CHARLES “CHARLIE” SMITH
Business Development Manager
Charlie joined Paragon Construction in late 2016, bringing more than 35 years of experience in transaction management, development, design and construction of residential, commercial and P3 projects. His primary focus is new business development.
Charlie leverages Paragon Construction’s design/build experience in the Military Housing Privatization Initiative ‘world’ (MHPI – housing and lodging) – the largest and most successful P3 ever initiated in the US. Charlie pursues additional opportunities with clients that share common values and develop/manage work in the commercial and residential property industry. In his time with Paragon, Charlie has has managed dozens of military housing and hotel projects averaging $10-15 million per project, including Camp Pendleton in San Diego and Fort Lee in Virginia.
Prior to joining Paragon, Charlie spent nearly a decade with Lendlease as an Executive Vice President. During his tenure there, he held the positions of Director of Business Development, Director of Communities Development, Director of Governmental Affairs (lobbying) as well as leading and closing the very successful Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) Program.
Prior to Lendlease, Charlie spent more than 20 years as a senior manager in the real estate and construction industry in the Southeast US.
Charlie’s professional affiliations include: Association of Defense Communities, National Council of Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has former affiliations with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Charlie earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, with his wife and is the proud father of three (3) children. In his free time, Charlie enjoys all sports including golf, snow skiing, running and hiking.