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Atlanta Magazine honors retail real estate executive

Liz Gillespie, the North American Properties partner who played a large role in the design and retail curation of the Colony Square and Avalon projects in the Atlanta metro, has been named by Atlanta Magazine as one of its annual Women Making a Mark.

“Gillespie helped transform Colony Square, once known as a dated concrete plaza on 15th Street [in Atlanta] into the heart of midtown, thanks to new community events, turf areas, food trucks, yoga classes and the iconic MIDTOWN letters,” wrote the magazine in bestowing the honor Gillespie, who is NAP’s VP of marketing.

The magazine also called attention to Gillespie’s other involvement in the local community, such as her work as a board member of MODA, the Museum of Design Atlanta.

Among the 12 other women honored at a luncheon on June 14th were Georgia State University law professor Nancy Mansfield; Linda Matzigkeit, administrator of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Carol Waddy, director of community affairs for Chick-Fil-A, and Toni Washington, Fire Chief of the City of Decatur.

Gillespie spoke to Atlanta Magazine about retail real estate’s role in creating communities in America’s towns and cities.

“The space between the buildings—that’s where community happens,” Gillespie remarked. “By creating intentional spaces designed for gathering, we create areas that bring like-minded people together for shared experiences.”

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