J. Chad Edwards
Vice President – Development/In-House Counsel
As VP of Development, Chad Edwards is responsible for the oversight and implementation of day to day development operations with a main focus toward our multifamily portfolio. Specific responsibilities include sourcing, underwriting, structuring, managing, and/or executing upon existing and/or new development and investment opportunities. He administers and/or assists in property acquisitions, market analysis, due diligence, financial analysis, product design, project financing, asset management, strategic planning, risk management, and attainment of entitlements and permits. He has more than 10 years of professional real estate development and management experience, which includes working for large national institutional-grade development companies.
Edwards has built over 1400 multifamily Class A apartment units as Development Associate in Orlando, FL for the Morgan Group; a Houston, TX based nationally recognized developer of luxury multifamily residences with offices nationwide. Edwards was actively involved in site selection/acquisition, market analysis, due diligence, financial analysis, entitlement approval and product design for $100 million dollar plus multifamily projects.
Edwards subsequently opened the Orlando Office as Development Manager for Higgins Development Partners; a Chicago based national Developer of Class A Office and Industrial Warehouse Distribution buildings. Specific responsibilities included the evaluation of potential development and acquisition opportunities through financial modeling, marketing analysis and detailed feasibility studies. Development responsibilities included managing the due diligence process, managing the leasing team and consultants, and implementing marketing plans.
Edwards graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1998. He earned his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California in 2001 before receiving his L.L.M. in Real Property Development from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida in 2004. He is licensed to practice law in California, Louisiana, Florida and Texas. Chad was also a federal law clerk for the Chief Federal District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.