X Team Board of Directors
Venture Commercial, Dallas, TX
Bryan Cornelius is a Principal at Venture Commercial, specializing in tenant representation and new development consulting. Venture Commercial, a Dallas-based retail real estate brokerage firm, specializes in tenant and landlord representation, retail pad site sales, land and big box disposition. Today Venture leases over six million square feet of retail space, representing over 120 national and regional tenants, and has 35 brokers in its Dallas office.
Bryan joined Venture Commercial in 2003 and brings over 26 years of real estate experience in brokerage, asset management, site selection, strategic market planning and commercial real estate appraisal to Venture. He became a partner at Venture in 2005. Bryan’s focus is tenant representation, specializing in the implementation of retailers’ market strategies for expansion in DFW and nationally for retail clients including Starbucks, rue21, Payless ShoeSource, GNC, FootLocker, Sola Salon Studios and Sprouts.
Prior to joining Venture Commercial, Bryan spent 10 years in corporate real estate with Radio Shack, Payless ShoeSource and FedEx Kinko’s. His experience also includes commercial real estate appraisal of a wide variety of income-producing properties including office buildings, retail centers, multi-family, industrial warehouses, residential subdivisions and vacant land.
Bryan is known for his strategic market planning process, which he learned on the corporate side of the business. Bryan’s core strength is seeing the big picture and planning a client’s experience comprehensively for the entire market, rather than looking at an isolated store one location at a time. He understands the client’s needs and tailors a plan specific to the retailer and the market. Bryan has been an integral part in putting together strategic market plans and rollouts for many clients including Starbucks, GNC, Sola Salon Studios and Sleep Experts.
Baker Katz, Houston, TX
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Utilizing 20 years of experience in the Houston retail market, Jason leads the Baker Katz tenant representation team, with a goal of providing clients with unmatched market knowledge and strategic consultation. He has worked with some of the most notable retail brands in the country, including AMC, Texas Children’s Hospital, Room & Board Home Furnishings, Northern Tool + Equipment, Chipotle, Zoës Kitchen, Ashley’s Furniture, Bloomin’ Brands and Party City.
In addition to his tenant representation work, Jason supports the firm’s development business by identifying and underwriting investment opportunities.
A Houston native, Jason graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 and joined Wulfe & Co., a retail real estate consulting and development firm based in Houston, in 1995. He is a past president of X Team International, an alliance of retail real estate advisors with expertise in more than 45 major markets throughout the U.S. and Canada, and holds the Certified Commercial Investment Institute designation.
Jason is actively involved in the Houston community, and he serves on numerous business and nonprofit boards. He currently sits on the The Seed Company Board and the Cadence Bank Advisory Board, and is a past board member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of CCIM and Boys & Girls Country. When he isn’t in the office, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and four girls—Lillian, Lizzie, Caroline and Mia Grace. He is also passionate about serving his church, loves to travel and spend time outdoors, and is an avid reader.
Faris Lee Investments, Irvine, CA
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Faris Lee Investments, Mr. Chichester is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the firm’s business strategies and managing its day-to-day operations.
A real estate industry veteran with 30+ years of experience, Mr. Chichester is a commercial real estate executive that is successful at building corporate value and improving profitability through market expansion and development, process re-engineering, business development, cost containment, client base management and corporate positioning. His core competencies are focused on accelerated growth and/or turnaround that emphasize stabilization and revitalization strategies, together with strong financial management.
Mr. Chichester excels at maximizing market opportunities, optimizing operational performance, and increasing market and client share. Prior to joining Faris Lee Investments, Mr. Chichester served as president of Colliers International, North America, where he delivered more than $1.9 billion in total revenue. During his tenure, he expanded the firm’s platform into a top four “global” real estate company. Additionally, Mr. Chichester has been involved in the recapitalization, and M&A of of 23 companies. Prior to Colliers International, Mr. Chichester spent 20 years at CBRE and held multiple senior level positions.
In his role at Faris Lee Investments, Mr. Chichester leads client development, strategic advisory, and the execution of the Firm’s business, as well as co-leads the National Anchored Retail Investment Group. In his six (6) years at Faris Lee Investments, Mr. Chichester has been directly involved in 118 transactions and managed more than $2.5 Billion in firm-wide business.
Legend Partners, Salt Lake City, UT
WESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Chris is proud to be a third generation real estate professional. He started his real estate career learning under the tutelage of his father and grandfather. After several years of establishing his base knowledge in real estate, Chris joined Professional Brokers (a Salt Lake based retail brokerage office) in 2002. At Professional Brokers Chris was an active commercial sales and leasing agent and helped with the acquisition and disposition of a number of buildings as well as assisting a handful of retailers with expansions throughout the Intermountain Area. After his experience there, Chris returned to his family’s development company where he helped to initiate several new projects. In 2006 Chris created a partnership with Jake Olson creating a boutique retail brokerage shop, IRG Retail.
Chris holds active real estate brokers licenses in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. He is an active member of ICSC. He assisted with helping to get the Utah Next Generation program started and recently completed a four year term as the ICSC Government Relations Chair for Utah. He is currently serving as a member of the economic committee for ICSC’s Government Relations Group. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to hunt and fish.
Chris’ real estate career has focused on creating the right opportunities for his clients. Over the years he has worked with developers, architects, engineers, city officials, banks, property owners, and many local and national retailers. He has learned the crucial role of communication between all parties during the acquisition, disposition, development and leasing processes. He believes clear, timely, communication is essential in maintaining an effective working relationship with clients.
Edge Real Estate Group, Cincinnati, OH
MIDWEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Dan, a Co-founder and Partner of Edge Real Estate Group, LLC, has over eighteen years of experience in commercial real estate focusing primarily on tenant representation and project leasing. Dan’s clients include national and regional companies such as Donato’s, Piada Italian Street Food, Rusty Bucket, Sport Clips, Sally Beauty and Petco.
Prior to founding Edge Real Estate Group, Dan was a Vice President with Midland Atlantic Properties. While there, he was involved in ground-up commercial development and leasing of numerous grocery-anchored and neighborhood shopping centers. In addition, he handled the rollout of several regional and national concepts in Cincinnati and surrounding markets, including Sonic, Ideal Fitness, Cold Stone Creamery and Currito.
Dan holds a BS in Business from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Baker Katz, Houston, TX
SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Lunden joined the Baker Katz team in 2011, and he deploys analytical insight and market knowledge as a broker for several notable brands, including FedEx Office, Room & Board, Midtown Dentistry, Villa Sport, SusieCakes, and Scout & Molly’s.
In addition to tenant representation, Lunden is responsible for the leasing of several Baker Katz-developed properties. His ability to make connections and forge meaningful relationships with retailers, landlords and the brokerage community has fueled his professional—and personal—growth.
Prior to joining the firm, Lunden served as business development manager at The Ambrose Group in Houston, where he was responsible for obtaining and servicing new clients.
A Houston native, Lunden graduated from Baylor University, earning his bachelor’s in corporate communications. When he isn’t spending his time away from work with his wife, Brooke, you can find him outdoors.
Capital Growth Real Estate, Birmingham, AL
SOUTH EAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Hugo attended Vanderbilt University, where he played Division I soccer and graduated with a BA in Political Science and Russian Studies. He received an MA in European History from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Hugo is a principal at CGRE, where he takes pride in demanding excellence, integrity and thoughtfulness from himself and everyone on the CGRE team. With more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, his focus today is on jr. box tenant representation and single tenant, net lease development.
He is past Chairman of the Board of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority, where he spent ten years trying to improve transit alternatives in Birmingham. A founding member of the Birmingham Commercial Realtors Council, Hugo is its past President. He currently serves as Secretary- Treasurer of the Housing Affordability Trust and President of the Board of Navigate Affordable Housing Partners, organizations dedicated to affordable housing alternatives.
S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co., Richmond, VA
NORTH EAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Nathan joined S.L. Nusbaum in 2013 and has been in the commercial real estate industry since 1982 where he started in the Raleigh, North Carolina office of Shor & Associates, a family business that started practicing commercial real estate in 1970. Nathan trained under his father, Gerald T. Shor, and moved to Richmond in 1985 where they opened a satellite office of Shor & Associates. Nathan ran and built up that office until SHOR Real Estate, Inc. was started in January of 2000. Nathan has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate from development and leasing to management and finance. He has been involved in projects ranging from leasing 200 square feet to development consulting on 600,000 square foot projects, all with the same dedication and commitment to one thing, making the deal for his client, whichever person that may be, the buyer/seller or landlord/tenant.
"When we joined X Team we could see very early and really understand the value of X Team and what it would be today."Jason Baker
Principal, Baker Katz
"One of the things I'm the most excited about with the X Team after 16 years is to just keep adding more and more quality people and expand the expertise across the platform."Dave Cheatham
Principal, Velocity Retail Group