The company’s expertise includes real estate brokerage services in leasing and sales, tenant representation, property management, development consulting, and acquisitions for commercial and investment properties in Nashville and throughout the Middle Tennessee market.


History of a 68 Year-Old Company


Thomas Henry Horrell, Founder

Beloved father, friend, pillar of the community, and founder, Thomas Henry Horrell, (1914-2011), started Horrell Refrigeration in 1943 upon purchasing 1416 Church Street in Nashville, providing refrigeration to local grocery stores. Horrell Properties, Inc. was formed in 1946 and over the next 12 years, his business flourished, gradually adding site consultation and development services to grocers becoming approximately 10% of the business.



Stephen Henry Horrell

Self-described as “born, bred, fed and dead” in Nashville, Tennessee. Stephen Henry Horrell, (1950-2023), to all who knew him, simply loved people and possessed an innate kindness that manifested itself in the way that he approached life and treated others—the personification of a gentleman. Steve’s fifty year business career began at Horrell Properties, a commercial real estate firm founded by his father in 1943. Upon becoming President of the firm, now known as Horrell Company, Steve expanded the business, assembling a team of partners and associates whom he largely credits for the survival and success of Horrell Company.

Horrell Refrigeration



Henry purchased property in 1955 on the corner of Sidco and Thompson Lane to expand the refrigeration business and venture into commercial real estate. This was the beginning of real estate development, brokerage, and management in the SIDCO Industrial Park in Nashville.


Henry, along with his two sons, Fred and Steve, sold the refrigeration business in 1972 to devote full-time to real estate development, brokerage services, and property management. Thus, Horrell Realty and Investments was established to promote the brokerage division. Outside brokers and staff were also brought in to manage the brokerage services in leasing and sales.


Horrell Realty and Investment’s name changed to Horrell Company announcing 50 years in commercial real estate. For nearly six decades, the Horrell family has been in the real estate business in the Sidco Industrial Park area and now, Horrell Company is the brokerage arm of the Horrell family business.


Steve Horrell served as President and Principal Broker for 50+ years and now Steve’s son-in law, Elliott Smith is appointed as President and CEO. Ben McKnight, a 37-year Veteran in the Commercial Brokerage business, has been appointed Principal Broker. Co-brokers, Ben McKnight and Mike Russell, have been with Horrell Company for over 30 years each and Laura Grider, Broker, has been with the company since 2008.