Chris D. Wheeler
Chris Wheeler has extensive experience in real estate development, management and financing. Over the past 30+ years he has overseen the acquisition and development of nearly 20,000 multifamily units and over 20 million SF of Class A office space, shopping centers, industrial parks and R&D/service center space.
Formerly, Wheeler served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gables Residential Trust, a publicly traded REIT which specialized in the development and management of multifamily residences. Gables had a market cap in excess of $3 billion on the New York Stock Exchange.
He previously served as Group Managing Partner for Trammell Crow Residential where he oversaw their multifamily residential operations throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Prior to this he was responsible for the management and development of a 22 million SF industrial portfolio for Trammell Crow Company’s Houston Industrial Division and oversaw the South Florida commercial operations which consisted of more than 3 million SF of office, retail and industrial space.
In addition to Wheeler’s real estate experience, he has managed the transition of two public-private entity transactions. In 1998 he took his Trammell Crow Residential regional company public through a reverse merger with Gables Residential Trust. Following this, in 2005, he handled the sale of Gables Residential Trust to ING Clarion in a multi-billion dollar transaction, effectively taking the company private.
Wheeler graduated with honors from California Institute of Technology with a degree in applied physics and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a former elected Commissioner for Gulf Stream, Florida, a past President of the Caltech Alumni Association, and formerly served as Director on the Executive Committee of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Real estate Investment Trust (NAREIT). He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.