Our Team

Bryan Austin

Broker

Partner with Austin Sumner Properties, has grown up in the Athens area and in the commercial real estate business. Bryan is a graduate of Athens Academy and holds a BBA from the University of Georgia in Real Estate. His career in real estate began while in college working for his grandfather’s development business, Porterfield Development Co. After graduation, he went to work at The Dovetail Companies where he managed the leasing of retail, office and flex space developments across the Southeast and Texas. Throughout his career, Bryan has worked on projects such as The Markets at Epps Bridge, Sugarloaf, Anderson and Charlotte, The Terraces Office Park and many others. These projects, among others, have exposed him to a vast array of development concepts and allowed him to become skilled in tenant negotiations and space acquisitions. Bryan’s experience and work ethic enable him to find the perfect space for your needs or effectively lease you property while maximizing your profitability.

Tyler Matthews

Director

Tyler Matthews, Director and Licensed Agent with Austin Sumner Properties, graduated from the University of Georgia in May of 2017. Tyler began as an intern with Austin Sumner Properties in 2016 until he accepted a full-time position the following year after graduation. Before that, he worked with Parkside Partners on the Bottleworks project in Athens as a property manager and leasing coordinator. Tyler specializes in underwriting retail shopping centers. His duties include sales, leasing, creating redevelopment proformas, coordinating tenant buildouts, marketing, and asset management for over 1 million square feet of properties across the Southeast. Tyler lives in Lawrenceville, GA where he enjoys playing golf, spending time with his girlfriend, and throwing the tennis ball with his dog, Palmer.

Wells Scott

Director

Wells, a native of Athens, GA is a graduate of Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School and holds a BA in Business and a Masters of Accounting from Rhodes College. His professional career began working for Morgan Stanley and Service Master while in college, and after graduation, he went to work at Frazier & Deeter in Atlanta where he was an auditor. Throughout his career at Frazier & Deeter, Wells specialized in Broker Dealers and Real Estate Investment Trusts. Auditing these clients, exposed him to a vast array of complex developments, acquisitions, and equity transactions. After three years in public accounting, Wells join Austin Sumner as a Director and licensed agent. He brings experience and work ethic in order to provide the best value to his clients.

Don Sumner

Associate Broker

Associate Broker with Austin Sumner Properties, has been providing commercial real estate services for
his clients across the Southeast since 1978. He holds a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business
Administration from the University of Georgia and has taught courses in Business Management
and Real Estate. Don has been associated as a commercial agent with Edens & Avant of
Columbia, South Carolina and Max L. Hill Company of Charleston, South Carolina. In 1984,
Don founded Sumner Properties in Athens, Georgia. As Owner/Broker of Sumner Properties, he
joined with Bryan Austin to create the partnership of Austin Sumner Properties.
After 35 years of building relationships in Athens, Don has assisted many families with their real
estate needs, including management and distribution of estates. Don is relevant in today’s
market, while maintaining historical integrity with the past. Don currently sells, develops, leases
and manages medical complexes, office buildings, retail centers and warehouses. Don’s
business model is to continuously serve his clients with fresh and creative ideas that remain at
the top of the market.

Traci Phillips

Brokerage, Agent & Property Manager

Traci Phillips, Property Manager, and licensed Realtor with Austin Sumner Properties has over 25 years of Real Estate, office and accounting experience. Traci has spent most of her career listing and selling Real Estate in the North Georgia area, before going to work for a law firm and then coming to Austin Sumner Properties. Traci’s duties at Austin Sumner Properties include managing several property portfolios, initiating and dispatching work order requests for current tenants and developers and preparing lease and contract documents. She also shows properties to potential tenants and buyers. Traci has been married for over 30 years and has one daughter, son in law, and two grandchildren. She and her husband live on a beautiful 26 acre farm where they enjoy their horses that they train and show.

Joy Simonton

Brokerage, Agent & Property Manager

Joy Simonton, Property Manager and Licensed Realtor with Austin Sumner Properties, has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience including office, retail and multi-family investments, dispositions and property management. Joy is a native of LaGrange, GA and spent almost 20 years in the Atlanta area working for real estate firms Dewberry Capital, Lane Company and Cassidy Turley. After 4 years at UGA, Joy returned home to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from LaGrange College. Joy returned to Athens in 2011 and is enjoying working in a smaller college town. She enjoys attending UGA basketball games and spending time with her family. Joy and her fiancé live in Athens and have 3 dogs and a cat.

Stacey Smith

Brokerage, Agent & Property Manager

Stacey Smith, Property Manager and licensed Realtor with Austin Sumner Properties, has over 16 years of Real Estate, Property Management, Multi Family and Development experience. Stacey has been with Austin Sumner Properties for over 11 years. She has spent most of her career working for Developers and Real Estate Brokers in the Commercial and Residential fields. She obtained her Georgia Real Estate license with Austin Sumner Properties and has been an agent for over 11 years. Her duties at Austin Sumner Properties includes preparing leases and contracts, showing properties to potential tenants and buyers, listing commercial space, and managing several properties. Stacey enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

Brandon Reinhart

Property Manager

Wells, a native of Athens, GA is a graduate of Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School and holds a BA in Business and a Masters of Accounting from Rhodes College. His professional career began working for Morgan Stanley and Service Master while in college, and after graduation, he went to work at Frazier & Deeter in Atlanta where he was an auditor. Throughout his career at Frazier & Deeter, Wells specialized in Broker Dealers and Real Estate Investment Trusts. Auditing these clients, exposed him to a vast array of complex developments, acquisitions, and equity transactions. After three years in public accounting, Wells join Austin Sumner as a Director and licensed agent. He brings experience and work ethic in order to provide the best value to his clients.

Debbie Swope

Brokerage Coordinator

Debbie joined Austin Sumner Properties in January, 2016, with a background in office management and education. Debbie received a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University, taught elementary school early in her career, and for the past ten years has worked as an administrative assistant to the director of a school in Orlando, Florida. Her duties at Austin Sumner include greeting clients, scheduling meetings and appointments, organizing paper work and records, and coordinating the daily operations to ensure efficiency in the office. Debbie has recently relocated to Athens and enjoys the Georgia outdoors as well as spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mary Beth Justus

Accountant

Mary Beth is a fifth generation University of Georgia graduate and longtime Athenian who started working with Austin Sumner Properties in 2010. She served as Director of the Athens Welcome Center for five years before becoming a tax accountant, having served clients in the Athens area for over ten years. She was named “Favorite Independent Accountant” by the readers of the Athens Banner Herald twice. When not accounting for everything in the AS office, she is a wife, mother, aerialist, bassist, and minister in the Universal Life Church of Modesto, CA.