Our Team

We look forward to helping you turn your dreams into reality.

Swanson Developments, LP would like you to meet a few of our staff members you may speak with or meet while working with us regarding your commercial construction or leasing needs. Our business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. Reach us at (615) 896–0000 or contact us online.

Joe Swanson, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer 

A long-time resident of Murfreesboro, Joe’s real estate and construction experiences started at just 14 years old working summers in the commercial construction field. By 21 he was the supervisor of a 129,000 square foot industrial project. Since then he has designed, estimated, and built hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial real estate and thousands of homes.

In 1992 he started his own residential real estate and construction company which enhanced his existing practical and applicable knowledge of the real estate and construction industry. This experience proved beneficial in many aspects of the family-owned and operated business today. He and his wife Terry celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this year and have three children and 8 grandchildren living in Murfreesboro.

Brenda Bruce

Chief Financial Officer 

 A native of Florida, Brenda is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Legal Studies, and she is also a graduate of Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 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 continued learning by completing business courses at Middle Tennessee State University. She has been involved in all phases of commercial construction, leasing, accounting, operations,  and her current position as Chief Financial Officer where she oversees all finances, property insurance, legal contracts, and procedures for Swanson Companies. She is also the personnel manager at the leasing and sales office at The Gateway Village. Brenda and her husband Kenny enjoy time with their three children, Kenny, Andrew and Emily. Brenda is active in Christian Ministry, at her children’s schools, and is a past board member of RutherfordCABLE, a business and networking organization for women.

Debby Kirk

COO & Accounting Supervisor 

Raised 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 an office manager and bookkeeping from different firms over the years and most recently, managing her husband’s optometry practice until 2000.

Cathy Tucker

Construction Accounting

As a native Murfreesboro resident, Cathy is an enthusiastic and experienced asset to the Swanson Companies team. She worked with her family owned and operated Parsley Brothers Construction Company for 37 years as Office Manager. She has worked along side the Swanson Family business for over 44 years, so Cathy has really been a part of the family. She officially came to work in February 2011 for Swanson Companies doing Accounts Payable.

Jessica Hargrove

Office Manager

A native of St. Joseph, Michigan, but a resident of the Murfreesboro area for more than twenty years, Jessica handles a lot in our office. With an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Motlow College, her experience interacting with customers and fellow team members in a friendly, organized, effective and upbeat manner makes her a true asset to our team. Jessica brings a positive and organized atmosphere for her fellow team members, as well as each and every customer from large commercial construction projects to small retail leases.

Tina Conrad

Accounts Receivable 

Tina has been a resident of Smyrna, TN for ten years. In 2011 she completed her Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. Tina’s keen eye for detail and organization is a tremendous asset to the Swanson team.

Debra Williams

Leasing Coordinator/Accounts Payable 

Debra is a lifelong resident of Wilson County, TN. She has over a decade of experience in the accounting field and nearly that long with Swanson Developments. She enjoys spending time with her two sons, hunting, fishing and playing softball. Debra brings a calm and peaceful energy to Swanson Developments and her coworkers.

Tammy Martin

Leasing & Sales Manager 

A lifelong native of Woodbury, a neighboring community of Murfreesboro, Tammy has over 12 years of property management experience and oversees the daily operations of the Leasing & Sales Department, which consists of nearly 3 million square feet of commercial/industrial property. Upon your first meeting, you’ll see her enthusiasm and love for people and she’ll work with you to find the perfect fit for your business.

Dr. Bruce Kirk

Leasing & Sales Representative 

He brings a wealth of education and work experience to Swanson Companies. Whether you’re looking for land to start your commercial construction for a new facility or want to know about our existing properties for sale or lease, Bruce has the knowledge and experience to help make your dreams a reality.

Sonia Thompson

Executive Assistant 

A Swanson Companies employee since October of 2014, Sonia joined the team as Joe Swanson, Jr.’s Executive Assistant. A Rutherford county native, She returned to the area after living in Michigan for 16 years and is a Smyrna High School graduate. Sonia’s background is in residential construction, where she has more than 30 years experience, including accounting, office management, exterior/interior decorating, job supervision, and property management. She is an NAPW member. Sonia currently resides in Murfreesboro, she enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, music, church, spending time with family, she has one daughter, a son-in-law and one grandson.

Kara Kirk

Leasing and Sales Representative 

Kara is a Murfreesboro native and attended both Covenant College and Middle Tennessee State University where she obtained a BS degree in Exercise Science. For a time, she pursued her passion for fitness, sports training and weightlifting with her own business through an internationally known and growing health and wellness company. 

In March of 2015, she decided to join the family and pursue a different side of life, continuing her business and physical 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 ever-increasing respect and love for her family.

Theo Savoy

Land Acquisition Assistant

Theo has been a resident of Murfreesboro, TN since 2005. In 2015 he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family and friends.

Adam Swanson

Acquisitions

Adam was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. Adam graduated from Vanderbilt with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He has been involved in Swanson Christian Products, Import-Export company since 1988. Adam joined the Board of Swanson Developments in 2000. In 2015 he began working with International Clients, not long after, in 2016 he started in Land Acquisition. Like Sherlock Holmes Adam likes to seek out the hidden treasures among Middle Tennessee. This year Adam and his wife Joanna will celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary, and together they have two girls.

Katherine Stewart

Creative Marketing

Katherine was born in Texas and moved to Tennessee in 2000 with her family. In 2016 she got married to her husband Matthew and graduated from MTSU with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a minor in Graphic Design then moved to Alaska. After a short time in Alaska they got stationed to Washington state where she received her Certificate in Web Design from APSU in 2019. Since then, she and her husband have moved to Tennessee to be closer to family. Katherine enjoys traveling, painting, and spending time with family.

Joe Swanson, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer 

Brenda Bruce

Chief Financial Officer 

Debby Kirk

COO & Accounting Supervisor 

Cathy Tucker​

CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING

Jessica Hargrove

Office manager

Tina Conrad

Accounts Receivable 

Debra Williams

Leasing Coordinator/Accounts Payable 

Tammy Martin

Leasing & Sales Manager 

Dr. Bruce Kirk

Leasing & Sales Representative 

Sonia Thompson

Executive Assistant 

Kara Kirk

Leasing and Sales Representative 

Theo Savoy

Land Acquisition Assistant

Adam Swanson

Acquisitions

Katherine Stewart

Creative Marketing

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