AmREIT is a 29-year-old equity real estate investment trust focused on the ownership, management, and redevelopment of neighborhood and community shopping centers and mixed-use properties located on what we call "Irreplaceable Corners™."
At AmREIT, we are committed to creating vibrant places that serve their local communities - places that are more memorable than they were prior to our involvement. They are places where customers often find their favorite grocery store, restaurant, coffee shop, or boutique. They frequent them more than they do our competitors without really thinking about it. But they do tell us that these places are more convenient, more pleasant, or that they simply feel better.
At AmREIT, we think about these places all day, every day...and these memorable places are what we call Irreplaceable Corners™.
We choose to concentrate our efforts on building a portfolio located within the most affluent and dense submarkets of major metropolitan cities - which now includes five of the most desirable growth markets in the US.
We surround ourselves with leaders who are dedicated to the company's success first and foremost; placing personal success second. Our company continues to be led by its founder, H. Kerr Taylor, supported by some of the best individuals in the industry.
As founder, Chairman of our Board and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Taylor is responsible for overseeing the building of our fine team of professionals, cultivating the 5-C corporate culture, directing strategic initiatives and expanding investor and partner relationships.
As Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Braun is responsible for leading and overseeing the corporate finance and accounting team, corporate debt and equity placement, investor relations as well as our advisory group.
Prior to joining AmREIT in 1999, Mr. Braun served as a manager in the real estate advisory services group at Ernst & Young, LLP where he provided extensive consulting and audit services to a number of Real Estate Investment Trusts, private real estate companies and other Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Tayar has been with AmREIT since January 2003 and is responsible for creating and executing the investment strategy for AmREIT and its sponsored funds. Mr. Tayar has sourced, negotiated and closed over $2 billion in real estate transactions.
Mr. Tayar has enjoyed working exclusively in real estate investment for over twenty years. Prior to joining AmREIT he served as the director of finance at The Woodlands Development Company where he directed all aspects of capitalization for development and ownership of office, retail, industrial, land and multi-family properties as well as dispositions.
Mr. Scoville leads real estate operations for AmREIT's owned and advisory portfolios. In that capacity, he works with a team of in-house leasing, property management, construction, and development professionals who are dedicated to enhancing the value of AmREIT properties on a daily basis.
Mr. Scoville has been active in the shopping center industry for over three decades with extensive experience across the full spectrum of investment, development, and operations activities. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in real estate, and he is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Treadwell is responsible for AmREIT's financial reporting function as well as for assisting in the setting and execution of AmREIT's strategic financial initiatives. He oversees the company's filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, its periodic internal reporting to management and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Mr. Treadwell has more than 17 years of accounting, financial, and SEC reporting experience. Prior to joining AmREIT in 2004, he served as a senior manager with Arthur Andersen LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He has provided extensive audit services, regularly dealt with both debt and equity offerings for publicly traded and privately owned clients in various industries and has strong experience with SEC reporting and registration statements and offerings. Mr. Treadwell regularly mentored and coached firm personnel and was named as a Connectivity Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers' Houston office.
Mr. Richardson has over 30 years of experience in the planning, financing, and development of major private sector investment projects, including over $500 million of completed high rise office buildings, residential towers, hotels, and retail and distribution centers, as well as $450 million of commercial and residential subdivision infrastructure. Acting in the role of general contractor, Mr. Richardson secured and completed over $1 billion of commercial projects, including the Villa d’Este and Montebello high rises and Granduca Hotel adjacent to AmREIT’s Uptown Park.
A licensed real estate broker with involvement in over 3 million square feet of office, retail and warehouse leases and hands-on property management experience, Mr. Richardson brings the ability to analyze, plan and execute developments from property ownership, development, design/ construction, leasing, and operations perspectives across retail, office, multi-family, hospitality, and infrastructure platforms.
Mr. Richardson’s background includes management positions with major Houston developers and general contractors, and membership and committee chairmanship positions in the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, the Associated General Contractors, and other leading industry organizations.
Mr. Lindsey brings almost 30 years of multifaceted experience in real estate including the development, finance, leasing and management disciplines spanning the retail, multifamily, land development and mixed use product types. During the course of his career, he has been involved in projects totaling more than $600 million.
Prior to joining AmREIT, he was the Vice President of Development & Finance for Sueba USA Corporation, a full service real estate development firm based in Houston that concentrated in multifamily and land development. Mr. Lindsey began his career as a CPA with Peat Marwick, Mitchell (predecessor to KPMG) with an emphasis in tax structuring of real estate development projects. After Peat Marwick, Mitchell, he joined a real estate client of the firm and embarked upon his career in real estate development.
Mr. Lax leads the team responsible for technical due diligence and construction management activities for the Company's real estate endeavors.
Mr. Lax has gained nationwide experience in retail commercial development and construction. Mr. Lax has been involved with the development and management of retail commercial projects ranging from ground-up development projects to minor remodeling and interior build out work valued at over $200 million for the past 10 years. Mr. Lax gained his experience and knowledge from previous employment with ExxonMobil Corporation and Trammell Crow Company.
Mr. Deane is responsible for AmREIT’s Houston Leasing and select Redevelopment Projects.
Mr. Deane has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Most of his career has been focused in the Houston market where he has been involved in management, leasing and development of retail shopping centers. He has served as a board member and chairman of several municipal management districts and tax increment investment zones. Mr. Deane has worked with industry leading companies such as JMB Properties, General Growth and Transwestern.
As Vice President of Investor Services, Ms. Trupia is responsible for overseeing the company’s investor services unit which handles investor relations and transfer agent coordination for all AmREIT funds and serves as the face of the company to our investors. Ms. Trupia also oversees the company wide communication efforts including public and media relations, brand identity and corporate website.
Ms. Trupia joined AmREIT in 2002, bringing over twenty years of marketing and administrative experience, including 16 years with Kemper Insurance Company.
As founder, Chairman of our Board and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Taylor is responsible for overseeing the building of our fine team of professionals, cultivating the "5C" corporate culture, directing strategic initiatives and expanding investor and partner relationships.
Since founding AmREIT in 1985, Mr. Taylor has led the growth of the company from three to a team of more than forty professionals and has guided the growth of our property portfolio to approximately $1 billion of high quality assets.
Mr. Cartwright has been a trust manager or director of AmREIT since 1993. Mr. Cartwright is a Professor of computer science at Rice University. He has been a member of the faculty since 1980 and twice served as department Chair.
Mr. Longnecker became a director of AmREIT in November, 2009. He currently serves on the nominating and corporate governance committee and is chairman of the compensation committee. Previously he was a director and corporate governance and compensation committee chairman of REITPlus. With over 25 years of experience, his primary mission is to create innovative solutions that attract and retain executives, bolster productivity and shareholder value, while demonstrating independence and integrity in corporate governance practices and executive compensation.
Mr. Longnecker was selected by Consulting Magazine as one of the 2005 Top 25 Consultants in the U.S., the first executive compensation consultant to receive this honor.
Mr. Luther became a director of AmREIT in November, 2009. He currently serves on the nominating and corporate governance comittee. Previously he was a director of REITPlus. Mr. Luther operates a commercial real estate development company specializing in retail and medical buildings. Mr. Luther is a preferred developer for Fresenius Medical Care (FMS), the largest provider of dialysis services in the world. Prior to running his own business, Mr. Luther spent a combined 12 years as Director of Acquisitions for Center America Property Trust, a Morgan Stanley owned REIT and Leasing Executive at Weingarten Realty (WRI).
Mr. Pridgen became a director of AmREIT in November, 2009. He currently serves as audit committee chairman. Previously he was a director and audit committee chairman of REITPlus. Mr. Pridgen is an attorney and CPA. From 1997 through 2007, he was General Counsel for Highwoods Properties, Inc. and prior to that he was a tax partner at the law firm of Smith, Helms, Mulliss and Moore, LLP, and a tax partner with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Mr. Rush has served as trust manager of AmREIT since 2006, and is a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Governance committees. Additionally, he has served as lead independent director since 2007.
Mr. Rush has served in senior executive roles in three Fortune 500 companies and built two start-up organizations in his 30+ year career, all in Houston, Texas. His service has focused in energy, technology, and real estate. He has served as CEO or Chairman of the Board of three organizations over a 20 year span, ranging from information technology development and outsourcing, to construction, to real estate information services.
In 2008, Mr. Rush was appointed to serve as the President and CEO of The Star of Hope Mission, Houston's 102 year old mission to Houston's homeless. This role answers a life-long desire to serve in full-time ministry while utilizing the business skills developed in his professional life.
Mr. Taggart has been a trust manager or director of AmREIT since 2000. He has specialized in investor relations activities since 1964 and is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Taggart Financial Group, Inc.
He is the co author of the book "Taking Your Company Public", and has provided communications services for 58 initial public offerings, more than 200 other new issues, 210 mergers and acquisitions, 3,500 analyst meetings and annual and quarterly reports for more than 25 years.