Al Hartman, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO
Allen R. Hartman, age 63, has served as our CEO and Chairman of our Board of Directors since February 2009 and has served as President of our advisor, Hartman Advisors, since March 2009, and as President of our property manager, HIR Management, since January 2008. In 1984, Mr. Hartman formed Hartman Management and began sponsoring private real estate investment programs. Mr. Hartman built Hartman Management into one of the leading commercial property management firms in the state of Texas and sponsored 18 privately offered programs and two publicly offered programs, including this offering, which invested in commercial real estate in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, Texas. In 1998, Mr. Hartman merged the Hartman real estate programs and formed Hartman Commercial Properties REIT, now known as Whitestone REIT. He served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of HCP REIT until October, 2006. In April, 2008, Mr. Hartman merged 4 of the 5 Hartman programs to form Hartman Income REIT (HIREIT) and contributed the assets and ongoing business operations of Hartman Management into Hartman Income REIT Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HIREIT. Mr. Hartman has acquired 80 commercial real estate properties, raised over $300 million of investor equity and acquired more than $400 million in commercial real estate assets in various private and public real estate investment programs. Currently, Mr. Hartman oversees a staff of 70 employees who manage 44 commercial properties encompassing over 5.0 million square feet. In addition to his day-to-day management responsibilities, Mr. Hartman serves as the principal officer of each Hartman sponsored investment program. Mr. Hartman attended the University of Colorado and studied Business Administration.
Mark Torok, President and General Counsel
Mark T. Torok, age 58, and has served as Hartman’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since April 2016. Mr. Torok also serves as General Counsel for both our advisor and our property manager. In this capacity, Mr. Torok manages our advisor’s in-house legal department and is responsible for all legal matters affecting our company and its affiliates, including our advisor and our property manager. Prior to joining our property manager in June, 2015, Mr. Torok practiced law from 2006 to May 2015, as the founder of The Torok Law Firm P.C., where his practice focused on real estate, securities, and business law. In addition he served as a fee attorney and provided escrow agent services for Providence Title Insurance Company. Prior to founding The Torok Law Firm in 2006, from 1989 to 1991, Mr. Torok served as a Hearings Officer for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. From 1991 to 2000 he served as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of the various companies of the Erie Insurance Group, a property and casualty insurance company. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a property and casualty insurance company. From 2002 to 2004 he served as Assistant General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the companies of the Argonaut Group, a commercial property and casualty insurance company. He subsequently returned to USAA from 2004 to 2006 to serve as Director of Regulatory Compliance before founding his own law firm. Mr. Torok holds the insurance designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe). Mr. Torok holds an inactive real estate agent’s license in Texas and an inactive escrow agent’s license in Texas and is a member of the Texas Bar Association. Mr. Torok earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Gettysburg College and a Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law. Mr. Torok holds series 7 and 24 FINRA licenses.
Dave Wheeler, CIO, Chief Investment Officer
David Wheeler,age 53, serves as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions for both HIR Management and Hartman Advisors. Mr. Wheeler joined Hartman Management (now HIR Management) in January, 2003 as an acquisitions manager, following a 16-year tenure with CB Richard Ellis. Mr. Wheeler worked as an acquisitions manager until August, 2006 when he assumed his current position He has over twenty years of experience in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of commercial real estate investments. Mr. Wheeler’s responsibilities range from sourcing investment opportunities, including shopping centers, office buildings and warehouses, to closing and ownership transition. At CB Richard Ellis, Mr. Wheeler was a Vice President in the Investment Services Division where he successfully completed the sale of over $400 million in commercial real estate compromising over 9 million square feet throughout the South Central U.S. Prior to joining CB Richard Ellis, Wheeler was a Project Engineer and Cost Estimator with HB Zachary for two years on numerous civil and site development projects including the Legacy Business Park in Plano, TX for EDS. Wheeler holds an MBA with concentration in Real Estate from Southern Methodist University and a BS in Civil Engineering with an option in Construction Management from Texas A&M University.
Lou Fox, CFO
Louis T. Fox, III, age 54, has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since February 2009. Mr. Fox also serves as Chief Financial Officer for our advisor and our property manager. He has responsibility for financial reporting, accounting, treasury and investor relations. Prior to joining Hartman Management (now, HIR Management) in March, 2007, Mr. Fox served as Chief Financial Officer of Legacy Brands, a restaurant group from April, 2006 until January, 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Fox served as Chief Financial Officer of Unidynamics, Inc., a specialized EPC manufacturer of unique handling system solutions for the marine and energy industries from January, 2004 until April, 2006. He also served as Treasurer and CFO of Goodman Manufacturing, a major manufacturer of residential and commercial HVAC products for 9 years prior to that. In addition to his years of experience in the manufacturing industry, he has served in senior financial positions in the construction and debt 70 collection service concerns. Fox is a former practicing certified public accountant. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He started his career as a tax accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Ross Donahue, COO
Ross Donahue, age 64, serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of both HIR Management and Hartman Advisors. Mr. Donahue joined Hartman Management (now HIR Management) as a senior property manager in 2003 and served in that capacity from 2003 to October 2006 before being promoted to his current position. He has over 30 years of experience in the management of office buildings, retail centers and office warehouse space. Mr. Donahue has extensive experience in commercial real estate capital improvement as well as oversight and management of construction for tenant build-outs and improvements. His responsibilities include the direction of daily operations of HIR Management and Hartman Advisors. Before joining Hartman, Mr. Donahue previously served as a Regional Manager at PM Realty Group and worked as a manager for Gerald Hines Interest. He is a graduate of Clarion State University and also holds a designation of Certified Property Manager.