Professional ProfileLeslie G. Callahan, III is the President of First Colony Financial Corporation, a real estate leasing, property management, and development firm founded in 1982. First Colony operates in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. First Colony and its affiliate partnerships have approximately 150 tenants including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Publix, Hobby Lobby, Beall's, Ross, Dick's Sporting Goods, Olive Garden and Cracker Barrel. In addition to its retail portfolio, First Colony-affiliated partnerships have owned or developed two story office space and business/flex space. Les is the Tax Matters Partner for 31 entities.
Les graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Cum Laude in 1972. He was the 2008 President of the Georgia CCIM Chapter and has served the CCIM Institute as a member of the Designation Committee, a non-voting member of the Finance Committee, and as 2014 Chairman and 2015 Presidential Liaison for the Member Services Committee.
He is a past Director and member of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and Trustee of the Atlanta Realtors PAC. He currently serves as a Director of the Bank of North Georgia, a $4 billion Synovus Financial Corporation affiliate and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, as Treasurer of the College for Bishops of the Episcopal Church USA, and as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. In his capacity with the Georgia Trust, the College for Bishops and the Diocese of Atlanta, he is responsible for the monthly accounting cycle, annual audit and endowment management.