The Cardinal Way

For 25 years, the principals of Cardinal Real Estate Partners have helped clients achieve extraordinary results for many notable, complex and challenging deals in the region.

John Culbertson


John Culbertson

John Culbertson founded Cardinal Real Estate Partners, LLC after serving as Senior Vice President at Trammell Crow Company and International Airport Centers, an institutional real estate developer of airport cargo facilities owned by a top-five pension fund. He has both transaction and development experience locally and nationally and has worked extensively with private and public clients.

John set out on his own to fulfill the need for a creative, yet process-oriented partner in real estate. He prides himself on simplifying even the most complex real estate deals, and he’s always up for a challenge. Regardless of whether you’re interested in real estate sales, leasing or development, John has a proprietary process ready to help you succeed.

native Charlottean, John obtained his MBA from the McColl School of Business (the Executive MBA program at Queens College) and is a frequent participant in Harvard’s Program on Negotiation. He is constantly active in the industry, and served on several boards, including the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (Chair of Plans and Programming), NAIOP, REBIC, the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the Charlotte Regional Roads Committee, the North Carolina Department of Commerce Economic Development Board, and the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board. He has on the McColl Center Board of Directors and the UNC Charlotte Childress-Klein Center for Real Estate Board of Advisors, the Catawba Lands Conservancy Board of Directors, and RWCI Board of Directors among others. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Despite his activity in the industry, John still finds time to be an active member of the Charlotte community. Since 2000, John has been an enthusiastic participant in the Strategic Coach™ program. John previously sat on the board of directors for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and the development committee for Trinity Episcopal School. John serves as the president ex-officio of the Queens University Learning Society and is currently on the Board of Advisors for the UNCC Masters in Real Estate program.

For more information on John, and to learn more about his consulting services, visit the Red Bird Advisors website.

David Scott


David Scott

David received his Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina in 2012 in both finance and real estate.  After graduating, he moved to Charlotte to pursue commercial real estate and has since gained experience in financial risk management consulting, primary and special servicing of commercial mortgages, and asset management of distressed commercial properties.  David has worked as an analyst and broker for a successful entrepreneurial real estate firm in the Charlotte area focusing on the underwriting of adaptive re-euse and infill acquisition and development opportunities while providing tenant and landlord representation services to office, retail and industrial clients.  In 2017, David received his Master’s of Real Estate Finance and Development from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is currently working as an acquisitions analyst for Brennan Investment Group, a Chicago-based private real estate firm focusing on industrial real estate investment throughout the U.S.

David is a licensed real estate broker in North and South Carolina.

The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)

John Culbertson belongs to The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). As a Counselor of Real Estate, John is certified to provide both advice and counsel without personal bias or conflict of interest. Counselors are renowned for applying rigorous, independent, and informed analysis to complex real estate decisions in any field, from government agencies to non-profits.

Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)

Because John is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), he has completed hours of advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, demonstrating his extensive experience and leadership ability in the commercial real estate industry. He is specifically qualified to help his clients minimize risk, enhance credibility, make informed decisions and close more deals.

CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member. The CCIM lapel pin denotes that the wearer has completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, and demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate.

Investment Expertise

Above all, the CCIM designation represents proven expertise in financial, market, and investment analysis, in addition to negotiation. Courses in these core competencies are taught by industry professionals, ensuring all material reflects the state of the industry. With this real-world education, CCIM designees are able to help their clients:

  • Minimize risk
  • Enhance credibility
  • Make informed decisions
  • Close more deals

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

Through continuing education with SIOR, John stays up-to-date on the cutting edge of the industry, professional and technological practices. You can rest assured knowing that he is market-tested, ethically driven and respected in the real estate industry.