John Egan, president and founder of Southwestern Commercial Properties LLC, has merged his operation with NAI Highland Commercial Group.

The longtime local retail developer and broker brings 16 years of retail development and management market experience to Highland. His background also includes 10 years with the national retail arm of Trammell Crow Co.

He founded Southwestern Commercial Properties in July 2007 and headed a retail development and property management firm in partnership with LandCo Properties until 2009.

NAI Highland managing broker and company principal Bob Garner said the merger would “broaden the retail expertise of Highland which will strengthen the company’s retail presence.”

Egan has sold or leased more than $200 million of retail property and has represented hundreds of national and local clients.