About FLH Company
FLH Company is a family-owned and managed, Washington-based, multi-faceted business with national investments in real estate and property development. FLH Company is a recognized leader in innovative financing, imaginative acquisitions and creative planning. Its goal is to be the builder for a better tomorrow in communities across the nation.
Founded in 1967 by Franklin Haney, the company has a combined development portfolio of more than $10 billion and 15 million square feet of space. Since 1994, the company's operations have been managed from their office in Washington, D.C.
The Washington metropolitan area represents the FLH Company's leading marketplace with more than 1 million square feet of office space in the Portals Office Complex, which currently houses the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a multi-billion dollar investment in the Dulles Greenway Toll Road in suburban Virginia. The company pays more than $1 million in annual property taxes to the District for its business holdings.
The FLH Company's early investments focused on development projects involving apartments, hotels, parking garages and office buildings. The company's initial projects were located in Tennessee, and included the Internal Revenue Service building in Memphis. The company grew rapidly in the south, where major projects included the Social Security Payment Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and the 35-story Marietta Tower in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
In the 1980s, FLH diversified into food and beverage investments, including the purchase of a Coca-Cola bottling company and a Miller beer distributorship, but the company's core focus remained the continued development of properties, including a series of convention center luxury hotels. The company developed and constructed more than 2,500 luxury hotel rooms.
Today, with more than 30 years of experience and a combined development portfolio of more than $10 billion, FLH Company has holdings in several states and the District of Columbia.
Franklin Haney, 64, is the founder of FLH Company, one of the nation's leading real estate and property developers.
Raised in McMinn County, Tennessee, Haney grew up on a farm before working his way through the University of Tennessee (UT) as a salesman for Southwestern Publishing Company. Haney moved to Washington after graduation to work as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Al Gore, Sr. of Tennessee and attend the George Washington University School of Law. Capitol Hill kindled his interest in politics; upon returning to Tennessee, his involvement in politics included serving as assistant general counsel to the Tennessee Public Service Commission and making a bid for the 3rd Congressional District seat and later, a bid for the Governor's office.
When the FLH Company moved their office to the District in 1994, the Haneys purchased residential property in the city's newly redeveloped Penn Quarter. The Haneys' investment in Washington also underscored their belief in the vibrancy and viability of downtown.
Franklin Haney is married to the former Emeline Willingham and they have five grown children: Mary Alice, Mae Elizabeth, Margaret McGowan, and twins, Emeline Michelle and Franklin, Jr. The Haneys' daughters have all married Washingtonians.
Mary Alice, 33, attended the American Film Institute, currently lives in Los Angeles and is involved in television and movie production, with her husband Graham Larson.
Mae Elizabeth, 32, graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law and worked in the Clinton White House as the Presidential Appointment Counsel. She currently lives in Washington and serves as an attorney for the FLH Company, with her husband Ande, and their two sons, Anderson and John Franklin.
Margaret, 31, graduated from GWU and earned a law degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law. She also works in the family business and is in the process of moving to the District, with her husband Chris Ferguson.
Michelle and Frank, 28, are twins. Michelle earned a degree from GWU School of Law and she, too, works for the family business and lives in Washington, with her husband Victor Maddux.
Franklin Haney serves on the advisory board for the GWU Law School and, along with Emeline, are active supporters of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The Haneys are members of Columbia Country Club and attend St. Patrick's Catholic Church.