Meet Our Founder

Karen Hutton

Hutton’s continued growth is a direct result of the Hutton Dream Team. Under Karen’s leadership, Hutton has developed 1,100 projects in 40 states for national recognized clients over 22 years. The company has a stabilized portfolio of 200+ assets and its realized two major portfolio sales including 100 assets totaling $390 million in 2017 and 19 assets totaling $34.4 million in 2019.
Karen Hutton’s contagious energy helps define the passionate culture at Hutton, while her pace and competitive spirit drive the team. “Don’t get comfortable” is Karen’s constant reminder. “If we aren’t creating change and evolving, then we are going backwards.”
Karen has grown Hutton into a full-service team encompassing in depth knowledge indevelopment, joint venture, acquisitions, construction, leasing, property management, capital investments and asset management.
Karen is influenced by her father David Hutton Sr’s., fearless work ethic, and the humility of her mother, Jean-Marie, who shaped her values and determination.
Karen has received numerous accolades for her business acumen as well as her community engagement including 2014 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, 2015 Top Ten Influential Business Leaders to Impact Chattanooga, 2016 University of Tennessee Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, 2017 Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy’s Founders Leadership Award, 2019 Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year and 2020 Globe St. Net Lease Individual Influencer.