ABOUT AmREIT

Vibrant. Alive. Memorable. Sustainable.

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. 

Recent News

 

February 19, 2014 - AmREIT Announces $1 Billion Redevelopment Project in Uptown Park

Read the article in the Houston Chronicle

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Officers & Directors

Officers

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.

H. Kerr Taylor

Founder, Chairman, CEO

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University
  • Master of Business Administration, Southern Methodist University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, South Texas College of Law
  • Alumnus Harvard Business School (OPM: Owners & Presidents Management)

Industry Commitments

  • Board member of Houston’s Uptown District (Galleria area)
  • Lifetime member of the International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member of Urban Land Institute
  • Member of Texas Bar Association
  • Past board member of Park National Bank (merged into Frost Bank)

Community Commitments

  • Chairman of the Board and Founder, Pathways for Little Feet  (501c-3 non-profit helping families adopt children through financial assistance)
  • Elder of First Presbyterian Church and Chairman of its Strategic Planning Committee
  • Past Chairman of the Board of  LifeHouse of Houston (largest home for unwed mothers and their children in Houston)
  • Past Co-Chairman of the Board of  Millennium Relief and Development, Inc. (world-wide relief organization)

Chad C. Braun

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

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.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and finance, Hardin-Simmons University
  • Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas

Industry Commitments

  • Member, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Member, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

Community Commitments

  •  Board President, Cypress Christian School
  •  2014 Outstanding Young Alumni, Hardin-Simmons University

Tenel Tayar

Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Business Administration, Southern Methodist University

Industry Commitments

  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker

Community Commitments

  • Kairos Prison Ministry
  • Cub Scout Assistant Den Leader
  • Christ Church United Methodist Stewardship and Nominations Committees

Charles Scoville

Senior Vice President & Director of Operations

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in real estate, Southern Methodist University

Industry Commitments

  • Active member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) since 1992
  • Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker since 1980

Community Commitments

  • Member, Clear Lake Shores Economic Development Commission Advisory Committee

Brett Treadwell

Senior Vice President - Finance & Chief Accounting Officer

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.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, Magna Cum Laude
  • Certified Public Accountant designation

Industry Commitments

  • Member, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Member, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Community Commitments

  • Member, Chapelwood United Methodist Church
  • Member, Audit Committee of Ronald McDonald House
  • Volunteer, Child Advocates of Houston
  • Advisory Board Member - Baylor Business Network of Houston

Robert Richardson

Managing Vice President - Mid-Rise/High-Rise Development

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.  

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration and Political Science, Baylor University

Industry Commitments

  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, NAIOP
  • Member, The Associated General Contractors

Ron Lindsey

Managing Vice President - Retail Mixed-Use Development

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.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, Cum Laude
  • Post baccalaureate studies in Federal Income Taxation, The University of Texas at Austin

Professional Licenses

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas

Industry Commitments

  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Vice President Houston Real Estate Council
  • Member, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Community Commitments

  • Member, Chapelwood United Methodist Church

Jason Lax

Managing Vice President - Construction

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.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Texas Tech University
  • Engineer In Training certification, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
  • Licensed Salesperson, Texas Real Estate Commission

Industry Commitments

  • Member, American Institute of Architects
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of America
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

Community Commitments

  • Active volunteer, Habitat For Humanity
  • Head Coach, Cy-Fair Cyclones Baseball Club

Will Deane

Managing Vice President - Leasing

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, West Texas State University, 1976
  • Masters, Southwestern Seminary, 1980
  • Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM), 1992

Industry Commitments

  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker, 1982
  • President, Pearland Municipal Management District #2

Michael Aide

Managing Vice President - Investments

Mr. Aide moved to Atlanta in Fall 2013 to lead our efforts in growing AmREIT’s Southeast investment platform. He is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities for the range of our services including property acquisitions, joint venture projects, build-to-suit for single tenants, and traditional retail development.

 

Mr. Aide has over 18 years of experience in commercial real estate. In his 10 years at AmREIT, he has actively led acquisitions, dispositions, and asset management for the company and performed multiple developments for single and multi-tenant properties.  Prior to joining AmREIT, Mr. Aide’s work experience covered all facets of real estate including retail development, construction/project management, leasing, and property management for office and retail.

 

Mr. Aide earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and is a graduate of the Woodberry Forest School, both in Virginia.  He holds a Texas real estate broker’s license and is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.

Education

  • Woodberry Forest School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Hampden Sydney College

Industry Commitments

  • Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • Active Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Mary Trupia

Vice President - Investor Services

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.

Radkey Jolink

Director of Marketing & Communications

As Director of Marketing & Communications, Mr. Jolink leads the marketing and communication initiatives at AmREIT.  In that capacity, he is responsible for managing all web and social media content, establishing individual marketing plans for each of AmREIT’s Irreplaceable CornerTM properties, managing printed collateral including property brochures, annual reports and signage, oversees various branding initiatives and helps to coordinate the Company’s public communication initiatives.

 

Prior to joining AmREIT, Mr. Jolink owned and operated Lonelyland Productions, a boutique marketing and communications firm focused on providing turnkey productions and marketing collateral for companies including Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist Hospital, Brown Forman and The NCAA Final Four. 

Education

  • BA in Communications – Media Production, University of Houston

Industry Commitments

  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

Community Commitments

  • Member & Volunteer, Houston’s First Baptist Church
  • Volunteer, Every Village

Directors

H. Kerr Taylor

Founder, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer

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. 

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Trinity University
  • Masters of Business Administration, Southern Methodist University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, South Texas College of Law
  • Alumnus Harvard Business School (OPM: Officers & Presidents Management)

Industry Commitments

  • Board member of Houston's Uptown District (Galleria area)
  • Lifetime member of International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member of Urban Land Institute
  • Member of Texas Bar Association
  • Past board member of Park National Bank (merged into Frost Bank)

Community Commitments

  • Chairman of the Board and Founder, Pathways for Little Feet (501c-3 non-profit helping families adopt children through financial assistance)
  • Board member of Star of Hope (4th largest homeless shelter in U.S.)
  • Past Chairman of the Board, LifeHouse of Houston (largest home for unwed mothers and their children in Houston)
  • Past Co-Chairman of the Board, Millennium Relief and Development, Inc. (worldwide relief organization)
  • Elder of First Presbyterian Church and Chairman of its Strategic Planning Committee

Robert S. Cartwright Jr.

Board Member

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.

Education

  • Doctoral degree, Computer Science; Stanford University, 1977
  • Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics; Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa), 1971

Professional Commitments

  • Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Member, Sun Microsystems Developer Advisory Council
  • Member, Computer Science Advisory Committee for Prairie View A&M University.
  • Past Member, ACM Education Board from 1997 to 2006
  • Past Member, Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association from 1994 to 2000. Charter member of the editorial boards of two professional journals and has also chaired several major ACM conferences
  • Past member of the ACM Turing Award Committee from 1991 to 1996, which selects the annual recipient of the most prestigious international prize for computer science research

Brent M. Longnecker

Board Member

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.

 

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Houston, 1979. Areas of concentration: Management, Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Houston, (Beta Gamma Sigma) 1977. Areas of concentration: Marketing, Finance
  • Post Baccalaureate Work (Governance and Executive Pay), Harvard University
  • Certifications Include: Compensation Committee Certification (CCC); Certified Compensation Professional (CCP); Certified Benefits Professional (CBP); Global Remuneration Professional (GRP); and previous Texas Real Estate Broker's License

Professional Commitments

  • Chairman, The Star 12 Foundation
  • Co-Chairman, Woldwide Christian Outreach
  • Instructor and member, WoldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association)
  • Past Instructor Center for Professional Education (CPE)
  • Past Instructor, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
  • Past Board Member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Member, National Association Corporate Directors
  • Member, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP)
  • Founding Member, Community of Faith Church
    • Serves as associate pastor
    • Presently responsible for finance ministry

Scot L. Luther

Board Member

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).

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance - Texas A&M - 1984
  • Master's Degree in Land Economics and Real Estate - Texas A&M - 1986
  • Law Degree with Real Estate emphasis - South Texas College of Law - 1994

Professional Commitments

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Texas
  • Secretary - Episcopal High School Dads Club, Houston, Texas
  • Councilman, City of Southside Place, Texas
  • Board Member - Main Street Ministries, Houston, Texas
  • Former Board Member of Presbyterian School, Houston, Texas

Mack D. Pridgen III

Board Member

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.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, UCLA School of Law, 1974
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1971

Professional Commitments

  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of CPA's
  • Past Member Tax Committee National Association of REIT's

 

 

H.L. "Hank" Rush Jr.

Board Member

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.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Louisiana Tech University
  • Executive Development Programs at Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University, and Rice University

Professional Commitments

  • Board of Directors, Bradmark Technologies, Inc., a privately held data base software company, headquartered in Houston, Texas with operations internationally.
  • Past board member & Chairman of the Board of EC Power, Inc., Chairman of University Towne Building Corporation.

Philip Taggart

Board Member

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.

 

Education

  • Distinguished alumnus of the University of Tulsa

Professional Commitments

  • Instructor in Investor Relations, University of Houston
  • Board Member, International Expert Systems, Inc.
  • Past Board Member, Foundation of Texas State Technical College

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