Our core belief in building relationships and communities is why Commercial First Real Estate has become synonymous with commitment, quality and success.Commercial First works with you to visualize change, forecast growth and look beyond the obvious. Together, we can realize projects others cannot see. Backed by leading technology, Commercial First offers the wealth of expertise, attention to detail and follow-through that combined, ensures your real estate experience is one based on reward.

  • Site Selection
  • Land Assemblage
  • Project Management
  • Buyer Representation
  • Seller Representation
  • North & South Carolina
    Buyer Representation Territory

    North & South Carolina

  • North Carolina
    Seller Representation Territory

    North Carolina

Ryan Lovern
Ryan Lovern, a Hickory native, worked in the Residential Real Estate field for two years before joining Commercial First Real Estate in 2002.  Ryan became a partner of Commercial First in 2005 and went on to be the sole owner in January of 2007.

Pairing local western North Carolina knowledge with national contacts, she focuses the majority of her time on site selection accounts throughout NC and SC.  She also lists retail property within 30 minutes of Hickory that are in the major retail corridors of their respective cities and MSA’s.

Market Focus

  • Retail
  • Site Selection  
  • Industrial

Academic Background
BS-Communications with concentration in Public Relations, Appalachian State University, 2000
Business Experience
Commercial First Real Estate, Broker-in Charge, Owner – 2002-Present
Home Site Services, Residential Broker – 2001-2002
Crossmann Communities, Residential Realtor – 2000-2001
Community Involvement
Business Development Committee, City of Hickory, Appointed Member 2011-present
Small Business Job Growth Team, Appointed Member 2010
Lake Hickory Country Club, Architectural Design Committee 2012- present
Lake Hickory Country Club, Long Range Planning Committee 2013- Present
International Convention of Shopping Centers, 2002 – present
First Presbyterian Church, Member 1994- Present
First Presbyterian Church, Senior High Sunday School Teacher 2012-present
First Presbyterian Church, Church School Council 2009-2012
First Presbyterian Church, Property Committee 2009
Charlotte Commercial Board of Realtors, Regional Vice President and Board of Directors, 2002-2010
Land Use Development Board, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Member 2011-2012
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Member, Volunteer 2000-Present
Family Guidance Center, Board of Directors, Chairperson 2005-2012
Family Guidance Center’s Annual Golf Tournament, Chairperson 2006-2012
Hickory Downtown Development, Board of Directors and Chairperson 2002-2006
DayBreak, Professional Women’s Group, Founder and President 2004-2008

Jenny Eckard
Jenny Eckard is a Commercial Real Estate Broker with Commercial First Real Estate. She spends her days with commercial clients finding placement for their businesses in Western NC.  Jenny has worked in the Conover and Hickory area all of her life.  She and her husband, Beau, are raising their 2 boys in Conover, NC,   and loves calling it HOME. Her heart is here and she loves to see growth in our area and playing a part in the success of our community.  She has recently taken an interest in preserving some of the abandoned manufacturing buildings in Catawba County, working to sell and lease these beautiful pieces of history in our area.

Market Focus

  • Industrial
  • Retail
  • Medical Office
  • Site Selection

Academic Background
BA-Marketing and Business Administration, Lenoir Rhyne College, 2003

Business Experience
Commercial First Real Estate, Broker – Present
Glaxo Smith Kline, Therapeutic Sales Professional 2006-2010
Capital Bank, Business Relationship Manager, Commercial Loan Officer 2003-2006

Community Involvement
Land Use Development Board, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Current Member
Mission & Ministry Board, Concordia Lutheran Church, Current Member
Hospitality House Golf Tournament, Chairperson 2004 – 2008
American Heart Association, Heart Ball Committee 2007
CCAPs Leads Group, Former Member,Treasurer, 2003 – 2007
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador, Member, Volunteer2003 – 2007
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation Rally for the Cure Golf Outing, Coordinator, 2002

Brittany Cummings

Brittany Cummings, a Hickory native, joined Commercial First in 2014. Brittany received her Broker’s License shortly after joining Commercial First in an effort to maximize support for the company’s primary brokers. In addition to providing administrative support Brittany also provides the companies book keeping services. She enjoys being a part of the Hickory Community, and wants to see it continue to grow.

Academic Background :

  • Lenoir Rhyne University
  • B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, 2006

Shana White
Shana White, a Hickory native, is a Commercial Real Estate Broker with Commercial First Real Estate. She and her husband, Jeffrey, are raising their 4 children in Hickory, NC. She focuses the majority of her time on accounts in Eastern North Carolina. She enjoys being involved, and involving others, in the Hickory community.

Market Focus:

  • Site Selection
  • Retail
  • Industrial

Academic Background:

  • BS-Education (K-12) Exceptional Children, Western Carolina University, 1997.

Community Involvement:

  • Member of Corinth Reformed Church…….currently serving on Board of Missions
  • Family Care Center Board Member…..currently serving as President of the Board
  • Organizer of Family Care Center Pro-Am tennis tournament fundraiser
  • Child Advocacy and Protection Agency Board Member….currently serving on fundraising committee
  • Past United Way of Catawba County Board Member
  • Past Science Center Board Member