As a Senior Management Partner and founder of Childress Klein, Fred is responsible for providing executive leadership to the firm and managing its growth.
His primary focus is on building and maintaining strong client relationships and the development of new business and markets strategies that leverage the firm’s comprehensive services.
Prior to forming Childress Klein in 1988 with Don Childress, Fred was a partner and then a regional partner with the Trammell Crow Company, which at the time was the largest commercial real estate firm in the United States. As a current Managing Partner, Fred participates in new business activities and investor relationships, as well as leveraging his 45+ years of experience developing commercial real estate across the southeast region to help the firm achieve its long-term strategic goals.
A previous lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Fred earned an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude in engineering from Lehigh University. An active member of the Charlotte community, he has served in numerous leadership positions outside of Childress Klein, including a current UNC Charlotte Trustee, as well as a Board Member of the North Carolina Railroad.
MBA, with Distinction | Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
BSIE, summa cum laude | Lehigh University
Managing Partner, 1988 – Present
Trammell Crow Company
Regional Partner, 1987 – 1988
Partner, 1974 – 1987
United States Navy
Lieutenant, 1969 – 1972
UNC Charlotte, Trustee
Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR), Member
North Carolina Railroad Board of Directors, Former Member
YMCA of Greater Charlotte, The Y Mission Leadership Team, Board of Trustees