For over 35 years, the Chamblee Company sign has been a familiar sight at Flowood’s construction sites and commercial properties. The company has long been a vital resource for new development in Flowood, bringing some of our most notable structures and businesses from concept to reality.
Rodney Chamblee recently spent some time with The Flowood Compass to share some insights about his background in the development industry and his reasons for calling Flowood their base of operations.
“I really entered the business in 1979,” said Rodney. “I had negotiated a build-to-suit, 5,000 square foot building, had an option on some land from Mr. Primos close to Blue Cross Blue Shield for a client, and went to the old city hall in Flowood for a building permit. Mayor Chastain Flynt liked our plans, charged me $10.00 for a permit and took me to his home to meet Mrs. Flynt to enjoy her great cooking for lunch. Being from a small rural community southwest of Raymond, MS, that was right in my wheelhouse. Mayor Flynt and I hit it off from day one. 500,000 square feet and 35 years later, we still have the same phone number. It’s been an incredible ride; God has truly blessed us.”
“We have a great professional and personal relationship with Mayor Gary Rhoads and his outstanding team of Aldermen and staff at City Hall. We go to them for advice and direction many times prior to and during the development phase of any new asset. They are very professional, courteous and fair, and we can’t say enough good things about them.”
The Chamblee Company and affiliates have developed and manage an envious portfolio of dramatic, beautiful and highly successful properties—from their 250,000 square feet of professional, office, and retail buildings strategically placed along Lakeland Drive, to their 10 screen Regal Cinema, Mugshots restaurant, Mississippi Sports Medicine and other high-end professional guests in Parkway Place Center, to their award winning 230 rooms and suites, Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Extended Stay hotels, to one of the southeastern United States finest restaurants and conference centers, the award-winning Table 100 Restaurant, located in Lakeland Commons. Their diversified portfolio provides over 200 jobs and contributes millions of dollars in local taxes for Flowood and Rankin County.
“Playing high school and college sports, basketball at Ole Miss, and growing up on a small cattle farm in western Hinds County, I truly appreciate the immense value of being the home team, and recruiting top talent to put on the floor for a winning team,” Chamblee continued. "While we welcome the great regional and national development companies that have followed us to Flowood, we clearly understand the competitive advantage our team of professionals have by being from here and serving our customers every day in the manner that they deserve and rightly expect.”
“When our guests call for service, they get Chris Thigpen, V.P. Property Management for 28 years; or Missy Breeden, our Corporate Controller; or Kim Saggus, Marketing Director; or Timmy Pettit, Facilities Manager, or Luke or me. What you won’t get is a 1-800 phone number, or someone in Atlanta telling you to punch 5 for a twenty minute wait on hold. The Chamblee Company has and continues to listen to the wants and needs of Flowood and enjoys a stellar reputation through their continuous focus on customer service, vision of the future and long productive hours dedicated to being the best."
“If you are going to be the home team, you have to be the best team,” said Rodney Chamblee, “and that doesn’t happen punching a clock. It’s all hands on deck 24/7, and that’s the way it should be. Being here in our Flowood and being of service to our clients and friends is not a job, it’s a privilege, and we are deeply appreciative for and humbled by the opportunities we have received over all these years. We are truly blessed.”