The Raines Group was founded by William B. Raines, Jr. A native of the city, Raines began his career in Chattanooga in 1973 working with CBL and Associates and then Cousins Properties, managing several major retail centers in the Nashville area.
While in Nashville, Raines partnered with Joe Rodgers, former Ambassador to France, to form The Center Group in 1984. Raines purchased Rodgers interest in 1988, becoming sole owner and renaming the company The Raines Group. At its start, The Raines Group oversaw 3 million square feet of commercial property in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky.
Bill Raines has received the designation of Real Property Administrator (RPA) from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) from the National Association of Realtors and is a Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He also holds the distinction of retired Major General in the U.S. Army. He holds a Real Estate license in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
In recent years, The Raines Group has had many sucess stories. The company was responsible for leasing 17,000 square feet of office space to Galen Medical Group at Eastgate Town Center. Additionally, the company has provided expert consultation to manage 175,000 square feet of commercial office space for CIGNA Health Care, among others.
While much of The Raines Group's reputation has been built on a solid foundation of commercial real estate management and leasing, The Raines Group has also demonstrated expertise in brokerage acquisition of commercial properties for its clients.