Ned M. Franco | Chairman
Dr. Ned M. Franco is a native Atlantan and was a renowned physician practicing medicine in Atlanta, Georgia for 53 years. In addition to founding one of the oldest and most respected medical practices in Atlanta, Ned oversees the investments of the Franco family office. Through his vast life experience and success, Ned provides invaluable guidance in the strategy and execution of all facets of Rodos Realty Partners.
Ned has been an active investor and principal owner in numerous real estate properties for 45 years. The Franco family office portfolio includes numerous residential and commercial properties including land holdings, shopping centers, office buildings, high-rise urban and beach front condominiums, and single family residential dwellings. Ned’s forte lies in his discipline approach to evaluating business opportunities coinciding with his savvy business acumen of driving revenue while streamlining operational expenses. Ned formed Rodos Realty Partners with his son, Steven Franco, in December 2012 to actively pursue the acquisition of well-located, value add commercial properties in Atlanta and across the southeastern United States.
Ned is a graduate of the University of Georgia (1959), Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine (1964), Internship Hospital at Grady Memorial Hospital (1965), and Residency Hospital at Emory University Hospital (1969). Ned served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1969 – 1971 and then opened a private practice in 1971 as one of the first Urologist in what is now the infamous “pill hill” medical area of Atlanta. Over the years, Ned served as Chief of Urology at both Northside Hospital and Emory St. Joseph Hospital.
Ned has been married to his lovely wife Janis for over 52 years. He is the proud father and grandfather of 2 sons, Ryan and Steven, and 4 grandchildren, Bebe, Edie, Sam, and Jonah. Ned and his family have been active members of Temple Sinai in Atlanta for 35 years.
Steven Franco | Managing Partner
Mr. Steven Franco is a native Atlantan and real estate professional that has been an active dealmaker in commercial real estate across the southeastern United States for over 22 years. Over his career, Mr. Franco has managed the acquisition, development, redevelopment, leasing and management of commercial properties totaling approximately $1 billion in asset value and has completed over $315 million in deal transactions in the process. Steven is an expert in devising and implementing creative business strategies to maximize property values.
Steven has been a key player in many major developments and redevelopments in Atlanta and across the Southeast. Prior to forming Rodos Realty Partners in December 2012, he acquired 6 opportunistic shopping center properties as a principal with Southern Commercial Developers from December 2011 – November 2012, was a principal and managing member of Franco DeFoor Properties from 2003-2011 and a valuable executive at other real estate organizations: 1997-2006, including New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Equity Investment Group, Dewberry Capital Corporation and Grubb & Ellis Company. His experience as a real estate entrepreneur and work in an institutional REIT, Private REIT, high profile development firm, and national brokerage company has given Steven a unique perspective of all facets of the real estate business.
Steven began his career in 1994 as the founder and principal owner of Global Sports Services, Inc. (GSS), a sports Marketing/real estate firm established for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Clients included sponsors, athletic organizations and Fortune 500 companies. GSS brokered strategically located properties near Olympic Venues for the purpose of merchandising goods and services and also secured large room blocks for VIP and staff lodging during the Olympic Games.
Steven is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (1994) and has actively held a Georgia Real Estate License since 1995. He is a member of many professional and civic organizations including International Council of Shopping Centers and Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia. Most important, Steven is the very proud father of two thriving teenage daughters Bebe and Edie Franco.