The candidate is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of The Real Estate Roundtable. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Real Estate Roundtable since 1997, and through a variety of positions, he has been at the forefront of every major piece of legislation affecting the real estate industry during the last thirty years. In addition to his position at the Roundtable, The candidate serves as Chairman of the Real Estate Industry Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC), an organization dedicated to enhancing the two-way communication between the industry and federal policymakers on matters relating to building security, terrorist threats, and incident reporting. He is Chairman of the National Real Estate Organizations, a coalition of real estate trade associations working together to enhance the coordination of the industry’s overall Washington advocacy efforts. The candidate also served as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, and was a founding Member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT). He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. The candidate earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and an undergraduate degree from Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota.
The Real Estate Roundtable represents the leadership of the nation’s top 150 privately owned and publicly-held real estate ownership development, lending and management firms, as well as the elected leaders of the 16 major national real estate industry trade associations. Collectively, Roundtable members’ portfolios contain over 5 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial properties valued at more than $1 trillion; over 1.5 million apartment units; and nearly 2 million hotel rooms.