The Power of Vision

At SWH Partners, our success is born of nimble operations, thoughtful planning, solid execution and close teamwork. And while these are standards we challenge ourselves to meet every day, they stem from something even more significant —our driving desire to enhance performance in every way.

Our abilities to foster authentic partner relationships and to identify opportunities our competitors may miss translate into more than exceptional real estate investment acumen. They also ensure that every project we take on is a reflection of our personal motivation to create something good. The result is thriving, distinctive communities that enhance their surroundings as much as they enhance the lives of the people who call them home.

The Power of People

The experienced team at SWH Partners has been successfully partnering on real estate transactions for over 25 years and counting. One reason for this longevity is our emphasis on teamwork and in “doing the right thing…and the thing right”. We focus on finding the right team members and empowering them to do their best work. We also firmly believe that our ability to create and maintain comfortable, genuine and professional relationships across the industry is a direct result of qualities which have led to our own lasting partnership.


Managing Partner

John Tirrill has 31 years of experience in apartment investing, development, construction and operations. For eight years, he served as president and COO of Schaedle Worthington Hyde Properties, LP. He joined Schaedle Worthington Residential in 1993 as a Development Associate and became a Partner in 1995.

John founded Tirrill Property Company (TPC) in 2007 to provide asset management, due diligence and development/ construction management services to clients that include real estate investment funds, individual investors and family investment partnerships. In 2012, TPC aligned itself exclusively with SWH Partners. In his role as Managing Partners of SWH, John is responsible for leading the partnership’s development, acquisition and asset management activities, while working closing with its capital partners on creating investment strategies as markets evolve.

John lives in Atlanta and is an active Full Member of the Urban Land Institute, serves as an Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church and a member of Georgia Organics Seed and Soil Society. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He and his wife, Greer, have two children.


Investment Manager

“Webb” Worthington joined SWH in 2012. Webb graduated from The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in 2010 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate. While there, he was also a member of the Men’s Varsity Swimming and Diving Team. After graduating, Webb spent two years working for Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines where he performed in diving shows on board the world’s largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas. Webb’s role at SWH includes the underwriting of all new development and acquisition pursuits, development management responsibilities on projects under construction, execution and disposition strategy, and keeping the capital partners well informed as to the status of all current and pipeline investments.

Worthington Hyde Partners

Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Bob graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1979. In 1981, he received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University. 

After two years in the investment banking business, he began his real estate career in Atlanta, Georgia with Richard Felker Company, where he became Executive Vice President and oversaw all of the firm’s acquisition, disposition, and financing activity. The company was primarily involved in the syndication and operation of multi-family assets in Georgia.

In 1991, he and Robert Schaedle formed a real estate investment firm in venture with J.R. (Pitt) Hyde, III and John H. Pontius initially focused on acquiring multifamily assets. Schaedle Worthington Hyde Properties (SWH) became a fully integrated real estate acquisition, development, construction and management organization, which controlled and operated apartment and hotel properties in 13 different states. Bob served as Chairman and CEO of the organization, which had over 500 employees in 2006 when the firm elected to sell its portfolio at an opportunistic time and in anticipation of a major market correction. 

Today Bob remains in partnership with Mr. Hyde and Mr. Pontius through Worthington Hyde Partners, a real estate investment fund which invests the capital of its principals into real estate assets across a diverse spectrum of holdings, including SWH Partners as its General Partner. Over his career, Bob has been chiefly responsible for over $2 billion dollars in real estate transactions. He has received several industry awards and has been a lecturer and panelist at numerous real estate and business gatherings. 

Bob lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he has been active in a number of civic ways, including serving as a Charter Trustee for Wesleyan School. He is married to the former Piper Jan Berryman, and they have three children.

Joseph R. “Pitt” Hyde III is a nationally known entrepreneur and philanthropist whose leadership has transformed his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. With equal parts business acumen and strategic philanthropy, he continues to be a force for economic, civic and cultural progress.

Entrepreneurship was Mr. Hyde’s birthright. In 1907, his grandfather founded Malone & Hyde Inc., the wholesale food company. Following graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1965 with a degree in economics, he joined the family business, expanding Malone & Hyde’s specialty retail division into drug stores, sporting goods stores, supermarkets and auto parts stores. Under his leadership, the company grew dramatically, becoming the United States’ third largest wholesale food distributor with annual sales of more than $3 billion. He was the first president of Super D Drugs, and in 1968 was elected president of Malone & Hyde. In 1972 he was elected chairman and for 10 years served as the youngest CEO on the New York Stock Exchange.

Founding AutoZone in 1979 as part of Malone & Hyde, he guided its growth from three stores in two states to an international retail auto parts giant with more than 3,200 stores. He retired from active management as CEO and chairman by 1997 after building AutoZone into the largest company in the auto parts industry, but remains on the Board of Directors.

Mr. Hyde is owner and president of Pittco Holdings Inc., and one major focus of his broad portfolio of investments is as general partner of Schaedle Worthington Hyde Properties, LP, an Atlanta-based real estate company that specializes in multi-family housing and limited service hotel development.

He is chairman of GTx Inc., a publicly held biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutics primarily related to the treatment of serious men's health conditions. He is also Chairman of the Board of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, which leverages the city’s assets to develop its unique niche in the biotechnology industry.

In addition to his numerous philanthropic pursuits, Mr. Hyde also actively supports key civic, cultural and charitable organizations. These include the Partners in Public Education, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Blues Foundation, Arts Memphis, Memphis Challenge and Ballet Memphis. He is married to the former Barbara Rosser of Atlanta and has five children.

A Memphis native, Mr. Pontius received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1977. Later that year, he joined the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), where he completed his requirements as a CPA and was promoted to audit manager.

Mr. Pontius left accounting in 1983 to pursue a career in financial management. After three years with manufacturing concerns, he became the Director of Finance and Administration for the City of Memphis in 1986, a post he held until 1991. During his tenure, all six city budgets developed did not require a tax increase. 

In 1991, he joined Pitt Hyde, the Chairman and CEO of AutoZone, as a special assistant. He was responsible for investment, family business and philanthropic management for the Hyde family as well as management of the AutoZone Governmental and Community Relations departments and other special projects for the company. In 1998, the two of them formed Pittco Management to concentrate on the growing activities of the Hyde family. Mr. Pontius serves as President.

He has or currently serves on the board of numerous civic organizations, including The University of Tennessee, J. R. Hyde Family Foundations, Christian Brothers University, Greater Memphis Arts Council, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Riverfront Development Corporation and Memphis in May International Festival. He is married to the former Patricia Bistolfi. They have two sons.

Ed Stelling, in his role as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, directs Schaedle Worthington Hyde Properties’ Accounting Department. Mr. Stelling oversees all of the accounting, financial and income tax reporting for all SWH entities. He also oversees the health insurance, property insurance, property tax appeals and legal and administrative partnership issues. Mr. Stelling was a partner with Atlanta-based McMullan and Company, CPAs before leaving to join SWH. He spent 14 years in public accounting, specializing in real estate and tax. Ed is an alumnus of the University of Georgia.

Rob Kincheloe is the Investment Manager at Worthington Hyde Partners, a national real estate investment and development company based in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Real Estate, Rob joined WHP in 2003 as an analyst and today has managerial responsibilities with the investment and disposition activities of the firm, along with ongoing asset management duties. His experience spans multiple cycles over diverse sectors including Apartments, Hotels, Land, Office, & Retail real estate assets, in both debt and equity investments, across $1B+ in transactions. Valuation, location analysis, deal structuring, and fundamentals assessment are among his strongest skillsets. Rob assisted in the 2005-2006 sales of 90% of the firm’s asset after leadership concluded the markets were overheated and ripe for a correction. As a hands on investment manager, he works with operational teams and development partners to effectuate the optimal strategy for a given asset.

Prior to joining WHP, while in school, he released two full length albums and toured the U.S. extensively with his band after signing a record contract at 19 years old with a New York based label. He currently lives in Druid Hills with his wife Angela.

Affiliations / Accreditations/ Boards
B.A. Real Estate Georgia State University
Urban Land Institute Member
Holds a GA real estate license
V.P. of The Cliffs at Keowee Falls Property Owners Association Board

Soundview Real Estate Partners

Prior to founding Soundview in 2003 Mr. Newman was Managing Director of the Steinhardt Group, a private equity firm focused on investing in real estate debt and equity transactions. While at Steinhardt between 1997 and 2002, Mr. Newman was the head of real estate acquisitions and was directly responsible for investing in over 35 individual transactions with a combined cost basis in excess of $1.1 billion (over $175 million in invested equity).

Prior to joining Steinhardt, Mr. Newman was with Nomura Asset Capital Corporation, where he was responsible for the strategic management of a $750 million diversified portfolio of real estate equity and participating debt holdings. From 1993-1995 he was responsible for a real estate joint venture between Goldman Sachs & Co, and the J.E. Robert Company (now Archon Group, LP). He holds a BS in Economics from Miami University and an MBA in Finance & Real Estate from Ohio State University.

Prior to joining Soundview in 2010 Mr. Makovsky was a Regional Manager at Baker Properties, a real estate owner/manager and development firm focused on office, warehouse and industrial assets. While there, he oversaw a diverse property portfolio consisting of over 1.5 million square feet and was directly responsible for the strategic management, growth and profitability of the assets in the Connecticut region. He was also one of three regional managers responsible for the successful sale of one of the largest commercial portfolio sales in 2008.

Prior to joining Baker Properties, Mr. Makovsky served as an Asset Manager for National Resources, overseeing a 1.4 million square foot redevelopment project for which he was directly responsible for the overall construction management oversight and lease-up of the investment. Prior to joining National Resources, he was a commercial real estate broker as an Associate Director with Cushman and Wakefield of Connecticut, and a Vice President at Jones Lang Wootton in New York City. While serving as a tenant and owner’s representative broker, Mr. Makovsky negotiated and closed in excess of $75 million of leasing transactions.

Prior to his commercial brokerage work, he worked at the Bank of Darien and served as a Commercial Loan Officer, overseeing a $15 million loan portfolio in addition to focusing on REO and workouts during the banking crisis in the early 1990s. He began his real estate career in 1988 with D.H. White Commercial Real Estate Services, where he started a Real Estate Tax Consulting Division. He holds a BSBA, Real Estate and Construction Management degree from Denver University.