Principle & Project Executive


Edward Henley III is the Founder of Pillars Development, LLC which is newly founded and operating in Nashville, TN. He maintains a highly active role in the company, serving as Principal Developer and Executive Project Manager. In his time as a Project Manager and business owner, Edward has gained experience with large-scale projects in surplus of $500 million to small scale projects under $1,000,000. Edward studied at University of Tennessee (UT), where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Enterprise Management.

During his time at UT, Edward’s initial professional development took place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, refining his financial and contract compliance skills. After graduating in 2011, he secured an Associate Project Manager position with the Music City Center’s phenomenal project management team. Edward was soon promoted to Project Analyst. During his time working on what is Nashville’s largest civic development to date, he gained a high competency for managing large-scale budgets and fast-paced projects.

Aside from his work on large capital projects, Edward maintains a proactive attitude with a dedication to community creation and involvement, as well as full life-cycle project management, specifically project planning and pre-development. While he enjoys any opportunity to be effective and challenged, his project interests include residential (affordable housing, creative dwellings, community creation), economic and public development, mixed-use, and the challenge of large scale new construction, rehabilitation or renovation.

Edward has lent his unique and valuable experience to Nashville’s young professional community through his involvement as a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Nashville District Council. He sits on ULI Nashville’s Sustainability and Capital Markets Councils, and is the founding chair of their Mentor Program Committee. He also serves as a board member and Finance Committee member for Rebuilding Together Nashville.

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