After receiving a business degree from Elon University, Alston started his development career in Newport Beach, CA with LNR Commercial Property Group. There he was on a project management team developing a master planned 2,400 acre industrial park in the Inland Empire of California. Alston focused his efforts in the underwriting, planning, and both horizontal and vertical development of the park. Then transitioning back to his North Carolina roots, he joined Carolina Investment Properties as a Project Manager. In his recent time there, he has overseen the construction of roughly 1,500,000 SF of office and industrial development.