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About Uptown

Board of Directors

Uptown Houston District Board of Directors

A twelve-member Board of Directors appointed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) governs the District. Board members must be landowners, long-term tenants, or agents of landowners.


Kendall Miller

Kendall MillerKendall Miller, President of the Tanglewood Corporation, was responsible for reorganizing the corporate structure of Tanglewood as a family partnership, in addition to renovating and expanding Post Oak Shopping Center with the addition of the Maggiano’s and Starbuck’s buildings.  He joined Tanglewood Corporation fifteen years ago as the subsidiary business venture officer and a manager of its custom home building subsidiary.

In 1992, Kendall became the Vice President and Treasurer of Tanglewood Corporation, responsible for financial controls and analysis for its property management and development operations, and serving on the development team which expanded Oshman’s Super Store on Post Oak Boulevard and developed Tanglewood Center at Woodway and Chimney Rock.

Kendall is a graduate of Texas A&M University and received his Master’s degree from the University of Texas.  He is active in several organizations, including Bank of Texas Board of Advisors, Houston Real Estate Council, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) State Government Relations Chairman, C Club Treasurer and Westminster Weekday School Board of Advisors.  Kendall was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 1999.

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Chad Braun

Chad BraunChad Braun is managing director for EDENS, responsible for the oversight of the Texas region. Prior to joining EDENS in 2015, Chad spent 16 years at AmREIT, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the corporate finance and accounting team, placement of corporate debt and equity, and responsible for investor relations and human resources. Before joining AmREIT in 1999, Chad worked for the real estate advisory services group at Ernst & Young LLP, where he provided extensive consulting and audit services to a number of Real Estate
Investment Trusts, private real estate companies and other Fortune 500 companies.

Chad is active throughout the real estate industry, as a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Urban Land Institute, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance from Hardin-Simmons University and received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2014. Chad also serves as Chairman of the Board for Cypress Christian School.

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Todd Casper

Todd CasperTodd Casper, is a Vice President with the Investment Properties – Institutional Group in Houston, Texas for CB Richard Ellis. With 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Todd specializes in the sale of office investment properties for institutional and private client investors. In addition, Todd continues to provide Asset Management services for several clients totaling approximately 2.5 million square feet of office space in Houston. Todd joined CB Richard Ellis in 2003 as Director of Asset Services in Houston with management oversight of Houston’s office and industrial buildings and retail shopping centers.

Prior to joining CBRE, Todd managed several high-profile, mixed-use complexes in the United States as a Vice President and General Manager with Urban Retail Properties and Simon Property Group. During his tenure, the Galleria completed a $25-million renovation and a $100-million expansion of the shopping center. Prior to the Galleria, Todd was the Vice President and General Manager of 900 North Michigan, a 66-story, 2.7 million square foot mixed-use complex anchored by Bloomingdale’s, an office tower, a Four Seasons Hotel and 125 luxury condominiums. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.  Todd was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 2000.

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Gerald Crump

Gerald Crump is the Senior Vice President, Director Central Region for Weingarten Realty. His current responsibilities include over 10.9 million square feet comprising of more than 73 neighborhood and community retail shopping centers in Weingarten's Central Region. He is actively involved in the existing asset portfolio as well as anchor tenant leasing, new developments, redevelopments, acquisitions and disposition efforts. As a result, he is well versed in mixed use and urban development as well as more traditional shopping center development.

Gerald joined Weingarten Realty Investors in February 1999, as a Financial Analyst. He subsequently moved into the Realty Leasing Group as a Leasing Executive in May 2000, where he maintained the Top Producer status for several years running. He was promoted to the Vice President of Leasing in 2007 before taking on his current role.

Prior to joining Weingarten Realty, Gerald was in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group with Kelsey Seybold / Medpartners. He is a native Houstonian and received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin University. He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), where he served for two years as Co-Chairman of the ICSC Next Generation Committee's Houston Chapter and has lead several panel discussions or has been a key speaker at regional events. Gerald is involved in several nonprofit organizations where he serves in various leadership capacities, including a board position as a Director and Executive Committee Chair for The Houston Community ToolBank.

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Martin Debrovner

Martin DebrovnerMartin Debrovner is Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Weingarten Realty Investors.  Prior to Weingarten, Martin was employed by the NASA organization and reported to the Manned Spacecraft Center.  While at NASA, Martin worked on the Gemini, Apollo and Orbital Laboratory missions, where his primary responsibilities included integration of the flight crews and their equipment and EVA training.

After  leaving  the  space  program,  Martin  joined J. Weingarten, Inc. as Senior  Vice  President  and  in  1984  became  Executive  Vice  President, responsible  for the company’s operations.  Beginning in 1985, he served as President of Weingarten Realty Management Company until 1993, when he was named President of Weingarten Realty Investors.  In 1997, he was named Vice Chairman, a position that he currently holds.   He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University.  Martin was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 1994.

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Duane Hale

Duane Hale has 24 years of institutional real estate experience.  He has spent his career working in Real Estate Acquisitions, Asset Management, Finance, Portfolio Management, and Audit.  Mr. Hale is currently responsible for managing and leasing, 7.9 million square feet of warehouse distribution and flex industrial space in Houston and Dallas and 3.5 million square feet of Class A trophy Office in Houston, Dallas, Austin and Sydney Australia.  Mr. Hale has also managed 8.1 million square feet of Class A industrial distribution assets in the Inland Empire market of Southern California.  

Mr. Hale has also lead or participated in the acquisition of almost $3 billion in institutional real estate assets in California, Colorado, Arizona and Texas.  The acquisitions include multifamily, office and industrial.  Mr. Hale’s acquisitions were acquired in wholly owned and Joint Venture structures and range from core to opportunistic.   Mr. Hale was also instrumental into TIAA’s entrance in the Singapore and Australia property markets.

Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Mr. Hale spent approximately 1 year with American Realty Advisors in Glendale where he was responsible for sourcing east coast acquisitions opportunities. Prior to working with American Realty Advisors, Mr. Hale spent the majority of his real estate career (14 years) with Prudential.  In his most recent position with Prudential Mr. Hale was on the Southern California acquisitions team with direct responsibility for San Diego.  In this position Mr. Hale underwrote, sourced and structured equity Joint Venture and development opportunities.  Prior to that Mr. Hale was the Chief of Staff for the Prudential Real Estate Investors and the Private Investment Group under Bernard Winograd.

Mr. Hale earned his BS in Accounting from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Florida.  Mr. Hale has also earned the designation of Certified Public Account in the state of California. 

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Steve Lerner

Steve LernerSteve Lerner serves as the President & CEO of Redstone Companies Real Estate, LLC, overseeing all real estate acquisition, development and growth opportunities.  Steve also holds the position of Executive Vice President of The Redstone Companies, L.P. and serves as an Executive Vice President of numerous Redstone-related entities.  He also currently acts as a Partner and member of the Investment Committee of Redstone Capital Partners.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Green Bancorp, Inc. and Green Bank, N.A.  Prior to joining Redstone full time in 1998, Steve was a partner at the Houston law firm now known as Schlanger, Silver, Barg & Paine, LLP.

Steve graduated with honors in Government from the University of Texas and is an honors graduate of the University Of Texas School Of Law in Austin, where he was a member of The Texas Law Review. He was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 2009.

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Mary Catherine Farrington Miller

Mary Catherine Farrington MillerMary Catherine Farrington Miller is the owner of Tanglewood Corporation. She holds a degree in History from Randolph-Macon College, attended Rice University and received her MBA from Houston Baptist University.

Mary Catherine has made great contributions through volunteer work at her church, St. John the Divine as well as through her involvement in the education field. She has served on the Vestry at church, and held positions on the St. John’s School Board, the Headmaster Search Committee for The Episcopal High School, and the University of Houston Foundation.

In recent years, she has served on the boards of the Houston Symphony Society and the Neuhaus Education Center.  In addition, she has been a docent at Bayou Bend for eleven years, and served as Chairman of the 1992 Theta Charity Antique Show. One activity that has been most meaningful is her participation on the Board of the Friends of Fondren Library.  Mary Catherine was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in July 2006.

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John D. Mooz

John D. MoozJohn D. Mooz serves as a senior Vice President for the Hines Corporation and as Project Officer responsible for the development and financing of projects in the Southwest region of the United States.

Since joining Hines in 1989, Mr. Mooz has contributed to the development and financing of more than 8 million square feet of commercial, medical and institutional real estate, representing approximately $2.5 billion. Some of his development projects in Houston include MainPlace, a one million square foot office tower currently under construction, the redevelopment of Shell Oil Company’s Westhollow Technology Center, the redevelopment of El Paso Tower and the development of Toyota Center, among his numerous other projects. He is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. John was appointed to the Uptown Houston Board of Directors in December 2009.

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Greg Noble

John D. MoozGreg Nobleis the General Manager of The Galleria for Simon Property Group, Inc.  With 15 years of retail real estate experience, he is responsible for managing all day-to-day operations, maintenance and tenant relations for more than 400 retailers, as well as overseeing the security and marketing of the center.

Prior to managing The Galleria, Greg managed several shopping centers for Simon Property Group.  He has held positions at Circle Centre and Claypool Court in Indianapolis, home of the company’s headquarters, La Plaza Mall and Valle Vista Mall in South Texas, Cordova Mall, Florida, and Lenox Square in Atlanta, GA. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University.  Greg was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 2013.

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Ed Wulfe

Ed WulfeAs president and founder of Wulfe & Co., a Houston-based commercial retail real estate brokerage, development and property management firm, Ed Wulfe has been in the business for more than 40 years.  He began his career as a mechanical engineer with Texaco, before moving into real estate.  He spent 17 years with Weingarten Realty Investors, where he rose to Executive Vice President and a member of its Board.

Ed launched Wulfe & Co. in 1985 and has been recognized for his many accomplishments.  Among the accolades are two Landmark Awards for the redevelopment of Gulfgate Shopping Center; two Legacy Awards for the renovation of Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center; the Rice Design Alliance Award for Design Excellence; Houston Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award; and the National Conference for Community and Justice’s Humanitarian Award.  He is a successful civic leader and active board member on numerous civic and charitable organizations. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Ed was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 2004.

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Jonathan Zadok

Jonathan Zadokis a principle at Zadok Jewelers, the largest locally owned jeweler in Houston, Texas, where he has 20 years of experience with high-end retail on Post Oak Boulevard with clientele reaching globally. As founder and managing member of Gelem Equity Holdings, LLC, he directs and manages the acquisition, rehabilitation, leasing and sale of single family and multi-family lender-owned assets in California and Arizona.  Jonathan is also managing member of Gibraltar Developers, LLC, specializing in townhouse development in the Houston, Texas market. Other business ventures include Coffee Groundz, a specialty coffee café with two locations co-founded by Jonathan and sold in 2010.  

A graduate of the University of Denver with degrees in Finance and Marketing and a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, Jonathan is a past Better Business Bureau Board member from 2004-2007, and past BBB Education Foundation Board member from 2005-2009. 

Jonathan is a present Board Member of Lemonade Day/Prepared 4 Life Charity, a program with the goal of exposing children to business and financial fundamentals at an early age. He was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 2013.

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