About Us

Habersham and Cowan is an Atlanta based advisory firm with a global reach. It has been active in areas of real estate development, airlines, banking, agribusiness and consulting. It has contacts and associates around the world, that lets the firm operate seamlessly anywhere. The firm advises companies which are start-ups to multi-national conglomerates. It can "westernize" an international project or guide a US investment. It is able to source deals, guide you through the process and help you close them.


Company’s History

Habersham & Cowan, Inc. was formed by Joel H. Cowan in 1986 to serve as the General Partner for a family limited partnership. This company holds title to various shareholdings and real estate. It also conducts advisory services through associates of Mr. Cowan. His past activities include: Real estate development starting in the 1960’s including the new town of Peachtree City, Georgia, a large urban upscale shopping center Phipps Plaza which includes Sak’s Fifth Avenue and Tiffany’s. He also developed a large coastal resort including a major hotel, all types of housing and condominiums, a marina and two golf courses. He advised and was on the board of a private real estate development company for 30 years which included a new town, multifamily housing and commercial development. He was an officer, director and founder of a large REIT that was public and listed on the American Stock Exchange. That company made a major acquisition of another public company and he was the lead in this. Bought a small bank in 1968, which grew rapidly and was sold to a major bank. He was part of the team to bring Continental Airlines out of bankruptcy and served as a director. It became one of the most successful airlines in the industry at that time. Joined the board of World Airways and acquired a block of stock. It was brought out of extreme financial difficulty by downsizing and repurposing. After stabilizing, it was sold to a private equity firm at the top of the market. He was an early mover into China building condominiums in a midsized city south of Beijing. He started other businesses and advised on other projects. He is a director of EastWest Institute in New York. In that capacity he has participated in eight high level meetings with a group of Chinese think tanks, party officials and military. Have advised and/or participated in several startups in various fields. Mr. Cowan is a Professor of the Practice in the MBA program at Georgia Tech, a top 20 rated program in the US, serving for 9 years.

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