Charles L. “Chip” Davidson, III

Co-Founder & Chairman

Brookdale Responsibilities

As Chairman, Mr. Davidson remains active in the formulation, implementation and oversight of Brookdale’s investment and disposition strategies, monitoring of existing investments and tracking of economic, real estate and capital market trends.

Professional Experience

Prior to founding Brookdale in 1994, Mr. Davidson spent 16+ years with Houston-based commercial real estate company Hines, where he was the Executive Vice President/Regional Partner responsible for oversight of all investment, development, property management, leasing and asset management activities in Hines’ Southeast Region.


Mr. Davidson holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Memberships and Civic Involvement

Mr. Davidson is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) and is active in several other industry organizations including the Urban Land Institute (from whom Mr. Davidson received the Frank Carter Community Achievement Award in 2019) and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). He has addressed numerous real estate groups and conferences and has been a visiting lecturer at educational institutions including Yale University’s School of Management, Harvard Business School, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University, the Georgia Tech Graduate College of Management, and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

In addition, Mr. Davidson has held leadership roles with numerous local and regional community organizations, and is a founder and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Hospital’s Mercy Foundation, a former member of the Georgia State Properties Commission, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Conservancy, a former Chairman of the Board of Visitors and former member of the Board of Trustees of Davidson College, a current member of the Shepherd Center Board of Directors, and a current member of the Honorary Board of Trinity House Community Ministries.