As Vice President of Acquisitions & Dispositions for Charlotte-based Charter Properties, Inc., John Scott Trotter helps manage the firm’s capital market activities, which includes identifying and executing acquisitions and asset sales, as well as building relationships with financial partners. Among the most satisfying aspects of his job, he says, is the ability to participate in the full “life cycle of a real estate project, engaging with all of the inherent challenges and opportunities along the way.” He cites his recent involvement in the Kingsley Village project in Fort Mill, SC as one such successful, start-to-finish project.
John Scott grew up in Charlotte and earned his BA and MA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He considers his father, Johnny, a strong role model who taught him the value of patience, perseverance, and how to lead by example. Another favorite piece of advice comes from legendary college basketball coach John Wooden, who said, “Never mistake activity for achievement.”
A member of ULI since 2013, John Scott describes the organization as “impactful,” and says he values his membership for many reasons, namely the way it allows him to “stay current on real estate trends, while interacting and learning from leaders in the industry — both locally and nationally.”
He and his wife Katie have three children and a dog named Maggie. Spending time with his family and friends, traveling, playing golf, cheering on UNC sports teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets, and vacationing in the North Carolina mountains are among his favorite activities. He is also involved in the organization, The First Tee of Greater Charlotte, an international non-profit dedicated to introducing the game of golf and its values to young people.
When asked to share his own business philosophy, John Scott turns to the Golden Rule: “Always remain curious. Listen more. Treat others the way you want to be treated – it’s a small world.”