| 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
Operations, Treasury & Innovation
Asset Management Analyst
Corporate Accounting Supervisor
Senior Property Manager
Senior Property Manager
Senior Property Manager
Senior Property Manager
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.
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.
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.
Jacquie McCombs, CPA
Jacquie has served Griffin Partners as CFO since 2007, managing all financial operations including corporate accounting, tax and audit processes, property reporting, human resources, and insurance and risk management. She is Chairman of the Operations Committee which manages innovation for the firm. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her bachelor’s in accounting and has over 30 years of experience in real estate development and management, including as Vice President and Treasurer of Jefferson Development Company.
Janie has served as the head of property management and engineering since 2008, supporting the ownership goals of each asset in the Griffin Partners portfolio. With her team, Janie ensures that building systems are operating efficiently, leasing efforts are supported at the property level, building capital is deployed effectively and timely, cash flows are improved, and best practices are implemented. Through these efforts, Griffin Partners has developed a reputation for unrivaled tenant services and fluid cooperation with building owners. Her efforts compliment Griffin Partners’ expertise and consistent commitment to excellence.
Janie has served hundreds of tenants in her tenure across multiple geographies, managing 4+ million square feet and a team of 40. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas, has over 30 years of commercial property management experience, and is a Certified Property Manager. She is an executive council member of the Institute of Real Estate Management – Houston and a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association – Houston. Janie enjoys gardening, bird watching, reading murder mysteries, and spending time with her grandchildren in Austin.
David joined Griffin Partners in March 2021 to serve as President of Griffin Partners Development. A consultative collaborator who focuses on relationships first and projects second, he directs the company’s expansion into the industrial sector, leading the management of its national industrial development practice. Bringing over 29 years of commercial real estate and industry experience to the firm, he is a talented executive who drives results, from land acquisition to buildout and leasing.
Prior to joining Griffin Partners, David served as the Business Unit Head of Houston Operations for Duke Realty. In that role, he developed and acquired over 8 million square feet of industrial assets, while also hiring and training the leasing, property management, and administrative staff.
David received his Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting at Texas Tech University. He is a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker and CPA who has been involved with the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) where he served as president, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Houston Real Estate Council (HREC), and Houston Realty Business Coalition. In his spare time, David loves exploring Texas and Europe with his family while also being heavily involved in activities at Champions Forest Baptist Church.
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.
Andrew has been with Griffin Partners since 2017 and is responsible for vendor communications, professional development, business solutions, cash flow, and implementation of technology. He is an engaging leader in the workplace, driving innovations through the company to help Griffin perform at its best. Andrew takes initiative to prevent problems in daily operations and minimize the impact on proceedings. Previously a business owner, Andrew brings his years of experience facilitating creative, proactive responses to issues to Griffin Partners in an invaluable way. A former professional cyclist, Andrew makes a hobby of maintaining bicycles and attending races. He enjoys performing maintenance on his home, traveling, exercising, and spending time with his dog.
David Andrews, CPA
Since 2015, David has been an invaluable asset to Griffin Partners. He is responsible for overseeing the accounting and reporting for our commercial and industrial properties. He supervises the accounting team in Houston and overseas, helping them to adhere to Griffin standards of transparency and thoroughness. He has been in the accounting, finance, and treasury industry for over 40 years and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s in Accounting. Providing unmatched internal customer service, David is crucial in daily business operations and communicating with every department to ensure smooth activity among lines of business. David enjoys golf, baseball, and traveling with his wife, Carol, to New York to visit their daughter, Kelly, who is also a CPA.
Fred joined the team in 2010 and is responsible for supporting acquisitions, dispositions, and asset management for Griffin Partners' North Carolina 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 in the value-add process for disposition. His career with Griffin Partners began as a contract analyst, managing the property database. He is a licensed boat capitan with a Bachelor’s in Maritime Studies from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Monica have 3 small children and enjoy fishing on the weekends.
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.
Wilson PrioleauWilson joined the Griffin Partners team in August 2016 after completion of his bachelor’s degree in History 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. Wilson enjoys reading fiction and the latest industry articles, trying out new recipes, traveling, and all outdoor activities with his family including hunting, fishing, skiing, and sailing with his dog.
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.
Samantha RobertsSamantha 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 department. Her efforts contribute to standardization and accuracy among procedures with property managers and vendors. She enjoys running, traveling, and reading mysteries.
Daniel joined the team in 2016 and is responsible for our portfolio of properties by executing bank reconciliations, maintaining journal entries and the general ledger, and distributing checks for Griffin Partners assets. In his free time, Daniel tastes craft beers and frequently visits local Houston breweries, enjoys traveling, and mountain biking.
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.
Joe has been with Griffin Partners since 2006 and is responsible for overseeing all engineering efforts in our West Houston portfolio, which comprises three high-rise buildings. He has a team of three engineers and one assistant chief, and is responsible for supervising all contract day staff during capital improvement projects. He has been married for 24 years to his wife, Norma, and they enjoy motorcycle rides across the country.
Lynn Kelleher, CPM, CCIM
Lynn has over 30 years of experience in property management and has been with Griffin Partners for six years. She earned her CPM designation in 1995 and her CCIM certification in 2003. She is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management and served as the Houston Chapter President in 2004. Additionally she has served in several leadership roles at a National level. Her portfolio with Griffin consists of three commercial office buildings totaling 600,000 square feet. She is a resource for her team of 7 employees with strengths including efficiency, accuracy, teamwork, delegation, responsiveness and financial aptitude. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and is a licensed Texas Real Estate Salesman. In her spare time she enjoys Orange Theory exercise classes and spending time with her husband, Kevin of 23 years and her labradoodle, Riley.
Scott SchulerSince 2016, Scott has been a member of the Griffin Partners team, managing the North Carolina properties. He is responsible for upholding Griffin's standards among assets, with a high level of service through operations, financials, community involvement, and construction management. Collecting high numbers of tenant surveys, providing tenant-focused service, and developing a solid, goal-oriented team with the tools to take their careers to the next level is instrumental in Scott’s administration. He has a master’s in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and has been married for 3 years to his wife, Lory, and they have two children in school. They enjoy traveling and are highly involved with their church.
Hani oversees our Denver, Salt Lake City, and Houston properties and has been with Griffin Partners for seven years. His responsibilities include overall financial and physical operations, owner and lender liaisons and reporting, and relationships with tenants in our managed buildings. Hani manages engineers, personnel and property managers, encouraging his team to operate to their best abilities and is never disappointed in their results when they have the tools they need to succeed. He enjoys playing racquetball, spending time with his children, reading crime fiction, traveling, and hiking. He holds a master’s in engineering from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo.
Tammy White, RPA
Tammy came to Griffin Partners in 2017 with over 20 years of property management experience to offer. She is responsible for overseeing management and leasing operations for Houston assets by supervising renovation projects, contractors, maintenance crews, and administrative staff as well as managing space planning with architects, contractors, and tenants. She oversees bids constructions of tenant build-out, controls expense, prepares budgets for capital improvements, and fosters trusting relationships with existing tenants while maintaining corporate goals. Tammy enjoys her 3 grandchildren and belongs to the Order of the Daughters of the King, which supports the Houston community. She enjoys reading motivational & personal improvement books and loves comedies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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