About Kirk Rich

Who Am I?

I’m Kirk Rich, and I’m a third-generation native Atlantan and 25-year resident of Morningside. My combination of real estate expertise and community service gives me a unique perspective on issues important to District 6, including transportation, education, housing, the arts and community health. I will put my expertise, knowledge and leadership skills to use to move Atlanta forward as District 6’s City Council representative.

 

My Contributions 

I have more than 25 years of experience serving in leadership roles on numerous organizations’ and nonprofit boards – all of which have prepared me to help District 6.

 

This year, I was humbled to receive Atlanta’s distinguished Phoenix Award for exemplary service to the City – one of the highest honors that a citizen of the City can receive.

 

In 2014, I was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council to serve on the board for Invest Atlanta, the economic development authority for the City of Atlanta, where I participated in studying and approving major initiatives to move the city forward.  Also, for three years, I managed traffic and transportation issues as Traffic Chair for the Morningside-Lenox Park Association.

 

From 2011 to 2013, I served as board president of Jerusalem House, a nonprofit organization that provides permanent supportive housing for low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. I gained experience on childhood education, homelessness and affordable housing issues.

 

I have seen first-hand the positive impact the arts can make to the health of a community.  I was board president of Actors Express for four years, and still provide support as an Advisory Board member, as well as for Dad’s Garage and other theater companies.  In addition, this year will conclude my presidency of Hambidge – an 81-year old fellowship program for artists, creative thinkers, scientists and culinary artists.

 

I provide support to organizations like the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the AV200 and the Human Rights Campaign.  I am a proud graduate of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Buckhead, and a long-time member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

 

I have also held numerous leadership roles within the real estate industry, having served as President of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Georgia Chapter (2012), and President of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Georgia Chapter (2015), where I was honored to secure Chapter of the Year recognition from all the CCIM chapters across the country.  When I can, I also share my real estate expertise with other nonprofit organizations, including serving as a real estate advisor to Georgia Equality, Families First, as well as the NAMES Project.

 

My Background 

I am a principal at Avison Young, the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, and have acquired both a CCIM and an SIOR designation, which are the highest achievements possible in the commercial and investment real estate industry. Prior to that, I was the founding Principal and President of Rich Real Estate Services, Inc., a full-service real estate brokerage company founded in 2001 serving clients throughout the U.S. In 2017, Avison Young acquired Rich Real Estate Services.  For more than 28 years, I have provided brokerage and consulting services for commercial and residential properties, have closed more than 3,000 leasing, property acquisition and disposition transactions and have represented multi-national firms in various areas of real estate consulting and brokerage.

 

I am a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR) and the Georgia State University Real Estate Honorary Board, as well as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP).  I have consistently ranked in the NAIOP and ACBR Million Dollar Clubs annually. And in 2015, I was honored to receive the prestigious Realtor of the Year award by Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.

 

My Vision

I believe District 6 is one of the greatest districts in the City, and I feel that my community service and career path – from Invest Atlanta to Hambidge to Avison Young – and everything in between – has given me unique experience and perspective to move Atlanta forward.

 

District 6 has issues that need our attention, including traffic, transportation, education, development, our diminishing tree canopy, lack of arts funding, public safety and more.  I encourage you to come to an event and listen to my ideas or click on The Issues section to read my position in more detail or host an event where I can speak to you and your neighbors.

 

Ultimately, I believe my combined leadership, deep involvement in the real estate community as a broker, and my negotiation skills via my Invest Atlanta experience have created a unique skill set that will benefit the citizens of District 6 by allowing me the opportunity to immediately hit the ground running as I serve on the Atlanta City Council.

 

I have lived my life with a focus on community and I have the time, energy, knowledge, expertise and the desire to meet the tasks at hand within District 6 as your City Council representative.