Board of Directors - Bios

Paul Lewis
Paul Lewis
Chairman Encore One, L.L.C.

Paul Lewis is chairman of the board of Opus Holding, L.L.C. Mr. Lewis, with Adler Trust Company, are the trustees of the trusts that own Opus Holding, L.L.C., for the benefit of the Rauenhorst family. In addition to Opus Holding, L.L.C., these trusts own a number of private businesses as well as typical investment assets.

Mr. Lewis joined Adler Management, L.L.C., the Rauenhorst family office, in 2000 as senior vice president and later president, leading the investment management function, until his retirement in 2016.

Prior to joining Adler Management, L.L.C., Mr. Lewis worked in the investment management business at firms including First Chicago Investment Advisors, First Asset Management and Spence, Lewis & Thorson.

Mr. Lewis earned a master’s of science degree in finance and a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Terry Brown
Terry Brown
Chairman & CEO Asana Partners

​Terry S. Brown is a managing partner of Asana Partners, a vertically integrated retail real estate investment management company. Mr. Brown has more than 30 years of real estate experience in retail strategy, investments, capital markets, operations and organizational development.​

Before co-founding Asana Partners, Mr. Brown was the chairman & CEO of EDENS. Previously, Mr. Brown was CEO of Andersen Corporate Finance, LLC (subsidiary of Arthur Andersen), where he was responsible for global strategy and investment banking activities.

Before joining Andersen, he was a United States Army Officer.

Mr. Brown is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) where he is a former trustee and Executive Committee member. Mr. Brown serves on the board of directors of AvalonBay Communities, Opus Holding, L.L.C., and the University of Georgia Foundation. He was a 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year National Finalist.

Mr. Brown is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor's of business administration degree.​​​​​​


Mike Buchanan
Mike Buchanan
Retired

Mike Buchanan is the past chairman of the board of Piedmont REIT and has served as an independent director of the company since 2002.

Mr. Buchanan was employed by Bank of America, N.A., and its predecessor banks, NationsBank and ​C&S National Bank, from 1972 until his retirement in March 2002. Mr. Buchanan has over 30 years of real estate banking and financial experience. While at Bank of America, he held several key positions, including managing director of the Real Estate Banking Group, where he managed approximately 1,100 associates in 90 offices from 1998 until his retirement. This group was responsible for providing real estate loans, including construction, acquisition, development and bridge financing for the commercial and residential real estate industry, as well as providing structured financing for REITs.

Mr. Buchanan also serves as director of D.R. Horton, Inc., a publically held residential development company.

Mr. Buchanan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in business administration. He also attended Harvard University in the graduate program for management development.


Amy Goldman
Amy Goldman
Chair & CEO GHR Foundation

Amy R. Goldman directs the work of Minneapolis-based GHR Foundation, where she oversees grantmaking focused on health, education and global development. She deploys her experience in diplomacy, political economy, social investment and organizational governance to fund scalable solutions locally and globally.

Previously, Ms. Goldman served as a lead consultant for Washington D.C.-based International Trade Services, where she focused on trade negotiations and investment strategies. Ms. Goldman was also an instructor and researcher at the Sogang and Yonsei universities in Seoul, South Korea, and the University of California at Berkeley prior to being awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for continued research on the political economy of Asia.

Ms. Goldman holds a master's degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude with honors.​​​​​


Sabrina Kanner
Sabrina Kanner
Executive Vice President, Design and Construction Brookfield Properties

Sabrina Kanner serves as executive vice president, design and construction of Brookfield Properties.​

With Brookfield Properties and its predecessor, Olympia & York, since 1982, Ms. Kanner oversees design and construction in the United States. She joined the construction division of Olympia & York in 1982 and was appointed to run Olympia & York's construction company in 1986.

In her 35 year tenure with the company, Ms. Kanner has played a key role in the construction, design and development or redevelopment of over 40 million square feet of signature Brookfield projects such as World Financial Center/Brookfield Place, 300 Madison Avenue, Bay Adelaide Centre, the restoration/renovation of the Winter Garden at World Financial Center after 9/11, and currently Manhattan West.

She is a member of WX and sits on the boards of directors of New York Building Congress (vice chairman), The Salvadori Center, The Opus Group, The Regional Plan Association and Urban Green Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.​


Wade Lau
Wade Lau
President & CEO Founders Properties, L.L.C.

Wade Lau serves as president and CEO of Founders Properties, L.L.C., and president of Opus Properties. Mr. Lau is responsible for all aspects of the Founders Properties and Opus Properties operations, including investment, finance, capital market activities, dispositions and new product development, including the formation and management of real estate investment opportunities and fund partnerships and plays an active role in overseeing the operations and strategic vision for these funds.​

Before the formation of Founders Properties, Mr. Lau was vice president of asset management for Opus Properties, which he joined in 1999. Prior to that, he led CBRE's Central Region as senior managing director of asset management and was COO for the Shelard Group, a Twin Cities-based real estate services firm. Mr. Lau began his career in Norwest Bank's Minneapolis commercial real estate group and has more than 30 years of diversified commercial real estate experience.

Mr. Lau is a member of NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association, and Urban ​Land Institute.

Mr. Lau holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard College and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School where he graduated with honors.​


Walt Mercer
Walt Mercer
Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate SunTrust Bank

Walter Mercer is executive vice president and head of the commercial real estate line of business for ​SunTrust Banks, Inc. In this role, Mr. Mercer is responsible for all aspects of the commercial real estate line of business including relationship management, SunTrust community capital, syndications, credit risk, special assets and other real estate owned. Mr. Mercer is based in Boston, Massachusetts.​

​Mr. Mercer joined SunTrust in 2007 as the commercial real estate line of business manager and previously held positions with Paris Hill Realty Advisors; Spaulding & Slye, which is now part of Jones Lang LaSalle; and Fleet Bank. In 1990 he helped form Creamer Realty Associates.

Active in finance and banking since 1973, he began his career in the commercial banking training program at Citibank and subsequently held increasingly responsible positions managing banking relationships for middle-market, regional and national companies.

Mr. Mercer is a graduate of Harvard University.


Tim Murnane
Tim Murnane
President & CEO Opus Holding, L.L.C.

Tim Murnane is president and CEO of Opus Holding, L.L.C. Mr. Murnane oversees all operations of the operating companies collectively known as The Opus Group. These operating companies are Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C., and Opus AE Group, L.L.C.

Mr. Murnane brings over 37 years of experience in commercial real estate development and has developed more than 20 million square feet of office, industrial and retail projects. During his 28 years with Opus, Mr. Murnane developed some of the firm's landmark projects, including the 435-acre mixed-use Arbor Lakes project in Maple Grove, Minn., and the 1.6 million-square-foot Best Buy corporate campus and the 1 million-square-foot American Express Financial Advisors headquarters, both located in Minneapolis.

He is an advisory board member for the University of St. Thomas Real Estate Program and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Murnane is a board member for the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the Minnesota Business Partnership, Twin Cities RISE!, and St. Thomas Academy, and served as the president and a board member of NAIOP.

Mr. Murnane is an alumnus of the University of St. Thomas.


Mark Rauenhorst
Mark Rauenhorst
President Maren Properties, L.L.C.

Mark Rauenhorst is currently the president of Marren Properties, L.L.C., a private company that invests in commercial real estate. For approximately 28 years, he worked for several Opus companies before retiring from Opus Corporation at the end of 2009.

Mr. Rauenhorst joined Opus Corporation in 1982 and became president and CEO of Opus Northwest, L.L.C. in 1996, supervising activities related to project development, including site acquisitions, zoning, market analysis, financial feasibility, government approvals, marketing, leasing and property management. In 1999, he became president of Opus Corporation and was named CEO in 2000 and chairman in 2007.

Mr. Rauenhorst serves on the board for AIM Higher Foundation (director), Ascension CatholicAcademy Minneapolis (director), Catholic Relief Services (director), Creighton University (director), GHR Foundation (director) and University of Notre Dame – Advisory Council for Mendoza College of Business (member). Additionally, he a member of the Urban Land Institute and World Presidents' Organization.

Mr. Rauenhorst received a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from Creighton University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.


Bob Underhill
Bob Underhill
Executive Vice President, Fund Management Shorenstein Realty

Bob Underhill is executive vice president, fund management for Shorenstein Realty, which he joined in 2002. He is responsible for leading all of the company's fund management activities, including fundraising, investor relations, investor reporting and portfolio management. He participates in the strategic direction of the company as a member of its executive committee and in the company's investment activities as a member of its investment committee.

Prior to joining Shorenstein, Mr. Underhill was a principal at Lazard Frères Real Estate Investors, where he was part of a management team that was brought in to manage and restructure investments in their fund portfolios. Prior to Lazard Frères, Mr. Underhill worked for over 17 years in real estate investment and operations with LaSalle Partners and Security Capital Group.

Mr. Underhill is a member of the Urban Land Institute and The Real Estate Roundtable's Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Underhill is a trustee of the Princeton Theological Seminary and chairman of its Investment Committee and a member of the Real Estate Advisor Board of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mr. Underhill graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree and from The Kellogg School of ​Management at Northwestern University with a master's degree in business administration.