Our Firm

Tessier was created in 1985 as a development service company to plan, develop, lease, sell and manage commercial investments in Western North Carolina. In its first years of business, Tessier became very involved in the redevelopment of downtown Asheville, an area that experienced $200 million in reinvestment over a five-year period. Working with various investors and developers, Tessier participated in the development of a number of downtown properties, later taking lessons learned to other cities in the southeast.

Charles Tessier, Founder of Tessier, grew up in these mountains with family dating back generations. Downtown Asheville was his playground. After completing a BS in Engineering and a Masters in Urban Design from NC State University, he came home in 1974 to start a planning program for Buncombe County. With ten years of public service in economic development, capital facility planning, and development management, he started his own firm in 1985.  Charles Tessier has been a leader in the Asheville area for almost 30 years, making a significant impact on the city through a host of public-private initiatives.  The firm is now owned by Chris Shaw and Jack Emerick.  Chris, a real estate and management professional with an MBA from DePaul University, a BS in Finance from Northern Illinois University and over 25 years of experience working in real estate and financing manages the day to day operations of the firm.

Tessier has built a strong base in property management and leasing. Today, they manage or exclusively lease over 45 major office, commercial, retail, and multi-family residential properties. As one of the top commercial brokerage firms in Asheville, Tessier has broadened its scope to include suburban and other properties throughout Western North Carolina and neighboring states.

Tessier is a leader in business location, helping many businesses per year find a location to build, lease or buy. Its development capacity has expanded to include build-to-suit opportunities. Tessier has directed the development of a variety of projects as seen in our portfolio and is currently working on several new projects.

Today, the company is represented by a strong group of professionals, combining their talents to make Tessier a leader in building community.