Chairman of the Board & CEO
Richard Campo is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT) and has served in this capacity since May 1993. As the Chairman and CEO of one of the nation’s largest multifamily Real Estate Investment Trusts, Mr. Campo holds strategic roles within the real estate industry. He is currently a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ('NAREIT') where he previously served on both the Executive Board and Advisory Board, the National Multifamily Housing Council ('NMHC') where he served on the Executive Committee and was past chairman, and the Urban Land Institute ('ULI').
Mr. Campo began his real estate career after graduating from Oregon State University in 1976. After working for a private Houston real estate company, Mr. Campo co-founded Camden’s predecessor companies in 1982 and has spent almost 30 years building a company of great people that are renowned for their management proficiency, their development and construction capabilities and their savvy in the areas of technology, training and marketing. He has led the development, management, acquisition and disposition of real estate properties valued in excess of $20 billion; and under his leadership, Camden and has grown from a Texas-based real estate firm with assets valued at $200 million in 1993 to an industry leader with a national footprint and assets valued at more than $13 billion.
Mr. Campo serves on and has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations that focus on the economic development, business outlook and future growth of Houston, including Central Houston, Inc., the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Greater Houston Partnership, and is an Executive Advisory Board Member for the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business. Mr. Campo currently serves as Chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, and he served as past Chairman of the Houston First Corporation, a local government corporation that facilitates the city's economic growth through the business of conventions and the arts. He was also chairman of the Super Bowl LI Host Committee and served as Secretary Treasurer and Chairman of the finance committee for the Harris County Houston Sports Authority which was responsible for financing and building Minute Maid Park, NRG Stadium and the Toyota Center.
Mr. Campo is a frequent speaker on real estate and development related topics for both industry-related and non-industry conferences and associations and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
D. Keith Oden
Executive Vice Chairman of the Board
D. Keith Oden was co-founder of Camden's predecessor companies in 1982 and has served Camden as President and Trust Manager since 1993. As a Principal Executive Officer and Director, Oden drives Camden's strategic initiatives, leads the property operations and corporate support services, and promotes the company's culture.
After completing his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, Oden began his career as a management consultant with the then-public accounting firm Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in 1979. He joined Century Development Corporation, one of the most active real estate development firms in the Southwest in 1981, and later became Director of Financial Planning.
For more than twenty years, Mr. Oden has been committed to developing one of the best multifamily companies in the industry. Under his purview, Camden successfully completed the mergers of three public real estate companies: Paragon, Oasis Residential, and Summit Properties in 1997, 1998 and 2005, respectively. Oden’s work was instrumental to the assimilation of these three companies into Camden’s culture.
Oden is a member of the Executive Council of the Center for Real Estate Finance at the University of Texas and serves as advisor, financial supporter, guest lecturer and panelist for the faculty and students pursuing their MBAs in real estate finance. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a licensed real estate broker in the State of Texas.
H. Malcolm Stewart
President and Chief Operating Officer
Malcolm Stewart is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Camden Property Trust and Chairman of Camden’s Investment Committee.
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Mr. Stewart served three years as a Regular Army Officer in various assignments and locations. Prior to joining Camden’s predecessor company, Mr. Stewart had responsibility for all construction and project services at one of the largest and most active development companies in the Southwest where he began his association with Messrs. Campo and Oden. Mr. Stewart has successfully developed real estate business units such as privatized public development of office buildings, hospitals, governmental and university facilities, and student housing. While at Camden, he has structured and managed numerous real estate revenue enhancement groups and has been responsible for the construction, development, or acquisition/disposition of billions of dollars of real estate assets. Mr. Stewart is responsible for all operations across the United States.
Mr. Stewart has actively supported community services and served in various capacities. Additionally, he is an active supporter of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, and has been inducted into the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Texas A&M Masters of Real Estate Program.
EVP Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Alex Jessett is Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Camden Property Trust. In this capacity, Alex oversees all of the capital markets activity, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, financial operations, risk management, and tax compliance for Camden. In addition to his daily management responsibilities at Camden, Alex has been responsible for over $20 billion of debt and equity issuances and structured real estate transactions.
Mr. Jessett has been employed in the real estate industry since 1997 and has worked at Camden in various roles since 1999. Prior to joining Camden, he worked at Comerica Bank of Texas in the Real Estate Lending department.
Mr. Jessett serves as Treasurer and is on the Board of Directors for Central Houston, Inc., an organization that focuses on the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Houston, and serves as Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Directors of Legacy Community Health Services, a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center. Alex also is a member of the Executive Council of the Center for Real Estate Finance at The University of Texas and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business Real Estate Program. He has been a guest lecturer and formal mentor for students pursuing their MBAs at both The University of Texas and the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future.
Mr. Jessett has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Houston, where he received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." – Winston Churchill
Executive Vice President of Operations
Laurie Baker is Executive Vice President of Operations for Camden Property Trust. Baker is responsible for the oversight and strategy of Camden's portfolio operations and investment funds. During her 20 plus years with Camden, Baker has held several positions including Senior Vice President of Fund & Asset Management, where she led the creation and management of Camden’s first investment funds. Baker served as the executive sponsor for Camden's technology initiative during the 2000’s, which included $10 million in technology investments and the rollout of Camden's web-based property management software, revenue management, and several web-based solutions.
Before joining Camden, Baker was Vice President at Walden Residential Properties and spent nine years at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD. She holds an MBA in Finance from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University.
She serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), is vice-chair of ULI's Multifamily Bronze Council, and a frequent speaker in the multifamily industry. Baker was the 2016 President of CREW Network, a Past President for CREW Houston and in 2012 was honored as one of the Top 15 Women in Commercial Real Estate in Houston. She is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas and was recognized by Real Estate Forum as a Women of Influence in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Executive Vice President of Real Estate Investments
Bill Sengelmann is Executive Vice President of Real Estate Investments and is responsible for overseeing Camden's Real Estate Investment activities including acquisitions, development, dispositions and retail. Since joining the company in 1998 as Vice President of New Development, Sengelmann has been involved in the development and acquisition of more than 21,500 multifamily units and real estate transactions in excess of $3.8 billion.
Sengelmann began his real estate career after graduating from the University of Texas in 1984. He spent ten years with American General Investment Corporation and NorthMarq Capital, where he originated in excess of $1.5 billion of debt and equity transactions throughout the United States.
Take risks when you’re young and you don’t have a lot of responsibility. – Bill Sengelmann
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations
Kim Callahan serves as the primary point of contact for the multifamily company's investors and analysts, and manages all investor communications including press releases, earnings releases, investor presentations, and annual reports.
Callahan joined Camden in 1996 and previously served as Director of Finance and Vice President of Finance for the company. Prior to joining Camden, she was employed by First Interstate Bank as a Financial Analyst in the Corporate Property Division, and also served as a Management Consultant for Price Waterhouse.
Callahan received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University. She is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Callahan has consistently been named by Institutional Investor as one of the top Investor Relations Professionals in the REIT Sector, ranking #2 for the REIT sector in 2019.
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Senior Vice President Accounting & Chief Accounting Officer
Michael Gallagher is Senior Vice President-Chief Accounting Officer at Camden. Gallagher has been with Camden since 2006 and is responsible for our SEC financial reporting, accounting, and risk management.
Prior to joining Camden, Gallagher served five years as the Controller of a $3 billion international manufacturing subsidiary of the General Electric Company, where he was responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, and financial reporting systems functions. He has also served as the CFO of a publicly-traded telecommunications company and a start-up international software company. Gallagher also spent eight years with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he served as the engagement manager for a number of Fortune 500 clients.
Gallagher earned his Master of Business Administration at Texas A&M University and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at the University of Texas—Tyler. Gallagher is also a Certified Public Accountant.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” - Calvin Coolidge (wow – that’s a long quote!)
Senior Vice President of Construction
Stephen R. Hefner is responsible for directing, supervising and strategic planning of Camden's construction, facilities and purchasing operation across the company's entire portfolio. He oversees construction management and general contracting along with the responsibility of facilities and centralized purchasing operations for Camden multifamily and retail portfolio and other real estate properties developed by Camden and third-party clients. He is involved in site due diligence, acquisition, design team selection and direction, as well as cost estimating, project management, facilities operations and general contracting. He has overseen over 2 billion of real estate transaction and more than 30,000 units of construction.
Hefner is celebrating 35 years in the multifamily industry and 24 years with Camden. He began his career in construction with Worthing Southeast Builders, managing multifamily housing developments projects. He was then responsible for many of the same activities under SAE Spaw Glass/Cahaba Residential, a commercial and multifamily builder based throughout the United States.
Later, Hefner served as Construction Manager for Gross Builders, a privately-owned development and construction company in Houston, Texas. He oversaw general contracting for the owner and developer before transferring to Camden.
Hefner received an Associate's Degree in Applied Science, Building Construction, from Texas State Technical Institute in 1985, and studied Finance at Southwest Texas State University as an undergraduate.
Hefner is past Chairman of the multifamily council for the Greater Houston Builders Association, and is a member of the national multifamily council of the NAHB, Houston Building Council, and the Houston Apartment Association. He also serves on the advisory council for Texas State Technical College and the Board for Scenic Houston. He is a licensed contractor in multiple states throughout the United States.
“Be the first to arrive and the last to leave.” – Steve’s Dad
Senior Vice President - General Counsel & Secretary
Since February 2015, Josh Lebar has been responsible for a variety of legal functions for Camden, including corporate governance, transactional activities, and general litigation supervision.
Prior to joining Camden, Lebar was a long-standing partner in the Texas law firm of Winstead PC. While his practice focused on real estate development and investments, he devoted a substantial portion of his time to the representation of Camden.
Lebar is a graduate of the University of University of Texas School of Law and a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association. He has been listed in H Texas Magazine as a Houston Top Lawyer and named as a Rising Star by Texas Monthly.
"People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” ― Isaac Asimov
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Since April 2000, Cynthia B. Scharringhausen has been responsible for all areas of human resource management at Camden from legal and compliance issues to employee relations, staffing, compensation, and benefits administration.
For nine years, Scharringhausen has played a central role in many of Camden's greatest achievements. From flawless merger integrations to industry-leading employee benefits programs, she has been instrumental in making Camden's multifamily company a great place to work.
Prior to joining Camden, Scharringhausen was the Vice President of Human Resources for Dubuis Health System based in Houston, Texas. As a key team member of senior management, she was instrumental in the strategic planning, development, and implementation of Dubuis centralized human resources function within a multi-state, multi-site healthcare organization. Scharringhausen's twenty years of experience, combined with her customer-centric focus, enables her to build highly functioning teams that provide innovative compensation, benefits, solutions and employee relation program all of which contribute to a positive work environment at Camden.
Scharringhausen received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg State University.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
Senior Vice President of Strategic Services-Chief Information Officer
Kristy Simonette is Senior Vice President of Strategic Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Kristy is responsible for information technology, marketing, internal help desk, and Camden's Contact Center.
Before joining Camden, Simonette was Director of Sales and Customer Service for Ashford.com, an e-Commerce company that offers luxury goods and corporate gifts. Prior to Ashford.com, Kristy spent three years implementing, training and managing support for SAP at Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) and nine years at a multifamily management company, where she worked on-site and in the corporate offices as an internal auditor, technical trainer and help desk manager.
Kristy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Schreiner University.
Don’t let perfection stand in the way of progress. - Kristy Simonette