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Simmons Vedder Partners
Simmons Vedder Partners is an experienced, highly regarded real estate
firm that specializes in the acquisition and development of commercial and
multifamily real estate properties. With the background and expertise of the
principals and over 300 years of combined real estate experience, the
company is focused on superior execution and on finding opportunities at the
front end of localized real estate cycles when returns are at their greatest.
As a result of the varied backgrounds of our principals, our core competence
is wide.
We have successfully developed vertical mixed-use, office,
warehouse, multi-family, student housing, senior housing, billboards, and
land.
Since 1992, the company has been responsible for the development
and acquisition of over 8,000,000 square feet of office, industrial and
residential projects with an aggregate value of over $2 Billion; these projects
span such markets as Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston,
Oklahoma City, Orlando, San Antonio, and Washington D.C.
Through prudent speculation and careful research, Simmons Vedder Partners
continues to pursue top locations in underserved markets for commercial and
residential development.
Simmons Vedder Partners believes that given
today’s capital markets and the growing inflexibility of the larger real estate
operating companies, viable opportunities exist for a nimble well-capitalized
real estate company to move quickly and identify trends before the herd
mentality takes effect. In summary, Simmons Vedder Partners’ strategy is to
outperform the market yield requirements on a risk-adjusted basis by
identifying early trends and moving quickly to secure an advantage in the
marketplace.
SVP partners are alumni of the following firms:
Bozzuto
Cypress Real Estate
Lincoln Property Company
Carr America
Gables
O’Connor Capital Partners
Chase Bank
Guaranty Bank
The Finger Companies
Crocker
JPI
Trammell Crow Company
Crow Holdings
Lincoln National Life
Trammell Crow Residential
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Representative Client and Financial Relationships
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Amegy Bank
Archon Group
Behringer Harvard
The Brookdale Group
Cigna
Comerica Bank
Compass Bank
CORUS Bank
Crow Holdings
Dividend Capital Trust
Fidelity Investments
Greenwich Capital
Guaranty Bank
INVESCO
John Hancock
JPMorgan / Chase
LaSalle Bank
Lincoln National Life Insurance Company
O’Connor Capital Partners
Principal Financial Group
Regions Bank
SNB Bank
Stanford Endowment
State Farm/Amberjack Ltd.
The Texas Permanent School Fund
Transwestern Realty
Wachovia
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
PROJECT LIST
Commercial Properties
Product Type
Single-story
Office
Development
Mid- and Highrise Office
Development
Office
Acquisition
Warehouse
Project Name
Discovery Lakes I & II
Lakeview 400
Lincoln Park at Southpark
IKON - Reserve @ Greens
Crossing I
Reserve at Greens Crossing II
Reserve at Maitland
ABB Building
Dulles Technology Center
Dulles Station
Enclave on the Lake
Metro Park North
Reserve at Bull Creek
Frontera Vista
(multiple phases)
The Crossing at Lakeline
(multiple phases)
Reserve at Westchase
100 East Las Olas Blvd.
34 Peachtree
Eldridge Place
Airport Commerce
Balboa Center
Greens Crossing Distribution
SouthCreek Industrial Park
Size (SF)
Location
200,000
200,000
132,000
Orlando, FL
Alpharetta, GA
Orlando, FL
158,000
158,890
196,000
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
Orlando, FL
487,000
350,000
186,000
175,000
300,000
131,000
Houston, TX
Herndon, VA
Herndon, VA
Houston, TX
Rockville, MD
Austin, TX
1,503,400
1.5 million
29,000 retail
201,000
250,000
283,000
520,000
330,375
360,000
575,165
1,815,474
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Houston, TX
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Atlanta, GA
Houston, TX
Austin, TX
Minneapolis, MN
Houston, TX
Fairburn, GA
(More detailed information and photos can be found at www.simmonsvedder.com)
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
PROJECT LIST
Residential Properties
Type
New
Urbanism
Project Name
Dulles Station
Domain at Kirby
Frontera Vista
(multiple phases)
The Crossing at Lakeline
(multiple phases)
High-rise
Mid-rise
Apartment
Acquisitions
Retirement
Community
Triangle I & II
Triangle III
3333 Allen Parkway
Domain at CityCentre
Equinox I & II
Eclipse I & II
Mosaic I &\ II
South Lamar
Sunset Ridge (refurbish)
Sunset Ridge
Sunset Peak
Town Village
Size
169 units/
16,515sf retail
293 units/
17,891sf retail
385 units/
60,400sf retail
1,469 units/
14,000sf retail
450 units/
29,000sf retail
220 units
253 units
371 units
304/300 units
330/300 units
441/280 units
380 units
324 units
280 units
184 units
183 units
Location
Dulles, VA
Houston, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, Tx
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
San Antonio, TX
Denver, CO
Denver, CO
Oklahoma City, OK
Continued on following page…
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
PROJECT LIST
Residential Properties, cont’d
Student
Housing
Hardin House (acquisition)
Quarters at Cameron House
Quarters at Grayson House
Quarters at Montgomery House
Quarters at Nueces House
Quarters at Sterling House
Manuf Homes
Quarters Garage
Quarters at Bandera House
Golden Acres (acquisition)
220 beds
66 units
1,437sf retail
101 units
88 units
2,448sf retail
230 units
100 units
4,000sf retail
1,200 spaces
14 units
44,579sf retail
125 units
250 sites
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Austin, Tx
Colorado Springs, CO
(More detailed information and photos can be found at www.simmonsvedder.com)
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
OFFICE LOCATIONS
Austin, Texas
221 West 6th Street, Suite 1900
Austin, Texas 78701
Houston, Texas
1300 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1650
Houston, Texas 77056
(512) 499-0088 phone
(512) 499-0089 fax
(713) 626-9102 phone
(713) 626-9110 fax
Miami, Florida
4775 Collins Avenue, Suite 3204
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Atlanta, Georgia
1170 Peachtree Street, Suite 1200
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
(305) 538-9777 phone
(305) 397-2500 fax
(404) 885-6035 phone
(404) 885-5701 fax
Washington , D.C.
455 Spring Park Place, Suite 100
Herndon, Virginia 20170
(703) 834-9700 phone
(703) 834-9710 fax
Current Markets
Target Markets
Offices
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Tom Simmons
Chairman
Role
Real Estate Development and Investment
Career Highlights
Tom left Trammell Crow Company in 1992 to form Simmons
Vedder Partners with Wolf Vedder.
Tom spent 21 years with Trammell Crow Company (“TCC”).
He joined that company as an assistant to Trammell Crow in
April of 1970 and subsequently worked as a leasing agent in the Dallas Industrial Division
prior to moving to Houston in October of 1971. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to
Managing Partner of the Houston Industrial Division. In 1975, Tom's territory was expanded
to include the southeastern United States. He opened offices in Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando,
Tampa and Birmingham. In 1980, he took over responsibility for company operations in
Austin, Texas and the northeastern United States including operations in Baltimore,
Philadelphia and Washington. In 1987, he was promoted to Group Managing Partner of the
East Group, which again expanded his area of responsibility to include company operations
in Minnesota, Ohio, and Kentucky. While he was a partner at TCC, he was responsible for
the development of office, industrial, and retail projects totaling in excess of 50 million
square feet.
From 1987 to 1989, he was a member of the fourteen-man Management
Board that ran TCC. From 1990 to 1991, he was a member of the eight-man Executive
Committee that ran TCC.
Education/Affiliation
Harvard Business School, MBA
Texas Commerce Bank, N.A., Former Director
Davidson College, Bachelor of Arts
Young President's Organization, Former Member
World President's Organization, Member
Episcopal High School, Houston, TX - Former Trustee
Real Estate Roundtable, Member
St. John's School, Houston, Former Trustee
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Wolf Vedder
President and CEO
Role
Real Estate Development and Investment
Career Highlights
Wolf left Trammell Crow Company (“TCC”) in 1992 to form
Simmons Vedder Partners with Tom Simmons.
From 1980 to 1991, Wolf was a Partner with TCC. He was
Regional Partner for the Washington-New England region
from 1985 to 1991 and oversaw the development of over $1.6 billion of commercial real
estate encompassing 11,000,000 square feet of high-rise office, suburban office parks, flex
buildings, bulk warehouse, and neighborhood shopping centers. From 1987 until 1991, he
was a member of the Management Board of TCC. Wolf began his career in real estate as a
leasing agent with TCC. Prior to Trammell Crow he was a tax CPA with Ernst & Ernst for
several years.
Education/Affiliation
Urban Land Institute – Member
Harvard Business School, MBA
University of Illinois, A.B., High Honors
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
David Arnow
Partner
Role
David is responsible for implementing development, leasing
and management.
Career Highlights
David joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 1994. Since 1994,
he has been responsible for office, industrial, senior and
student housing land as well as billboard development in
Georgia, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.
He spent six years, from 1987 until 1993, with Trammell Crow Company in Houston, Texas.
He was recognized, in 1990, as one of five Project Directors nationwide with the best overall
performance. Over the next few years, he was the highest producing marketing
representative in the office division. In 1992, he was promoted to Managing Director, the
youngest in the United States for the Commercial Division.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA, Sord Scholar
Duke University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude
University of Copenhagen, International Business Studies Program
South Fulton, GA Community Investment District Board of Directors
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
John McKinnerney
Partner
Role
John is responsible for generating new development and
acquisitions opportunities.
Career Highlights
John joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 1997. Since that
time, he has initiated the development and acquisition of
numerous commercial and multifamily properties in the
southeast and southwest United States.
Prior to SVP, John was a Regional Acquisitions Partner with JPI from 1992 until 1996. John
was an owner of Capital Resources, a real estate brokerage company in Austin, Texas.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas at Austin
John is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as the Austin District
Council Chair and Programs Chair for the IOPC Gold Council.
He is a member of the
Advisory Committee for the National Multi Housing Council and an Advisory Member for the
University of Texas' Center for Real Estate Finance.
He is also on the board of
HousingWorks, a non-profit affordable housing advocacy group and a past member of the
Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin.
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Rick Craig
Partner, Multifamily Development
Role
Rick is responsible for the development and acquisition of
multifamily projects.
Career Highlights
Rick joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2000.
Prior to SVP, Rick was Vice President of Development and
Acquisitions at Gables Residential Trust. He joined Trammell
Crow Residential in 1989 and was a partner in the Houston division at the time it was
converted to the new entity, Gables Residential (NYSE: GBP). During his ten-year tenure,
Rick developed projects in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. His responsibilities included
the
full
spectrum
of
development
including
site
acquisition,
entitlements,
design,
construction and lease-up. His projects have won both local and national awards including
Best Development by a REIT twice.
From 1985-1989 Rick worked with The Finger
Companies, a Houston based multifamily developer where he developed projects outside of
Texas.
Education/Affiliation
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Business Administration
Real Estate Council of Austin
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Justin Toal
Partner, Florida Region
Role
Justin
is
responsible
for
the
sourcing,
acquisition,
development, repositioning, and management of real estate
investment opportunities throughout Florida, including both
new and existing residential, office, industrial, retail, and
mixed-use properties.
Career Highlights
Justin joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2006.
Prior to joining SVP, Justin spent five years with O’Connor Capital Partners in New York. He
joined O’Connor Capital Partners in 2001 as a Senior Analyst and spearheaded underwriting,
acquisitions, and asset management of all property types, concentrating on residential,
office, and retail assets. He became one of the youngest VP’s in company history as Vice
President of Acquisitions and New Investments.
Justin focused his acquisition and
investment efforts on major North American markets including New York, Washington, D.C.,
Boston, Denver, Chicago, Mexico City, San Diego, Texas, and all Florida markets.
Throughout his time at O’Connor, he evaluated more than $10 billion of potential real estate
investments and was responsible for the underwriting, investment, management, or
development of more than $2 billion in O’Connor real estate transactions.
Education/Affiliation
Columbia University - Graduate School, Master of Real Estate Development, High Pass
Honors
Texas A&M University - Dual Degrees, Bachelors of Science, Eisenhower Leadership Scholar
Urban Land Institute - Founding Chairperson of NY ULI Young Leaders Group
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Warren Walters
Chief Financial Officer
Role
Warren
is
responsible
for
Debt
and
Equity
Capital
Management.
Career Highlights
Warren joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2000.
He spent the previous eight years with Lincoln National Life
Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As VP/Manager
of Real Estate Acquisitions, Warren purchased or committed to $1.2 billion in commercial
and residential property acquisitions. His property acquisition experience included major
cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North
Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Tennessee, Texas, Washington state, and Washington D.C. Warren
successfully
developed
various
equity
takeout
structures
on
Lincoln’s
behalf
for
approximately $700 million in development projects. These structures enabled banks to
make full-cost construction loans to developers, with little or none of their own money in the
deals.
From 1986 to 1992, Warren was a VP/Relationship Manager in the Real Estate Finance
Business group for Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., officed in New York, Houston, and Dallas.
Account responsibilities entailed many Texas, Colorado, and Georgia-based developers
including: Trammell Crow Company, Hines Interests Limited Partnership, MDC Holdings, and
the Childress-Klein Company.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas at Austin, BBA in Real Estate & Urban Planning
Urban Land Institute – Member
National Association of Industrial and Office Parks
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Phyllis Milstead
Vice President, Finance
Role
Phyllis
is
responsible
for
Debt
and
Equity
Capital
Management.
Career Highlights
Phyllis joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2005.
Prior to joining SVP, Phyllis served as Senior Vice President
and Manager of the Austin Real Estate Lending Division of
Texas-based Guaranty Bank.
During her 18 years with the company Phyllis managed
developer relationships, based primarily in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, as well as
Atlanta, Georgia, and the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area.
Phyllis' account
responsibilities also included several national real estate investment trusts. Since 1991, she
originated over $1.1 billion in construction loans for office, industrial, retail and multifamily
projects across the country, including numerous student housing projects.
Phyllis also
served as a member of a Guaranty Bank loan committee and several special purpose
committees within the Bank. Phyllis began her banking career in 1984 with Interfirst Bank
in Austin.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas at Austin, BBA in Finance
American Institute of Banking, Foundations of Banking Degree
National Compliance School, Norman, OK
University of TX School of Business, Management 2000
P&C Insurance License 2001-2005
Real Estate Council of Austin Board Member
RECA Gardner-Betts Auction Committee Co-Chair
University of Texas, Center for Real Estate Finance
Junior League of Austin
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Aubrey Haines
Vice President, Construction
Role
Aubrey is responsible for coordinating and managing all
phases
of
design,
predevelopment,
permitting
and
construction for the firm's new development projects.
Career Highlights
Aubrey joined Simmons Vedder Partners 1998. Since 1998,
he has been involved in numerous Class A and B office and
industrial projects throughout Austin, Atlanta, Houston and
Orlando. To date, he has completed over 12 million square feet of commercial properties,
whose aggregate value exceeds $1.2 billion.
Prior to Simmons Vedder Partners, Aubrey spent 19 years with four different commercial
real estate firms. He was responsible for all aspects of project development: from feasibility
analysis,
land
acquisition
and
budgeting
to
construction
management,
renovation
management and marketing. He managed the development of over five million square feet
of commercial real estate in Houston, Austin, and Boca Raton with an aggregate value in
excess of $450 million. Some of his most notable developments projects are:
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San Felipe Plaza (1.1 million sq. ft.) in Houston, TX
3333 Allen Parkway (415,000 sq. ft.) in Houston, TX
ABB Office Building (485,000 sq. ft.) in Houston, TX
301 Congress Avenue (420,000 sq. ft.) in Austin, TX
The Arboretum (372,000 sq. ft.) in Austin, TX
Education/Affiliation
Texas A&M University, Graduate Program for Management/Construction Management
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design & Construction Science
Texas Economic Development Council
Brazos Valley Technology Alliance
The Real Estate Council of Austin
The Entrepreneur Council - Austin, Texas
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Gary Mefford
Project Manager
Role
Responsible for coordinating and managing various phases of
design, predevelopment and construction for the firm's new
or existing development projects.
Career Highlights
Gary joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2000. Noted below
is the list of projects currently being managed for Simmons
Vedder Partners:
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Northwoods; a 280 acre mixed use development in Austin, Texas
SouthCreek industrial buildings and finish out in Atlanta, Georgia
Triangle; an 850,000 sf phased residential/retail development in central Austin
West Campus Apartments; multiple student housing projects near UT Austin
Prior to Simmons Vedder Partners, Gary spent 10 years with Lincoln Property Company in
Austin and San Antonio, Texas before starting his own consulting firm. He was responsible
for all aspects of project development: from feasibility analysis, land acquisition and
budgeting to construction management and renovation management. He managed the
development of over 3 million square feet of commercial real estate in Austin and San
Antonio with an aggregate value in excess of $250 million. Some of his most notable
developments projects were:
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100 Congress office building (450,000 square feet) in Austin, Texas
Shepherd Mountain Plaza office building (118,000 square feet) in Austin, Texas
Motorola Parmer Lane Campus (1,000,000 square feet) in Austin, Texas
Lincoln Heights mixed use development (465 acres) in San Antonio, Texas
Lincoln Heights Shopping Center (150,000 square feet) in San Antonio, Texas
Lincoln Village Shopping Center (280,000 square feet) in Austin, Texas
Plaza 7000 office building (153,000 square feet) in Austin, Texas
La Frontera mixed use development (325 acres) in Round Rock, Texas
Education/Affiliation
Stephen F. Austin State University, Bachelor of Arts
The Real Estate Council of Austin, Member
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Jeff Pace
Vice President, Office Development
Role
Jeff is responsible for execution of office development, leasing
and management.
Career Highlights
Jeff joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2006 and has been
responsible for $170 million in office development during that
time.
He has 24 years of experience in commercial real estate. He spent from 1997 until mid2006 with CarrAmerica Realty as its Managing Director, with responsibility for Austin,
Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City markets. During Jeff's tenure he oversaw over $300
million of office development encompassing over 2 million square feet of suburban office
parks, mid-rise and high-rise office projects, acquisition of 750,000 square feet and general
oversight of over 6 million square feet of office space. He was also a member of
CarrAmerica’s operating committee and investment committee. Jeff began his career as a
leasing professional with Carlisle Property Company and later worked for Trammell Crow
Company in both Dallas and Austin.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas at Arlington, MBA
University of Texas at Austin, B.S.
Real Estate Council of Austin, Member
Commercial Leasing Brokers Assoc., Member
Urban Land Institute, Member
Downtown Austin Alliance, Former Board Member
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
John Cutrer
Vice President, Multifamily Development
Role
John is responsible for the development and acquisition of
multifamily projects.
Career Highlights
John joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2000.
Prior to joining SVP, John was a Development Associate for
JPI in their Student Housing Development group. During his
four years at JPI, John was responsible for the development of six apartment complexes
totaling 1,663 units (5,076 bedrooms) in Florida, Arizona, Louisiana and Tennessee. John’s
responsibilities at JPI included researching markets, selecting sites, negotiating with sellers,
obtaining entitlements, underwriting the developments and coordinating development with
JPI Construction.
John worked with JTS Interests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1992 to 1996 where he was
responsible for real estate acquisitions and development.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas, MBA
Austin College, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics
Real Estate Council of Austin
Buffalo Bayou Management District, Board of Directors
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
John Burnham
Vice President, Multifamily Development
Role
John is responsible for the development and acquisition of
multifamily projects.
Career Highlights
John joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2006.
Prior to joining SVP, John was a Development Manager for
The Bozzuto Group in Washington, D.C. in their multifamily
and land development groups. During his first two and a half years at Bozzuto, John
oversaw the design and construction of several apartment and mixed-use projects, including
the Hawthorne at Gillette Ridge, an award winning 246-unit garden-style apartment project
in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and The Delancy at Shirlington Village, a 241-unit with 44,000sf
of retail mixed-use project in Arlington County, Virginia.
During his last year at Bozzuto, John managed the operations of the newly formed land
development affiliate of The Bozzuto Group. John's responsibilities included site acquisition,
entitlements, design, construction management and lease-up.
From 2001 to 2003, John worked at Republic Property Group, a land development firm
developing master planned residential communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Education/Affiliation
Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts
Urban Land Institute
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Wesley Dickerson
Development Associate
Role
Wesley is responsible for the development, management, and
evaluation
of
potential
acquisition
and
development
opportunities for all product types.
Career Highlights
Wesley joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2006.
Prior to joining SVP, Wesley spent five years with Crow
Holdings in Dallas, Texas, a private equity firm that directs investments on behalf of the
Trammell Crow Family and its investment partners.
During his first two years at Crow
Holdings, Wesley was a financial analyst responsible for preparing detailed financial analysis
for the acquisition, development and disposition of real estate assets involving all product
types. As a financial analyst he was involved with the underwriting or asset management of
over $1.2 billion in real estate assets. After two years as an analyst, Wesley was promoted
to the position of vice president in the Multifamily and Land Group where he was responsible
for the investment activity within various "target markets" in the United States, through
acquisition, development, joint venture opportunities and relationship transactions with
investment sales brokers. Within a two year period, Wesley led the acquisition of over $248
million in multifamily assets and oversaw the direct asset management of over 2,000
multifamily/apartment units.
Education/Affiliation
London School of Economics, General Course
Southern Methodist University, Bachelors of Science - Economics - Departmental Distinction
Urban Land Institute
Round Rock Leadership Council
The Real Estate Council - Dallas and Austin
Habitat for Humanity
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Lewis Cook
Development Associate
Role
Lewis
is
responsible
for
the sourcing,
acquisition,
and
development of real estate investment opportunities in all
product types.
Career Highlights
Lewis joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2007.
Prior to joining SVP, Lewis completed his MBA at Duke
University, where he received a concentration in Finance; during his MBA program, he was a
Summer Associate at Cypress Real Estate Advisors, in Austin, Texas. He spent the two
years preceding graduate school as an associate with John Lewis Company, a real estate
development firm in Austin, Texas, where he contributed to the closing of $28 million in
transactions through leasing and sales, evaluated the acquisition of real estate assets, and
managed development projects involving all product types. Before his time at John Lewis
Company, Lewis spent two years as an analyst with the Parthenon Group, a strategic
advisory firm in Boston, Massachusetts.
Education/Affiliation
Duke University, MBA, Fuqua Scholar and Fuqua Merit Scholarship
Princeton University, BA in Economics, Cum Laude
University of Melbourne, Australia, International Studies Program
Urban Land Institute
Real Estate Council of Austin
Young Men's Business League
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Leisha Ehlert
Development Associate
Role
Leisha is responsible for the development, management and
marketing of various Simmons Vedder projects.
Career Highlights
Leisha joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2003.
Since that time, she has been responsible for the research,
underwriting, acquisition, management and marketing of
various multifamily and commercial projects. From 2005-2007 Leisha was responsible for
the development of Airport Commerce Park Ph. 1 which consists of six “flex” service center
buildings situated on 44.324 acres located in Southeast Austin.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas at Austin, BBA in Finance, cum laude
Real Estate Council of Austin
RECA Gardner-Betts Auction Committee
Urban Land Institute
Chi Omega Sorority, alumna
ULI Urban Plan, facilitator and panel member
University of Texas Foundation
Texas Exes Young Alumni
Junior League of Austin
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Matthew Vander Werff
Development Asscoiate
Role
Matthew is responsible for the development, management,
and
evaluation
of
real
estate
investment
opportunities
throughout Florida.
Career Highlights
Matthew joined Simmons Vedder Partners in 2007.
Prior to
joining SVP,
Matthew completed his graduate
education at Columbia University, receiving a Master of Science in Real Estate Development.
Prior to attending Columbia University, Matthew worked in Denver, CO as a project manager
for Jet Urban Development, overseeing the development of both residential and commercial
projects.
He also founded a small project management company, focusing on both
residential and commercial projects.
Education/Affiliation
Columbia University, Graduate School, Master of Real Estate Development
Boston College, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Urban Land Institute
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.
Mac McElwrath
Development Associate
Role
Mac
is
responsible
acquisition,
for
management
assisting
and
in
the
marketing
development,
of
multifamily
projects.
Career Highlights
Mac joined Simmons Vedder Partners in early 2008.
Prior to this, Mac worked with various developers and
brokerage firms throughout the Greater Austin area. His portfolio covered all types of
commercial and residential property, particularly multifamily product. Mac’s responsibilities
included property management, commercial and residential leasing and sales, and serving
as senior manager of a highly profitable brokerage team.
Mac’s previous real estate experience culminated in the co-founding of his own real estate
brokerage and investment company – Austin City Realty – which he successfully owned and
operated until his arrival at SVP.
Education/Affiliation
University of Texas at Austin, BBA in Finance, Plan II Honors Student
Broker, Texas Real Estate Commission
Real Estate Council of Austin
Texas Exes, Austin and Houston Chapters
Terry Foundation Scholar Alumni
Capitol City Commercial Group, Member
Urban Land Institute, Member
Atlanta y Austin y Houston y Miami y Washington, D.C.