About Core

CORE is a trusted partner in the development industry, specializing in development services, project management, owner’s representation, feasibility studies, assistance with financing, tenant coordination, lender inspection services and design and construction management. CORE takes a unique quality-driven approach for owner’s representation services to clients. We are able to draw on unparalleled experience to benefit clients and maximize opportunities to achieve the collective goal – ensuring work is completed on time, under budget and without disputes.

With experience throughout the country, CORE has the ability to assist clients regardless of project location.

The Founder

Ryan Hughes is the Founder and CEO of CORE, he is a hands-on construction and development professional with more than 19 years of expertise in all facets of the industry. He has been involved in the development of several million square feet of commercial buildings worth billions of dollars.

Consistently achieving high quality, budgetary and scheduling goals, Mr. Hughes is a resourceful, hands-on, and respected leader. He is skilled in building collaborative relationships with owners, clients, government agencies, investors, lenders, consultants, contractors, attorneys, leasing agents, brokers, tenants and other members of the project team. Mr. Hughes leverages his vast industry experience with his solid strategic and financial planning skills in order to reduce costs and deliver value to clients and other stakeholders.

Mr. Hughes has a verifiable track record for the successful completion of multi-million dollar projects through coordinating and building positive rapport with developers, lenders, local officials, trades, tenants, architects, engineers, contractors, vendors, leasing agents, brokers and clients while maintaining quality, costs and schedules.



Lee Lineberger

Development Associate


Lee Lineberger joined CORE in 2018 and assists with day-to-day management duties from acquisition through pre-development, pre-construction, construction, closeout and pre-operation phases of development projects. With over 5 years of industry experience, Lee has executed the completion of over $125 million and over 1,000,000 square feet of industrial, mixed-use, and retail developments. 

Prior to joining CORE, Lee worked for Xceligent, a commercial real estate information provider in Charlotte, NC where he was in charge of the market research teams for retail properties in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. Lee also previously worked for Wells Fargo in Charlotte in the Wholesale Loan Trade Support department processing and settling trading activity. Lee is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker and an active member of the Urban Land Institute and NAIOP.

A native of Macon, Georgia, Lee holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development (MRED) from Clemson University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Accounting also from Clemson.