Founded in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1946, Sealy & Company’s Corporate Headquarters is its flagship location originally established as a brokerage firm, Sealy Real Estate Services. It has since evolved to encompass a full suite of commercial real estate services in addition to its fully-staffed brokerage operations. It is here that our devoted team of real estate professionals offers an integrated suite of services for owners, investors, and tenants.
Our property management, asset management, accounting, and marketing teams provide maximum benefit to real estate investments by leveraging our experience and relationships and remaining committed to exemplary real estate solutions.
Mark P. Sealy is President of Sealy & Company. He joined the company in 1981 and currently oversees enterprise-critical functions through the company’s Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer, each of whom report to Mr. Mark Sealy. These functions include: operations, leasing, asset management, investment, construction management, finance, capital procurement and management, accounting, marketing, information technology, human resources, due diligence, legal, taxation, and insurance. Mr. Mark Sealy also directs investor relations, public relations, and serves as the Company Administrator.
Mr. Sealy has extensive experience in real estate brokerage, acquisitions, ownership structuring, syndication, financing, land and building development, property management, asset management, and dispositions. His experience spans various property types including industrial, multi-family, office, and retail. During his tenure with Sealy & Company, these activities have involved the capitalization of over $1 billion into real estate syndications.
Mark’s expertise and experience in technology, with a focus on real estate-specific information systems, have provided the company with an exceptionally robust technological infrastructure. This capability is deployed across all the company’s key functions consisting of budgeting, performance tracking, asset management, investment analysis, accounting, and administration. The company has consistently been recognized by its partners and customers as having industry-leading reporting systems, exceeding even the most discriminating standards of both public and private companies.
Mr. Sealy received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Denver, where he majored in real estate and construction management. His continuing education has centered on property management, commercial real estate analysis, and information technology systems. He holds real estate brokerage licenses in Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia and is a member of the Shreveport-Bossier Board of Realtors, Atlanta Board of Realtors, the National Association of REALTORS®, and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Mark is an active participant in his community serving in multiple capacities including philanthropic support, serving as a member of The Committee of 100, and volunteering in board roles for organizations such as the YMCA of NW Louisiana, the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, St. Mark’s Cathedral School, and Young-Life among numerous others.
James R. Cook, Jr. is Chief Financial Officer for Sealy & Company. In this role, Mr. Cook is responsible for the financial, human resource, information technology, and administrative/ operational aspects of the company and for developing and supporting those systems to allow Sealy to implement and achieve its targeted growth objectives. Additionally, James is involved in the strategic analysis, financing, and asset management of Sealy’s portfolio and provides oversight of Sealy’s private equity funds – Fund I, Fund II, Sealy III, Sealy IV, SSEP, and SIP. James also serves on the Executive and Investment Committees.
Mr. Cook brings to the company a wealth of valuable experience. Prior to joining Sealy, he was CFO of Praeses Corporation where he was directly responsible for all strategic aspects of finance, accounting, human resources, and administration, as well as analyzing new projects and securing/managing Praeses’ capital base. During James’ tenure as CFO, the company experienced a 54% annual growth rate. Mr. Cook has also previously served as the Practice Development Leader of KPMG overseeing the development of core processes and methodologies for an emerging practice while developing a revenue base in the southwest area. The revenue base under his direction increased over 300% during his tenure.
James received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been trained as a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is currently an active member of the Louisiana Certified Public Accountant and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Cook is also actively involved in his community serving as a board member and officer in various civic organizations.
Stephen Morehart, Vice President of Asset Management, joined Sealy & Company in August of 2012. During his tenure, he has consistently grown with the company, holding positions ranging from Asset Manager to Director of Asset Management, in all of which he has excelled. In his capacity as Vice President of Asset Management, Mr. Morehart oversees the company’s unique property-specific analyses and strategies for positive portfolio returns. His leadership in this department has contributed significantly to the success of the company’s portfolio. Through the implementation of creative financial analysis, modeling, and forecasting solutions, Mr. Morehart and his team execute on the value-add approach Sealy employs.
Prior to joining Sealy & Company, Mr. Morehart served as a Financial Analyst in the oil and energy industry in southern Louisiana. Mr. Morehart received his Finance degree from Louisiana State University and his MBA in Accounting and Finance from Louisiana State University Shreveport.
Debi Valentine is the Director of Human Resources for Sealy & Company. Ms. Valentine joined the firm in 1991 and has 30+ years of human resource management experience and is an active member of the national chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As the Director of HR, she is responsible for leading the human resources department, with a focus on developing and executing recruiting, talent acquisition, and employee relations strategies that represent the organization’s culture and values. Her areas of responsibility include employment, compensation, employee relations, health and welfare, safety, training and development, and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Prior to joining Sealy & Company, Ms. Valentine worked for Ryder Integrated Services as the Assistant Controller and Human Resources Manager.
Kayte Hollowell is the Director of Marketing for Sealy & Company. Ms. Hollowell began her tenure at Sealy in 2011 and is based in the Shreveport office. Over the last decade, Ms. Hollowell has led the company’s brand management and communication efforts to position the company for rapid growth in both the investment and commercial real estate markets. The marketing team’s efforts, lead by Ms. Hollowell, have produced a clear brand image and consistent brand message across all regional offices and business segments owned and affiliated with Sealy & Company. Ms. Hollowell has served as the architect of the company’s brand revitalization strategy, including an updated visual representation of the firm, enhanced internal communications, a programmatic public relations plan, development and design of the corporate website and affiliate websites, launch of digital marketing campaigns, and development of strategic marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining Sealy & Company, Ms. Hollowell demonstrated her entrepreneurial roots by starting a digital advertising and social media management company. The company, built from the ground up, was highly sought after and acquired after three years of successful operations. Ms. Hollowell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Tyler.