Our Principals

Urban Realty Partners' principals possess over six decades of combined experience in all major aspects of real estate investment and development with strong ties to the Atlanta marketplace. The team has participated in the development of over $200 million in urban and in-fill real estate projects.

Mark-Riley-WebMARK B. RILEY
Managing Partner

Mr. Riley founded Urban Realty Partners in 2000. He began his career as a real estate attorney at King & Spalding and later joined Trammell Crow Residential (1985-1990) and Cousins Properties (1990-1998). Mr. Riley received B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the Atlanta District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

An active member of the Atlanta community, Mr. Riley is Director of the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, a charitable foundation with a focus on improving education options in Atlanta, and he previously served as an At Large member of the Atlanta Board of Education. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and the Regional Leadership Institute and a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. He holds, or in the past held, board memberships on Central Atlanta Progress, The Trust for Public Land and The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He is an active alumnus of Vanderbilt University.

John-Reagan-WebJOHN REAGAN

Mr. Reagan’s career began in architecture with several Atlanta firms before forming his own practice in 1979. His work included a wide range of project types including historic renovation, industrial, medical, housing, hospitality and education. He has practiced in Atlanta; Annapolis, Maryland; and coastal Georgia. Notable projects include: the restoration of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel; the Student Services Building; the Ferst Theater for the Performing Arts; the Post Office and Bookstore renovations at Georgia Tech; and the All Saints Episcopal Church Children’s Center.

In 1998, he turned his focus completely to development and formed the Templeton Reagan Development Fund and, in joint venture with Winter Properties, developed Copenhill Lofts, a 40-unit, $13,000,000 residential loft condominium near the Carter Presidential Center. Shortly thereafter, he joined Urban Realty Partners as Partner for Design and Development. He has been instrumental in the development of Puritan Mill, Alexan Ponce (with Trammell Crow Residential), The Reynolds, The Brookwood, and Oakland Park condominiums.

Mr. Reagan received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech in 1971. His professional and civic activities have included: Study Commissions for the City of Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Board Memberships with Historic Oakland Cemetery, Inc.; Cabbagetown Revitalization and Future Trust; Grant Park Neighborhood Association; NPU-W; Theater Gael; Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Architectural Commission and All Saints Episcopal Church; and membership in the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, the Urban Land Institute, the Atlanta Preservation Center, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Development Manager

Mr. Hughes is responsible for all phases of the organization’s project analysis and execution. These responsibilities include underwriting, feasibility analysis, site selection, financing and development management. He joined the company in 2004.

Mr. Hughes brings experience in various aspects of development, mortgage brokerage, and asset management. Previously in asset management for Trimont Real Estate Advisors, he assisted with the repositioning and disposition of Lehman Brothers’ $1 billion real estate owned portfolio, which included a diverse mix of property types and business strategies. Mr. Hughes’ portfolio consisted primarily of condominium, multifamily, office and retail investments. Previously, he was a Financial Analyst with Holiday Fenoglio Fowler, LLP where he focused on structured finance and debt placement.

Mr. Hughes received a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a native of Montgomery, Alabama.

Financial Officer and Development Manager

As Financial Officer, Mr. Tuohy is responsible for the facilitation of all company financial matters. His primary role is handling financial reporting and tax work for the organization, as well as the financing and funding of current and future projects. In addition, he is taking the lead on investigating new investment opportunities for the company. He joined the company in 2005.

Mr. Tuohy has 5 years of experience in the financial services tax department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he provided tax consulting and compliance work for the some of the major firms in the arenas of real estate, hedge funds and private equity. His time and experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers began in the capital markets group in New York City where he spent his first two and a half years with the company. He finished his work at PWC two and a half years later when he relocated to Atlanta to join their real estate group.

Mr. Tuohy received his B.S. in Accounting at Villanova University and is a native of Atlanta. He is also a registered Certified Public Accountant.


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Development Manager

Mr. Donahue works on all phases of project analysis and execution, including underwriting, feasibility analysis, site selection, financing and development management. He joined the company in 2015.

Prior to joining Urban Realty Partners, Mr. Donahue spent 10 years at Trimont Real Estate Advisors, where he was responsible for the asset management of a portfolio of structured debt investments on behalf of various mezzanine debt funds and foreign and domestic banks. With a specialized focus was on construction lending, Mr. Donahue represented clients on over $3 billion of high-rise residential, historic office, and luxury resort construction and renovation projects, primarily located in major urban U.S. markets.

Mr. Donahue received a B.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A native of Atlanta, he is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Grant Park Conservancy.
Construction Manager

Mr. Gwinner has a background as an architect, program manager and developer with over 35 years of experience.

Mr. Gwinner spent much of his career working for large corporations including The Coca-Cola Company and Turner Broadcasting/CNN before starting his own company in 2006. Mr. Gwinner has developed special areas of focus in project management and in 10 years at Turner led a 70 person team to complete 1,300 projects worth over $1.5 billion, all delivered on-time and under-budget. Mr. Gwinner directed the work for Turner in the signature New York high-rise, Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. The 2.8 million sq ft tower, completed in 2004, includes luxury condominium, office space, studios and newsrooms for CNN, five floors of retail, Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The $400 million project for Turner/CNN completed 2 months ahead of schedule and $25 million under budget under Mr. Gwinner’s leadership.

Mr. Gwinner has served on several industry boards and has been president of both AIA Atlanta and IFMA Atlanta, and is currently on the board of Corenet Atlanta and MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta).