Our company is located on the site of the old Stone Fort limestone quarry that provided the raw material that build Chattanooga in the 19th century.  Stone Fort Properties continues to build on the traditions of that bedrock.

When your market involves parts of four states, there’s a lot of ground to cover, but it also means there are almost as many different rules and regulations as there are business opportunities and neighborhoods.

We are dedicated to providing our clients with profitable, common sense solutions to their real estate investment needs. Our philosophy is built on quality, cost, and schedule.

The past few years have shown us that real estate can sometimes be a tricky proposition. We know there are opportunities and questions, and that not every one is ideal for - or applicable to - every situation.

At Stone Fort Properties our team has the experience and ingenuity to find the opportunities that are ideal for you, no matter where you are.


With two decades’ experience in commercial real estate in Chattanooga, Gerald McCormick has been fortunate enough to bear witness to as well as play an integral part in the Scenic City’s amazing renaissance.

Mr. McCormick began his real estate career with industrial property appraisals at the Hamilton County Assessor of Property’s office where he familiarized himself with the legal and governmental facets of the real estate industry. He moved to real estate development coordinator with a major outdoor advertising company, nurturing his search and siting talents, and spent twelve years as a commercial real estate broker before forming his own company in 2009.

Civic as well as business minded, Mr. McCormick serves in the Tennessee State House of Representatives, and serves on the Tennessee State Museum Foundation Board and recently completed the Leadership Tennessee program with a number of prominent business and political leaders.  He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau. He is a U.S. Army veteran of the First Gulf War and a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

Gerald is married to Dr. Kimberly Gant McCormick and they are the parents of two daughters.


Having made his mark and enjoyed successful careers in both the Healthcare and Financial Services industries, Peter Avisto brought his keen business acumen to Stone Fort Properties.

Mr. Avisto prides himself on developing strong working relationships focused on the unique needs of each client, and is known for his ability to listen to and find the best opportunities available for each of them. He works closely with key stakeholders of each project, using his communication skills combined with his unique professional perspective as the foundation for every successful opportunity.

Peter is an active member in the greater Chattanooga community, has a large and diverse network and often can be found around town, personally exploring potential new ventures. Peter currently serves as a commissioner and vice-chairman of the Waste Water Treatment Authority (WWTA) for Hamilton County, Tennessee. He is a 1984 graduate of Southern Methodist University.

ben Garrison

At 6'8" you might wonder if "Big Ben" played basketball.  He didn't, but he did play football at Stanford University.  

He has been involved in the real estate industry since graduating in 2001.  Most notably, working for Toll Brothers as a project manager of large scale residential development projects.  Advisor, consultant, and problem solver, Ben helps organizations and inviduals solve their business challenges by providing them with real estate solutions.

Ben loves to work with clients who measure success by financial, social, and environmental measures. After all, doing good is good for business.

Ben co-founded the UnFoundation in 2011. The group provides micro grants that help Chattanoogans turn their cool ideas into real projects that benefit the city.

Ben is a married man, and was imported to Chattanooga by his wife Abby Studer Garrison.  They are living the American Dream with a house, two dogs, and one child!

Heather Lyons Bevil

Heather Lyons Bevil brings invaluable experience in Commercial Real Estate, including leasing enclosed regional malls, ground-up developments, outdoor retail centers, restaurants and office.  Heather works with developers, construction teams, project managers, designers and architects.  She has provided landlord representation to some of the largest REITS in the nation, and currently provides national and local Seller, Buyer, landlord and Tenant representation.  Heather enjoys mentoring new commercial real estate agents.  heather is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), National Association of Realtors (NAR), Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR), Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).  She currently serves on the board of the North Georgia Family Crisis Center/The Cottage.

Heather is married to Chris Bevil and has two sons and four daughters.  Her hobbies include raising her family, taking care of the family chickens and dog, spending time with friends and enjoying quiet time with coffee on her back porch.

Valerie Gallups

Valerie Gallups brings a banking and financial background to her Commercial Real Estate career.  With over 18 years experience with banks such as Regions, Amsouth, and pioneer, along with retail and sales management experience, Valerie has the tools needed to be successful in commercial real estate.  She is surrounded by family with a background in managing projects for local successful companies, construction, design and architecture.  Valerie began her Commercial Real Estate career in March 2014 and has since partnered with some of the most successful commercial real estate agents in Tennessee.  She currently specializes in Tenant Representation, Landlord Representation, Seller Representation, and Buyer Representation,  Valerie is active member of National Association of Realtors (NAR), Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR) and the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR).

Valerie is married to Scott Gallups, who is a project engineer, and they have two daughters, Jordan, who is graduation in 2017 and her younger teenage sister, Cassie.  Their hobbies are playing tennis, taking care of their 3 dogs (one being handicapped), volunteering at McKamey Animal Shelter, and enjoying the peacefulness of the sunsets from their home nestled in the side of White Oak Mountain.