Our people are what make us great. Everyone who works here is passionate about what they do. The truth is that if you’ve got the passion, you can be a Whitestone success story. The leadership of Whitestone is a true testament to these possibilities. Read on to meet them.
Chairman and CEO
James has over 38 years of experience in the real estate industry and 20 years of experience serving in high level positions of publicly traded companies. He’s a real estate force to be reckoned with to say the least. He’s been our fearless leader for some time now, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 2006. Before that, he was president, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Pillarstone Capital REIT (OTC Bulletin Board). And since 1978, James has been the Chief Executive Officer/Founder of MDC Realty Corporation, a privately held investment company. From 1994 to 1998, James served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Union Real Estate Investments (NYSE). In his early days, James also served in the U.S. Army. James is a director of Cleveland State University Foundation Board and regularly lectures to MBA students at the University of Chicago as well as teaches as an adjunct professor at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Chief Operating Officer
John J. Dee has been Whitestone’s Chief Operating Officer since 2006. John has also served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and member of the Board of Trustees of Paragon Real Estate and Equity and Investment Trust since 2003. Prior to joining Whitestone, John was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MDC Realty Corporation from 2002 to 2003. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Director of Finance and Administration for Frantz Ward, LLP. From 1978 to 2000, he held several management positions at First Union Real Estate Investments. Clearly, he’s got an impressive pedigree.
Chief Financial Officer
David K. Holeman is our Chief Financial Officer and has served in this capacity since 2006. Mr. Holeman was the Chief Financial Officer of our former management company. Prior to joining us, Mr. Holeman served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gexa Energy, a NASDAQ-listed retail electricity provider from 2004 to 2006, and, before then, as Controller and Chief Financial Officer of Houston Cellular Telephone Company from 1994 to 2003.
EVP, Acquisitions and Management
Bradford Johnson is the Vice President of Acquisitions and Asset Management for Whitestone REIT. Bradford has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience and has held management positions with other REITs and real estate development companies. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development with Campus Living Villages Funds Management REIT in Houston. His background includes extensive experience in real estate financial analysis related to acquisitions, redevelopment, and dispositions. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Baylor University, where he earned his B.A. in Business Administration.
EVP, Corporate Strategy
Christine Mastandrea joined Whitestone in 2013 to lead the product strategy and marketing efforts. Prior to joining, Christine advised Whitestone in business development and strategy. Christine started her career in banking at Robert W. Baird. Later, she served as a Chief Operating Officer at MidWest Development Corporation in Chicago and founding partner of Paragon Real Estate, LLP, a partnership specializing in the restructuring and recapitalization of commercial real estate companies. Christine earned her MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She is a former trustee of the International Women’s Air and Space Museum and currently serves on numerous boards including Lake Erie College, Calvin College Regional Council, and Cleveland Clinic Advisory Board for Women’s Health. Christine has a private pilot’s license and is an avid martial arts pupil.