Chad Cormier is a Strategic Advisor at Velocis, where he is responsible for the overall implementation of the Velocis Diversity Equity & Inclusion initiative. Alongside the Velocis Partners, Cormier helps lead the Velocis Diversity Internship Program and the Velocis Diversity Mentorship program, in addition to administering quarterly bias trainings. Cormier also serves as Chairman and CEO of Marcellus Ventures Holdings and is the Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer at NOCAP Sports. Prior to joining Velocis, Cormier served as Corporate Counsel at Encore Enterprises and had compliance roles at Blue River Partners and STRAIT. Cormier holds a JD from the Washington and Lee University School of Law and a BBA in Business Management & Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Cody Danks Burke is a Strategic Advisor at Velocis, where he supports management in various capacities, including investment strategy, corporate policy, and general partner best practices. Danks Burke also serves as a faculty member at Cornell University. Prior to joining Velocis, Danks Burke spent 14 years in Cornell’s Investment Office where he served as Senior Investment Officer and Head of Real Assets for the endowment. Previously, Danks Burke was an investment analyst at the Partnership Fund for New York City and had roles at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the U.S. House of Representatives. Danks Burke earned an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Fred Hamm brings more than 30 years of experience in investment consulting, wealth management and commercial real estate to Velocis. At Velocis, Hamm serves on the Investment Committee and as the Fund Manager and is responsible for legal, compliance, administration and investor services. Prior to forming Velocis, Hamm was an executive officer of Keystone Group, responsible for managing 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 private investors with the goal of conservatively growing portfolios. Hamm holds an MBA from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and earned a BBA in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mike Lewis has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. At Velocis, Lewis serves on the Investment Committee and plays a major role in sourcing deals and unlocking value 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. At Crescent, Lewis was responsible for over 43 million square feet of office, medical office, retail, residential and hotel assets valued at approximately $6.5 billion in major markets across the country. As Managing Director at Crescent, Lewis and his team disposed of more than $2.0 billion in assets. Lewis earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.