One Wells Fargo Center, Charlotte, NC

Childress Klein

Company Overview

The developer and manager of One Wells Fargo Center is Childress Klein, a private real estate firm operating in Charlotte, Atlanta, Richmond and other Southeastern locations.  Childress Klein employs over 275 people and currently manages more than 22 million square feet of office, industrial, and retail property.  Other properties managed by Childress Klein include Two Wells Fargo Center, Three Wells Fargo Center, The Green, Promenade on Providence and RiverGate Shopping Center in Charlotte, as well as the Galleria and Wells Fargo Center complexes in Atlanta.

Formed in 1988 by Fred Klein and Don Childress, Childress Klein immediately became one of the largest full service commercial real estate companies in the Southeast, which it remains today. The company has directed the planning, development, leasing and management of more than 35 million square feet of commercial properties and facilities total, owns real estate assets in excess of $1 billion, and claims over 200 years of collective experience among its senior partners. 

Over the years, Childress Klein has consistently proven its competence and staying power by providing asset management, marketing and leasing services to prestigious institutional owners of the highest quality commercial real estate.  Our list of more than 560 clients includes such U.S. institutions and advisors as Wells Fargo Bank, TIAA-CREF, Invesco, Equitable, Lend Lease, BellSouth, Alltel, Merrill Lynch, General Mills, New York Life Insurance, Nabisco, Coats North American, Kemper Insurance, KPMG, Vanguard and the Yarmouth Group; and major foreign investors, such as HVB Capital Markets, Inc., and Germania of America, Inc. Childress Klein has also won over 55 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Office Building of the Year (TOBY) awards, including 3 at the International Level.

Our Philosophy

We exist to develop high-quality, profitable real estate projects, offer the most competent and professional property management possible and provide challenging and rewarding careers for our employees.

We are mindful of the mark our developments leave on the cities where we live and work.  We develop only those projects that contribute to quality growth of our communities.

Tenants are our most valuable assets.  We seek recurring, long-term relationships.  To earn those relationships, we realize we must work hard and go well beyond the normal scope of services associated with our industry.

We believe in meritocracy.  A person is judged on performance, not on length of employment or background.  We believe in promoting from within our organization whenever possible and do so based upon individual competency and achievement.

We believe in the fundamental dignity and value of each of our employees.  We believe that work should be fun and rewarding.  We expect our employees to take pride in themselves and in their performance.  And we expect our employees to return some measure to the community from which they earn a living through both financial investments and time commitments to charitable, educational and artistic institutions.

Finally, we seek long-term, recurring financial relationships with our lenders and financial partners.  We accept with serious purpose our fiduciary responsibilities and seek to discharge them properly.