NAI Charter is a vital part of the Chattanooga success story.

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Founded in 1972 by Chester DeVaney, NAI Charter (then named Charter Real Estate Corporation) played a pivotal role in growing the Chattanooga business community. As a young entrepreneur, Chester specialized in industrial and corporate real estate services in Chattanooga. As the local landscape transformed from a manufacturing hub to a robust tourist destination and thriving mid-size city, DeVaney continually broadened his company to help businesses grow and find new space in Chattanooga.

Over the next 15 years, NAI Charter has had many distinguished partners, including Bill Sudderth, who went on to work for Jack Lupton at the Tennessee Aquarium, and Zach Wamp prior to his run for Congress.  

David DeVaney joined his father’s commercial real estate firm in 1988 and took over the company when Chester retired in 2000. David continued to grow the company, adding specialties in leasing, acquisitions, and consulting services. Most importantly, David established NAI Charter as a thought leader and problem solver. He and his team of brokers tackle complex projects with multiple players, address zoning issues, and use their network to ensure clients are among the first to hear about new opportunities for investment.

The NAI Charter team is proud of its long history of involvement with milestone projects pivotal to Chattanooga's revitalization. For example, amassing all tracts of land for the Honor's Golf Course, assembling land for Dupont, Dixie Group, Komatsu, Federal Express, Greyhound, the Coca Cola Bottling Company United, and riverfront property for the Tennessee Aquarium, selling BlueCross BlueShield's historical Miller Brother's building and securing property for Chattanooga's metropolitan airport expansion project.

Over its 49-year history, NAI Charter has become Chattanooga’s leader in the commercial real estate market. You can see the full impact of our efforts under Transactions.