WEICHERT, REALTORS® - The Piedmont Sky Group
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History

Starting as a team of agents at a top luxury firm in Atlanta, The Piedmont Sky Group was destined to become a larger entity.

In 2015, Chris' mother in law (Maria Valladares Garcia) sold her family home in Key West, Florida, to live full-time in Atlanta. Maria had also recently sold the second oldest family business in Key West where she was third generation owner of Valladares & Sons Bookstore on Duval Street. With the sale of the family house and business, Maria generously invested in a new family business with Chris. The Piedmont Sky Group was born. Soon, after scoping out national franchises, Chris started discussing the need for a national flag company with Sue Fessler, former owner of Morris & Raper in Midtown Atlanta. Serendipitous as it may be, Chris had worked with Weichert Relocation through Harry Norman Realtors where he was Associate Broker and Sue was now working with Weichert recruiting for new franchises.

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By October of 2015, Chris located a space that seemed too good to be true. 5200 square feet of retail space across the street from Porsche and Delta Airlines headquarters on the south end of downtown Atlanta in Hapeville, Georgia. He leased it right away and immediately started construction before he even applied for a firm license. It was all meant to be.

In February, 2016, Weichert, REALTORS - The Piedmont Sky Group opened for business for the very first time.

The name "The Piedmont Sky Group" mysteriously came to be when Chris looked up at a very blue sky one day in Hapeville, and realized that he wanted to be the firm of agents for everyone under the sky of the Piedmont in Georgia. The Piedmont extends from Columbus, GA to Macon, and continuing east to Augusta. Since the new office was at the foot of the runway for the busiest airport in the world, it seemed fitting that the sky is the limit for our firm.

The company's first calendar year brought several national awards including Executive Club, President's Club, and one of our first-year agents, Lance Rhodes, won National Rookie of the Year for 2017, beating thousands of agents across the country in 39 states.

 

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 Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Dinner April, 2017

Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Dinner April, 2017

 

Management

 
 
 Chris Hough, 2017

Chris Hough, 2017

REALTOR®, Owner and broker

Chris Lampkin Hough

As a third generation REALTOR, Chris Hough started in real estate as a teenager where he would tour homes with his mother and her clients, learning the business by sheer osmosis.  Resisting the family business, he spent his 20's in New York City's SoHo and Brooklyn Heights districts managing the showrooms of a well-known furniture designer specializing in Bauhaus.

In 1994, with interest rates at a historical low, Chris traded the New York City lights for the rapidly growing Atlanta skyline and finally joined his mother in her successful real estate business at Prudential Atlanta Realty, which is now known as Berkshire Hathaway. After only one year, his Managing Broker took a Vice President position at the prestigious and growing firm of Jenny Pruitt & Associates and invited Chris and his mother to join her as Charter Members in the high-end community of East Cobb County. Jenny Pruitt & Associates was later absorbed into Berkshire Hathaway's boutique brokerage: Harry Norman Realtors.

Chris has served in the role of supporting Broker, then Managing Broker in Marietta, Georgia. Along with his experience here and at Harry Norman Realtors, he gained the attention of his peers and developed a Team of Agents that eventually morphed into what was destined to become a brokerage.  By 2015, with a generous investment from his mother-in-law, Maria Valladares Garcia, he purchased a franchise with Weichert Realtors in Morris Plains, New Jersey to open across from Porsche and Delta Airlines headquarters in Hapeville, Georgia; on the south end of downtown Atlanta.

From three generations of real estate professionals, Chris is the first to own his own brokerage, now shared with his son: Nick Hough, a fourth generation REALTOR, who is a successful agent in his own right and who is the General Manager of the firm. 

 

Education

BARNEY FLETCHER
Salesperson 1994, Broker 2012

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
Pre-Law and History

Activities & Affiliations

• Atlanta REALTORS, Member
• Metro South Board of REALTORS, Member
• South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Member

Awards

• 2012 FENUXE MAGAZINE Readers Choice REALTOR of the Year

 

 
 
 Nick Hough, 2017

Nick Hough, 2017

REALTOR®, General Manager

Nicholas Dane Windom Hough (Nick)

Like his father, Nick avoided the family business while working on his own passions in upstate New York and Wisconsin. Under similar circumstances of low interest rates and great opportunity, his calling came in 2015 when he moved back to Atlanta, became licensed, and was the first Agent on the roster of Weichert TPSG.  Since then, Nick has established himself as very successful REALTOR and has brokered deals that envy prior generations of the family.  In addition, Nick serves as the company General Manager where he is learning the back-end of the business that will one day be his.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO
Business Management, 2014

UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA
 

Activities & Affiliations

• Atlanta REALTORS, Member
• Atlanta REALTORS Young Professionals

 

 

 
 

 
 
 Alana McKinney, 2017

Alana McKinney, 2017

Senior transaction manager

Alana McKinney

Alana was the first for us in sales-support to join our firm and came with talents such as keeping our transactions thoroughly scrutinized and organized to ensure all of our transactions are smooth through closing and beyond.  She has a relationship with virtually every real estate law firm in Atlanta and effectively gets our agents through all of the red tape of real estate transactions.

A graduate of Spelman University in Atlanta, Alana brings with her a Bachelors degree in Pre-law and Paralegal studies. She later received all the training of a licensed REALTOR from Barney Fletcher in Marietta, Georgia. She has the education, the language, and the talent to play a major role in a growing brokerage.

 

Education

SPELMAN COLLEGE
Psychology & Pre-law,  2013

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
Continuing Education, Paralegal Certificate, 2016

BARNEY FLETCHER
Real Estate pre-licensing, 2016

Activities & Affiliations

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