With over a decade of real estate experience, Smith leads a team of talented individuals who oversee the core real estate businesses — E Smith Legacy, a real estate investment and development company; E Smith Realty Partners brokerage and advisory services; and EJ Smith Construction. A respected entrepreneur, sought-after speaker and bestselling author — these are just a few of the ways to describe Emmitt Smith. He is married to Pat and has five children.
As CEO, Sharon Morrison provides strategic direction, leadership and production for E Smith Realty Partners. She has represented owners and users of commercial space over the past 22 years. Morrison earned a bachelor of business administration degree in political science and Spanish from The University of Texas in Austin. She is married to Kevin and has three daughters.
As President, Jarvie specializes in the development of new business and the management of client leasing transactions. With 28 years of experience, Jarvie’s expertise in both finance and project management has produced highly successful transactions totaling more than 10 million square feet of leases throughout his career. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Waco, where he also played collegiate baseball. He is an active volunteer for the Camp Life, PSO Baseball, FCA, Baylor Letterman’s Association and Amazon Outreach.
As Chief Financial Officer, Karra’s responsibilities include managing all financial aspects of the business, reporting financial results to partners, selecting, setting up, and utilizing all ERP systems, and projecting, budgeting, and treasury. Karra is married to Dan and has two daughters and one son.
As SVP of Alternative Investments, Ms. Thornton is responsible for identifying and structuring vertical relationships to support the firm’s development and investment activities. She also leads the retail development project team. Ms. Thornton has over 30 years of experience including site selection, market feasibility, store location planning, corporate rollouts, lease negotiation and construction project management. Her unique experience has evolved from a variety of assignments with corporate entities, private developers and public agencies. Tamela brings a deep understanding of a variety of real estate development challenges and can effectively utilize her insight to deliver relevant and cost effective business solutions to the client to maximize their return on investment.
As President of Industrial Services, Struck specializes in tenant representation, investment sales and agency leasing. He focuses on the total cost of occupancy including transportation, labor, logistics, taxes, electricity and real estate. Brad’s specialties include E-commerce fulfillment, food storage and rail-served real estate. In addition, Brad’s past experience with assembly lines and manufacturing environments gives him a unique perspective when analyzing real estate opportunities. He strives to utilize his market knowledge, understanding of product flow and financial analysis to provide the client the optimal return on investment.
As Managing Director, Susan Arledge focuses her efforts on providing tenant-focused real estate brokerage and site selection services for clients locally, nationally and globally. D CEO Magazine – Dallas 500 for 2016, named her one of DFW’s 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders, and in 2012, she won the prestigious Stemmons Service Award. Arledge is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and is a former private pilot and Dallas native. She has two children, David and Kelly.
John Rischard, a CPA, started his career in public accounting with PWC and currently leads our lease administration team, where he utilizes his extensive knowledge in outsourcing services for all commercial clients. As a leader of the organization, he gathers best in class professionals to deliver exceptional client service and deliver superior return on investment. John has focused his attention in the real estate outsourcing world for the past 16 years and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
As an expert in lease administration, Karen oversees the department’s operations, ensures the timely and consistent execution of projects and focuses on finding savings for all clients. Karen also transitions new assignments into the portfolio in a seamless manner. With more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, Karen has worked on projects from both the landlord’s and the tenant’s perspective, and thus, has a comprehensive understanding of real estate administration.
As president of agency leasing and property management, Norris’ responsibilities include business development, oversight of third party and internal property management operations, and spearheading the agency leasing function vital to bringing new business to the company. In addition, she sources investment sale transactions, working with clients on acquisition and disposition of properties. Norris has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting from William Carey College.
As Executive Vice President, Hazard specializes in real estate solutions for both local and nationally-based industrial and office users. While serving his clients nationally, he also is a leader in the Great Southwest Industrial Park submarket (Arlington, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, and Mansfield). His services include site selection and analysis, lease negotiation and restructure, acquisition and disposition and more. Additionally, Jim has an expertise in rail-served real estate.
Jeff Pappas represents corporate clients on a national and international basis, managing their global real estate strategy through location advisory and labor market analytics. As Managing Director, he has represented owners and users with their capital investments for more than 22 years. Pappas earned a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in Communications from Hardin Simmons University, where he also played collegiate soccer.
David provides superior hands-on service and unique technical expertise. He collaborates with clients in the areas of leases, acquisitions, due diligence, development, site selection, economic incentives, financial analysis, asset management and operations. David’s experience spans most asset classes and demonstrates geographic diversity.
As Executive Vice President, Greg Burns partners with corporate office tenants to address their real estate and facility requirements. He has 33 years of experience and has completed in excess of 10 million square feet in real estate transactions. Burns assists clients on transactions ranging from leases, renewals, and expansions to complex site/building acquisitions and build-to-suits. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Certificate in Real Estate from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and is a licensed broker in Texas and Oklahoma. Burns is married to Suzy and has four daughters.
As Managing Director of Site Selection and Incentives, Ann Harts blends experience in real estate, finance and community economic development and is fluent in domestic and international site selection, public incentive advisory and real estate transaction management. She has recently completed projects in Brazil, Honduras, United States and Nicaragua. As co-founder of Nearshore Executive Alliance, she currently sits on their Board of Directors. She also holds positions on the Board of Directors for Twin Valley Companies and ISG Technology.
As Senior Vice President of Project and Development Services, David’s responsibilities include assisting the brokerage teams and clients in analyzing design & construction issues associated with real estate solutions and minimizing the risk inherent in these projects. David has over 25 years of experience in assembling and guiding project teams to achieve client objectives and maximize value for the client. David has a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer.
As Senior Vice President of Project and Development Services, Eric Padilla focuses exclusively on representing the construction interests of tenants, as well as conducting training programs on tenant construction costs and trends for a national real estate brokerage firm. For more than 24 years, Padilla manages projects ranging from 5,000 to 1 million square feet, including build-to-suits, manufacturing / distribution centers, data centers, call centers and medical facilities. Padilla earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Design/Construction Sciences from the University of New Mexico.
As Vice President, Pelletier’s focus is representing tenants and users of commercial space nationally in all transactions from renewals, expansions, site selection, general consultation and purchases. John is married to Kathleen, has four children, is very active in his church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and spends most of his free time there or with his family.
As Vice President, Saadia’s focus is representing tenants and users of commercial space nationally in all transactions from renewals, expansions, site selection, general consultation and purchases. Saadia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTD and enjoys hiking, playing volleyball and running.
As Vice President of Retail Development and Investment Sales, Pavelka provides tenant representation and brokerage services for retail clients. With more than nine years of experience in the real estate services industry, Pavelka also plays a contributing role in new business development and has expertise in site selection, capital placements and land acquisition for retail and multi-family developments.
As Vice President of National Account Services, Schafer specializes in tenant representation and corporate services. He consults with numerous local and nationally-based clients in the areas of leasing, market research, portfolio management, economic incentives and financial analysis. Schafer is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Texas A&M University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree in business law from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
As Vice President, Cochran’s focus is representing tenants and users of commercial space nationally in all transactions from renewals, expansions, site selection, general consultation and purchases. Within these transactions, he leads his clients every step of the way, including negotiations, documentation and due diligence. Dave has a 9-year-old son, Alex, and an 8-year-old son, Jake.
As Vice President of Site Selection and Research, Amanda Swartz focuses on providing clients with expertise in site selection services, incentive negotiations and real estate site procurement. She earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Geography from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
As transaction specialist, Catherine’s focus is on national industrial tenant representation. Catherine was a member of the first class of E Smith Realty’s CORE intern program. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Business.
As transaction specialist, Barrett’s focus is on national industrial tenant representation. Locally, his expertise is primarily in the Great Southwest Industrial Park submarket (Arlington, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, and Mansfield). He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
At E Smith, Sam concentrates on maximizing the value of owners’ and investors’ real estate assets through creative and persistent leasing efforts. He is currently focused on office assets. In addition, his is assisting in creating best practices and establishing new business in the Agency Leasing group at ESRP. Originally from the Northeast, Sam ventured down to Texas to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas and graduated in 2013.
As an Analyst, Austin provides analytical and financial support to the E Smith Realty Partners teams. Austin is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at Texas Tech University, where he received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance with an emphasis in Investments.
Josephine has been in the Real Estate industry for over 10 years beginning in England in residential real estate and transitioning to commercial real estate after moving to America. She has over 6 years of experience in lease administration serving retail and office clients. Josephine specializes in all aspects of real estate administration which includes delivering reliable data and reporting, validating and approving batch payables and receivables, and auditing year end reconciliations all the while focusing on identifying savings and providing client satisfaction. Josephine is married to Scott and they have two sons. They are active in their church and enjoy regular visits to England to visit family.
Tera has over 14 years of experience in lease administration serving retail, office and industrial clients. She is a specialist in all aspects of managing a real estate portfolio including abstraction, cam audits and ensuring overall database integrity, with a focus on client savings and comprehensive reporting. Tera has a daughter that keeps her laughing and reminds her every day to enjoy life. She is also involved with her church and her favorite charity Hope Worldwide.
Kara has 9 years of experience in lease administration, serving retail and office clients. She specializes in the various aspects of lease administration, including the delivery of reliable data and reporting, critical date management, performing desktop audits on year end operating expenses and producing monthly batch payables, all while delivering a high level of client satisfaction. Kara is married to Bo and they have 3 sons. They enjoy family time on 4-wheeler rides, bike riding and watching the boys play sports.
Alyssa has worked in commercial real estate for over 5 years with a focus on retail and industrial clients. She has worked for the landlord and the tenant so she has a full understanding of lease administration issues from both perspectives. Alyssa’s primary responsibilities include delivering reliable reporting and data, monitoring critical dates, producing monthly batch payables and receivables, performing desktop audits on year end reconciliations and acting as the primary point of contact to respond to landlord request and internal client questions. While not at work, Alyssa enjoys having fun with her son and traveling.
As Director of Marketing, Christy is responsible for executing marketing strategies which will allow our clients to capitalize on the strength of the E Smith Realty brand. Additionally, she directs the overall brand development and messaging in the marketplace and supports the firm’s mission to challenge the industry, raise the bar of excellence, and improve our communities. Christy is married to Roger, has one son, Thomas, and serves as an officer of the Richardson Community Band, playing French Horn.
“Referred to as “The Glue” of the E Smith Realty Office, Maggie focuses on keeping morale high, encouraging all those in need, and planning company events in order to facilitate team bonding. Having worked in commercial real estate for several years, Maggie has developed a broad understanding of the industry and can therefore incorporate her knowledge into the creative marketing pieces.
She is an avid singer at her desk and always has her fingers crossed that it’s not annoying anyone. She has an amazing family that she refers to as “her people.” Maggie is a proud alumna of SMU.”
Cynthia Lackey has been in the commercial real estate industry for over 16 years. At E Smith Realty, she oversees all revenue coordination and accounts receivable. She is married to Jay and they have two daughters. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and is involved with their church.
Debbie graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Commercial real estate has been part of her family history for over 40 years. She helped launch the Landry-Nunez Company and Landry Commercial, Inc. Debbie has two children and seven grandchildren. She attends Christ the King Catholic Church.
Clara has been in the commercial real estate industry for over 14 years where she has provided executive administrative support across various service lines. She is a proud grandmother to four grandchildren and loves to swing dance in her spare time.
Wendy has over 12 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry working in multiple areas of team support. She earned her BBA in Marketing & Finance from The University of Texas at Arlington and studied music at Navarro Jr. College in Corsicana, TX. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children.
As a GIS & Research Analyst and part of the Site Selection & Research Team, Hunter McGuinness provides innovative visualization and analytical products and services that assist clients with making savvy business decisions. Part of this includes creating and managing databases, use of analytical tools and producing maps using geospatial information systems (GIS) software, and evaluating and contributing to the selection of prime markets for clients. Hunter has graduated from the University of North Texas with his Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Geography with a focus in Business Geography and GIS.