About Hamner Development Company
HAMNER DEVELOPMENT COMPANY (HDC), a full service commercial real estate development, property management, construction management, and brokerage firm was founded in Newport News, Virginia in 1985, and is one of the market leaders in the development, leasing, sales and management of commercial and industrial properties in the Virginia Peninsula Region. To date, the Hamner organization has developed fifteen major commercial projects, representing in excess of 1,009,964 square feet of commercial space. These projects include Class “A” office buildings, “flex” buildings, medical projects, office/warehouse and industrial buildings most heavily concentrated in the Oyster Point area of Newport News. In the past ten years the firm has completed development of two major office condominium properties including Rock Landing Professional Park, a 31,520 square foot professional Park and The Landing, a 32,000 square foot professional park both located in Oyster Point of Newport News. The firm has also completed two major industrial properties and, most recently, has syndicated the acquisition and completion of a Class “A” medical facility in Williamsburg, VA.
William W. Hamner, CEO and Founder of HDC, was one of the first developers to recognize the potential of the Oyster Point area and focus on developing properties in this growth market. These properties have attracted tenants such as Wachovia Bank, NA, Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C., United States Postal Service, PB Mares & Company, Engineering & Economic Research (EER), Casey Automotive Group, Allstate Insurance and many others. William W. Hamner, Jr. has continued the tradition, expanding services into the Williamsburg area and assisting the growth of such groups as Hampton Roads Otolaryngological Associates.
Since its inception, the Hamner organization has earned a reputation of excellence through a commitment to quality and innovative design, coupled with an operating philosophy emphasizing long-term ownership. HDC has combined its design, development and management expertise into an integrated team geared to meeting the requirements of today’s most demanding tenants, while still maintaining the ability to adapt to future needs.
A commitment to exceptionally high standards of quality and integrity is at the heart of HDC’s operating philosophy and is the primary reason for each of its development’s market acceptance and enduring value. Quality extends beyond building construction, to overall master planning and site design. Attention to detail is evident in the architecture, landscaping, lighting, parking, common areas and signage. The goal of each master plan is to create an environment, through the preservation and enhancement of natural features, for its tenants’ enjoyment and a lasting asset for the company and community in which it is located.
HDC is organized into four operating divisions, which have the capability of providing its clients the full spectrum of commercial real estate services. These divisions are Development, Marketing, Property Management and Construction Management. The “Hamner Team” is comprised of individuals with strong commitments to excellence and the depth of knowledge and experience to offer the highest level of marketing and management services for all product types.
Meet Our Team
William W. HamnerFounder & CEO (February 1937-November 2020)
A veteran of over 50 years in commercial real estate brokerage and development, he formed Hamner Realty Company in 1974 and Hamner Development Company in 1985. Bill’s legacy lives on in the hearts of us all.
A native Virginian originally from Rockfish, Virginia, “Bill” Hamner attended the University of Richmond, graduating in Business Administration, and followed with studies at the Realtor’s Institute at the University of Virginia.
A veteran of over 50 years in commercial real estate brokerage and development, he formed Hamner Realty Company in 1974 and Hamner Development Company (HDC) in 1985. He was previously a real estate representative for Exxon Company, USA. Bill Hamner has represented American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) as a consultant on a national basis and negotiated, on their behalf, 60 locations in a ten-state area within an 18-month period.
In his time with HDC, Bill Hamner developed fifteen major commercial projects, representing in excess of 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space. HDC specializes in developing facilities for third-party ownership- providing the development, leasing, and management expertise on a fee basis. Another interesting phase of the HDC organization is the development of office and industrial condos for sale. “We get a great deal of satisfaction in providing real estate investment opportunities, and enjoy working as a team with contractors, engineers, architects, local governments, and banks as we bring these projects to life.”
Bill Hamner is past President of the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors and is a past board member of the Peninsula Alliance for Economic Development. He also served on the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate. He is past President of the Virginia Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, past President of the University of Richmond - Peninsula Alumni, past President and member of the Board of Directors of Newport News Host Lions Club, and served on the vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School. He was appointed by Governor George Allen to act as Regional Chairman of a committee to develop and implement various plans for economic development in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is past member of the Corporate Board of Williamsburg Landing, and past member of the Corporate Board of TowneBank Williamsburg, and was a member of the Williamsburg Rotary Club.
William W. Hamner, Jr.President & Chief Operating Officer
Bill Jr. returned to Hamner Development Company in 2006, where he is primarily involved with the marketing, sales, and, leasing of the firm's industrial portfolio.
A native of Hampton Roads, Virginia, “Bill Jr.” attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Day School and then Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News. He received a BA degree from the University of the South, having majored in Classical Languages and Music. Bill, Jr. continued on to earn a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case-Western Reserve University, respectively.
After working in the maintenance department at Hamner Development Company throughout his teen years, Bill, Jr. departed Hampton Roads following graduation to work in other markets and other fields. He taught music at the University level and served as an organist/choirmaster for a corporate-sized Episcopal Parish. While in school he worked from 1986 to 1977 as a “semi-professional” staff member at Camp Seagull, a division of the YMCA of the Triangle based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Later becoming more involved with the pipe organ building industry, he ultimately rose to the position of Tonal Director for the Wicks Pipe Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, a position he held until 2006. In that capacity, he was charged with the design, marketing, tonal development, and, finishing of custom-made instruments, built for institutions around the globe. Bill, Jr. continues to consult independently, on a selective basis, assisting institutions with the process of selecting and purchasing instruments. In 2010, he founded Hamner Pipe Organs of Williamsburg for the purpose of building custom pipe organs for customers seeking his expertise.
“My dad taught me, ‘Figure out what you enjoy doing and then figure out how to channel that enjoyment into serving others and the common good. THEN, your efforts will naturally morph into a rewarding career’.
At Hamner, whether we are helping a professional solve his real estate problems, or building a real estate portfolio to help a family meet its life goals, we look at every task through the lens of service. Helping people through service, makes for a fulfilling career.
Michael H. Miller, Jr.Vice President & Property Manager
In 2002, Max joined Hamner Development Company (HDC) providing property management of the office and industrial properties which it exclusively represents.
A native Virginian, originally from Newport News, Michael H. "Max" Miller, Jr. first attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Day School and Peninsula Catholic High School. He then attended Elon College, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications. After serving in the United States Army, he performed as an estimator for an electrical contractor, and has been employed with several companies in related fields on the Virginia Peninsula for eight years.
In 2002, Max joined Hamner Development Company (HDC) providing property management of the office and industrial properties which it exclusively represents. He also is in charge of the Construction Management Division. Max holds the Virginia Real Estate Salesperson license.
Sales & Leasing Agents
Carmen HamnerAssociate Broker
Upon obtaining an associate broker’s license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, she joined the Hamner team in late 2017, holding her credentials concurrently with HDC and a prestigious residential brokerage.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Carmen moved to San Antonio, Texas with her family at the ripe age of 4, and she considers herself a Texan. Graduating from Texas A&M with a BA in Speech Communications, she began her career as a director of youth ministry in a corporate-sized Episcopal Parish in Ohio. She joined Concentra Medical Centers, working in St. Louis, Missouri as a Health Services Manager, selling occupational medical services to industries in the south part of the city.
Carmen Hamner has lived in Hampton Roads for over a decade, and began a new career in selling residential real estate. Upon obtaining an associate broker’s license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, she joined the Hamner team in late 2017, holding her credentials concurrently with HDC and a prestigious residential brokerage.
Whether working with a residential or commercial need, Carmen is prepared to address the needs of her clients while combining her well-known energy and zest for life with an abiding love and understanding of Hampton Roads. Family and service are most important to Carmen. She enjoys volunteering as an Outreach Committee member for the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors, Girl Scout Leader, a parent volunteer at Walsingham Academy and as the Lifestyle Committee Chair for the Kingsmill Community Services Association. Her commitment to service overflows in everything she does.
In her commercial practice, she represents buyers and sellers, as well as Landlords and Tenants in office, retail, and industrial transactions.
Lauren DuguayAssociate Broker
Born in Newport News and raised in Williamsburg Virginia, Lauren has grown up in Hampton Roads. Graduating from Jamestown High School in 2006 and Lynchburg College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications - cum laude.
Born in Newport News and raised in Williamsburg Virginia, Lauren has grown up in Hampton Roads. Graduating from Jamestown High School in 2006 and Lynchburg College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications - cum laude. The daughter of a custom home builder, Lauren has grown up in the business of construction and real estate. As an Associate Broker she continues to further her education and participate in committees and in the 2017 Virginia Realtors Leadership Academy to keep her finger on the pulse of the market and all the laws a regulation that effect our business daily. This participation allows her to provide her clients with pertinent information on the market to benefit their sale, lease or investments. Lauren focuses on the sale, purchase, lease or investment of properties in the Hampton Roads area.
“The most important part of my business is my customer service. I strive to provide the best level of service possible to allow you to stay informed throughout the process and to represent your needs as a buyer, seller, tenant or landlord.” - Lauren Duguay
As an Associate Broker in the Commonwealth of Virginia, she joined the Hamner team in the fall of 2017, holding her credentials concurrently with HDC as well as with a prestigious residential brokerage.
Alison SakimuraAssociate Broker
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Alison married Gregory Sakimura in 1994. In 1996, Gregory joined the Army and they have spent the last 23 years serving their country while stationed at duty stations in Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas, Washington and Virginia. During most of this time, Alison was a stay at home Mom to their 3 children, Tyler, Preston and Ava. Upon Greg's retirement, they are thrilled to be homesteading in Williamsburg.
Alison earned her real estate license utilizing the Long & Foster Military Scholarship Award in 2014. Alison was named to her agency's Hampton Roads Rookie for her sales her 1st year in Real Estate. Alison has been a member of the prestigious Gold Team for 3 years, selling more than $5 million dollars in real estate . In 2018, Alison earned her Associate Broker's License and will now be concurrently working with HDC to serve commercial clients, in addition to continuing her commitment to residential clients.
Alison is currently serving as the Chair of the Social and Special Events Committee for the Williamsburg Association of Realtors. She also serves on the Social Committee of her neighborhood HOA, Bruton High Band Booster Board and Queens Lake Middle Schools Family Engagement Committee.