I was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, by Al and Susan Hayes, who are also natives of Columbus. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Landscape Architecture, I spent some time living in West Palm Beach before returning to Columbus. My beautiful wife, Jennifer, also graduated from the University of Georgia with a Doctor of Pharmacy and currently works for Columbus Regional Health as a Clinical Pharmacist. We have two wonderful children, A.J. (10), and Blakely (7 ¾). Our children both attend St. Luke School and are active in a variety of activities which including Soccer, Gymnastics, Cheer, Reading Society, Drama Kids, Lego League, Dance, Running Club and Basketball. My younger sister, Ashley McCulloh, and her family currently live in Columbus and my older sister, Alison Wehr and family live in New York City.
Professionally, my ambition was always to end up working in real estate and development. After working as a land planning consultant, a multifamily developer, and a commercial real estate broker, I decided to do go into business for myself. In 2012 I started KW Commercial, the commercial real estate division of Keller Williams, with my business partner David C. Johnson. We specialize in the sale and leasing of commercial real estate throughout West Georgia and East Alabama and have consistently ranked in the Keller Williams “High Five,” Top Producing Large Team and CBOR Circle of Excellence. In addition to KW Commercial, we actively acquire and manage properties through G2 Commercial Real Estate Services. Past projects include rehabilitation of multifamily communities, office parks, and retail centers.
I firmly believe we should invest in our community through acts of service and I currently serve on Muscogee County Board of Equalization, Columbus Technical College Board of Trustees, Habitat For Humanity Board of Directors and I am an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. I’m a past graduate of Leadership Columbus, Georgia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy, and was named a Columbus and the Valley Magazines Top 5 Under 40 – Rising Star. Other past community involvement includes Chair of the City of Columbus Community Development Advisory Committee, North Columbus Rotary, and Board Member of Bridges Academy for children with Autism spectrum disorders.
I have NO dance experience whatsoever, but my wife Jennifer has been known to drag me off the dance floor at weddings. I consider myself to be coordinated and was involved in a variety of sports growing up which, unfortunately, has resulted in multiple surgeries on both knees. I will be dancing without an ACL in my left knee which has me quite nervous and will most likely limit my lateral movement. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to the challenge that Dancing Stars presents to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease.
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