NORTHSIDE MAN

August Northside Man: Scott Hutchison

Scott Hutchison
Scott Hutchison with family.
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By CANDY WAYLOCK
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August Northside Man: Scott Hutchison; partner in Wilson Hutchison Realty, LLC; owner of Southeastern Traffic Supply, Inc.
City of residence: Sandy Springs
Hometown: Alpharetta/Milton
Education: University of Georgia (2003); Bachelor of Business Administration / Real Estate
Family: Wife, Lindsey; daughters Peyton (5), Camilla (2); son Barrett (9 months)
Community Connections: Board of directors for the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors; board of directors for the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia; board of directors for Shoot For All Better supporting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; board of directors for the Renegades Forever Foundation; chairman of the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce (2017); co-chair of Brokerfest supporting the Dana G. Smith Foundation (2017); Atlanta Renegades Rugby Football Club (coach)

How did your interest in real estate begin? 

Honestly, I always thought that I would follow my father’s career into the commercial roofing sector. But while attending UGA, I did an internship in real estate and became fascinated with the commercial real estate market, complexity of deals, potential size of deals, and meeting new people every day. I worked for my partner, Tom Wilson, until we created our new firm, Wilson Hutchison Realty in 2008.  Since then, we have grown from our home base in Alpharetta to actively serving most areas of North Georgia.

What are your thoughts on North Fulton’s transition from a sleepy Atlanta suburb to a business hub?
Growing up in Alpharetta off of McFarland Road, it was tough to see so many houses, golf courses and buildings being built around my home. After I went to college, I realized that growth is inevitable, but controlled growth is the way to go. I can’t give enough credit to Alpharetta’s Mayor David Belle Isle and his City Council as to how they not only promoted and embraced the growth of the City of Alpharetta but also showed there is a location and time for each type of development. Overall, it’s been an amazing transformation to watch and now be a part of while handling commercial real estate.

What are some of the challenges of growth, and the solutions?
Obviously, traffic is one of everyone’s main concerns. I believe that the MUP (mixed-use project) and City Center approaches are working beautifully. They allow people to live in close proximity to most of life’s necessities, or easily park and access those needs. I understand the constant need for more housing as the population continues to grow. The community leaders seem to control it more now by restricting massive track housing and encouraging more developments that the community embraces with larger green areas, upscale designs, and/or improvements for the community. 

Outside the “office,” how important is community involvement?
Giving back to the community is something my wife and I have always held high on our list of priorities. Whether we help sponsor/coach kids sports teams, helping to run a fundraiser for CHOA or being a part of the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce, each activity has its own impact on the community, and we love seeing the outcomes and benefits of being a part of them.   

In your free time, where will find you? 
I am a die-hard RUGBY nut. All of my best friends are from all around the world, and I’ve met each of them by either playing or coaching rugby. I continue to play in tournaments whenever possible and hope to do so as long as my body holds up. Otherwise, my wife and I enjoy traveling with the kids to locations around the world and exposing them to different cultures, foods, and people.

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