The Velocis Team
The Velocis team consists of five highly seasoned principals with 130 years combined experience, who are directly responsible for the aquisition, asset management and disposition of the assets. The principals are supported by an impressive group of analysts, asset managers, and administrative professionals.
Jim Yoder, Paul Smith, Fred Hamm, David Seifert, Mike Lewis.
Fred Hamm, Co-Founder and Managing Principal at Velocis, is responsible for the management and administrative activities. Hamm is a founding member of Velocis and has been instrumental in building Velocis into a successful private equity platform.
Prior to forming Velocis, Hamm was an executive officer of Keystone Group, a private wealth management company, where he managed clients’ cash, equities and real estate assets. With more than 20 years of experience as a private wealth manager and investment consultant, Hamm has spent the majority of his professional career serving high net worth clients and investors with the goal of conservatively growing portfolios.
Hamm has experience in restructuring, repositioning, and successfully exiting distressed real estate. Hamm earned a BBA in Finance at The University of Texas-Austin and holds an MBA from The University of Texas-Permian Basin.
Mike Lewis, a Principal at Velocis, has over 33 years of experience in the U.S. commercial real estate industry. Lewis is a founding member of Velocis where he plays a major role in sourcing deals and unlocking values in various portfolio assets.
Prior to Velocis, Lewis served as Managing Director, Management Committee Member, and Executive Committee Member at Crescent Real Estate Equities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley. Lewis was responsible for the management, marketing, operations, development, re-development, and property enhancement of over 43 million square feet of office, medical office, hotel, residential and retail assets valued at approximately $6.5 billion – in major markets such as Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
While serving as Managing Director of Crescent Real Estate Equities, he and his team disposed of more than $2.0 billion in assets. Lewis earned a BBA in Business from The University of Texas-Austin.
Jim Yoder, a Principal at Velocis, has 31 years of commercial real estate experience in leasing, asset management, acquisition, disposition, due diligence and market intelligence. Yoder is a founding member of Velocis and brings significant experience to the Velocis team.
Prior to joining Velocis, Yoder served as Managing Director of JLL’s Investor Services group, serving both institutional and private clients. Prior to his tenure at JLL, Yoder served as a Principal at Trammell Crow Company, where he held various leadership positions directing both the Corporate Advisory Services Division and the Office Buildings Group.
Earlier in his career, Yoder provided leasing, asset management, and acquisition services for Tower Realty Management Corporation, a subsidiary of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. Yoder is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and is past president of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR). Yoder received a BA in Economics from The University of Texas-Austin.
Paul Smith, a Principal at Velocis, has over 30 years of experience in dealing with institutional real estate clients, including portfolio management, marketing, financing, acquisitions and dispositions. He has been involved in real estate investments in virtually every product type, and has managed for numerous clients including General Motors, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, the endowment of Stanford University and GE Asset Management.
Prior to joining Velocis, Smith served as COO of Brook Partners in Dallas, overseeing the firm’s advisory and asset management services. From 2005 to 2010, Smith was a Managing Director at Crescent Real Estate where he oversaw the execution of Morgan Stanley’s investment strategies after it took Crescent private, including the disposition of over $2.0 billion in U.S. office properties.
Earlier in his career, Smith was with INVESCO Real Estate where he structured a $326.0 million commingled fund, oversaw various debt financing activities and maintained a number of separate account portfolios. Smith is a graduate of Harvard University and received his MBA from The University of Texas-Austin.
David Seifert, a Principal at Velocis, has completed approximately $1.2 billion of acquisition, disposition, asset management and advisory assignments since 2007 in office, medical office and retail investments in numerous markets across the country.
Prior to joining Velocis, Seifert served in the acquisitions group at L&B Realty Advisors, a $7 billion institutional real estate investment manager. At L&B, Seifert was involved in acquisition and management activities for the firm’s medical fund, value-added fund and separate accounts with some of the nation’s largest public and private employee pension plans, including the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, Dow Employees’ Pension Plan, Florida State Board of Administration and Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan.
Seifert is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Seifert holds a BS in Mathematics from Washington and Lee University and an MBA with High Honors (top 5%) in Analytic Finance and Economics from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At Chicago Booth, Seifert received the Outstanding Academic Award for graduating as valedictorian of his class.
Bob Kruzel is the director of asset management at Velocis, where he is responsible for managing real estate assets.
Prior to joining Velocis, Kruzel was the senior vice president of operations at RM Crowe. In this position, he oversaw operations for a portfolio of commercial, retail and medical properties and served as the point person on the disposition of a $210 million portfolio.
Previously, Kruzel was the director of asset management and leasing analysis at Crescent Real Estate Equities, developing leasing assumptions and budgets and overseeing a leasing team for a large portfolio of assets.
Kruzel earned a BA from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and holds an MBA from Texas Christian University.
Daniel Plumlee is an associate at Velocis, where he is involved in the acquisition and disposition of fund assets. Plumlee’s duties include acquisition sourcing, financial analysis, financing procurement, and managing the due diligence and closing processes.
Prior to joining Velocis, Plumlee served as Vice President of Acquisitions for Lincoln Property Company’s Commercial Mid-Atlantic Region, based in Washington, D.C. There, he was responsible for sourcing deals in all commercial product types and overseeing the acquisition process to closing. In addition to his acquisitions role, Plumlee also served on a third-party asset management team responsible for advising one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds with respect to their regional real estate investments.
Plumlee is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Tad Brittingham is an analyst at Velocis where he is responsible for supporting management in the processes of underwriting and analyzing potential real estate investments. Though his focus is primarily on acquisitions, Brittingham also plays a role in dispositions, asset management, and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Velocis in 2016, Brittingham completed stints in the retail and industrial real estate sectors in Dallas and Nashville, respectively.
Brittingham earned his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an M.S. in Finance from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, where he focused his studies on commercial real estate. He is currently pursuing his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
As the director of office operations for Velocis, Carla Neal is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Velocis office.
Neal has an extensive background in office management, including experience in electronic banking, vendor management, investor relations, event planning, and travel. She is professionally trained in Microsoft Office and holds a certified shorthand reporter license.
Neal holds a BA in Communication from Texas A&M University.