Our People

People are our trophy assets.

Leadership

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

Senior Officers

Ted Klinck

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Learn More

Ted joined Highwoods in March 2012, became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2018. 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 10 years.

BBA, Finance and Real Estate, Southern Methodist University

MBA, Finance and Real Estate, University of Georgia

Brian Leary

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Learn More

Brian joined Highwoods in 2019. Previous to Highwoods, Brian served as president of Crescent Communities commercial and mixed-use business unit since 2014 where he directed the company’s office, industrial and retail developments and property management across the country. Prior to joining Crescent, Brian held senior management and executive positions with Jacoby Development, Inc., Atlanta Beltline, Inc., AIG Global Real Estate, Atlantic Station, LLC and Central Atlanta Progress.

BS, Architecture and MS, City Planning, Georgia Tech

Brendan Maiorana

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Learn More

Brendan joined Highwoods in 2016 and spent the previous 11 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 certified Chartered Financial Analyst.

BS, Accounting, Rutgers University

MBA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Randy Roberson

Senior Vice President, Development Learn More

Randy is responsible for development across the company’s eight divisions. Areas of expertise include land-use planning and entitlements, design, cost control, construction administration, owner representation and customer coordination. Randy is a LEED Accredited Professional. He joined Highwoods in 1995. During his tenure, he has overseen 8.6 million SF of development worth $2 billion in investments. Prior to Highwoods, Randy served as a senior project manager at Clancy & They’s Construction Company and as vice president at Benchmark Construction Corporation.

BS, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University.

Mike Starchville

Senior Vice President, Asset Management Learn More

Mike is responsible for the company’s overall asset management. As a 30-year real estate veteran, Mike 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 of asset management for Crown American Realty Trust, the 2003 merging partner to Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Building Owners and Managers Association.

BS, Engineering, University of Maryland

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 on securities, corporate governance and related strategic matters, and served as general outside counsel to a variety of publicly-traded REITs, including Highwoods. Jeff served as lead independent director of Hatteras Financial Corp., a publicly-traded mortgage REIT, prior to its merger with Annaly Capital Management, Inc. in July 2016.

B.A., Penn State

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

Carman Liuzzo

Senior Vice President, Investments Learn More

Carman leads the Company’s Investment Group. He joined Highwoods in 1994 as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and remained in that position until December 2003. Prior to Highwoods, Carman spent four years with KPMG Peat Marwick and then Boddie-Noell Enterprises as Chief Accounting Officer. He is vice chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Triangle District Council, as well as a member of the Real Estate Industry Advisory Board and the Pamplin College of Business Advisory Council for Virginia Tech, the Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School Board and the Catholic Charities Board. Additionally, Carman is former chair of the Diocesan Finance Council for the Raleigh Catholic Diocese and is a member of the board for Haven House Services.

BS, Accounting, Virginia Tech

Dan Clemmens

Vice President and 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. He 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 is a Certified Public Accountant. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

BS, Accountancy, Arizona State University

Sara Carlton

Vice President and Associate General Counsel Learn More

Sara joined Highwoods in 2007. Prior to joining Highwoods, she specialized in commercial real estate while in private practice at a law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. At Highwoods, Sara provides legal support to leasing and operations and leads government programs across all markets. She also works with Highwoods’ joint venture partners, development team and corporate financing team and leads the diversity and inclusion initiative at Highwoods. Sara’s professional affiliations include, among others, the North Carolina Bar Association and Urban Land Institute (Triangle District).

BA, History, James Madison University

JD, Wake Forest University

Ryan Hunt

Vice President and Chief Information Officer Learn More

Ryan is responsible for the company’s information technology strategy and aligning technology investments with the overall business. Ryan joined Highwoods in 1997 and quickly transitioned his focus to technology. Ryan began his technology career on the IT Help Desk, served in various other roles within the Technology Department, and most recently served in the role of Senior Director of Application Development.

While working with Highwoods, Ryan earned his BS in Management Information Systems from NC State University. Ryan has been an integral part of developing many of our custom applications and has a thorough understanding of the intersection of our technology needs and business processes.

BS, Management Information Systems, NC State University

Board of Directors

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

Senior Officers
Gene Anderson
Chuck Anderson
Chuck Anderson
Tom Anderson
Carlos Evans
Dr. David Hartzell
Anne Lloyd
David Gadis
Ted Klinck

At Highwoods, Employees are Family