Our Team


Casey Howard

Vice President / Broker

Casey Howard joined Harbert in 2016 and focuses on leading the Harbert Retail leasing and investment team efforts. She is also the Managing Broker for the Georgia market and has played a leading role in expanding Harbert’s footprint and revenues in the State of Georgia. Casey joined Harbert after moving to Birmingham from Savannah, Georgia. She specializes in retail and mixed-use investment and leasing solutions for her clients, in particular, 1031 exchange transactions, throughout the Southeast. Casey has over 16 years of experience in the real estate world, and was fortunate to have the opportunity to see commercial real estate through multiple lenses as a result of holding positions in property management, operations, marketing, development and brokerage.

Casey is the 2021 President for Birmingham CREW and an active member of the Women’s Fund of Birmingham committee, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Lighthouse Ministries, holds a PMP® designation from the Project Management Institute, and earned a double-major in Business Management and Marketing from Cedarville University as well as an MBA from Georgia Southern University. She is a licensed Broker in the State of Georgia and Alabama. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert, and their three children: Eva, Preston and Ella.

  • 2020 - Costar Power Broker - Top Retail Leasing Transaction Volume
  • 2020 - Costar Power Broker - Top Investment Sale Transaction Volume
  • 2019 Star to Watch - Commercial Property Executive
  • 2018 - CRE Women to Watch List - Birmingham Business Journal
  • 2018 - Costar Power Broker - Top Retail Leasing Transaction Volume
  • 2018 - Costar Power Broker - Top Investment Sale Transaction Volume
  • 2017 CoStar Power Broker for Retail Leasing Transaction volume
  • 2017 City of Birmingham’s Top 40 Under 40

Thom Hickman

Vice President of Development

Thomas (Thom) Hickman joins Harbert Retail as Vice President of Development/Brokerage. In Thom’s 35- year career, he has been involved in over 25 million square feet of retail and commercial development across the United States. Thom’s experience includes site selection, anchor tenant and big-box leasing and development of regional shopping centers, power centers, community centers, professional office buildings and single tenant developments for national retailers such as McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Prior to joining Harbert Retail, Hickman had a successful 9-year relationship with GBT Realty in Brentwood, TN, as Senior Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. Prior to that, Hickman was a principal in New Horizon Retail Development that developed grocery anchored community centers. Hickman came to Birmingham 25 years ago when he joined AIG Baker Shopping Center Properties where he was responsible for anchor tenant and big-box leasing in power centers throughout the United States. Hickman will be focusing on retail and commercial development and brokerage opportunities with Harbert Retail in Alabama.

Hickman attended the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario. He has been a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for 35 years. Thom and his wife Sherri live in Vestavia Hills and are members of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.


Lacey Scott

Director of Leasing and Sales

Lacey Scott joined Harbert Realty Services in 2016 as Director. Lacey specializes in the leasing and sales of retail and mixed use properties. Her areas of expertise include market research and analysis, development services, transaction structuring, strategic site selection and contract/lease negotiation.

Before joining Harbert Realty, Lacey was an Associate for Colliers International in Birmingham where she represented office tenants locally, nationally and internationally. She also proactively managed large real estate portfolios and developed strategic plans on behalf of corporate clients. Prior to entering commercial real estate, Lacey was an Assistant District Attorney in South Alabama.

Lacey graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama and earned her JD from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Outside of the office, Lacey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is also a certified therapy dog handler with Hand in Paw and serves on the Junior Board of the YWCA Central Alabama.

  • Member of Alabama State Bar
  • Member of Birmingham CREW
  • Member of ICSC

Charlie Norton

Leasing and Brokerage Associate

Charlie Norton joined Harbert in 2012 and his main role is Leasing & Brokerage Associate for the Transaction Services Group.  Within the past few years he has found himself working with both Harbert Retail and Transaction Services Group as more of a hybrid player.  Charlie’s specializes in Landlord Representation of Class A Office, representation of both buyers/sellers in the market, as well as tenant representation, mainly with restaurant/retail clients.  Charlie has found himself over the years enjoying and excelling in a team environment and engages with the Harbert Retail Team on a daily basis.

Prior to joining Harbert Realty in 2012, Charlie spent four years with Colonial Properties Trust in Operations/Multi-Family Management. Charlie earned his Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation in 2015 and proudly displays this in his current production role.  Charlie served as the 2016 President of the Alabama Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a member of NAIOP. Charlie graduated from The University of Alabama in 2008 with a major in Finance and concentration in Real Estate.  His entire family is in the real estate business and he was eager to jump in right out of college. Outside of the office Charlie enjoys spending time with his wife Katherine, daughters Annie and Pearson and dog Palmer!!  He also loves the game of golf and bird hunting. Charlie is a proud member of The Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He previously served on the Junior Board for The Bell Center and currently serves on the HERO Board as well as Preschool Partners Board.

  • Certified Property Manager designation
  • Member of Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
  • Member of NAIOP

John Tally

Leasing and Brokerage Associate

John Tally joined Harbert Realty Services in 2020 as new Leasing and Brokerage Associate. John specializes in both tenant and landlord representation in the Downtown Birmingham and Southside markets. His primary focus is office sales and leasing, historic redevelopment, and investment sales. John will be working closely with both the Harbert Retail and Harbert Realty teams. Prior to joining Harbert Realty, John worked with Red Rock Realty Group and Plott & Company in the Birmingham area.

John is a 2000 graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and he started his professional life in the transportation and logistics business before migrating to the commercial real estate industry.