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Kara Kirk Swanson Developments

Born in Murfreesboro, raised in Texas, she returned home to Murfreesboro with her family in 2000. She graduated from Riverdale High School in 2008 and then attended Covenant College for two years to pursue her dream of playing college volleyball. It was in her physical training for volleyball she found her love for fitness, both sports training and weight lifting. Following her sophomore year, she transferred home to Middle Tennessee State University where she completed her Personal Training certification later that year and received her BS in Exercise Science in December of 2012. She continued her career in personal training and started her own business through an internationally known and growing health and wellness company.

Given the opportunity in March of 2015, she decided to join the family and pursue a different side of life, continuing her business and training on the side. She is quickly gaining experience in the industry with self education and the blessing of learning alongside her father and other family members. This exciting turn in life has spurred growth in many areas and an ever greater respect and love for her family.


Sonia Thompson Swanson DevelopmentsA Murfreesboro native who returned to the area in 1983 after living in Westland, Michigan for 16 years. A 1985 Smyrna High School graduate who currently resides in Murfreesboro, Sonia’s father was a trim carpenter, so she has been around Construction for most of her life. She has over 20 years experience in Residential Construction including accounting, office management, exterior/interior decorating, job supervision and property management, she is a NAPW member and joined Swanson Companies in October of 2014 as Joe Swanson Jr.’ Executive Assistant. Sonia enjoys reading, traveling, gardening and spending time with family, she has one daughter, a son in law and is expecting her first grandchild in June 2016.

Phone: 615-896-0000

Brenda Bruce Chief Financial - Officer Swanson CompaniesA native of Florida, Brenda graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies with a minor in business administration. Brenda furthered her education by receiving a certificate of completion from Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma and completing additional business courses at Middle Tennessee State University. After working in banking, law, and Christian youth missions, Brenda settled in Murfreesboro, TN in 1996 and began her career with Swanson Developments. She has been involved in all phases of commercial real-estate including leasing, construction, accounting, operations and her current position as Chief Financial Officer where she oversees all finances and procedures of Swanson Companies as well as personnel at the new Leasing and Sales office at The Gateway Village. Brenda and her husband Kenny enjoy time with their two children, Emily and Andrew. They also own their own retail maintenance company. Brenda is active in her local church, at her children's schools and is a past board member of RutherfordCABLE, a business and networking organization for women.

Phone: 615-504-0000

Joe Swanson Jr. Chief Executive Officer - Swanson CompaniesA long-time resident of Murfreesboro, Joe’s relationship with real estate and construction started at the age of 14 working summers in the commercial construction field. His first supervisory position was at the age of 21 on a 129000 square foot industrial project and since then has designed, estimated, and built hundreds of thousands of square feet and thousands of homes. Starting his own residential real estate and construction company in 1992 enhanced his existing practical and applicable knowledge of the real estate and construction industry which benefits many aspects of the family owned and operated business. He and his wife Terry celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary this year and have 3 children and 1 grandchild living in Murfreesboro.

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Debby Kirk COO Accounting - Swanson CompaniesRaised in Murfreesboro, she returned home in 2000 with her husband and 3 daughters to contribute to the family business. She received her BA in Business Administration/Accounting with a minor in Computer Science from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Before returning home, she acquired her experience as office manager and bookkeeping from different firms over the years and most recently, managing her husband's optometry practice until 2000.

Phone: 615-896-0000