Darden & Company was formed by its Chairman and Founder, William E. Darden, Jr., in 1999 to provide detailed Project Management with a high degree of sophistication. Mr. Darden has over 40 years of experience in Real Estate Investment and Development. Prior to founding the company, he worked as an Investment Manager, Developer, Owner, and Lender, participating in over $3.5 Billion and 14 million square feet of real estate. He has extensive hands-on experience and specializes in development, design and construction. Mr. Darden has worked for a construction scheduler (DDR International), a developer (The Wilson Company), and Wall Street firms Dean Witter Realty and Morgan Stanley Realty. He has traveled nationally overseeing various real estate projects.
In 1999, Mr. Darden was presented with an opportunity to oversee the project management for the land development, design and construction of a $50 million mixed-use development in Atlanta, Georgia. This opportunity opened the door for what ultimately became over 100 projects under his leadership at Darden & Company.
On the 19th anniversary of the company’s inception, November 1st, 2018, Mr. Darden sold the company to its three officers: Jason Hughes, Matt Dale, and Kyle Taylor. Mr. Darden remains with the firm in an advisory and consulting capacity.