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About Us The Team

How did we become Pintail?

Simple. Three real estate professionals with a common passion for excellence, saw an opportunity and seized it.  As the robust Upstate economy continued to strengthen following the recession of 2008, the founding partners felt strongly that there was an expanding space for our company within the Upstate commercial real estate landscape.  With combined sales, development and leasing transactions of over $600 million, our team brings unparalleled depth and expertise to each and every client interaction.  

Our company name has its roots in the characteristics of the Pintail duck, which is elegant in its design, graceful in flight.  Sleek and aerodynamic, the Pintail has a speed and agility which has earned the species the nickname, “greyhound of the air.”  The mystique and panache of the Pintail is without question, and it is widely recognized as the most sought after species throughout the Americas.  Pintail Capital Partners brings a similar focus to the markets we serve through proactive service, accessibility and responsiveness to our clients’ needs. 

What You Get...

Team Approach
55 Years Combined Experience
Value Creation
$600M in Transaction Volume
Creativity
Passion For Excellence

Our Mission

To deliver an unparalleled commercial real estate experience to help our clients solve their unique real estate needs while upholding the strictest standards for ethics and performance.

The Pintail Team

Ross Kester

Partner
(864) 303-7532
Ross Kester co-leads the firm’s strategy, operations, investment sales division and project execution. Ross is primarily focused on driving investment sales results for Pintail's clients, deal structuring, underwriting of development opportunities, transaction oversight and risk analysis.

Prior to Pintail Capital Partners, Ross began his real estate career in 2004 as a sales executive with the Cliffs Communities where Ross was directly responsible for over $100 million in real estate transactions as a top producer. In 2011 Ross was asked to take over as Broker-In-Charge for the Cliffs at Keowee Region, overseeing sales and marketing for three master-planned lakefront communities on Lake Keowee. The global economy continued to strengthen and in early 2014, Ross saw the opportunity to return to Greenville and focus his energy on commercial real estate. Since co-founding Pintail in 2015, Ross has enjoyed working on retail, flex and healthcare brokerage, development and investment sales.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Ross holds a degree in accounting and business management from Washington and Lee University; where he was a four-year letterman on the football team and Vice President of his fraternity. In addition to spending time with his wife and two daughters, Ross is an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. An Eagle Scout at age 13, Ross also enjoys his contribution as a youth mentor with SC Department of Natural Resources “Take One Make One” program. He is a board member and the treasurer of the Foothills Chapter of QDMA, and is the defensive line coach for the Greenville High School youth football team.

Tyson Smoak

Partner
(864) 325-0000
Tyson Smoak co-leads the firm’s client engagements, leasing and sales brokerage initiatives, fundraising activities and brand awareness. Responsible for all business development and marketing as well as new opportunity origination.

Prior to Pintail Capital Partners, Tyson spent eight years with a regional commercial real estate firm where he was a broker. He completed over $60 million dollars of commercial real estate transactions over the last three years working predominantly in the office sector and has developed a specialty in tenant representation. He has a comprehensive understanding of office sales, leasing and build-to-suit-development, and is licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Tyson earned his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation and was named the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors 2013 Commercial Realtor of the Year. He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes and is a past board member of the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors.

Stuart Wyeth

Partner
(864) 884-9801
Stuart Wyeth co-leads the growth and strategy of the firm. Stuart brings his creative energies to strategic planning, development programming, government approvals, impact evaluation and thought leadership around the firm’s development activities. He also assists the brokerage team on select assignments.

Prior to Pintail Capital Partners, Stuart spent more than ten years at a regional commercial real estate firm where he was a broker and principal. He completed over $156 million dollars of commercial real estate transactions in the major industry classifications including office, retail and industrial. Stuart worked with large institutional investors, owners, and developers; including Och-Ziff Real Estate and The Blackstone Group. Additionally, he completed lease transactions with Verizon, IBM, UPS, General Electric and many other national, regional and local tenants. Stuart was consistently a top-performing broker at his former company.

Stuart began his career in commercial real estate in 2005 as an intern during his final academic year at Clemson University. While at Clemson, he completed a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and served as president of the Graduate Student Government. Prior to Clemson, Stuart earned his BA degree in Economics from Denison University, where he completed a summer internship program with the San Diego Padres, assisting a development team in planning for a $4-billion-dollar infill urban mixed-use project revolving around a new baseball stadium - what is now PetCo Park.

Stuart serves on the local District Council Leadership Board for The Urban Land Institute. He has been actively involved in leadership roles with ULI since Clemson and he has completed the South Carolina Sustainable Leadership program. In addition to his industry activities, Stuart enjoys coaching high school lacrosse, volunteer activities, golf, bird hunting and working in the yard. Stuart lives in Greenville, SC with his wife, Mary Katherine, son, MacReynolds and their newest addition, Wallace.

Cameron Babbitt

Broker
(813) 503-3314
Cameron is primarily focused on identifying and securing multi-tenant and anchored retail investment sale opportunities for the firm's buyer, seller and 1031 exchange clients.

Before joining Pintail, Cameron spent four years on a capital advisory team where he was a broker focused on retail investment deals across the southeast. He completed over $65 million dollars of sales over the last three years in the retail investment sector and has developed a specialty in grocery-anchored shopping centers throughout the region. Cameron is an active member of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers).

Cameron holds a degree in Business Administration from Furman University where he was a member of the Furman University Men’s Tennis team. After graduating Furman, Cameron attended law school and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University. Cameron is a member of the West Virginia Bar. In addition to spending time with his wife and daughter, Cameron enjoys playing tennis and golf.

Jeff Day

Broker
(864) 354-1708
Jeff is primarily focused on identifying and securing retail and healthcare investment sale opportunities for the firm's clients, as well as generating development project assignments and site selection.

Before joining the Pintail team, Jeff managed corporate telecom accounts and network solutions for AT&T in Silicon Valley. He placed top of his class after completing a rigorous business leadership development program in Atlanta and was placed by AT&T in the startup hub of California. Jeff also spent several years as a catastrophe claims specialist who generated new business for local construction companies around the United States. He developed over 1.5 million in new business, gained an intimate understanding of project management, and accrued valuable insurance policy expertise.

Jeff relocated to the Upstate in 2001 from west Texas and now calls Greenville his home. A member of the men’s soccer team, Jeff graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. He volunteers with the local humane society, is a United Way Loaned Executive, and has been a member of First Baptist Greenville for over a decade. In his free time, Jeff loves fly-fishing, plays in several community sports leagues, and has recently started carpentry work as a new hobby.

Lakin Parr

Broker
(864) 421-4747
Lakin Parr focuses his energies on commercial real estate investment sale brokerage. Lakin advises owners, buyers, and sellers of investment properties both on, and off, the market. He is an active member of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers).

Prior to joining Pintail Capital Partners, Lakin worked as a commercial broker with a nationally recognized firm for over two and a half years.

Lakin Parr is a Greenville, SC native who graduated from High Point University with a degree in Business Administration. Lakin is an avid motocross rider, mountain biker, runner and enjoys water sports. He actively volunteers at Meals on Wheels. Like fellow Pintail member, Ross Kester, Lakin is an Eagle Scout. Lakin also recently married his college sweetheart.

Krissy Simmons

Director of Marketing
(864) 640-9443
Krissy supports the brokerage, development, and investment sales divisions of the company through marketing initiatives, collateral material design, and administrative support. Krissy is also responsible for coordinating Pintail’s business development events and enhancing brand awareness.

Krissy brings extensive marketing and business development experience to Pintail. Prior to joining the company, Krissy and her husband owned and operated a CrossFit gym in the Upstate of South Carolina. In 2015, she led a national non-profit organization in redesigning and migrating their 100+ page website, as well as rebranding their marketing collateral to support retention and growth. Most recently, Krissy supported the sales team for a regional healthcare company; developing marketing materials which resulted in significant revenue growth during her tenure.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Krissy is a member of CREW Upstate. She is also actively involved with Meals on Wheels and the Julie Valentine Center. An avid exercise enthusiast, she also enjoys spending time relaxing at Lake Summit with her husband and their two dogs.

Penn Williams

Director of Operations and Strategic Vision
(864) 270-9898
Penn supports the brokerage, development, and investment sales divisions of the company through marketing initiatives, operational oversight, and strategic vision.

Penn most recently worked as Director of Giving at Christ Episcopal Church, where she planned and executed multiple Annual Giving Campaigns as well as an $8 million Capital Campaign, coordinating everything from marketing communications and copywriting to event planning and organization of volunteers. Prior to this, Penn spent seven years at ScanSource, Inc., where she rose from Product Marketing Manager to Director of Merchandising. In this role, she led a team of product managers responsible for managing relationships with 17 vendors. Penn worked with employees to create strategic business and marketing plans to exceed quarterly revenue, gross profit and ROI goals.

Penn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Wofford College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. After starting her career in roles as a financial analyst and then a market strategist, she returned to school to get her IMBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Focusing her studies on brand management, she spent time completing coursework in Germany followed by an internship in Switzerland with a global agribusiness and biotechnology company.

Penn is an active member of Christ Church Episcopal where her involvement has ranged from chairing Annual Giving campaigns and the 3rd Century Commission to serving as a Sunday School instructor. She enjoys serving at her children’s schools and is a supporter of the local arts community, including serving on the Steering Committee of the Metropolitan Arts Council’s MAConnect group. Penn appreciates living near all of the amenities of downtown Greenville with her husband and three children.