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Towne Creek Realty: Father & son team realize business vision


Steve Childress, Pam Jeffries, Chris Thompson and Mel Thompson make up Towne Creek Realty

Towne Creek Realty believes in serving people differently through real estate.
Several years ago, Chris Thompson watched as his father, Mel, began restoring a Franklin treasure, the historic Harris-McEwen Home on the corner of Seventh and Fair Street in downtown Franklin.  As the restoration continued, Chris realized his passion for real estate was continuing to grow, and he was inspired to start a different kind of realty business. 
After several years of working as an agent for other firms, Chris decided it was time to take the leap. Last summer, Towne Creek Realty opened its doors in downtown Franklin at the corner of Third and Church Street, with a mission to always put their clients’ needs before any business interest.
“At the core, we believe that being a good steward influences how we serve our clients, each other and our community,” Chris Thompson said. 
“After so many years in the business, it got to a point where I loved what I was doing, but I really wanted to do it differently,” he said. “I wanted it to be about helping people, not just getting contracts. I was always taught to do what is right, no matter how big or small the opportunity.”
Chris decided to tap into the best resource he had to launch his own practice—his father. And who better to help than Mel Thompson?  
With years of general contracting and home building under his belt, the healthcare CEO and entrepreneur had retired and was looking for a new project. Family friend Steve Childress, who has deep experience in both residential and commercial real estate, jumped in to help shape the Towne Creek vision.
Today, the firm has four staff members. Chris acts as an affiliate broker, Mel is the owner and strategist, Steve Childress is a principal broker and Pam Jeffries serves as an affiliate broker and office manager. With a focus on Williamson County, the company services both commercial and residential real estate clients. 
The Thompsons say they have an unusual father-son relationship, one that requires complete honesty and an always-professional demeanor around the office.
“When Chris was 19 years old, I told him he had the right to tell me when he thought I was wrong,” Mel said. “That still stands today. He respects me as his dad and also as a businessman, yet we treat each other as partners first. 
“We argue with each other, and then we go get lunch,” he laughed.
Both Thompsons have lived in Franklin for more than 20 years, and say they wouldn’t want it any other way.
“People move here because they sense a culture and a community that is unique,” Mel said.  “We feel so fortunate to be a part of that community and enjoy helping people who want to live here too—because who can blame them?”
Towne Creek Realty is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their website at for information.
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Posted on: 1/16/2014


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