Our People

People are our trophy assets.


With an average tenure of 9.4 years, Highwoods stands out as a people focused company.

Senior Officers

Dan Clemmens

Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer Learn More

Prior to joining Highwoods in 2007, Dan was a senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP in Atlanta for 13 years. Dan has extensive experience in the real estate industry, having led Ernst & Young’s audit engagement teams focusing on a variety of public REITs, including Highwoods. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Dan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Hugh Esleeck

Treasurer Learn More

As Treasurer, Hugh is directly responsible for overseeing our cash management, our secured and unsecured borrowings, lender and rating agency relations, day-to-day equity markets activity, and financial analysis and support. Prior to joining the Company in 1997, he spent eight years with The Wyatt Company in the treasury group.

Bachelor of Arts, Lynchburg College

Master of Business Administration, Virginia Tech.

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.

Ted Klinck

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Investment Officer Learn More

Ted joined Highwoods in March 2012. Previously, he was principal and chief investment officer with Goddard Investment Group in Atlanta. Ted has 26 years of extensive real estate experience, and prior to joining Goddard Investment he spent 16 years with Morgan Stanley Real Estate, including its predecessor companies Lend Lease and Equitable Real Estate. Ted has a strong focus on sourcing core, value-add and opportunistic real estate investments in high growth markets, particularly in the Sunbelt, and has overseen the closing of more than $15 billion worth of transactions over the last ten years.

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance and Real Estate, Southern Methodist University

Master Business Administration, Finance and Real Estate, University of Georgia

Carman Liuzzo

Senior Vice President, Investments Learn More

Carman is a member of the Company’s Investment Group. Carman joined Highwoods in 1994 as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer and remained in that position until December 2003. Carman is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), where he serves as a member of the Investment Management II Forum. Carman is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Carman also serves as a member of the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate Industry Advisory Board. Additionally, Carman chairs the Diocesan Finance Council for the Raleigh Catholic Diocese and is a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church where he is a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. Prior to joining Highwoods, Carman spent four years with KPMG Peat Marwick, and served as chief accounting officer for Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc., a franchisee of Hardee's restaurants and a real estate investment trust.

Bachelor of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Brendan Maiorana

Senior Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations Learn More

Brendan joined Highwoods in 2016 and spent the previous eleven years in Equity Research at Wells Fargo Securities, starting as an Associate Equity Research Analyst. Prior to that, he spent four years at Ernst & Young LLP as a senior auditor. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BS in accounting and has an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Art McCann

Chief Information Officer Learn More

Art’s responsible for the Company’s overall information technology strategy, aligning technology investments with the overall business. A 20-year business technology veteran, Art was a technology consulting manager at accounting firm McGladrey & Pullen before joining Highwoods in 2000. Prior to that, he served as a network manager for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Professional affiliations include past board member for the Society for Information Management and past president for the Oracle Real Estate Application user group. Art currently serves on the Quest International board of directors.

Bachelor of Science, Elon University

Master of Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jeff Miller

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Learn More

Jeff joined Highwoods in 2007. Previously, he was a partner with DLA Piper US LLP and Alston & Bird LLP. Throughout his career in private practice, Jeff concentrated his practice on securities, corporate governance and related strategic matters, and served as general outside counsel to a variety of publicly-traded REITs, including Highwoods. Jeff currently serves as lead independent director of Hatteras Financial Corp., a publicly-traded mortgage REIT.

B.A., Penn State

J.D. and M.B.A, Wake Forest

Mark Mulhern

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Learn More

Mark joined Highwoods in September 2014. He had served on the Highwoods Board of Directors and Audit Committee from 2012 through 2014. As Chief Financial Officer, his primary responsibilities include capital market and treasury functions, financial reporting, financial analysis, accounting and investor relations. Prior to joining Highwoods, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer of Exco Resources, Inc. (NYSE:XCO). Prior to Exco, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Progress Energy, Inc. from 2008 until its merger with Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) in July 2012. He joined Progress Energy in 1996 and served in a number of financial and strategic roles. He also spent eight years at Price Waterhouse. Mark is a certified public accountant and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He currently serves on the boards of Azure Midstream Partners, LP, a Texas based master limited partnership that develops, own and operates midstream energy assets; McKim & Creed, a North Carolina based professional engineering services firm; and Triangle Capital Corporation, a leading provider of capital to lower middle market companies.

Randy Roberson

Senior Vice President, Development Learn More

As Senior Vice President of Development for Highwoods Properties, Randy is responsible for development across the company’s nine divisions. Development services include land-use planning and entitlements, design, cost control, construction administration, owner representation and customer coordination during the development process.

Randy joined Highwoods in 1995. During his tenure, he has overseen 7 million SF of real estate development, totaling an investment of $1.5 billion. Prior to Highwoods, Randy served as a senior project manager at Clancy & They’s Construction Company and as vice president at Benchmark Construction Corporation.

Randy is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Mike Starchville

Senior Vice President, Asset Management Learn More

Mike is responsible for the company’s overall asset management function. As a 28-year real estate veteran, Mike has the proven ability to create value and drive operational efficiencies. He has extensive leadership experience in property management, asset management, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, risk management, property tax, and enhanced life-cycle strategies for major capital expenditures. Prior to joining Highwoods in 2008, Mike served as vice president asset management for Crown American Realty Trust, the 2003 merging partner to Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Building Owners and Managers Association. Mike has also served on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Remediation Process Validation Committee.

Bachelor of Science, Engineering, University of Maryland

Board of Directors

Inspired, passionate professionals who bring business expertise to their governance role.

Board of Directors
Temple Sloan
Ed Fritsch
Ed Fritsch
Chuck Anderson
Gene Anderson
Carlos Evans
Dr. David Hartzell
Sherry Kellett
Anne Lloyd

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