Sperity is a coined term, a combination of Inspire, Prosperity, and Integrity. We strive to bring all of those aspects to every interaction that we have, whether it is with a client, a customer, a competitor, or with anyone else.
We are a commercial real estate and business brokerage firm that works under a different model than anything else we’ve seen in the field. With the emphasis on treating our employees as a team, we incentivize excellent customer service and making sure that the whole company is working on every deal that we take on.
We have worked especially well with restaurants, churches, and real estate developers. Each member of our team comes with an extensive background in one or more of these specialized fields. Before taking on projects outside of these specializations, we analyze each one on a case by case basis to be sure that we will provide superior results.
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Nathan Hughes, CBI, CCIM
Nathan Hughes has been a full-time business broker and commercial REALTOR® since 2005. With an emphasis on teamwork and customer service, Sperity Real Estate Ventures was founded in September 2015. Combining the decades of full-service real estate and business brokerage experience with his own business and restaurant experience, Nathan has carved a niche for himself in the Richmond restaurant market.
Nathan earned his CBI (Certified Business Intermediary) designation from the International Business Brokers Association in 2014. The CBI designation is only awarded to members that have met stringent educational and experience requirements, and that hold themselves to high ethical standards. Continuing education and constant improvement is a hallmark of a CBI.
After several years of classes and preparation, Nathan earned his CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute in 2018. The CCIM designation denotes that the wearer has completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, and demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate.
Giving back to the industry and being involved in the community is important to Nathan. He currently serves on the Board of the Economic Development Authority for the City of Richmond, and in mid-2017 wrapped up a term on Commission of Architectural Review for the City of Richmond. Nathan has been and continues to be very involved with the REALTOR® associations, most recently serving 6 years as a Director on the Board for the Virginia Realtors and 3 years as a Director on the Board for the National Association of Realtors, as well as a variety of committee work on the local, state, and national levels. For several years, Nathan was involved with Special Olympics of Virginia, and helped each year with the planning of their fundraising event, Over the Edge.
Veronica King Wiles is a native of Virginia and has lived in the Richmond area for 30+ years. She was raised in a family of nine siblings, where she quickly learned the skills and value of negotiation and how to bring people together from different vantage points to achieve the best possible outcome.
After her studies in Business at Virginia Commonwealth University, she married and she was blessed to raise three now-adult children with her husband.
Over the last 25 years Veronica has enjoyed being involved in community outreach and church and civic organizations. In the civic community she was a member of Parent Teachers Organizations, President of Swim Team Boards, a Room Mother, Softball Coach, and Talent show manager and director. In her church communities, she directed Children’s productions, served on Mission Committees, sang in choirs, lead and hosted a Community Group in her home, and presently serves for a 5th year as a Mentor Mom to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).
As her children thrived and grew older, she provided executive leadership to her husband’s mortgage brokerage firm. Serving for 8 years, their company helped hundreds of Virginia residents secure financing for their real estate transactions.
Before transitioning to real estate, she owned and operated a residential and commercial cleaning business, where she served a highly selective clientele. She managed and facilitated cleaning services to churches, corporate apartments, and homes ranging from 2000 to 12,000 square feet.
Veronica has been a vital part of the team since mid-2016, and has quickly made a name for herself in representing tenants and buyers in a variety of industries. She has been particularly active in working with women business owners, both in start-ups and well-established companies.
Charles is a Sales and Leasing Agent for Sperity Ventures. He is a Richmond native with extensive experience as a franchise business consultant within the restaurant industry. He has owned and operated three cafes in the Richmond market and worked as a consultant for many franchises, including Hot Stuff Pizza, Which Wich, and the Quiznos Franchise. At Quiznos, he helped develop a process to evaluate store performance.
He has also been a commercial real estate agent for the past 10 years. As Sperity represents many restaurant owners, Charles enjoys sharing his industry experience and insight with clients. His expertise in helping buyers with design, location, and understanding cost is of great value. He also received recognition as Best Business Franchise Consultant of 2019.
His blend of service-industry experience, real estate, and consulting makes Charles a valuable asset to the Sperity team.
In his free time, he enjoys working around the house and spending quality time with his family.
Betsy Borders Mangum
Betsy Borders Mangum is excited to be back in the Greater Richmond region after spending a few years in Ellicott City, Maryland. Richmond is embedded in her heart since she met her husband here and all three of their boys were born at St. Mary’s Hospital. The daughter of a retired Air Force major, she has lived in 7 different states and one European country and is relieved to finally be back in her forever home, closer to family and friends.
An alumna of both James Madison University and VCU, Betsy began her career as a high school art teacher teaching in Frederick, MD, Charlotte, NC and New York City. While working on her Master’s at VCU, she became an intern at the Greater Richmond Chamber. She enjoyed five years as the Coordinator of Member Services where her favorite event, Breakfast Break, connected small and mid-sized business owners.
Leaving the Chamber, she jumped at the chance to work with a networking software program Ignite Speed Networking. She assisted the owner in leading facilitation for networking events involving Fortune 500, higher education, nonprofit and government agency clients. After ten years of employment and 2 additional children Betsy scaled back her career, returning to her roots in education. With school-aged sons she was happy to work as a preschool teacher as it allowed her to be home for her family.
Living out-of-state has made her realize how fortunate it is to be a resident in the Greater Richmond area – creative thinkers can make things happen! Both she and her husband were drawn to Richmond because of the incredible sense of community. Businesses are being supported and are thriving. She is excited to explore both new and familiar places while helping Sperity clients.
Shiela or Ella, as she is fondly referred to by her family, friends and team, approaches her work and personal life through three core principles: servitude, responsibility and commitment. Throughout her career, she has maintained the highest performance standards within a varied range of administrative, technical and managerial functions, experienced startup companies as the “face for the public” and leading teams focused on improving company operations.
Born and raised in the Philippines, she studied Computer and Electrical Engineering at the University of Nueva Caceres where she became entranced with what a computer can do. Her passion for computers led her to work as an Electronic Data Processing Technician after graduating, which sharpened her skills in Database Administration, Front-End Web Development, Networking and Computer Repairs. To further her studies, she went to the big city and worked as a Technical Support for more than three (3) years.
Her youth and adventurous spirit brought her overseas (Singapore) for a well-deserved vacation. While on the job, she was encouraged by her college professor and friends who invited her to practice her Electrical Engineering course. She applied and worked on a one-year, fast-paced, revamp project at Sembawang Shipyard as an Assistant Project Manager, where she managed a diverse group of people. Her leadership skills, honed through years of leadership roles in the university, and her ability to think on her feet helped her in handling any difficult circumstances with calm confidence.
Returning home to be closer to family, Ella has been working in the real estate industry as an Administrative Assistant for 7 years and is excited to be a full time member of the team, ensuring excellent customer service and a seamless customer experience.
Press Coverage (click) — comprehensive list of press coverage
Links to specific articles about individual brokers and about the company:
“Real estate broker moves” in Richmond Times-Dispatch on November 15, 2015
“Real estate broker leaves longtime firm” in Richmond Bizsense on October 21, 2015
“RVA Food News: Behind the Scenes of a Restaurant Sale” in Style Weekly’s Short Order section on May 13, 2014