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75 Years of Sealy & Company

Over the company’s 75-year history, the Sealy family has developed extensive contacts and forged strong relationships within many of the key industrial markets in the Southwestern and Southeastern United States.

1946
Sealy & Company Created

Sealy Realty Company, Inc was founded by J. Pollard Sealy, Sr. The company’s primary activity was in the subdivision of land and the sale of lots for residential development.

Sealy & Company Created
1950
Second Generation Joins The Firm

J. Pollard Sealy, Jr. succeeded his father after returning from serving in the Army during the war and put his banking background to work, expanded the early endeavors of Sealy Realty into general real estate brokerage, appraisals, and third party management.

Second Generation Joins The Firm
1959
Sealy Begins Commerical Focus

Mr. Sealy left residential brokerage to work in commercial, industrial, office, and multi-family investment properties. He created the buying strategy to purchase under-rented, multi-tenant assets in select southeastern markets at a discount to replacement cost.

Sealy Begins Commerical Focus
1962
Sealy Develops Home Town Landmark

Sealy Realty was the local developer for ShreveCity shopping center and was the broker responsible for syndicating deals to assemble acreage for the Western Electric Plant site (now AT&T) in addition to growing its real estate investment portfolio.

Sealy Develops Home Town Landmark
1968
Third Generation Family Business

Scott P. Sealy, Sr, J. Pollard Sealy, Jr’s son, joined the firm. Shortly thereafter, Sealy sold its first large portfolio of properties.

Third Generation Family Business
1974
Broadened Footprint, Enlarged Portfolio

The firms footprint had broadened throughout the Southeastern and Southwest United States in both commercial and industrial investment and property management. Sealy had accumulated a 3.9 million SF portfolio using its defined strategy and the expanding capital base of its friends and family relationships.

Broadened Footprint, Enlarged Portfolio
1981
Third Generation Expansion

Mark P. Sealy (J. Pollard Sealy, Jr.’s other son) also joined the firm. With this addition the firm began refining its real estate investment and operating focus, placing an emphasis on industrial real estate properties.

Third Generation Expansion
1986
Record Year

Sealy executed the acquisition and disposition of a 3.9 million square foot portfolio of assets, one of the largest industrial property sales in the Southeast for 1986, and harvested the proceeds to re-invest with their proven buying strategy. 1986 proved to be a record year for Sealy.

Record Year
1997
A Decade of Success

Over the past decade Sealy had accumulated a 5.6 million square foot portfolio of properties. In the company’s largest disposition to this point, Sealy sold a 66-property, 4.7 million square foot portfolio in Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans to First Industrial in an UPREIT structured transaction.

A Decade of Success
2001
Family Tradition Continues – Fourth Generation

Scott P. Sealy, Jr. and Michael P. Sealy, both sons of Scott P. Sealy Sr., joined the firm. The firm expands the platform of services by establishing the following: dedicated regional offices in Nashville, San Antonio, and Atlanta, development and construction division, strategic leasing platform, and more efficient investment underwriting.

Family Tradition Continues – Fourth Generation
2007
Investment Success

Utilizing their proven strategy and market knowledge of when to buy and sell throughout the real estate cycles, Sealy executed $1.36 Billion in transaction volume from 2001-2017 culminated by two tranches of dispositions in 2006 & 2007 totaling over 7 million SF.

Investment Success
2012
Sealy Executes Strategy For More Efficient Investing

After many years of realizing success utilizing Sealy's traditional investment structures, staying true to the companies innovative and entrepreneurial heritage, the company launched the first investment structure to create efficiencies in capital management, acquisitions volume, and management practices while continuing to focus on delivering returns.

Sealy Executes Strategy For More Efficient Investing
2014
Fourth Generation Expansion

Lauren Sealy Pettiette joins the family business and increases focus on operational documentation, company culture, and continuing education.

Fourth Generation Expansion
2018
Continued Enhancements for Portfolio Success

As Sealy continues to execute its investment strategy and expand the company's pool of assets throughout the Southeast, the company begins implementing an additional layer of managing risk. These enhancements allow Sealy to improve operational efficiencies, streamline business processes, and increase the speed of investments.

Continued Enhancements for Portfolio Success
2019
High-Volume Sales in Historic Disposition

Sealy sells a significant portion of its portfolio, encompassing over 16 million square feet and $908 million dollars. This disposition includes 106 industrial buildings across 16 markets and is the largest in company history. Managing broker-dealer partnerships are made with tenured professionals who offer expansive expertise. The scale at which Sealy continues to invest and grow its portfolios leads the company into new territory and industry recognition ensues. Sealy is recognized as a Great Place to Work and an Influencer in Industrial Real Estate (Globe St.).

High-Volume Sales in Historic Disposition
2020
Growing Business Opens Opportunities and Closes Record Volumes

Sealy stays in the family way with the addition of two more fourth-generation employees. Mary Megan Sealy and Jonathon Sealy join the team to continue the company’s real estate tradition and contribute to Sealy’s recertification as a Great Place to Work. The year 2020 is a record year for transactions with an investment volume of over $400 million despite economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sealy thrives as it opens new doors entering several new markets this year with record-making acquisitions.

Growing Business Opens Opportunities and Closes Record Volumes
2021
Sealy Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Founded in 1946, Sealy & Company has a rich history within the industrial real estate sector. The year 2021 marks 75 years of successfully navigating a myriad of economic environments and consistently delivering superior real estate strategies and results. In honor of its 75th anniversary, Sealy releases a fresh new look, celebrating the modern progress it’s made while paying homage to its historical roots.

Sealy Celebrates its 75th Anniversary