Memphis

Steve Rudesill - Vice Chairman
901-260-1150

Memphis, TN

srudesill@aranewmark.com

Steve Rudesill is vice chairman of ARA, A Newmark Company’s Memphis multifamily operation where he is responsible for the growth and development of the company’s multifamily brokerage platform in the Mid-South and Tennessee. With a career spanning 29 years in the multifamily industry, Mr. Rudesill has participated in over $3.0 billion in multifamily transactions and has held real estate investments in Wisconsin, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, including the development of multifamily rental housing and condominiums in the Memphis area.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Rudesill established the Mid-South multifamily brokerage team for CBRE where he served as president and principal for 19 years. During that timeframe, Mr. Rudesill was also a partner for 17 years in LEDIC Management Group, a third party management company with over 45,000 multifamily units in their portfolio from Virginia to Arizona. In 1986 he formed a multifamily brokerage company in Southern California that specialized in tax-deferred exchange structures before relocating to Memphis in 1990 to join SPL Corporation, the largest multifamily brokerage company in the Mid-South.

Mr. Rudesill began his professional career as an aerospace engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company in Southern California and he later worked for the Hewlett Packard Company as a major account manager for large aerospace and defense contractors in Southern California and Arizona.

Mr. Rudesill is a board member of the Memphis chapter of Lambda Alpha International, a global land economics society, and he is a 1998 graduate of the New Memphis Leadership Development Initiative.

A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Rudesill received a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, attending on a Howard Hughes Fellowship. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Mr. Rudesill is a licensed real estate broker in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Blake Pera - Vice Chairman
901-260-1156

Memphis, TN

bpera@aranewmark.com

Blake Pera is a vice chairman for ARA, A Newmark Company’s Memphis multifamily operation. In this capacity, Mr. Pera is responsible for the brokerage of multifamily real estate ranging from suburban garden-style assets to downtown high-rise apartments in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. He has been actively involved in all aspects of commercial real estate for over 22 years, selling 52,000 units since 1990 and transacting more than $2.2 billion in apartment sales since 2000.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Pera was an executive vice president for CBRE for 18 years, responsible for multifamily sales throughout the southeast. Before that, he was a top producing real estate manager for AutoZone, Inc. where he acquired retail sites throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Mr. Pera received the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 2001, he has received the Broker of the Year award in Memphis multifamily sales the last 14 years and has been recognized as one of the top 25 highest-producing commercial brokers for the past 15 years. In 2011 he became the only multifamily broker to receive the overall top brokerage award in Memphis and he has been inducted as a Life Member in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Pinnacle Producers Club. Mr. Pera also formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis and was named to the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2010.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Memphis Metro CCIM
  • Memphis Area Association of Realtors
  • Apartment Association of Greater Memphis
  • Tennessee Apartment Association
  • National Apartment Association

A native of Memphis, Mr. Pera received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed affiliate broker in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Tommy Bronson III - Senior Managing Director
901-260-1190

Memphis, TN

tbronson@aranewmark.com

Tommy Bronson is an senior managing director for ARA, A Newmark Company’s Memphis operation where he is responsible for the brokerage of multifamily real estate across the Mid-South, including Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Jackson, Mississippi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has been involved in the acquisition, disposition and investment of residential and commercial real estate for over ten years and has sold 30,000 units and transacted more than $1.3 billion in apartment sales since 2005.

Prior to joining ARA Newmark, Mr. Bronson was a senior vice president at CBRE for 11 years. Before that, he was a top producing member of Crye-Leike Realtors team of sales associates, where he was recognized as a member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Multi-Million Dollar Club. Prior to that he served as a successful institutional equity sales trader at Morgan Keegan.

Mr. Bronson has been recognized as one of the top 25 highest-producing commercial brokers in Memphis for the past nine years. He has been inducted as a Life Member in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Pinnacle Producers Club and is a licensed affiliate broker in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Memphis Area Association of Realtors
  • Apartment Association of Greater Memphis
  • Tennessee Apartment Association
  • National Apartment Association

A native of Memphis, Mr. Bronson attended Mississippi State University.