About Us

development: Arbor Square Shopping Center

development: Arbor Square Shopping Center

The Company

CONNOLLY, a premier real estate developer and investor in the Southeast, provides a focused, full-service approach to its developments and investments. Since 1972, CONNOLLY has completed more than 40 retail, commercial land, office projects, and mixed-use projects in the Southeastern U.S. totaling more than 3,000,000 square feet with a value of nearly $500,000,000.

CONNOLLY has been lead developer for several urban mixed-use projects in Atlanta, with an emphasis on walkability and transit. As a trusted developer and proven investor for more than forty-five years, the Atlanta-based team leverages experience in leasing, acquisitions, project design and development management, property and asset management and brokerage services.


The Team

Timothy “J.R.” Connolly II, Chief Executive Officer

Top executive leadership role, 35 years gaining hands-on experience in all aspects of the company’s operations, including property management, shop leasing, outlot sales, brokerage, major tenant leasing, site acquisition, financing, dispositions, development/project management and investment management.

Amy Wells, Vice President of Development and Acquisitions

Amy’s duties include all transactions related to acquisition, due diligence and entitlement of real estate through and including development and construction. Member of the CONNOLLY team since 2003, she represents the company to clients, peer organizations, strategic partners and business associates.

Brian Fratesi, Vice President of Development and Acquisitions

Brian is responsible for the development process from gap analysis and site selection through development and construction. He joined CONNOLLY in 2007 boasting more than 20 years of experience in site selection and acquisition of commercial real estate.


DeLyse Werner, Accounting Manager

DeLyse’s duties include processing accounts receivable/payable, cash management, maintaining the general ledger and financial reporting. She came to CONNOLLY from Taylor & Mathis

Meghan Schmidt, Project Manager

Meghan joined CONNOLLY in 2019 after working for several years as a consultant and project manager in Mastercard's data and analytics division, where she partnered with clients (primarily retailers and banks) to improve decisions and optimize value by designing, executing, and analyzing in-market business experiments.

David Connolly, Project Manager

David performs a variety of roles at CONNOLLY but primarily focuses on investment analysis and project management. He joined CONNOLLY in 2019. Before CONNOLLY, David worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he managed 20+ projects, including due diligences for Private Equity firms and supply chain optimization for large consumer-packaged goods manufacturers.