Dr. Ned M. Franco is a native Atlantan and was a renowned physician practicing medicine in Atlanta, Georgia for 54 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 48 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 55 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 38 years.
Ms. Lea Maraman (Lea pronounced Leah), is originally from Indianapolis Indiana but relocated to the Panhandle region in 1998. Ms. Maraman has a background as a small business owner in both hospitality and the commercial cleaning industry. She brings a diverse background of vacation rental expertise, business ownership, commercial cleaning, and most recent residential and commercial real estate to the table. In addition, her commercial business held a team of 50 employees to manage and maintain over 90 vacation rental units. Ms. Maraman has also held government contracts providing oversight and leadership for post-construction clean-ups on military installations, as well as for builders and commercial businesses. Ms. Maraman has been a leader in her industry and has worked throughout her career to spearhead new opportunities and develop relationships. Her experience across the spectrum makes her an asset to the vision and mission of Rodos Realty.
Ms. Maraman was awarded her Florida real estate license in 2017 and has experience working with residential real estate firms prior to joining the Rodos Realty Team. She is excited to be back on the commercial side where her passion really lies.