Our Dallas office was founded in 2000 and serves as the company’s Investment Headquarters. It is here that our Investment Services team members source investment opportunities and diligently perform the necessary underwriting to evaluate the value and risk associated with prospective portfolio additions.
Also operating from this corporate office is our Capital Markets team responsible for the company’s expanding capital raising platform, investor services, and coordination of capital deployment efforts. Dallas is also home base for Sealy’s Construction Management team which coordinates and oversees all development, building, and tenant improvement projects across the portfolio.
Scott P. Sealy, Sr. is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sealy & Company, where he oversees corporate governance, strategic planning, and platform development. Born in Shreveport, Scott graduated from Byrd High School and subsequently attended Southern Methodist University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in real estate. After graduating from SMU, Mr. Sealy joined the family company in 1968 with a total of 4 employees and a $20 million portfolio in one market. Since that time, he has significantly expanded the company’s platform to 100± employees, seven offices, 20 markets, and more than $1.5 billion of assets under ownership and/or management. Under his leadership, Sealy &Company has become a nationally recognized leader in the real estate industry, particularly with respect to the acquisition, repositioning, and ground-up development of industrial facilities in the Southeast and Southwest United States. Since 2001, Sealy & Company and its affiliates, have acquired, developed, and/or sold more than $4.8 billion of industrial real estate assets. Today, Sealy & Company possesses institutional capacity in investments, banking, technology, and real estate services.
In addition to his extensive real estate investment and management activities, Mr. Sealy is a venture capitalist and advisor for a number of insurance, oil and gas, and technology businesses seeking enterprise expansion and increased profitability. Giving back to his community, industry, and service to others are Scott’s core tenets. Among Mr. Sealy’s many achievements, the most rewarding is his active role as a mentor and advocate.
His current and past management, volunteer, and advisory positions include:
Member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, serving as Chapter President, member of the National Board of Directors, and member of its Strategic Planning Committee;
Vice President of Economic Development and Chairman of Greater Shreveport Economic Development Foundation, through the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, for nine years;
Independent Board Member Cole Retail Trust III & IV also serving as chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and Member of Compensation Committee of Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc. a member of the NYSE;
Chairman of Praeses Corporation, a telecommunications management and software development company – Shreveport, LA;
Venture capital placement advisor for Parata, one of the largest automated prescription fulfillment companies in the United States; Parata is in a joint venture with McKesson Corporation – San Francisco, CA;
Board of Directors of Louisiana Companies, one of the region’s largest privately held brokerage and risk strategy firms
Advisory Board Member, Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Center for BrainHealth.
Scott and his wife Diane have been married for over 50 years and have four children Amy, Lisa, Scott Jr, and Michael who have given them the blessing of 8 remarkable grandchildren. In addition to business and spending time with his family, Scott enjoys traveling and is an avid outdoorsman.
Scott P. Sealy, Jr., is the Chief Investment Officer of Sealy & Company. He joined the company in 2001 and is responsible for strategy development and tactical implementation across the Company’s capital investment functions. In this capacity, Mr. Sealy chairs the Investment Services Team, which is responsible for all acquisitions and dispositions involving the Company and its affiliates. In addition, Mr. Sealy develops and works with partnership ventures to identify business targets, execute business strategies, and maximize investment performance.
During his tenure, Mr. Sealy has increased the Company’s national footprint by establishing additional regional offices in Nashville, San Antonio, and Atlanta. Mr.Sealy has also significantly increased the size of the Company’s Dallas/Fort Worth portfolio. In 2011, Mr. Sealy established the Investment Services Team whose primary function is to ensure that Company’s real estate investment activities are scalable and enduring. To ensure investment return parameters are met, the Investment ServicesTeam evaluates over $4.0 billion in real estate opportunities on an annual basis and has transacted over $2.6 billion in acquisitions and dispositions since 2015.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Sealy served as a leasing agent for Fadior Company and the Director of Leasing for First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), covering properties in Austin and Dallas. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics with an emphasis in finance from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the NAIOPAcquisition II Forum, the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, the DallasSalesmanship Club, the Folsom Institute for Real Estate at SMU, the SMU MustangClub Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of Dallas Ducks 100, and Co-founder of park Cities Delta Waterfowl. Mr. Sealy also volunteers for the Visiting NurseAssociation for Meals on Wheels and the Park Cities YMCA.
Michael P. Sealy is Executive Vice President – Capital Markets for Sealy & Company. He is responsible for growing Sealy’s private equity platform in the U.S. by sourcing, developing, negotiating, and closing new private equity opportunities. Michael is directly responsible for raising capital for the company’s investment vehicles to achieve the company’s investment goals. He has established and maintains industry, business, and capital relationships with strategic partners to generate on-going deal flow.
During his tenure at Sealy, Michael has also served as Vice President of Construction & Development. In this role, he was directly responsible for managing all components of the development and construction process from conception to final closeout. Mr.Sealy was also responsible for tenant and capital improvement activities, site selection, client/partner relations, master land planning, the formation of association documentation, project budgeting, and land dispositions. Michael also expanded, documented, and digitized all construction management policies and procedures, to ensure Sealy’s industry-leading standards are applied consistently and efficiently across the platform.
Mr. Sealy graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He is a member of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, Real Estate Counsel, a board member of the Folsom Institute for Real Estate – Southern Methodist University, and is actively pursuing his CCIM designation. He is a member of Sealy’s Investment Committee and the Sealy Strategic EquityPartners Management Committee. In addition to his responsibilities within the firm, Michael manages ventures in a variety of industries such as oil and gas, internet marketing, and residential lot development on behalf of Sealy principals.
Calvin H. Sears is Senior Controller for Sealy & Company. He joined the firm in August of 1989 as controller of the finance department and has directed Sealy & Company’s financial reporting process and the financial ventures of the company’s principals for over 30 years.
During his tenure with the company, Mr. Sears has led his department through several major computer software conversions. He has expanded the firm’s benefits program from a simple health plan to a fully integrated benefits program, including a 401(k)-retirement plan, disability insurance, dental coverage, and life insurance. Mr. Sears’ strengths lie in his ability to maximize the productivity of the financial team through the integration of technology and teamwork.
Mr. Sears has worked in finance and accounting since graduating with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University. Mr. Sears s a Certified Public Accountant.
In addition to his contributions to Sealy, Mr. Sears is involved with the community in various capacities. He has served as vice president of the LSU Alumni Association and on the local board of directors of the Girl Scouts of America. Mr. Sears has also served as chairman of the downtown YMCA management committee and as a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Shreveport-Bossier YMCA. Mr. Sears works with special-needs swimmers each summer to prepare them for the Texas State Special Olympics swim competition. Mr. Sears leads several wellness classes for adults at the Town North YMCA in Dallas, TX. Inspired by Sealy’s founder, J. Pollard Sealy, passion for the children of Honduras, Mr. Sears works with and sponsors children at the New Life Children’s orphanage in Jalaca, Honduras.
Dave P. Draft is Executive Vice President – Strategic Planning for Sealy & Company where his primary focus on strategic initiatives and special projects for the firm. Mr. Draft works directly with the Executive Team to better position Sealy & Company for future growth. Dave has previously served as Chief Operations Officer for Sealy, responsible for maximizing investment returns, mitigating portfolio risk, and executing business strategies across Sealy & Company’s portfolio. Dave initially joined the firm in 2009 and since that time has provided oversight in asset management, leasing, and contributed to the development of annual business plans for both properties and the firm. He has also held responsibilities for personnel and internal communication on a Company-wide basis and serving in an advisory role to the Chairman.
Prior to joining Sealy & Company, Dave served with First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) for over 12 years, holding a number of senior executive positions and culminating with over six years as Executive Vice President of Operations, covering both domestic and international operations. These responsibilities involved oversight of over 115 million square feet of space, 1,200 buildings, and 3,200 tenants across 35 markets. As a member of the Executive Management Committee, Dave was also involved in the acquisition, development, and disposition of over $4 billion of industrial real estate. Dave was also responsible for the oversight of over 200 employees and served on the Government Solutions and Corporate Services groups.
Mr. Draft brings decades of top-level leadership experience at major public and private real estate companies to Sealy. Over the course of his real estate career, Dave has managed over $10 billion in assets, over 5,000 transactions, 42 offices, and in excess of 500 employees. During the past four decades, he has acquired and developed a substantial number of properties for his own account, has been a managing partner in numerous real estate ventures, and was a founding principal of a commercial real estate brokerage, management, and development company, Draft & Gantos Properties. This company was sold to First Industrial in conjunction with Dave’s appointment as its Senior Regional Director.
Dave’s professional affiliations have included national, state, and local Realtor Associations, and he has been active in a leadership capacity for a private organization involved in charitable causes. His track record and experience in the commercial industrial real estate industry have been widely recognized. While in the public sector, Dave’s leadership in customer relations produced the highest tenant satisfaction scores in the sector year-after-year, as measured by an independent, leading provider of such testing. Dave has been a frequent speaker at investor and analyst events throughout the Country.
Eric D. Marx is Executive Vice President – Portfolio Management for Sealy & Company. In this capacity, Mr. Marx is responsible for maximizing investment returns, mitigating portfolio risk, and executing business strategies across Sealy & Company’s portfolio. Mr. Marx oversees asset management, leasing, operations, construction, and regional personnel and is responsible for the development and execution of portfolio and asset strategies as well as annual property business plans. He serves on the Executive Committee and the Investment Committee.
Mr. Marx brings over 30 years of comprehensive commercial real estate experience to the organization. Prior to joining Sealy, Mr. Marx was Senior Vice President, Head of Asset Management for Equity Commonwealth [NYSE: EQC], a publicly-traded REIT. In this role, he was responsible for the development and execution of ownership strategies for the company’s 43 million square foot commercial portfolio and oversaw asset management, leasing, and operations. Previously, he managed all aspects of an 11 million square foot commercial portfolio for a NY-based public non-traded REIT and private equity investor. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marx spent 17 years with Equity Office Properties [NYSE: EOP], the largest publicly traded office REIT at the time, and its predecessor, Equity Assets Management, where, among other responsibilities, he led the portfolio management and portfolio analysis departments. His experience covers a broad array of functional areas, most commercial product types, and extends nationally.
Mr. Marx received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a concentration in real estate finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
Jason Gandy currently serves as the Managing Director of Investment Services for Sealy & Company. In this role, he leverages his experience in commercial real estate to lead and direct the acquisition activities nationwide for Sealy, as well as provide oversight of all disposition activities. Mr. Gandy has been involved in over $4.7 billion of commercial real estate transactions in his tenure with Sealy & Company.
Mr. Gandy joined the team at Sealy & Company in 2002 after beginning his commercial real estate career at Trammell Crow Company in Houston where he worked as part of a consulting team for a client, ExxonMobil. At Exxon/Mobil his primary responsibility was conducting feasibility studies for new retail locations for Exxon/Mobil motor fuel facilities. Jason then moved into acquisitions for income-producing properties at Holt Lunsford Commercial in Dallas where he was the main contact for acquisitions in Texas for institutional clients. While at Holt Lunsford Commercial he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting, negotiations, and due diligence for acquisitions in Texas.
Jason is a graduate of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics. Mr. Gandy is a member of NAIOP and sits on a National Forum for Investment Management. Jason is also a board member of the Folsom Institute for Real Estate – Southern Methodist University and he holds a Real Estate Sales License in the state of Texas.
Davis Gibbs serves as Associate – Investment Services for Sealy & Company. Davis began his internship with the Investment Services team for Sealy & Company in 2014 then joined Sealy taking on his role as Operations Analyst in 2015. Davis’s responsibilities include sourcing, underwriting, due diligence, and transaction management for prospective acquisitions, as well as transaction management for all dispositions. He participates in weekly presentations of the investment pipeline to Sealy & Company’s Investment Committee, is responsible for forecasting and reporting the equity capital fundraising activity for Sealy Strategic Equity Partners, and is engaged in business development throughout the state of Florida and the Gulf Coast region of the United States. During his tenure with Sealy & Company, Davis has assisted in over $1.8 billion in real estate acquisitions and managed over $1 billion in asset dispositions.
Mr. Gibbs obtained his J.D. from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas, majoring in English and Economics.
Donna Wilkins joined the Sealy & Company Investment Services Team as Director – Due Diligence. Mrs. Wilkins, based in our Dallas office, manages acquisition and disposition transactions and oversees loan real estate diligence duties. Donna began her commercial real estate career in property management in 1987, working for The Swearingen Company. Then in 2005, Mrs. Wilkins transitioned to real estate due diligence, managing transactions for Behringer Harvard. Donna’s experience in commercial real estate spans multiple property types, including office, industrial, hospitality, multi-family, student housing, and senior housing. Since 2005 she has closed $3 billion in acquisitions and $624 million in dispositions. Mrs. Wilkins attended East Texas State University and achieved her CCIM Designation in 2009.
Chris Martin serves as an Associate for the Investment Services team for Sealy & Company. Since joining the team in 2018, Chris’s responsibilities have grown to include underwriting, due diligence, and transaction management for prospective acquisitions and identified disposition targets. He prepares and participates in weekly review of the investment pipeline to Sealy & Company’s Investment Committee.
Mr. Martin holds both a Master of Real Estate Development degree and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Clemson University. Prior to joining Sealy Chris completed multiple internship and associate positions in the fields of asset management, acquisitions, and investment banking. These positions coupled with his advanced technical skills provide Chris with a well-rounded platform to analyze the commercial real estate investment market fundamentals.
August Blocker joined the Sealy team in 2020 as an Analyst for the Investment Services team. As a Louisville, Kentucky native, Mr. Blocker planted new roots in Dallas, TX where he graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2019. His studies in Finance have propelled his success at Sealy & Company. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Blocker worked in office investment sales for Newmark in San Francisco. Notable transactions he assisted with during his time at Newmark include the sales of the Netflix, Uber, and Clorox headquarters.
Brooks Burgin joined the Sealy team in 2021 as an Analyst – Investment Services. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Burgin served as a Debt & Equity Analyst for Jones Lange LaSalle (formerly Holiday Fenoglio Fowler) in Dallas, TX, where he closed more than $625 Million in placement volume via various capital sources. Mr. Burgin graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a minor in Accounting. Brooks also held multiple internships during his secondary education in Investment Banking, Investment Management, and Private Equity.
William B. Shagets is responsible for the oversight of leasing and property management, management of marketing efforts for all internal and external brokerage groups, and financial reporting for all existing portfolios within the Dallas regions’ industrial portfolio which includes assets in Dallas, El Paso, Nashville, Columbus, and Lexington, KY. In addition, Will’s responsibilities include sourcing and underwriting acquisition and development opportunities and management of the company’s Dallas office.
During his tenure, Mr. Shagets has managed the execution of over 30 million square feet of lease transactions in over eight major markets. Prior to joining Sealy & Company, Will was an Analyst with J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. in the Not-For-Profit Healthcare Group within the Investment Bank. In this role, Will provided transactional analysis and support to municipal bond offerings in excess of $400 million.
Will graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University in 2002 with a degree in Financial Consulting from the Cox School of Business. He is a member of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and is pursuing his CCIM designation.