- E. Alan Patton Chairman of the Board and Director Open or Close Open or Close
E. Alan Patton has served as one of our independent directors since November 2006 and Chairman of the Board since September 20, 2013. In May 2013, Mr. Patton became the President of The Morgan Group, Inc., (“Morgan”) a multifamily development and management company, where Mr. Patton is responsible for Morgan’s day-to-day operations. From January 2011 to April 2013, Mr. Patton served as Senior Managing Director of Hines Interests Limited Partnership (“Hines”), an international real estate firm. Mr. Patton’s main focus at Hines was to expand the firm’s multifamily development activity throughout the United States with involvement in site sourcing, product design, development and capital raising and financing. From 1998 to January 2011, Mr. Patton served as President of Morgan. From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Patton was the Managing Director of the Chase Bank of Texas Realty Advisory Group (formerly known as Texas Commerce Realty Advisors). During his eight-year tenure at Chase Bank, Mr. Patton developed and managed Chase’s Real Estate Mezzanine Financing product and worked in the Real Estate Workout/Restructuring Group and the Commercial Real Estate Lending Group. Mr. Patton previously served as a Project Manager with a Houston-based commercial general contractor, Miner-Dederick Companies, Inc., where he managed office and medical building construction projects nationwide for eight years. Mr. Patton attended Harding University and the University of Houston, from which he received his Bachelor in Science-Finance degree and his Masters of Business Administration. Mr. Patton is on the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council and is a council member of the Urban Land Institute.
- Mark T. Alfieri Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer and Director Open or Close Open or Close
Mark T. Alfieri has served as our Chief Executive Officer since June 30, 2014 and as one of our directors since May 2014. Mr. Alfieri has served as our President since July 31, 2013, and has also served as our Chief Operating Officer since our inception in 2006. Mr. Alfieri served as Chief Operating Officer of our former advisor, our former property manager and certain of their affiliates, (collectively, “Behringer”) from September 2006 to July 31, 2013. Prior to joining Behringer in May 2006, from January 1999 to April 2006 Mr. Alfieri was Senior Vice President of AMLI Residential Properties Trust (“AMLI”), formerly a New York Stock Exchange-listed REIT, where he directed investment activities for the Southwest region. During his seven-year tenure at AMLI, Mr. Alfieri consummated multifamily transactions in excess of $2.5 billion. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Alfieri was a member of CEC, AMLI’s senior executive committee. In February 2006, AMLI merged into an indirect subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Real Estate’s Prime Property Fund, and the consideration paid for AMLI represented a 20.7% premium over the closing price of its common shares on the last full trading day prior to the public announcement of the merger. From 1991 until 1998, Mr. Alfieri was president and Chief Executive Officer of Revest Group, Inc., a regional full service investment company. Revest was engaged in the acquisition and development of multifamily and commercial properties as a sponsor/general partner on behalf of international and domestic private investors. Mr. Alfieri also was President and Chief Executive Officer of Revest Management Services. Revest Management Services fee managed office, mini-storage and multifamily properties. Mr. Alfieri graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. Mr. Alfieri is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas. Mr. Alfieri served on the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council from 2002 to 2004 and is currently a member of the National Multi Housing Council.
- David D. Fitch Director Open or Close Open or Close
David D. Fitch has served as one of our independent directors since May 2014. Until his retirement in June 2012, Mr. Fitch served as President (from July 2004) and Chief Executive Officer (from March 2005) of Gables Residential Trust (“Gables”), a former NYSE-listed multifamily real estate investment trust, and in this capacity oversaw all investments, operations, administration and management of the company. In addition, from March 2005 through June 2012, Mr. Fitch also served on the board of directors of Gables, and from August 2002 through June 2004, Mr. Fitch served as Chief Investment Officer of Gables. Prior to joining Gables, Mr. Fitch served as President of St. Joe Commercial, a division of the St. Joe Company (NYSE: “Joe”). Mr. Fitch was also partner of the Paragon Group and spent the first 10 years of his career as a development officer with Cadillac Fairview in multiple cities in the United States. Mr. Fitch is a former board member of the Lion Gables Apartment Fund, L.P., the National Multi Housing Council, and Tideland Signal Corporation. Mr. Fitch currently serves as a trustee for several nonprofit organizations, including the Parks Board of Houston and MATCH, and serves on the advisory councils of the Menil Foundation and the national council of the Student Conservation Association. Mr. Fitch is also a member of the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Fitch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College.
- Tammy K. Jones Director Open or Close Open or Close
Tammy K. Jones has served as one of our independent directors since April 2016. Since 2009, Ms. Jones has served as both Principal and President of Basis Investment Group (“Basis”), a multi-strategy commercial real estate investment platform she founded with JEMB Realty Corporation that acquires and originates a variety of senior and subordinated loans, preferred equity and joint venture equity positions on behalf of its investors. Under her leadership, Basis has succeeded in closing nearly $2.5 billion in commercial real estate debt and structured equity related investments across the United States. Prior to joining Basis, Ms. Jones worked at CWCapital LLC (“CW”) from 2004 to 2009, serving as head of CW’s fixed and floating rate Capital Markets Lending Division and closing approximately $6 billion in investments. Between 1997 and 2004, Ms. Jones was a Senior Vice President of Commercial Capital Initiatives, Inc., a GMACCM subsidiary (now Berkadia) (“GMAC”) and part of the leadership team responsible for creating GMAC’s Capital Markets lending division. Prior to her seven years with GMAC, she held various positions on the equity and asset management side of the business at commercial real estate investment companies including Equitable Real Estate and AMRESCO Management, Inc.
Ms. Jones currently sits on the board of directors for the Real Estate Executive Council and formerly served as a board member and Treasurer of The New Agenda, a leadership organization for women, and a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Ms. Jones holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from Georgia State University.
- Jonathan L. Kempner Director Open or Close Open or Close
Jonathan L. Kempner has served as one of our independent directors since November 2008. Since July 2016, Mr. Kempner serves as President Emeritus of Tiger 21, LLC (“Tiger”), a peer-to-peer learning group for high-net-worth investors. Prior to his current role, from October 2009 to June 2016, Mr. Kempner served as President of Tiger. From April 2001 to December 2008, Mr. Kempner was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association (“MBA”). MBA is the national association representing the real estate finance industry with over 2,400 member companies, including mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field. In addition, Mr. Kempner served on MBA’s board of directors (ex officio) and on the board of its business development affiliate, Lender Technologies Corp.
Prior to assuming his role at the MBA, for 14 years, Mr. Kempner was President of the National Multi Housing Council, a leading trade association representing apartment owners, managers, developers, lenders and service providers. Previously, from 1983 to 1987, Mr. Kempner was Vice President and General Counsel of Oxford Development Corp., a privately owned real estate services firm in Maryland, with a focus on commercial real estate development, asset and property management, brokerage and investment advisory services. From 1982 to 1983, Mr. Kempner served as Assistant Director and General Counsel of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp., a federally owned real estate firm. From 1981 to 1982, Mr. Kempner also served as Assistant General Counsel to the Charles E. Smith Companies, a significant owner and developer of apartment complexes.
Mr. Kempner practiced law with Fried Frank, a leading international commercial law firm, from 1977 to 1980 immediately following a clerkship for U.S. District Judge David W. Williams of the Central District of California. Mr. Kempner also served as a Special Consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Capital Markets and as a Staff Assistant to the Subcommittee on Representation of Citizen Interests of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and in the office of Sen. Abraham Ribicoff.
Mr. Kempner holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (high honors and high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Stanford University Law School, where he served on the Stanford Law Review. Mr. Kempner is on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization, the Ciesla Foundation.
- W. Benjamin (Ben) Moreland Director Open or Close Open or Close
W. Benjamin (Ben) Moreland has served as one of our independent directors since May 2016. Mr. Moreland was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of Crown Castle International Corp. (“Crown Castle”) in June 2016. An S&P 500 company, Crown Castle (NYSE: CCI) is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure, and one of the largest REITs in the United States, owns and operates over 40,000 towers and distributed antenna system facilities and has over 3,000 employees operating essential real estate serving wireless carriers’ national networks. Prior to his current role, Mr. Moreland served as President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2008 until May 2016 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to June 2008. Mr. Moreland joined Crown Castle in 1999 after 15 years with Chase Manhattan Bank and predecessor banks, primarily in corporate finance and real estate investment banking. Mr. Moreland is a member of the board and former Chairman of the board of PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association and also serves on the boards of directors of Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Methodist Hospital. Mr. Moreland is a member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and is a member of The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council.
- Timothy J. Pire Director Open or Close Open or Close
Timothy J. Pire has served as one of our independent directors since March 2016. Mr. Pire served as a Managing Director at Heitman LLC (“Heitman”), a Chicago based real estate investment management firm, from June 1992 to December 2015. At Heitman, Mr. Pire was responsible for analyzing and managing portfolios of publicly traded real estate securities and operating the real estate securities business unit within the broader Heitman platform. During his tenure at Heitman, Mr. Pire served as a member of Heitman’s Management Committee, Board of Directors, Compensation Committee and Proxy Committee and from 2006 to 2015, Mr. Pire was as member of Heitman’s Global Real Estate Securities Investment Committee. In addition, from 2014 to 2015, Mr. Pire was the head of Global Investment Strategy and Risk for the real estate securities business unit at Heitman and oversaw Heitman’s securities investments in Canada, Latin America and South America.
Prior to his employment at Heitman, from September 1990 to May 1992, Mr. Pire served as an associate appraiser for Lyon, Skelte and Speirs, an appraisal firm located in Seattle, Washington, where Mr. Pire was responsible for appraisals of commercial properties on the west coast. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Pire served as a senior credit analyst for US Bank Corporation, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mr. Pire received his Masters of Science in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his Bachelors in Business Administration, majoring in finance, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Pire is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago, a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he serves as a Governance Fellow.