Established in 2000, Commercial First Real Estate has stayed true to our core belief in building relationships and communities. Keeping the clients needs first, we average over 80% of leasing and sales based on referrals and repeat business. Through our work, you will see we love what we do!


Ryan Lovern

Ryan Lovern, a Hickory native, worked in the Residential Real Estate field for two years before joining Commercial First Real Estate in 2001. 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 formerly focused on retail site selection in NC and SC. In 2010, she diversified Commercial First to work in retail, medical, land, industrial, office, and investment sectors.

Now, she spends the majority of her time overseeing the operations of the office as Broker-In-Charge, supervising the company’s brokers, and handling a few larger corporate accounts that require daily attention. Favorite thing to do while not working? Spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.

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Jenny Eckard

Jenny Eckard, also a Hickory native, has been a broker with Commercial First since 2011. She is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and loves calling Hickory HOME.

Jenny works with property owners in a 30 mile radius to list their properties for sale or lease and also works with clients to find the perfect location for their business. She enjoys being involved in all sectors including industrial, office, medical, and retail.

When she’s not working she enjoys fishing and camping with her two boys, going to Harker’s Island, NC and to the beach with her family.

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Brittany Cummings with Commercial First

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.

On her off time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Shana White

Shana White, a Hickory native, is a Commercial Real Estate Broker with Commercial First Real Estate. She joined the team in 2015.

Shana focuses the majority of her time with site selection in Eastern NC. She enjoys working with clients to find the perfect location to meet their needs, whether it be a new business, or expansion and/or re-location if an existing business.

Shana enjoys being involved and involving others in the Hickory community. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, Jeffrey and their four children.

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Shana White - Commercial First