment trust Washington Prime Group Inc., formerly Glimcher/WP Glimcher (NYSE:WPG).

With 20 years of experience handling assignments in multiple U.S. markets, Nichols brings a strong background in commercial real estate with a focus on office and medical uses. Prior to joining Equity|ECS, Nichols worked with Colliers International in Cincinnati as Brokerage Vice President and has previous experience with CBRE in the Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. markets. She is also active in many healthcare associations, including the Greater Cincinnati Healthcare Collaborative and the Autism Society. In her new role, Nichols will be teaming with Senior Vice President of 17 years, Elaine Gillespie to form Equity|ECS’s first brokerage team in Cincinnati focused on office and medical space. The two will form a rare and powerful female lead brokerage team.

Patterson was recognized as a top producer on multiple occasions during his time with Equity, from 2011 to 2015. Before his return, he served as co-founder of Patterson Miler Commercial Real Estate. Known for his quality representation of owners and tenants in buying, selling and leasing, Patterson will take on this role having completed over 500 leases in his career. Rejoining the team as Senior Vice President and Market Director, Patterson will be focused on the continued advancement of Equity|ECS brokerage services throughout the Orlando and Central Florida markets.

About Equity | ECS

Equity|ECS is a full service commercial real estate firm offering complete, professional real estate development, brokerage, construction and property management services. Equity|ECS’s mission is to provide these services with absolute integrity, quality and value. The company offers responsive and competitive service throughout the United States from the industry’s leading professionals. ECS is the affiliated provider of construction services for Equity. The two companies rebranded to Equity|ECS in 2018. To learn more about our services, please visit www.equity.net.

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