Board of Directors


Temple Sloan

Chairman of the Board Learn More

Mr. Sloan is chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since March 1994. He is chair of the Executive Committee and a member of the Compensation/Governance and Investment Committees.

Mr. Sloan served as chair of General Parts International, Inc. from its founding in 1961 until its acquisition by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. in January 2014. He currently serves as chair of Trail Creek Investments, Inc., and Sheser Creek Company, private investment firms. Mr. Sloan also serves as a director of Golden Corral Corporation, a private restaurant chain.

Chuck Anderson

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Mr. Anderson has been a director since 2014. He is a member of the Investment and Audit Committees.

Mr. Anderson co-founded Bandera Ventures, a private real estate development and investment firm, in May 2003. Prior to founding Bandera Ventures, Mr. Anderson was with the Trammell Crow Company for over 16 years where he was senior executive director, responsible for the development and investment group for the western United States. He also served on Trammell Crow’s executive and operating committees. Mr. Anderson serves on the Board of Directors for Triumph Savings Bank, and The Cooper Institute.

Gene Anderson

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Mr. Anderson has been a director since 1997. He is a member of the Investment and Executive committees.

Mr. Anderson served as regional manager of Highwoods Atlanta and Triad operations until his retirement in June 2009. Mr. Anderson is managing principal of G.H. Anderson & Company, a private investment firm. He was president of Anderson Properties from 1978 until February 1997. Mr. Anderson is a past president of the Georgia chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and is a past national board member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Carlos Evans

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Mr. Evans was elected to the Board in January 2015. He is Chair of the Compensation/Governance committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Evans retired from Wells Fargo Bank in May 2014, where he served as executive vice president and group head of the eastern division of Wells Fargo commercial banking. He was also responsible for the bank’s government & institutional banking group and he served on Wells Fargo’s management committee. Mr. Evans joined First Union National Bank in 2000 as the wholesale banking executive for the commercial segment prior to its merger with Wachovia Corporation in 2001. From 2006 until Wachovia’s merger with Wells Fargo in 2009, Evans was the wholesale banking executive and an executive vice president for the Wachovia general banking group, overseeing the commercial, business and community banking segments, the dealer financial services business and the government, tax exempt, and not-for-profit healthcare groups. Before joining First Union, Evans served in a variety of roles at Bank of America and its predecessors including NationsBank, North Carolina National Bank and Bankers Trust of South Carolina, which he joined in 1973.

In addition to serving as a Highwoods Board member, Mr. Evans is a member of the Compensation and Finance Committees for Sykes Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYKE).

Ed Fritsch

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Learn More

Ed serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Highwoods Properties, Inc., a $7+ billion, publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). He joined Highwoods in 1982, a year after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Ed held many titles before becoming CEO in 2004. His prior roles include positions such as asset management, director of development, division president and chief operating officer. Also, Ed was a partner of Highwoods’ predecessor company before its initial public offering in 1994.

In the CEO role, Ed has implemented a successful business strategy focused on four core principles: people, portfolio, balance sheet and communications. Throughout Ed’s tenure as CEO, Highwoods has averaged a total shareholder return of 12.8 percent per annum.

Other achievements include leading the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) as chair in 2016, an organization representing nearly $2 trillion worth of publicly traded U.S. REITs. He was also awarded the 2015 Triangle Business Journal’s CEO of the Year Award and Triangle Business Journal’s 2010 Pillar Award, which recognizes outstanding real estate accomplishments and community involvement efforts.

Dr. David Hartzell

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David J. Hartzell has been a director since 2009. He is a member of the Audit and Investment Committees.

Dr. Hartzell is a Steven D. Bell and Leonard W. Wood Distinguished Professor in Real Estate at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to joining the University of North Carolina in 1988, Dr. Hartzell was a vice president at Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York, where his primary focus was on institutional real estate finance and investments. Dr. Hartzell also worked as a research associate for The Urban Institute and as a financial economist for the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of Currency. He is a former president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

Sherry Kellett

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Ms. Kellett has been a director since 2005. She is chair of the Audit Committee.

Ms. Kellett is a certified public accountant and served as senior executive vice president and corporate controller of BB&T Corporation from 1995 until her retirement in August 2003. She previously served as corporate controller of Southern National Corporation from 1991 until 1995 when it merged with BB&T Corporation. Ms. Kellett previously held several positions at Arthur Andersen & Co. She is a director of MidCountry Financial Corp., a private financial services holding company and is a director of Medical Properties Trust, Inc., a publicly-traded medical office REIT.

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