Bright outlook on real estate: Chattanooga businessman joined family company in 1953

Chattanooga businessman Fletcher Bright talks about his real estate ventures in an interview at his Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, home. (Staff photo by Tim Barber)

Chattanooga is booming. It's just things have come together.

photo Bright plays a song with 16-time Grammy Award winning banjoist Béla Fleck, left, at the Folk School of Chattanooga in May 2012. (Contribtued photo)

Fletcher Bright uses the word "opportunistic" when he talks about the company that bears his name.

"We have to keep our eyes open," the 86-year-old businessman said, citing as an example a trio of developments his company has underway on downtown Chattanooga's trendy North Shore.

Bright joined his father, Gardner, in the real estate business right out of Davidson College in 1953. His father had started the company in 1927 with friend and business associate James A. Glascock, and it was appealing joining a business which then already was well established and is 90 years old this year, Bright says.