Our core belief in building relationships and communities is why Commercial First Real Estate has become synonymous with commitment, quality and success.Commercial First works with you to visualize change, forecast growth and look beyond the obvious. Together, we can realize projects others cannot see. Backed by leading technology, Commercial First offers the wealth of expertise, attention to detail and follow-through that combined, ensures your real estate experience is one based on reward.

  • Site Selection
  • Property Management
  • Project Management
  • Buyer Representation
  • Seller Representation
    • North Carolina
      Buyer Representation Territory

      North Carolina

    • South Carolina
      Buyer Representation Territory

      South Carolina

    • North Carolina
      Seller Representation Territory

      North Carolina

    Ryan Lovern, a Hickory native, worked in the Residential Real Estate field for two years before joining Commercial First Real Estate in 2002.  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 focuses the majority of her time on site selection accounts throughout NC and SC.  She also lists retail property within 30 minutes of Hickory that are in the major retail corridors of their respective cities and MSA’s.
    Market Focus

    • Retail
    • Site Selection  

    Academic Background
    BS-Communications with concentration in Public Relations, Appalachian State University, 2000
    Business Experience
    Commercial First Real Estate, Broker-in Charge, Owner – 2002-Present
    Home Site Services, Residential Broker – 2001-2002
    Crossmann Communities, Residential Realtor – 2000-2001
    Community Involvement
    Business Development Committee, City of Hickory, Appointed Member 2011-present
    Small Business Job Growth Team, Appointed Member 2010
    Lake Hickory Country Club, Architectural Design Committee 2012- present
    Lake Hickory Country Club, Long Range Planning Committee 2013- Present
    International Convention of Shopping Centers, 2002 – present
    First Presbyterian Church, Member 1994- Present
    First Presbyterian Church, Senior High Sunday School Teacher 2012-present
    First Presbyterian Church, Church School Council 2009-2012
    First Presbyterian Church, Property Committee 2009
    Charlotte Commercial Board of Realtors, Regional Vice President and Board of Directors, 2002-2010
    Land Use Development Board, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Member 2011-2012
    Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Member, Volunteer 2000-Present
    Family Guidance Center, Board of Directors, Chairperson 2005-2012
    Family Guidance Center’s Annual Golf Tournament, Chairperson 2006-2012
    Hickory Downtown Development, Board of Directors and Chairperson 2002-2006
    DayBreak, Professional Women’s Group, Founder and President 2004-2008

    Jenny Eckard is a Commercial Real Estate Broker with Commercial First Real Estate. She spends her days with commercial clients finding placement for their businesses in Western NC.  Jenny has worked in the Conover and Hickory area all of her life.  She and her husband, Beau, are raising their 2 boys in Conover, NC,   and loves calling it HOME. Her heart is here and she loves to see growth in our area and playing a part in the success of our community.  She has recently taken an interest in preserving some of the abandoned manufacturing buildings in Catawba County, working to sell and lease these beautiful pieces of history in our area.
    Market Focus

    • Retail
    • Office
    • Medical
    • Site Selection
    • Reuse of Vacant Buildings

    Academic Background
    BA-Marketing and Business Administration, Lenoir Rhyne College, 2003

    Business Experience
    Commercial First Real Estate, Broker – Present
    Glaxo Smith Kline, Therapeutic Sales Professional 2006-2010
    Capital Bank, Business Relationship Manager, Commercial Loan Officer 2003-2006

    Community Involvement
    Land Use Development Board, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Current Member
    Mission & Ministry Board, Concordia Lutheran Church, Current Member
    Hospitality House Golf Tournament, Chairperson 2004 – 2008
    American Heart Association, Heart Ball Committee 2007
    CCAPs Leads Group, Former Member,Treasurer, 2003 – 2007
    Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador, Member, Volunteer2003 – 2007
    Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation Rally for the Cure Golf Outing, Coordinator, 2002