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Mike Hayes is Chairman of the Board. After graduation from Washington and Lee University in 1967 and active service with the U.S. Air Force National Guard, he began full time employment with the company in 1969. He was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 1982. In 1986 he became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
His primary area of responsibility was the operation and direction of the company ’s wholesale grocery business, which was one of the 50 largest in the country and one of the top 10 privately held companies in Middle Tennessee. The wholesale grocery business was sold in 2002 to focus on real estate management and development.
He has served as a Director of Food Distributors International, President of the Tennessee Wholesale Grocers Association, Director of the Tennessee Retail Grocer ’s Association, Director of the National American Wholesale Grocer’s Association, Director of Southern Food Dealers and is currently Secretary of Food Marketing Educational Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Nashville Opera Association.


MichaelMichael Hayes, President, re-joined the company in mid 2008 as Director of Development. Before returning to C. B. Ragland, he opened Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse’s (SBER) Nashville office in 2005 and served as its Development Director until early 2008. In this capacity, he worked to transform a 20 block area in downtown Nashville. This innovative conceptual master plan envisioned a total investment of $500 million, including entertainment, a waterfront public greenway, multiple hotels, riverfront condominiums, commercial office space, retail shops and street front boutiques.
Prior to joining SBER, he served as Asset Manager for C. B. Ragland. In this capacity, he was responsible for the company-wide asset/portfolio management function and long term strategic planning. He helped transform the company from the 10th largest privately held wholesale grocery operation in the US to one of the largest privately held real estate firms in middle Tennessee.
From 2001-2002, he served as a Financial Analyst with L.J. Melody and Company in Atlanta, Georgia. While with L.J. Melody, he underwrote approximately $1.5B of real estate assets, participated in the origination and closing of approximately $400MM dollars of debt and $11MM of equity. He was exposed to all real estate asset types and advised local and national investors as to the best strategies to maximize the value of their portfolios through the use of outside debt and equity.
Before joining L.J. Melody, Mr. Hayes was Director of Development for F.O.G. Development in Atlanta, GA. In this position, he was responsible for identifying and acquiring sites for new Walgreens drug stores. He also participated in the development of a Publix anchored shopping center, two strip centers and a Wendy’s restaurant.
After graduating from Rhodes College, he worked for AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis, TN as a Real Estate Manager. He was responsible for identifying and acquiring or leasing sites for new stores in Utah, Wyoming, California, Maryland and Puerto Rico. He gained M&A experience while participating in three chain acquisitions which added approximately 630 stores in two years. Before leaving AutoZone, Mr. Hayes created the business plan for AutoZone de Puerto Rico. He spent a year working on the island and was responsible for all aspects of creating the business unit, from logistics to distribution to site selection.
His educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Business from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and an M.S. in Real Estate from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. In the community Mr Hayes has served as a Board Member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Belle Meade Plantation, THE DISTRICT and was a Founding Board Member of KIPP Academy Nashville, and was
the District 8 Representative to the Metropolitan Board of Education. Mr. Hayes currently serves as a Board Member of the Nashville Symphony. He is a member of the Civic Design Center, the Rotary Club of Nashville and has been awarded Entrepreneur Organization’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2006 (Nashville Chapter), and was named as one of Tennessee’s 100 most influential Real Estate Professionals 2006-2012 (Nashville Business Journal). In 2013 Michael was recognized by NAIOP as "Developer of the Year" for Middle Tennessee
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RyanRyan Finley, Vice President/Controller, joined C. B. Ragland Company in 2013. He oversees all aspects of accounting, reporting, insurance, analysis, and financing for the company. Ryan has over 25 years of experience in real estate analysis, financing, and accounting. Prior to joining the company, he worked with other Nashville Area developers in the residential real estate and commercial construction industries (most notably Southern Land Company and ParkTrust Development), serving in positions of Controller and Chief Financial Officer. Ryan moved to Nashville, Tennessee from Dallas, Texas in 2003. While in Dallas, Ryan spent over 10 years working with billion dollar company, ClubCorp, serving numerous positions from Controller to Senior Financial Analyst to Project Manager. He also worked with Economics Research Associates and Ernst & Young. Ryan is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting


Brandon R. Brandon Kuvara joined C. B. Ragland Company in 2012 and currently serves as its Managing Broker. Previously he served as a Sales and Leasing Consultant for AGM, Inc. and was based in Seattle, WA. In that capacity Mr. Kuvara managed over 700,000 square feet for high net worth families and institutional clients. He has over a decade of real estate experience and has had roles in brokerage, development and portfolio management. A Washington native, Mr. Kuvara attended Hawaii Pacific University. Following college, he was a member of the US Navy and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.


Connie Austin came to work for C.B. Ragland Company in June of 1987 as a Secretary for the Sales Department and Executive Directors. During her employment, she organized company events such as Food Shows, Annual Retailer Trips, and the Jimmy Ragland Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. She also worked in all phases of Customer Service and Sales support.
In January of 2000, she was promoted to Customer Service Coordinator. In this new position, she worked primarily with the Sales Department and the Grocery Customers to assure the highest degree of Customer Satisfaction.
Since October 2002, with the closing of the Grocery Wholesale Operation, she has assumed other responsibilities to include Human Resources and Property Management.


Mildred Kiddy has worked for C. B. Ragland Company in a variety of capacities since her graduation from Clifton High School in her hometown of Clifton, Tennessee.
Her responsibilities have included accounts receivable, accounts payable and billing. In recent years, she has been responsible for the issuance of all the company’s financial statements. In addition to these duties, she has been the company’s point person in working with both external auditors and outside governmental auditors.


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