Planning, Development and Preservation

Alumni Sustainability Panel

On February 28, four MRED Alumni will return to campus to participate in a Sustainability and Job Search Strategy Panel as part of the MRED Program and the Advancement Board for Real Estate Development Spring Meeting.  The panel will focus on sustainability issues from retail, hotel and hospitality, non-profit and adaptive use and property management sectors.  

Mack H. Cross has served as a Financial Analyst for Gold Key / PHR Hotels & Resorts in Virginia Beach, VA since May 2011.  He is responsible for analyzing historical and projected financial conditions and developing all return on investment, market valuation, and investment objective schedules for new projects.  Oceanaire Resort, Beach Centre, and Hilton Garden Inn represent a few noteworthy Gold Key / PHR projects that Mack has worked on. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Mack earned a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia in 2009, and a Master of Real Estate Development from Clemson University in 2011.  Mack currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, Ashley.

Matt Phillips wears multiple hats at CBL & Associates Properties Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee.   As a Development Project Manager for CBL, he focuses on the development pipeline, and works nation-wide to help source new development projects.  He also serves CBL as the Director of Sustainability Initiatives, where he coordinates with various disciplines within the company to strengthen CBL’s environmental stewardship.  Matt graduated with a BA from Clemson in 2004 and from Clemson’s Master of Real Estate Development program in 2007.

Amy Hook Ross is a Technical Specialist with ICF International. She focuses on Housing and Community Development issues, providing program management and green building technical assistance and training. Prior to joining ICF, Amy was a Program Director for the Green Communities Initiative at Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, Maryland. Amy is an experienced residential and commercial real estate developer, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. Previously Amy was the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Manager for Richland County in South Carolina and worked as Development Director at Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Master's degree in Real Estate Development from Clemson University.

Megan Vershave is the Assistant Property Manager of One Atlantic Center, a Class A office high-rise in Midtown Atlanta.  The iconic building was acquired by a Hines-managed REIT in 2006 and her role is to manage the building to the expectations of our investors, high-profile tenants, and asset managers with Hines.  She is exposed to construction management, accounting, leasing, life safety systems, MEP systems, and every operational aspect that a 1.1MM square foot building would need.  Megan holds a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from NC State and a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Clemson University.

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