Every other week we’ll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Charles Bonds, who is a vice president of development. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.
1. How did you end up in commercial real estate?
I started college thinking I was going to be an architect or engineer. As I took more business and city planning classes, I realized I was interested in why we build buildings rather than how. I dropped my design classes and focused on the business aspects. I then wiggled my way into my first job with a program management company.
2. What’s one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was deep into the theater in high school. Not just participating in the yearly musical, but also being involved in several class plays, stage-managing local junior high productions, building sets — all of it.
3. Best part of your job here at Carter?
The professional and friendly nature of the people I have seen in the short time I have been at Carter is striking. All too often a company culture will focus on one, but not the other.
4. Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My father, Wes Bonds. He was a research scientist and from him I learned to pick apart problems and try to understand situations at both a micro and macro level. That is a skill I use every day. He was also as frugal as they come and never would hire a repair man. I became interested in construction by helping him fix everything around the house.
5. Where in the world are you headed on your next vacation?
I am going to take my 8-year-old son backpacking for a few days once school gets out. The concept of self-reliance will be new to him and it should be a good experience for both of us.
6. What did you want to grow up to be?
I was certain I was going to be an architect.
7. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Thomas Jefferson, because he drafted the Declaration of Independence and was one of the framers of the Constitution. I am curious to know if he had any premonition of how durable these documents and resulting government would be.
8. Are you a social media user? Which platforms?
No, I have not gotten into social media. I much prefer speaking directly to people. I rely on my wife to give me the minor Facebook updates from family and friends.
9. What’s on your bucket list that you’d like to share?
I would like to race the Baja 1000, an off-road race in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Trucks, terrain, speed, endurance — what more could a boy want?
10. Favorite thing about Atlanta?
The trees. I have traveled to many big cities and none compare to how well Atlanta uses trees to soften the scenery.