Daylan Jordan, Assistant Property Manager with Cousins Properties in Atlanta, Georgia has been selected by CRE Insight Journal as one of the 10 to Watch in commercial real estate. The CRE Insight Journal 10 to Watch program recognizes the commercial real estate industry’s top early career professionals and showcases how emerging professionals are shaping the real estate industry through a variety of career pathways.
At Cousins Properties, Jordan oversees numerous aspects of property management and tenant experience at an approximately 1 million square feet Class A high- and mid-rise property in the Midtown submarket of Atlanta. In her role, she is the first point of contact for tenants and vendors, and she assists with the creation of annual budgets, and plans and coordinates all tenant and community events at the property. Jordan also oversees capital and tenant improvement projects directly with the landlord-representation team.
Additionally, Jordan was involved in a significant property redevelopment early in her career.
“One of the most notable experiences in my career has been my involvement in the extensive renovation and redevelopment of the prestigious office building, 1200 Peachtree Street, formerly the headquarters of Norfolk Southern,” Jordan said. “Upon Cousins Properties’ acquisition of this building, we embarked on a transformative journey to turn it into a vibrant, amenity-rich, multi-tenant office space in the heart of Midtown. The entire building was vacant for 12 months as we executed these massive renovations.”
For Jordan, this experience was an exceptional one, both during the redevelopment and through the property’s lease-up.
“Being an integral part of this process has been both fulfilling and enlightening,” she said. “I have gained invaluable knowledge, built strong relationships, and learned vital lessons that have enriched my professional growth,”
“Since its reopening, we have successfully secured numerous high-profile leases, resulting in over 50-percent occupancy and 65-percent leased space within the first year of operation,” Jordan said. “I had the privilege of working directly with the landlord representation team for the buildout of VISA’s new Atlanta Headquarters within the building, which encompassed a substantial 123,000 square feet – one of the largest leases in the Southeast.”
Jordan’s journey with Cousins Properties has been defined by continuous growth and her impact on large-scale projects like the redevelopment of 1200 Peachtree Street. She is also an active volunteer in the Atlanta community.
Jordan has made significant contributions through community service. She has dedicated her time outside of work to CHRIS 180, which provides high-quality, trauma-informed behavioral health services and support systems for families, adults, and children in need. Her work with CHRIS 180 involved helping prepare hygiene and home kits, and she enhanced these efforts through collaborations with her property during CHRIS 180’s Back to School Supply Drive.
“We collected donations and also promoted virtual contributions through an Amazon Wishlist,” Jordan said. “This initiative helped ensure that children supported by CHRIS 180 had the necessary school supplies, setting them up for success in their educational journey. Through my volunteer activities with CHRIS 180, I have been able to contribute to a more compassionate and supportive community, particularly for vulnerable children and youth.”
Prior to joining Cousins Properties, Jordan entered the commercial real estate industry as a Property Administrator with Stream Realty Partners, where she assisted in the day-to-day operation of a 190 tenant, 1 million square foot office property.
Before her work with Stream Realty Partners, Jordan attended the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, majoring in finance.
Jordan sees the future of the commercial real estate industry rooted in creating positive change.
“The real estate industry has the potential to be a force for positive change in the lives of individuals, our communities, and the environment through a range of initiatives and practices,” Jordan said. “The adoption of LEED building certification in real estate projects is a significant step towards sustainability. In addition to LEED, Fitwel building certification is a testament to the industry’s growing commitment to occupant health and well-being. Real estate developers are increasingly incorporating design elements that enhance physical and mental wellness within their properties.”
Jordan also sees the connection between real estate and community service as essential.
“Collaborating with local communities and our building customers for volunteer and philanthropy activities strengthens neighborhood bonds,” Jordan said. “The combination of these important topics will positively impact people’s lives, create vibrant communities, and contribute to a more sustainable future.”
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