OUR TEAM

Brandon Liggett has been a serial entrepreneur since he began his professional career at the age of 18. Brandon has created and managed several start-up companies including a single-family residential rental business, a moving and storage company, and a commercial storm damage restoration firm. Brandon previously held a real estate sales professional license in the State of Tennessee, and is currently involved in the real estate sector as an investor and developer.

James Purgason, CPA,  joined Urban Growth Capital in 2018 as President and Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, his role is to provide financial guidance, oversee asset acquisition and dispositions, provide fiscal oversight, and assistance in managing company investments and assets.

Prior to joining UGC, James worked for 10 years in the public accounting sector, most recently with Henderson, Hutcherson and McCullough in Chattanooga, TN.  Additionally, he spent 6 years in Atlanta working for two national top-100 public accounting firms. James comes to UGC with an extensive background in tax planning and compliance, real estate investment funds, asset acquisition and divestitures, and general business consulting. His expertise includes cash flow management, mergers and acquisitions, and complex debt and equity structuring.  James is an actively licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in both Georgia and Tennessee.

James received his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. During this time, he was an infantryman in the South Carolina National Guard and completed basic training in Fort Benning , Georgia. James was called to active duty in 2006, and was sent to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. James is the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, and an Army Good Conduct Medal. He also received special recognition for outstanding service by the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division, Major General David Rodriguez. James returned to Citadel after his deployment as a Veterans Day student and finished his degree in May, 2009. James is a member of the Citadel Alumni Association and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

James and his wife relocated to Chattanooga from Atlanta in 2014.  He is very active in the community-serving as the treasurer of the Erlanger Health Systems Foundation and as an instructor for the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.  He is also the past treasurer of Regional Outreach Veterans Engagement Resources (R.O.V.E.R) and The Center for Mindful Living. He is affiliated with several professional associations, such as The American Institute of Certified Accountants, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. They enjoy all of the outdoor recreation that Chattanooga has to offer. James enjoys running, fishing, and watching the Atlanta Braves in his free time.

Tyler joined Urban Capital Growth in 2019 as Vice President of Acquisitions bringing over 15 years of experience in varied roles within the world of commercial real estate including acquisitions, dispositions, brokerage, development, and redevelopment at several great companies such as HUTTON, Victory Real Estate Investments, Sofran Group, and Marcus & Millichap. He’s been involved in over $688 Million of deal volume in a wide variety of roles providing him a broad  foundation of knowledge and relationships in CRE. Tyler’s primary focus at UGC will be acquisitions and asset management.

Tyler holds a BS in Finance from Auburn University, has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and holds brokerage licenses in Florida and Georgia. When he’s not at work Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife Meghan, son J.G., and their dog Baer finding any excuse or activity to be outdoors enjoying nature.

Ches has managed projects ranging from 5 thousand to over 5 million square feet. Ches’s approach to construction management focuses on collaboration and clarity. With a keen ability to identify and mitigate potential challenges, Ches and his team have been able to deliver projects that exceed investor expectations.

Ches has a BA from Mississippi State University. When not at Urban Growth Capital, Ches enjoys playing golf and tennis.

As a native of Chattanooga TN, Jen gained her passion for development by witnessing the remarkable growth the city has accomplished in her own lifetime. She started her career as the Partnership and Program Coordinator for Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a local community development and housing organization. Following two years with the organization, she took a position as Project Manager with Chattanooga Whiskey Company– a fast growing, startup distillery, quickly gaining national attention by bringing an age-old industry back to Chattanooga. Prior to joining Infill Communities, she spent the last four years working for a national commercial real estate, development and construction company managing development activities from site conception through construction.

Jen gained her undergraduate degree from Covenant College and graduated with a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

In her spare time, Jen enjoys traveling, sailing, spending time with her loved ones and her dog, and most recently learned to play the mandolin. Jen also serves on the board of Lookout Mountain Conservancy on their Land Acquisition and Land Management Committee.

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COMMUNITIES

Urban Growth Capital positively impacts the communities we invest in. We engage with local community leaders, make positive improvements to the assets we acquire and understand the value in partnering with our investors, tenants, vendors and neighbors.

PARTNERS

Whether you are partnering with Urban Growth Capital as a tenant, vendor, or investor, your input is valuable, meaningful and impactful.

STRATEGIES

Urban Growth Capital is an opportunistic real estate acquirer.  We specialize in acquiring and stabilizing value add, distressed, and adaptive reuse commercial and industrial properties.