Meet Highland's Team
M. Clark Davis
Chief Executive Officer
At Transwestern, Clark served as the national business development Partner, where he worked on the national business development platform including venture agreement negotiations, planning and execution across all development lines. Additionally, he was responsible for all aspects of Asset Management to include acquisitions and dispositions on a national basis in order to enhance the value of all assets for the investors. He worked with regional teams to implement best practices for all facets concerning business development, operation and execution of optimal financial strategies as it relates to all projects.
Prior to joining Transwestern, Clark spent 16 years with Hines during which he was Senior Managing Director/Senior Vice President of Development, Asset Management and Leasing. Clark was responsible for over twenty million square feet of existing office projects. Additionally, he was responsible for securing over five million square feet of new office development in the southwest region of the United States. These included, but not limited to, four central business district office towers totaling over 2.5 million square feet, seven suburban office buildings, high-rise multi-family towers and multiple multi-family wrap projects.
Additionally, Clark worked for Tier Reit as Managing Director and VanTrust Real Estate as Executive Vice President handling business development, development, asset management and leasing for both companies. With Tier Reit, he executed and completed the disposition of a major market position along with redeploying capital into corporate growth markets. At VanTrust Real Estate, Clark was responsible for establishing corporate offices in the major Texas markets along with successful developments in Dallas, Austin and Houston. In north Dallas, he was co-lead on securing a 249 acre development site with over 100 million dollars in city incentives. This development included office, retail, multi-family and hotel developments totaling over eight million square feet.
Clark holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Baylor University. Additionally, Clark holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from Vanderbilt University.
Gene Hill is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Industrial Park, Inc. of East Camden, Arkansas, a subsidiary of Highland Resources, Inc. of Houston, Texas.
Prior to joining Highland Industrial Park, Mr. Hill served as Vice President and General Manager for Primex Technologies making him responsible for the Hitech business unit and other ordnance production and development operations throughout the United States. He later served in the same capacity for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. Mr. Hill received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Jeremy Hahn, a Certified Public Accountant, is the Vice President of Finance for Highland. In addition to financial reporting, Mr. Hahn’s responsibilities include forecasting and projecting of Highland’s operations and monitoring of financial controls and ongoing financial risk and leverage. Mr. Hahn also participates in evaluating the company’s current investments, potential investments and financing sources. Prior to joining Highland, Mr. Hahn served as an Assurance Manager for BKD LLP. He provided audit, accounting and consulting services for a diversified group of clients including real estate, construction and energy firms. Mr. Hahn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received a Bachelor of Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Gloria Catalani is an Operations Manager for Highland Resources, Inc. with thirty plus years of experience participating in all facets of Highland’s real estate activities including acquisition, management and disposition.
She manages the operations of Highland’s commercial and rural land holdings in the Houston metropolitan area and the development of residential subdivisions in Houston, Texas and Norman, Oklahoma. Ms. Catalani additionally facilitated the development of an industrial park in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. She serves as liaison to Highland’s investment partners and works in partnership formation, documentation and administration. In addition to her real estate responsibilities, Ms. Catalani serves as Highland’s corporate secretary.
Jeff Simmons is Vice President and Director of Asset Management for Highland with over thirty years of commercial real estate experience. He is responsible for oversight of brokerage and property management of income producing properties in Texas, sourcing and analysis of new investments, and project financing. Prior assignments have included a portfolio of multi-family, and acquisition and disposition of commercial lots, office and retail buildings.
Mr. Simmons previously served as local and state director for Building Owners and Managers Association. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Jessie Ray is an Asset Manager for Highland Resources, overseeing properties in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston, Texas. She is responsible for the leasing, operations, and financing of properties in the Texas portfolio. Jessie executed the re-branding and re-positioning of 211 Seventh, formerly known as Southwest Tower, in the Austin CBD. She was also one of four Highland team members to work on the award-winning Lamar Central development in Austin, Texas.
Jessie has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Her diverse background includes management of asset classes ranging from light industrial and retail to high rise office buildings. Jessie has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas Permian Basin and is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association and the Urban Land Institute.