Dillon Baynes, Co-Founder and Managing Partner
As managing partner of Columbia Ventures, Dillon Baynes has primary operational and managerial responsibilities for the firm. Dillon applies his entrepreneurial style, community relationship values, and business experience towards creative solutions throughout all phases of the real estate development process, from acquisition to design, entitlement, construction, marketing, lease-up, and operations. Khalil and Baynes have an eight year relationship spanning several joint venture development projects and other investments. His experience varies from multifamily (both for rent and for sale) to single family and land lot/subdivisions, to retail and office and mixed-use, and land conservation.
With a successful track record as an entrepreneur, Baynes founded and ultimately sold a restaurant group in Virginia in the 1990s immediately following college. Bringing the commercial renovation experience from the restaurant business, he embarked on a career in commercial real estate which includes over 1,200 residential units developed in addition to over a million feet of commercial space, while separately operating a property management firm. Baynes brings seventeen years of commercial real estate development and investment experience to Columbia Ventures. Examples of recent work include Studioplex, a mixed-use, mixed-income phased redevelopment in the heart of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, on the Beltline, where he serves as managing partner; and Village Place Brookhaven, a premier retail, office and residential condominium project at the heart of Brookhaven’s urban core, successfully completed and sold in 2012. A committed entrepreneur, he served as CEO of musictoday.com prior to its sale to Live Nation, and has had an active role in several startups as advisor and private equity investor in fields as disparate as insurance, technology and risk management. Dillon is actively involved in the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Urban Land Institute, and volunteers for Atlanta’s Beltline. He attended Georgetown University, holding a bachelor’s degree in History.