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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.
David P. Draft is the Chief Administrative Officer of Sealy & Company, where his primary focus is to ensure the company is operating efficiently and strategic initiatives are being implemented according to plan. Mr. Draft works directly with Sealy ownership and across the Executive Team. David 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. David 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 personnel and internal communication responsibilities on a Company-wide basis and served in an advisory role to the Chairman.
Prior to joining Sealy & Company, Mr. Draft 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, David was also involved in the acquisition, development, and disposition of over $4 billion of industrial real estate. Mr. Draft 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, David 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 David’s appointment as its Senior Regional Director.
Mr. Draft’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, David’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. David 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.
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.
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 Director – 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. Mr. Gibbs continues to advance in his role and responsibilities within the firm. 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.
Brooks Burgin serves as Associate – Investment Services for Sealy & Company. Brooks 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 $725 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.
Tom Foos serves as Vice President – Construction & Development for Sealy & Company. Joining the firm in 2021, Mr. Foos leads and manages Sealy’s Construction Management department as they continue to deliver quality construction projects on time and in budget. In addition, Mr. Foos will support the Investment Services team in the evaluation of new Joint Venture development opportunities, manage construction aspects of joint venture projects, and serve as Sealy & Company’s development representative.
Mr. Foos brings over 20 years of experience managing land-entitlement, design, and construction activities on a wide variety of real estate development and repositioning projects. Mr. Foos’s expertise resides in capital improvement planning, execution of value-add repositioning, and partnering with ownership teams to create value in their investments.