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Martin Heflin

Faculty Director, Real Estate Emphasis
Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Finance

Subject Area(s): Finance, Real Estate

Marty Heflin graduated from Vanderbilt University on an NROTC Scholarship in 1980 with an Economics/History double major. He served as a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Officer, receiving the Navy Achievement and Commendation Medals. In 1986, he received an MBA from Wake Forest University, graduating with high honors as a Babcock Scholar and winner of the prestigious Bob White award for field study project. Mr. Heflin worked for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company from 1986-1989 responsible for the brand management of the $2 billion sales brand, Winston.

In 1989 Mr. Heflin began his real estate career with Trammell Crow Residential in North Florida. In the course of ten years with Trammell Crow, Marty developed over 1,000 apartment homes in the Southeast. In 1999, he left his partnership with Crow to become one of the founding partners of Wood Partners. Under the Wood banner, Mr. Heflin developed close to 800 more units in Nashville, Tennessee and in the greater Washington D.C. market.

In October 2001, Mr. Heflin formed the M2H Group to pursue his dream of building a multifamily development firm predicated on the principles of quality and sustainable design and innovative vision. The M2H Group co-developed the adaptive re-use of the Stahlman Building in Nashville, Tennessee, a project that earned distinction from the Nashville Historic Society. 807 Eighteenth and 1101 Eighteenth were developed as part of the renaissance of Midtown Nashville. 807 Eighteenth was recognized by the Urban Land Institute for Best Development Practices and is a case study in the book “Successful Strategies in Condominium Development," published in 2007.

In March 2010, Mr. Heflin started Range Light Partners, a platform for helping clients with the economic downturn through consulting and strategic alliances with the best practitioners in the trade. 

In October, 2016, Mr. Heflin became President of Verta Development, a boutique, Nashville based developer of residential and mixed-use projects.

Mr. Heflin has been active in the Urban Land Institute, the Seaside Institute and the Congress for New Urbanism. He has served as President of the Greater Nashville Apartment Association, Chairman of the Apartment Council of Tennessee and President of the Tennessee Apartment Association. He serves on the NROTC Alumni Association Board for Vanderbilt and the Board for Nashville's ULI District Council where he served the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee.  

For over twenty years, Mr. Heflin has coached K-8 cross-country imparting the values of "courage, commitment and character" to his teams.  He is an avid bicyclist, sea-kayaker and runner.

MBA, Wake Forest, 1986
BA, Vanderbilt, 1980

Area(s) of Expertise:
Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Development


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