Gerald is a certified general appraiser, registered landscape architect and licensed real estate broker.Gerald became President of Barber and Mann, Inc. in 2002 and has performed conservation easements and other specialized appraisals and real estate consulting on environmentally sensitive lands for numerous clients throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee. Prior to being elected as Tax Assessor of Madison County (one of the fastest growing counties in the US) in 1988, where he is in his sixth consecutive term, Gerald was President of Oak Lane, Inc, a landscape architecture, land planning, and development firm for 16 years. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1972 from Mississippi State University.
His passion for the outdoors has extended far past his professional career. He has volunteered over 30 years of service with several regional and nationwide conservation organizations including being the former Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation, the former chairman and co-founder of Republicans for Environmental Protection Educational Foundation and the former Vice President and co-founder of the Delta Land Trust.
Barber and Mann, Inc. was founded in 2002 by Gerald R. Barber, ASLA, IAAO and his wife Elizabeth Barber, CWB, to provide specialized appraisal, real estate consulting, conservation planning and land planning services to clients across the Southeastern US. Named after Gerald and his partner and mentor, Jack Kennedy Mann, MAI, CRE, the firm’s first mission was to fulfill the demand in the region for general appraisers who have extensive experience in valuing conservation and historic properties for unique projects such as conservation easements and estates.
During his tenure at Barber and Mann, Jack Mann, (1919- 2005), brought his 50 years of experience in selling, financing, developing, promoting and appraising real estate to the fore. In his career, he appraised all kinds of property, both urban and rural and performed all types of appraisal assignments throughout the U.S. and Greece. Jack also served as President of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and was an instructor there for 31 years. He was also an instructor at the School of Banking of the South at LSU for 27 years and taught Principles of Real Estate at Ole Miss for 10 years. Jack’s wealth of long-term expertise in valuing unique properties combined with Gerald Barber’s varied experience in real estate, land planning and ad valorem taxation have benefited our clients seeking appraisals for conservation purposes, tax purposes and estate planning and serve as a strong foundation for our Appraisal Division. Barber and Mann’s Appraisal Division is rounded out by professional appraiser Lee Sipes, MAE, who develops research and provides technical assistance on all appraisal assignments.
Over the past few years, our firm has evolved to offer other needed services to our clients including conservation planning, landscape architecture and land planning, real estate counseling and brokerage. We offer unique services for clients requiring help with environmentally sensitive properties, complex land use issues, family estates, and IRS donations of land easements.
Barber and Mann’s Conservation Planning Division is coordinated by Elizabeth Barber, a certified wildlife biologist, who specializes in conservation planning, grant writing, grant management and wildlife consulting. She also provides technical assistance on appraisals of environmentally sensitive properties.
Our Land Planning and Landscape Architecture Division is managed by landscape designer Brad Tackett. Brad and Gerald have over 40 years of combined experience in landscape architecture and land planning. Our services include master planning, feasibility studies and marketing graphics.
Rebecca Tackett, coordinates our Real Estate Consulting and Development Division, where we assist our clients with land acquisition, site selection, architectural guidelines, property management brokerage and sales of special properties.
Our firm is devoted to helping our clients find the right solutions for their unique property. Our skilled and uniquely qualified staff is ready to help you with your appraisal, land conservation planning and real estate needs.
Contact Gerald Barber, ASLA, IAAO, GAA
Contact Gerald Barber, ASLA, IAAO, GAA
Barber & Mann, Inc.
453 Northpark Drive
Ridgeland, MS 39157
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