I'm a homegrown product of Farmers Branch. I grew up in the Brookhaven area, and Farmers Branch has been my home for 33 years. I have very fond memories of playing soccer, basketball, and baseball in the Farmers Branch leagues, as well as participating in the Boy Scouts of America. I cherish the education I received from Janie Stark Elementary, Vivian Field Middle School and R.L. Turner High School. The diversity in my schools was tremendous in shaping my appreciation for the different cultures that help strengthen our community.
I attended Texas Tech University where I triple majored in finance, economics and accounting. After college, I began my career in real estate at Ridge Property Trust ("Ridge"), a private REIT and real estate development firm, where I progressed from Financial Analyst to Senior Vice President. While working for Ridge, I pursued and received my M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate.
Using my real estate experience and education as leverage, I decided to venture out on my own and formed Woodhaven Development in late 2015, which is my own real estate development firm focused on industrial real estate development. Additionally, I am an owner in Adapt Strength & Conditioning - a boutique personal training facility with cryotherapy and innovative recovery techniques - located in Farmers Branch. I purchased my home in Farmers Branch in 2012.
I believe in innovation that continually drives society forward and makes improvements - and that begins with myself. I support continual education and constantly strive for new ways to improve and become more efficient. With fresh perspectives I will put Farmers Branch first. My thoughtful long-term vision aims to not only plan for a city of today, but a city of tomorrow. Whether it's outreach to all segments of our community, new development initiatives, new relationships between our city, schools, and businesses focused on common goals, or new quality of life programs, we can create a city that's a shining star that all cities look to as the example of a city of tomorrow.
I am an experienced leader. I served as class representative and president of my MBA program at Southern Methodist University. I am also president elect of North Texas' National Institution of Office and Industrial Properties' Developing Leaders. I lead in a way that creates value for all parties involved. Thoughtful, creative, enthusiastic, and inclusive, my mindset allows me to build consensus and reach decisions that benefit all concerned.
My strategy is to work directly with residents, businesses, developers, restaurateurs, educators, and city staff to build Farmers Branch. Understanding the goals of all parties allows those involved to work together and complete projects.
I look forward to empowering our residents to work on projects they feel would benefit our city. Those who live here are the heartbeat of our city and should be encouraged to keep doing what they do best: making Farmers Branch the best version of itself on a daily basis.
I began my career at Ridge Property Trust (now Ridge Development; “Ridge”) as a Financial Analyst and I progressed to Senior Vice President during my time at Ridge. Starting as a Financial Analyst allowed me to leverage my degree from Texas Tech in finance, accounting and economics to evaluate market conditions, analyze economic trends, prepare detailed budgets, provide project evaluation and run projected returns.
After demonstrating knowledge in these areas, I was promoted to Project Manager / Property Manager where I oversaw assembling a team of architects, engineers, general contractors,and construction personnel, and managed budgets during the entirety of construction on Ridge’s developments. This gave me experience in managing expectations, collaboration, budget projections, and running effective meetings throughout the course of a development. Understanding each parties’ challenges and finding answers to solve problems was necessary to complete projects on time and under budget. I was simultaneously tasked with asset management of two portfolios and approximately three million square feet across Texas and Mexico.
My next promotion was to Director and then Vice President. My responsibilities included site selection, deal sourcing, purchase and sale agreements, and lease negotiations. I worked on entitlements, municipality approvals, and rezoning of projects to prepare land sites for development and redevelopment.
I ended my time at Ridge as Senior Vice President where I was tasked with deal sourcing, capital sourcing, deal structure / partnership agreements, design team selection and overall project management. It was during this time that I learned to negotiate with high-level decision makers to get projects approved, funded and underway.
Leveraging my experience, educational background, and relationships, I decided to venture out on my own. It has been a long hard road competing with larger institutional developers, but the learning experience of generating new project leads, sourcing capital partners and working on new deals has advanced my professional development. I have worked on Gateway Business Park for the past year. It is set to break ground late June / early July and will be a wonderful project at the south end of the airport. Additionally, I have five land sites in various stages of contract negotiations for various developments.
Starting your own firm is hard work, but it is rewarding and has provided valuable experience that will help further my career and uniquely qualifies me to serve as mayor. It is my intent to use my experience to lead our city and evaluate future opportunities. I have the financial background to understand deal structures and budgets, the economic background to understand complex market forces to plan for the future, and the experience to negotiate with and sell to large financial institutions and get deals done. People do business with people they like and trust, and I am able to build relationships that create business opportunities and bring new business to Farmers Branch.