ATLANTA: Richard Bowers & Co.
Dick Bowers' shop is as storied as he is in Atlanta, producing some of the city's most productive brokers. Why he stuck with Atlanta when he opened in 1980: "Atlanta was where I was, and I like Atlanta. It's a lower-cost city than others." Even though he leads some 100 employees, he still hustles as much as he did as an up-and-comer, walking through office buildings and cold calling tenants, and at times simultaneously making cold calls on two cell phones (he actually has three now). In the days of IMs, emails, and video walk-throughs, why the old-school ways? "I believe that a personal interactive relationship with conversation and meetings is far more meaningful than some of these email approaches," he says.