Curt Gibbs – Founder/ CEO

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Curt  spent 30 years in General Motors, most in executive positions. In the 1970’s Curt was responsible for designing manufacturing material flow systems and in the 1980’s was responsible for the design and implementation of the Saturn Production System., a highly innovative and integrated Just In Time Material Flow Process. After attending Harvard Business School, Curt led an interdisciplinary group that designed the new Vehicle Launch Process to insure efficient model changeovers. After managing the Saturn Assembly Plant for several years, Curt  was tapped to design the Order to Delivery Process and mass Customization applications to Vehicle Production. After retiring in 2001, Curt joined the Indian Motorcycle Company as the Sr. Vice President of Operations as it designed new models, sourced components and designed and implemented its assembly processes.  After returning to Tennessee in 2004, Curt focused his efforts on his Real Estate hobby which had grown from hobby status to viable business. 

Curt Gibbs has a history of restoring buildings with architectural integrity and
history that have been discarded by others. His first venture in 1975 was a 1929
lakefront summer home built for the president of the Haberling Congress Beer
Company. The renovation was comprehensive and included engineering and
construction of a significant waterfront retaining wall and pier consistent with New
York State EPA requirements. Curt moved on to other residential buildings in
Grosse Pointe, Michigan: in 1980 renovating a colonial house built in 1914, in 1982
he renovated a 1929 colonial home and a 1939 Art Deco two family home which was
restored to its original Art Deco splendor, and in 1989 in Franklin, TN he restored a
1914 Craftsman Style bungalow which was nominated for an Historic Preservation
Award in 1990.
Curt moved on to larger and more historical developments. His projects have
ranged from designing and constructing a 6450 square foot commercial building
on an undesirable and difficult building location which was designed as a 1920’s
auto dealership to a nearly 100 year old 200,000 square foot building situated on 15
acres which is being developed as an adaptive reuse facility of the former Lebanon
Woolen Mills. Additional historically developed properties are The Commons at
Spring Hill, Spring Hill, TN; The Artisan Campus, Franklin, TN; and The Mill at
College Grove, College Grove, TN.

The idea of Townspace began as Curt noticed the absence of disciplined processes and economies of scale in managing small commercial communities. Townspace’s intellectual property includes a unique tenant selection and leasing process incorporating elements of Saturn’s Supplier Selection and Management Process. Administrative costs minimized as they are systematized and distributed over a larger project base benefiting all tenants. In addition, he recognized that many small businesses could not afford the professional services that larger businesses utilize, and that franchises often times provide. Townspace is positioned to provide consulting to its tenants at affordable rates.

In his few spare hours, Curt devotes time to his Antique Automobile Restoration Hobby. His first restoration began when he was in 5th grade with coaching from his father and he has not stopped.

Curt has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout, and has received the Long Rifle Award.

Curtis Gibbs – Business Development Manager

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A graduate from The University of Memphis, Curtis studied Business Economics and Mathematics while competing for the University’s Cross Country and Track teams. Graduating Suma Cum Luade with both University Honors and Honors in Economics and as University Scholar-Athlete of the year. His passion for small business has existed his entire life, evidenced with the starting his first business while in still in elementary school. Curtis is excited to be at TownSpace because of the innovative and creative atmosphere as well as the company’s focus on small businesses both as tenants and customers.

Diane Parness – General Manager at Lebanon

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Diane has been involved with The MIll at Lebanon project since its inception in 2006. In 2008 she took over as on site General Manager.