Little More About Us

Real estate company since 1994

At PHDevelopers (PHD) we have over 50 years of combined experience in land development, acquisition, leasing, legal, zoning and construction management expertise to successfully complete our clients projects. PHD has completed numerous shopping centers, medical offices, ambulatory care centers and multi-family projects throughout the Southeast including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia.  PHD has completed, owns and manages projects for AT&T, Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, Mattress Firm, Starbucks, Great Clips, US Cellular, Sprint, Buffalo Wild Wings and Duke University to name a few.

Our expert site selection specifically in retail development has provided our clients and tenants with the most premier retail sites in the market place resulting in exceedingly high sales visibility locations with exceptional sales projections.

PHD has developed a preferred developer program that establishes a relationship with national retail tenants providing specific new development site guidance and store development thereby reducing the tenants overall market entry costs and increasing tenant efficiencies. We negotiate a fair lease one time to save costs to the tenant by utilizing a uniform document as well as developing savings insite design and building prototypical designs of the highest level of building materials at the most efficient costs through value engineering and cost savings analysis.


Meet Our Team

Michael Puder

Michael Puder has been a developer for over 35 years with an outstanding reputation in the industry. As a licensed building contractor, real estate broker, and mortgage broker, he has extensive experience in the building and real estate industries, having founded multiple development firms. Since the beginning, he has successfully developed thousands of single/multi-family homes, as well as numerous retail and mixed-use development projects.

Over the years, Puder’s innovative concepts and designs in development have won him many accolades. He and his team have received several awards, such as the Palm Award and Pinnacle Award for architecture and design.

Currently, Puder and his team own and manage several apartment communities, strip centers, and other related investments…and continues to remain active in the industry.

The following are just a few of Puder’s completed commercial projects:
  • Deston Shoppes (175,000 Sq. Ft. Strip Center)
  • West Boynton Medical Center (10,000 Sq. Ft. Office Medical Complex)
  • Brier Creek Medical (2 Story Medical Center)
  • Miracle Carwash & Boca Gas Station
  • Caveness Farms (Strip Center)
  • Cherrydale Corners (Strip Center)
  • Newport Virginia (Strip Center)

Rob Hicks

Michael Puder and Rob Hicks founded PH Developers in 2010 in order to facilitate the continued growth of the high profile retail development program that began in 2007. Rob has been in the commercial real estate development business for over 20 years with substantial experience in retail development and mixed use. Rob has developed over 2 million square feet of retail properties, and thousands of acres of mixed – use land development including: medical, apartment communities and office parks.

Rob has held substantial development positions with national development firms including most recently; Regional Director, Mid Atlantic at Weingarten Realty Investors, a NYSE REIT, prior to founding PH Developers. Rob was an EVP with American Asset Corporation based in Charlotte North Carolina; a private institutional developer of retail, mixed use and office properties in the Southeast.

Additionally, Rob is a former commercial pilot and was founder of 68Echo; a government aviation defense contracting firm based in Virginia. He is an undergraduate of James Madison and holds an MBA from Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach Florida. Rob resides in Raleigh with his family.

In 2008 when Rob ventured on his own he developed Caveness and Duke Brier Creek both with Michael as a partner. The partners Continued there ventures developing:
  • AT&T at Glenwood Brier Creek
  • AT&T at Wilming Ton New Center
  • AT&T Center at Skibo
  • AT&T Chipotle Center
  • Center at Herndon AT&T
  • Buffalo Wlid Wings, Mattress Firm at Wilson
  • Mattress Firm at Falls

As well as projects in que with PHD located in:

  • Oleander
  • Wake Forest Rd
  • Greenville Blvd NC
  • Jacksonville
  • Western Blvd
  • VA Beach
  • Landstown Commons Shoppes
  • Lumberton Shoppes.