A Commercial Real Estate Development Company dedicated to creating Quality Commercial and Mixed Use Developments that maximize the Tenant’s Success, the Customer’s Experience and the Investor’s Value through an unwavering commitment to Integrity, Quality and Execution using sound business practices which are skillfully implemented by a seasoned and experienced team of professionals.


We’re passionate about a lot of things, but if we had to name just one, it’d be real estate. Since our founding in 2001, we’ve owned and developed more than $200 million of real estate assets. SouthStar leverages extensive expertise in site selection, development, project management, marketing and creating value for our investors. All the while, we continue to grow our portfolio and our reputation, which has allowed us to become one of the most diverse and cultivated real estate companies in the Southeast.

Over the years we have...

  • Developed or redeveloped more than 4 million square feet of commercial space
  • Acquired more than 2,500 acres of developable land
  • Developed more than 2,000 residential lots

Principal Bios

  • Glenn Wilson, Founder and CEO

    Glenn Wilson has worked in commercial real estate development for more than a quarter century.  Since forming SouthStar in 2001, Wilson has led the company in the acquisition of thirteen shopping center re-developments and eleven new developments totaling over $250 million in capital, and constructing new retail stores as the preferred developer for national chains such as Tractor Supply Company and Dollar General.

    Before launching SouthStar, Wilson held increasingly responsible positions in the field of commercial real estate.  He began his career as a commercial land broker in Dallas, TX. joining the Weston Companies (formerly Vantage Companies) of Memphis, where he became leading producer for all areas (office, industrial, retail).  He then was promoted to vice president and managing director of Weston Companies-Nashville Retail Division, where he developed three shopping centers with a budget of more than $20 million.  While at Weston, Wilson leased more than 1.5 million square feet of retail space with a value of more than $160 million, and was involved in the development or redevelopment of more than 2.5 million square feet of retail shopping centers. After Weston, Wilson formed Smith Crowe Wilson, LLC, which he helped grow to 70 employees with management of more than 6 million square feet of retail space in less than three years.  Wilson also represented Home Depot for 10 years on the retail giant's site selections.

    Wilson holds a real estate broker's licence in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, as well as the Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS) designation fro the International Council of Shopping Centers.  He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate.  He serves on the advisory board for Search Ministries-Nashville and is a former board of Trustee member of Brentwood Academy and New Hope Academy. Wilson is married with three children.

  • Glenn McGehee, Principal and President

    Glenn McGehee's experience in commercial real estate development as an owner and developer dates back to 1994 with projects that include a 23 acre recreation and golf learning facility in Nashville, Tenn. as well as residential property development.  In 2001, McGehee joined the Shopping Center Group, LLC, where he served as a tenant real estate representative for several major national tenants including Ross Dress for Less, Borders Books, AT&T, Sally Beauty Supply and others, and handled land acquisition for developments for tenants such as Kohl's and other national anchor stores.  He was promoted to the company's board of directors and to the position of President of Operations for the Tennessee division.  In 2004, McGehee was recruited by Centex Homes-Nashville Division-to consult and oversee all land acquisition, land planning and entitlement.  To date, he has conceived and executed five major property residential developments consisting of over 1500 lots with a combined area of 859 acres and land purchases of more than $30 million.

    McGehee gained valuable business experience early in his career in the health care industry by completing a two-year Executive Training Program with the Fortune 100 Company Humana, Inc., and additionally with his own medical devices distributorship in the orthopedic and neurological medical fields.  He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Lipscomb University, serves as a board member of Habitat for Humanity-Nashville, is a deacon of his church and former Chairmen of the Board for Sunshine Christian School, Franklin, Tenn.  McGehee is married with three children.

Community Involvement

As a company that remains active in cities, towns and various neighborhoods, SouthStar holds a high importance in being involved with community organizations and helping to make a difference. Here are some of the organizations we support:

  • New Hope Academy

    Franklin, TN

    New Hope Academy is a Christ-centered community school with an economically, racially and culturally diverse student body.

  • Leadership International

    Brentwood, TN

    Leadership International is a Christian education organization that trains church leaders and funds development projects in African countries.

  • Habitat For Humanity

    Nashville, TN

    Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes.

  • Mount Dora Christian Home & Bible School

    Mount Dora, FL

    Mount Dora is a private Christian school and a children’s home orphanage in Mount Dora, Florida. They are committed to providing a positive, challenging, Christ-centered environment for learning and growing.


  • Daystar Counseling Ministries

    Nashville, TN

    Daystar Counseling Ministries, Inc. offers both individual and group counseling to children, adolescents, families, young adults and families in the Middle 
    Tennessee area.