The candidate served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Post Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PPS) from 2002 to 2016 when the company was bought by Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA), where he now serves on the Board of Directors. He joined the company in January of 2001 as President and Chief Operating Officer. The candidate was named Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2002. Prior to joining Post Properties, Inc. he was an Executive Vice President and Duke Realty Corp. (NYSE: DRE). He began his career as an Accountant with Ernst & Young. An undergraduate of the University of Colorado, The candidate also has an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.