In the more than 35 years Ray Weeks and Forrest Robinson have worked together, they have had a significant impact on the national industrial real estate market. Together, the real estate veterans have developed and managed billions of dollars worth of successful projects in more than 20 cities, took their company public through a successful REIT IPO, and stewarded a successful $160M real estate investment fund that exceeded investor expectations.
With Robinson Weeks Partners, their fourth industrial real estate enterprise, Forrest and Ray brought together five partners who have nearly 150 years of combined professional experience of developing and acquiring more than 100 million square feet of industrial real estate. The partners share a commitment to creating client driven value, an unparalleled appetite for complexity, and a passion for civic engagement. View partners
Ray Weeks, chairman of Robinson Weeks Partners, was previously co-founder and chairman of Weeks Robinson Properties, following three decades of building prominent industrial real estate companies. While chairman and chief executive officer of Weeks Corporation, a real estate company headquartered in Atlanta, Ray expanded the company's holdings and took it public in 1994. Weeks Corp. merged with Indianapolis-based Duke Realty in 1999 to become Duke-Weeks Realty Corp., the largest office/industrial real estate company in the U.S. As vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of Duke-Weeks until 2001, Ray led the company's growth in markets from Minneapolis to Miami.
Complementing Ray’s industrial real estate development success has been his focus on regional planning, land use policy, and natural resource conservation. Ray’s most significant civic contribution has been his leadership role in the launch of the Atlanta BeltLine, one of the country’s most successful urban revitalization projects. In 2005, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin selected Ray to develop and lead a civic and political strategy to establish the organizations to develop the Atlanta BeltLine – and to fund the project’s implementation. As part this effort, Ray founded and chaired the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and co-chaired the initial 60-million-dollar capital campaign.
Ray’s other civic leadership has included co-chairing the Clean Water Initiative; chairing the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism board; founding the Regional Business Coalition; and chairing the Council for Quality Growth, from which he later received its distinguished Four Pillar Award. He has similarly been honored by organizations including the Urban Land Institute, the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia chapter of National Association of Industrial & Office Properties, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
Forrest Robinson, previously CEO for Weeks Robinson Properties,where the company acquired or developed more than 10 million square feet of industrial buildings. Forrest also worked with Ray as president and chief operating officer of Weeks Corp. During his 22 years at Weeks, Forrest was responsible for more than 30 million square feet of development and managed the company's five operating divisions. After Weeks Corp. merged with Duke Realty, Forrest was responsible for five markets in Florida. In 2001 he joined South Florida's Codina Group, serving as president of development and as a member of its executive committee. In 2004 he founded and was president of the industrial division of Cousins Properties, Inc., a venture with Ray Weeks.
David Welch, who served as the senior vice president of Weeks Robinson Properties, oversees one of the company’s largest developments, Gillem Logistics Center, an 1,168 acre master planned development in metro Atlanta. Prior to joining Weeks Robinson Properties, David was the southeast regional president for LNR Properties, LLC., where he had overall responsibility of all acquisitions, developments, investments, operations, and dispositions, and held senior leadership positions with ProLogis for 13 years, with direct responsibility for the firm’s Atlanta, GA, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD, offices where he grew the firm’s presence to more than 20 million square feet. David started his career with CB Commercial.
Kit Baker was previously senior vice president for Weeks Robinson Properties where he oversaw Asset Management. While serving as chief operating officer of Weeks Properties (which merged with Weeks Robinson), he was responsible for sourcing, researching and managing all real estate investments. He worked for Taylor & Mathis as vice president of Alabama operations, where he gained a deep understanding of the commercial and residential real estate market in the Southeast.
Donny Thoresen has worked with Ray Weeks for over 11 years, most recently serving as COO of Weeks Ventures, the Weeks family office. In this role, Donny oversees the investment program, as well as the finance, accounting and reporting functions. Donny also previously spent 2+ years as the CFO of Weeks Robinson Properties at the Company’s inception. Donny was previously with INVESCO Institutional and Merrill Lynch.