| Team Griffin
Employees of Griffin Partners work together as a team and are the most valuable resource in achieving the vision, goals, and aspirations of our company. Our principals practice servant leadership, keeping our highly trained workforce motivated, encouraged, and inspired. To us, successful results come from open communication, fostering mutual responsibility, and accepting personal accountability for contributions to the Griffin Partners mission.
— Edward Griffin, Fred Griffin, Andrew Montgomery, Lee Moreland
— Principals of Griffin Partners
Chief Executive Officer
President, Investment Management
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President, Property Management
Vice President of Construction
Director of Innovation
Director of Acquisitions
Senior Construction Manager
Senior Property Manager
Senior Property Manager
Senior Chief Engineer
Senior Property Accountant
Senior Property Accountant
Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Property Manager
Community Relations Director
Assistant Chief Engineer
Fred Griffin founded the predecessor firm to Griffin Partners in 1980 and continues to actively serve as Chairman of the Board and head of development, providing expertise including hands-on construction supervision for projects of all sizes. Since his early days in the commercial real estate industry, Fred Griffin has focused on end results. He’s thrived on developing new properties and created suburban communities and office buildings that bring value to clients and exceptional bottom-line performance to investors.
Fred has been a leader in Houston’s landscape for over half a century, with marks of his work appearing throughout the region due to this thriving passion to develop the impression of the city. He brings value and exceptional bottom-line performance to investors and clients in every aspect of the business, driving the firm to offer better and better returns and service with every deal.
Fred was educated at Washington & Lee University in Virginia, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physics engineering and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas. Prior to founding Griffin Partners, he worked for Exxon Company USA as a senior executive in its real estate subsidiary, Friendswood Development Company. He was key in the development of Kingwood, Woodlake, Greenspoint, Copperfield, Clear Lake, and other areas of Greater Houston. He has a strong business background in accounting, finance and management, and a talent for visualizing valuable and progressive real estate developments. He is adept at assembling numerous pieces of a transaction into a final product that yields the highest returns for investors and exceptional service for clients.
Serving Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP), Sweet Briar College, and Space Center Houston on their Boards, Fred continues to make an impact upon the Houston area through leadership, integrity, honesty, and energy.
Edward has served as Griffin Partners’ leader since 2002, managing the company’s strategic direction, guiding investment and development practices, and overseeing day-to-day management operations and has 30 years of commercial real estate experience. He has extensive skills in debt and equity financing, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance in both real estate and industry. Edward has conducted business in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and has significant experience in negotiating and executing large, complex transactions that have contributed to the successful investment track record of Griffin Partners.
Under his leadership, Griffin Partners has grown its assets under management to an average of $750 million over the past several years and has made 40 investments with no losses. Prior to joining Griffin Partners, his career was primarily focused on commercial and investment banking, including five years in financial advisory services and culminating as Manager of the Houston Corporate Finance Group of Coopers & Lybrand, and six years as vice president and commercial lending officer with the former First City National Bank of Houston.
A graduate of Washington & Lee University in Virginia, Edward holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. He has volunteered as a Big Brother, served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Urban Harvest, was the 2014 President of the Board of the Houston Chapter of NAIOP, a Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and is also on the Board of Houston’s Alley Theatre. Edward is an avid runner and enjoys golf, snow skiing, and hiking.
Since 2014, Andrew has served as the sponsor and manager of all real estate investment activities including assisting in managing commingled discretionary funds. He has 22 years of commercial real estate experience and leads the acquisition, disposition, and capitalization strategies for the firm. He has assisted the team in executing over $700 million of transactions of over 3 million sqft of office, industrial, and mixed-use assets in target markets. His expertise and experience help make Griffin Partners a disciplined and fierce competitor in the acquisition process, finding and executing only the most exclusive deals for the best results.
Prior to joining the company, Andrew spent fourteen years as Managing Director of Acquisitions for Hines Interests Limited Partnership, involved in acquiring and/or developing in excess 18.0 million square feet translating to over $4.1 billion of office, multi-family, and industrial properties. He is currently a Board Member of the NAIOP - Houston Chapter since 2019.
Andrew graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s in Finance and has been married to his wife, Molly, for 18 years. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys golf, fishing, and cooking.
Lee has served as a principal of Griffin Partners since 2006 by developing and executing strategic objectives for all portfolio properties. He directs the efforts of leasing, management, design, and construction teams, implementing the chosen strategy for each asset under management and has 35 years of commercial real estate industry experience. His efforts exceed 9 million sqft of space across a diverse collection of real estate investments. With Lee’s immense experience and in-depth knowledge, Griffin Partners is able to exemplify the value-add aspect of providing excellent returns upon the resale of assets.
Prior to joining Griffin Partners, Vice President, Asset Management for Crescent Real Estate Equities, where he was responsible for the performance of over 8 million square feet of Class A office projects.
A graduate of the University of Texas, Lee earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance & real estate. Lee enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting, loves to read and watch action movies. He and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 28 years.
Greg Schilling serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Griffin Partners, where he and his team are responsible for all financial activities of the firm. Prior to Griffin, Greg was the Executive Vice President and CFO of Sendero Midstream Partners. At Sendero, he was responsible for accounting, finance, corporate development, and marketing. Prior to Sendero, Greg was the CFO of Cardinal Gas Storage Partners. He began his career with Ernst & Young LLP in their Washington DC office.
Greg holds a B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a CPA licensed in the state of Texas.
Greg and his wife, Courtney, have three daughters. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing golf/tennis, and hunting.
Travis Covington serves as President of Griffin Partners Development, where he oversees the firm’s development team. He is directly responsible for the company’s continued expansion into industrial development within Griffin Partners target markets. Previously, Travis was Vice President of Development for the Houston office of Crow Holdings Industrial. While at Crow Holdings, he was responsible for site selection, pre-development, financial modeling, capitalization, construction, leasing and asset management/disposition across the Houston metro. He has nearly a decade of commercial real estate experience and has been involved in the development and capitalization of over 10.5 million square feet of industrial space.
Travis received his B.S. degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University and his M.B.A degree from Rice University. He is a member of NAIOP and sits on the Houston Chapter’s Development and Construction Committee. He and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters. Travis enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, cooking, fishing, and playing golf.
Kelly joined the team in 2022, as 14-year veteran employee. She oversees the company’s property management and engineering operations throughout Houston, Southwest Texas and the additional markets in which it owns and operates properties. She also oversees Griffin’s property management and engineering team. Prior to joining the Griffin team, Kelly served as Vice President of Property Management at Hartman Income REIT and Senior Manager at Patrinely Group. Additionally, she held the roles of General Manager at Midway, The RMR Group and Jones Lange Lasalle, Property Manager at Cassidy Turley (now Newmark Knight Frank) and Asset Manager at EastGroup Properties, Inc. She began her career with the United States Department of Defense after obtaining both her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Mississippi State University.
Brad joined Griffin Partners in 2019 and is responsible for oversight and execution of all construction and project management operations and has 15 years of commercial real estate development experience. He leases, prepares construction capital budgets, conforms to work letters, manages contractors, and standardizes adherence to regulations as an agent for asset owners. Enhancing service levels for building owners and investors, he mediates the relationships process with tenants by implementing improvements smoothly and succinctly.
A graduate from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s in Construction Science, Brad has been married to his wife, Ragan for 13 years and they have 3 small children. They are active in youth sports and activities, love to travel, and enjoy outdoor adventures.
Fred HeyneFred joined the team in 2010 and is responsible for supporting acquisitions, dispositions, and asset management for Griffin Partners' Southeast portfolio. Overseeing the underwriting process for regional deals and implementation of business plans, Fred works with brokers, contractors, and leasing agents to stabilize and position assets for disposition. His career with Griffin Partners began as a contract analyst, managing the property database. He is a licensed boat captain with a BA from Texas A&M University. He can be found most weekends on Galveston Bay with his children.
Patrick joined the Griffin Partners team in 2021 after a long career in the Commodities Trading and Energy software space. He is overseeing a portfolio of innovation initiatives to analyze, modernize, and automate company processes. A graduate of the University of Texas, Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He and his wife Alisha enjoy travelling the world, cooking, and spending time with their children.
Gil has been responsible for Griffin Partners’ industrial acquisitions and development processes, constructing and maintaining the deal pipeline, and overseeing industrial development projects since 2016. Maintaining business relationships in the industry and identifying industrial deals to capitalize on opportunities for value-add investments keeps Griffin Partners at the forefront of the industrial office industry. He then shepherds deals through the underwriting process and guides the best prospective finds through the acquisition journey. Maintaining a presence in the industrial segment of Griffin’s top ten target markets achieves portfolio diversification for investors. Gil enjoys fishing, hunting, and is an avid football fan. He has been married to his wife, Robin, for 32 years and they have three children.
Since August 2016, Kevin has been responsible for assisting in acquisition and asset management efforts by underwriting new investments, assisting the due diligence process, and helping to implement strategic business plans of current assets. He creates valuation models, executes market research analytics, negotiates loan documents and purchase and sale agreements. Kevin graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s in Finance & Entrepreneurship. He and his wife Annie enjoy traveling, hiking, and watching comedies.
David joined the Griffin Partners team in June 2021 after the completion of his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and American Politics from Washington & Lee University. He is responsible for maintaining deal flow, underwriting prospective acquisitions, preparing presentation materials for executives, and assisting in the overall acquisition and asset management aspects of the business. Additionally, he manages and maintains contact with current and prospective Griffin investors. David enjoys traveling, fitness, and scuba diving.
Blair BrownBlair joined the Griffin Partners team in 2023 and is actively involved in development, acquisitions, and capital markets activities across the firm. Immediately prior to joining Griffin Partners, Blair worked for Hines in Investment Management. During his tenure at Hines, Blair was actively involved in financing strategy and execution for over $500MM of construction debt, supported dispositions efforts across the Americas, and participated in quarterly reporting for two separate account vehicles in emerging markets. Blair started his career in Duff & Phelps’ Real Estate Advisory Group. Blair earned his BBA in Finance & Real Estate with honors from the University of Georgia. His interests include fly fishing, cycling, and world travel. He gives his time to various non-profit organizations in Houston.
Anderson Clark joined the Griffin Partners Team in September 2021. Prior to joining the team, Anderson worked as a Project Manager for a Houston based Civil Construction Firm that specialized in large diameter underground utility installation.
Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in International/Global Studies and Spanish from Sewanee: The University of the South. During his time at Sewanee, Anderson also served as a Training Officer and Firefighter for the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department.
In his spare time, Anderson enjoys spending time with his soon-to-be wife, Catherine, hunting, fishing and training his dog Finn.
Christina joined the Griffin Partners Asset Management department in November 2019. Her responsibilities include oversight of leasing efforts, building operations, capital budgeting, debt management and supporting the other teams on due diligence and property transition activities. She provides the development and implementation of the investment plans for each portfolio asset to ensure maximum returns. Christina earned her bachelor’s in Finance from Texas Christian University and has several years of industry experience, beginning as a licensed commercial real estate appraiser, then transitioned to a brokerage where she focused on office tenant representation and global corporate services. Her roster of memberships includes The Tri Delta Houston Alumnae Association and Stewards of the Wild, a branch of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Association. She enjoys cultivating her culinary skills, playing tennis, reading Agatha Christie novels, and spending time with her husband and dogs.
Hani NamaniHani overseas our Texas properties and has been with Griffin Partners for 10 years. His responsibilities include team management, portfolio operations and engineering oversight, financial management, tenant construction, capital improvements, and risk management. Additional responsibilities include partner relations, quality control, program development, and building start-ups. He enjoys playing racquetball, reading, traveling, and hiking. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering.
Scott SchulerScott’s career includes working with Griffin Partners, Inc. in commercial property management of office and retail properties. He has also worked with Colliers International and Simon Property Group as a manager of enclosed shopping malls, shopping centers, office, and industrial flex space. He is passionate, personable, creative, and driven. He is an excellent leader as demonstrated by his management of real estate assets, construction management, growing revenue sources, developing teams, and simplifying operating infrastructure. His outcomes are positive, resulting in empowerment of personnel, stronger departmental collaboration, growing market share, improved cost controls, and higher profits.
Joe started his commercial office building engineering career in 1995, in the Houston area. He has been with Griffin Partners since 2006 and is responsible for overseeing all engineering efforts across the Griffin portfolio. He has a team of fourteen engineers, 3 leads, one assistant chief & two chiefs and is responsible for supervising all capital improvement projects amongst other day to day operations. He has been married for over 27 years to his wife Norma and they enjoy motorcycle rides across the country.
Samantha joined Griffin Partners in 2014 and is responsible for the monthly property reporting processes for all managed assets. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Accounting. She oversees the review of transactions, checks, transfers, and journal entries for the Accounting Team. Her efforts contribute to standardization and accuracy among procedures with property managers and vendors. She enjoys running, traveling, and reading mysteries.
Courtney DavisCourtney joined the Griffin Partners team in September 2018, and is responsible for managing Loop Central and Heritage Oaks One. Courtney earned her bachelor's degree from Penn State University and holds the RPA designation from BOMA. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Doug, and their two daughters.
Chris HowellChris brings over 30 years experience in commercial office building engineering starting in the South Florida area. He has been with Griffin Partners since 2021 and is responsible for overseeing all engineering efforts across 12 office buildings located in the Charlotte, NC area. Chris is an avid Charlotte FC fan, enjoys attending local sporting events and concerts, traveling and spending time with his adult children.
Tierra Green joined Griffin Partners in June 2021. She is responsible for analyzing financial information, and ensuring the proper accounting and reporting of all related property activities. Tierra graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Accounting, and has over 10 years of experience in real estate accounting. She enjoys being a mommy, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Cynthia Serrato joined the Griffin Partners team in November 2018, and is responsible for managing 675 Bering, Concourse at Westway, and Commerce Center. Cynthia graduated from University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business. Cynthia is currently a CPM Candidate with IREM. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her friends and family and attending local sporting events and concerts.
Haley BowanHaley Bowan joined Griffin Partners in 2022 as the Property Manager for Roxborough I&II in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the two office buildings, including property maintenance, capital improvement projects, financial reporting, and budgeting. She brings a strong working knowledge of accounting, contract service management and tenant relations. Haley graduated from Montclair State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and has been working in commercial real estate since 2014. Prior to joining Griffin Partners, Haley managed a diverse portfolio consisting of over 500,000 square feet of office and retail assets. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, running and being outdoors.
Michelle Tanner-Jaramillo, RPA
Michelle Tanner-Jaramillo joined Griffin Partners in 2018, bringing 23 years’ experience to the Property Management department, including managing a high-rise office building in downtown Denver, medical office, flex industrial, retail and low-rise office space. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Denver portfolio of office, retail and flex industrial properties, keeping pace with the ever-changing needs of property maintenance, capital projects and tenant demands. Michelle holds a Colorado Real Estate Associate Broker license and a BOMI-RPA designation. She volunteers with the Northglenn Elks, delivering Holiday food baskets to families in need and giving back to the community is important to her and her family. In her free time, she enjoys sand volleyball and bowling, and time spent with friends and family.
Sue AndersonSue Anderson joined Griffin Partners in 2016, bringing 20 years of experience to the Property Management department from her previous employer Kimco Realty. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Raleigh NC portfolio, which consists of office and retail, and is committed to serving the needs of her tenants. Sue holds a North Carolina Real Estate Broker’s license. She is an avid North Carolina State fan who enjoys attending football and basketball games, and time spent with family.
A member of the team since 2013, Valarie is responsible for property financial reporting, including third-party management accounting and preparation of monthly property report data. Her efforts allow Griffin to perform at its best through proactive communication with partners, vendors, tenants, and clients, keeping processes inflow. She holds a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Houston – Downtown and came to Griffin from Texas Orthopedic Hospital. Val loves to try new recipes for her family, travel with her mom and spend time with her daughter, and rescues fur babies with her husband of 20 years, Fred.
Tara Meaux joined the Griffin Partners team in August 2019 and is the Assistant Property Manager of Loop Central and Heritage Oaks One. Tara earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston Downtown and is currently a CPM Candidate with IREM. In her spare time, Tara enjoys long walks on the beach with her dog, Kal, spending time with family and woodworking.
Adriana Blanton started in June of 2019 on a temporary basis and was then hired as a full-time employee with Griffin Partners in October. She serves as property administrator under Cynthia Serrato and Blake Martin. Adriana comes from a customer service background and enjoys her interactions with all community members and learning everything she can about property management. She graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Adriana enjoys being a mommy and a wife, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends and family.
Candy KerrCandy joined the team in 2021 with over 25 years of commercial real estate experience. She is the Relationship Manager for Griffin’s Charlotte, NC portfolio. Candy is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker, Notary Public for Mecklenburg County and is a certified LEED GA professional. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her adult son, and spoiling her cat, Monkey.
Oscar GomezOscar Gomez joined Griffin Partners in 2018, recently promoted to Lead Engineer with responsibilities of 675 Bering & 602 Sawyer property. Oscar received his SMA / SMT designations through SEAS / BOMA while attending HCC over the past 4 years and enjoys spending time with his family and friends in his spare time.
TC joined the Griffin Partners team in 2019 and has over 20 years of Accounting experience in several industries. She is responsible for managing vendors, processing accounts payable & receivable, managing bank records, documentation of company spending, and assisting other team members. Her experience and expertise allow Griffin Partners to operate efficiently and timely when managing our portfolio of assets and contracts. TC has volunteered at TCWW - The Church Without Walls for over 24 years and currently serves in video and media production ministry. TC has been married to her husband, Kurtis, for 28 years. They enjoy traveling, cooking with family, exploring wineries and local spots with friends.
Kandice became a member of the Griffin Partners team in 2015 and is responsible for reviewing and preparing leases for clients, managing calculation of commissions and payments, and assisting other departments with administrative tasks. Her efforts allow Griffin Partners to serve clients and tenants with accuracy and timeliness. She holds a bachelor’s in Management from the University of Phoenix and is an avid Dallas, Cowboys fan, attending sporting events as much as she can.
Laura joined the team in 2015 and is responsible for payroll processing, new hire onboarding, and benefits administration. She assists the accounting and property management departments by processing checks and serving as a point of contact for internal human resources needs. A graduate of the University of Houston – Downtown, she holds a Bachelor of Management and is pursuing her SHRM Certification. Laura enjoys exercise, especially strength training, attending local sporting events and concerts, traveling, and spending time with her dog.
Houston Business Journal Award
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, BAHEP
Visit the BAHEP Website
ERGOS is a managed service and cloud solution provider that stays ahead of the curve, providing innovative IT services for organizations across all of their divisions and serving clients worldwide. ERGOS provides Managed IT services, Managed Private Cloud, IT Infrastructure, Cloud IT and Business Solutions that power your business and empower your workforce. Visit the ERGOS Website
Thousands of companies and individuals across Texas and South Central U.S. trust Higginbotham’s Single Source solution for insurance and financial services. They have more than 25 offices in Texas and Oklahoma City to serve your regional and global insurance needs, whether they’re for your business, employees or family. Their size ranks them among the largest independent brokers in the nation, yet their local concentration keeps them accessible.
Visit the Higginbotham Website
King & Spalding
King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices globally, they deliver tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.
Visit the King & Spalding Website
Martin Fein Interests
For nearly 30 years, Martin Fein Interests, Ltd. has been a builder of apartment homes, creating properties that combine architectural distinction, superb landscaping and exceptional amenities in an atmosphere of incomparable service. Their unwavering commitment to quality, craftsmanship and consistent financial performance has resulted in premiere rental properties that people want to live in and investors want to own.
Visit the Martin Fein Interests Website
American Marketing Association
The American Marketing Association - Houston is the leading educational information, career-building, and networking resource for Houston’s marketing professionals. AMA Houston provides marketers the ability to remain competitive in today’s business environment through networking events, special interest groups, and real-world educational programs.
Visit the AMA Houston Website
The Houston Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP provides unparalleled industry networking and education, and advocates for effective legislation on behalf of our members. NAIOP advances responsible, sustainable development that creates jobs and benefits the communities in which our members work and live.
Visit the NAIOP - Houston Website
George R. Brown Convention Center
In the heart of Avenida Houston lies the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB), the city's premier meeting destination. Transformed to serve is an epicenter for Downtown Houston, the GRB offers art, dining, programming, top entertainment, and events to the area. Located on Avenida de las Americas, the GRB is 1.85 million square feet of meetings and events space with dining options, retail space (LAUNCH) and a soon-to-be satellite news studio (CBS Houston/ KHOU-TV).
Visit the GRB Website