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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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Patty Bender

Patty BenderPatty Bender is the Executive Vice President/National Director of Leasing and has been with Weingarten since 1982. She is responsible for overseeing the leasing, marketing and merchandising of over 350 shopping centers throughout the nation. Weingarten’s leasing department is directly responsible for all transactions in existing assets and new developments.  The department’s responsibilities include anchor tenant replacement, re-merchandising and repositioning assets.

In addition, Patty has been particularly focused on the design and development of the lifestyle centers owned by Weingarten Realty. Specifically, she was responsible for the development of Centre at Post Oak and the Village Arcade, both located in Houston, Texas.  She is currently overseeing the redevelopment of the River Oaks Shopping Center in Houston.

During Patty’s tenure at Weingarten, she has directed Shopping Center Marketing, sales oriented marketing and advertising campaigns. She is involved with web site development, web based marketing and company branding initiatives.

In addition, she has developed and personally delivered training programs to the sales force.  Each training session was developed by Patty and covered topics such as Sales Motivation, Leadership vs. Management, Cold Calling Methodology, Customer Development, and Retail Strategies and Market Analysis.

Prior to joining the company, Patty was a Senior Fashion Buyer at Foley’s Department Store.  This experience has served to enhance her understanding of the shopping center business from a retail perspective.

Patty holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing/Management from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Westchester State College.  She holds a Texas Real Estate Broker’s License and a Certified Property Manager Designation (CPM).

She serves on the Board of Uptown Houston where she also chairs the Uptown Marketing Committee.  Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board of Special Olympics and is a member of the National Charity League.  She is heavily involved in volunteer work within the Houston community.

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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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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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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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Lisa Simon

Lisa SimonLisa Simon is manager of MFT Interests, GP, LLC.  Former chairman of the Board for Southern National Bank, Lisa Simon has spearheaded the vision, planning and construction projects of the Southern National Bank headquarters building, Southern National Office Building, and the institution’s branches in Uptown Houston and Katy, Texas.

A graduate of Houston Baptist University and a former freelance photographer, Lisa has successfully chaired numerous fundraising events for organizations, including Fort Bend Partnership for Youth, Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research, Houston Baptist University and the American Cancer Society Fort Bend.  She currently serves on the boards of Memorial Hermann Foundation, Kiwanis Foundation, Houston Baptist University and the Museum of Southern History Board of Directors.  She also has served on many other civic and charitable organizations.  Lisa was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 2002.

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H. Kerr Taylor

H. Kerr TaylorH. Kerr Taylor serves as AmREIT’s Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President and has guided the company’s growth for over 21-years. His primary responsibilities include overseeing strategic initiatives as well as building, coaching and leading AmREIT’s team of professionals.

Since founding AmREIT in 1985, Mr. Taylor has led the growth of the company from three to a team of more than 50 professionals, has guided the growth of our property portfolio to approximately $1 billion of Irreplaceable CornersTM, and has presided over the increase of AmREIT’s investor base to more than 6,000 shareholders and partners.

He attended Trinity University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then attended Southern Methodist University where he received his Masters Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Taylor also attended law school at South Texas College of Law where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence and was admitted to the Texas Bar.

Mr. Taylor is a past board member of Park National Bank (now Frost Bank) and Millennium Relief and Development, Inc. He is currently chairman of the board of Pathways for Little Feet. He serves as a board member of Life House, Inc. and as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Taylor is a lifetime member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute and the Texas Bar Association.  Kerr was appointed to the Uptown Houston District Board of Directors in 2005.

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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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