Steven RodgersSteven G. Rogers, Moderator

Rogers & Associates, LLC

Steve Rogers is the managing member of Rogers & Associates, LLC. The firm focuses on providing specialized solutions for principals and institutional owners in the real estate industry and board level advisory work. Prior to founding Rogers & Associates, LLC, Mr. Rogers led Parkway Properties, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer from its early development through its move to the New York Stock Exchange and the S&P 600 Small Cap Index. During his 25 year tenure, Parkway was cited for numerous awards and honors including being named A Great Place to Work five times by the Society of Human Resource Management, NAREIT Leader in Light Award, and the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence. Prior to Parkway, Mr. Rogers served in the US Army for five years as an infantry officer achieving the rank of Captain.

His numerous current community, political, and business activities include serving as Chairman of the Board of RREEF America REIT III; Independent Director RREEF America REIT II; Chairman of the Board of Net Lease Alliance, Executive in Residence, Millsaps College; a Director of First Commercial Bank, a de novo bank in Jackson, MS he helped found; a member of Urban Land Institute; Trustee for the Walker Family Trust, a private diversified land and investment company; Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America; and Independent Director of Cedar REIT (NYSE:CDR).

Mr. Rogers graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1976. In 1983 he earned his MBA with first year honors from Harvard University.



Blake Eagle

National Council of Real Estate Fiduciaries

Blake Eagle has been in the institutional real estate investment industry for over forty years. From 1971-1993, he was head of real estate consulting, Frank Russell Company, a global pension fund asset strategy consultant and investment advisor. During this period, Russell clients invested in excess of $18.0 billion in commercial real estate equities. Prior to joining Frank Russell Company, Mr. Eagle was a real estate developer.

From 1994 -2001, Mr. Eagle was the Thomas G. Eastman Chairman, Center for Real Estate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center. The Center offers a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development degree and engages in a wide range of real estate research projects and educational programs.

From 2002 thru 2007, Mr. Eagle was CEO, National Council of Real Estate Fiduciaries (NCREIF), a real estate industry association that produces and publishes the NCREIF Property Index (NPI), the standard measure of institutional investor owned US commercial real estate investment performance. Mr. Eagle played the key leadership role in both the founding of NCREIF (1982) and in the development of the NPI.

Mr. Eagle currently serves, or has served, on the Boards of Directors of three real estate investment advisors, three publicly listed real estate investment companies, one real estate securities mutual fund and four private real estate investment funds. Mr. Eagle has served on the Advisory Boards of the Wharton Real Estate Center, University of Pennsylvania, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and currently sits on the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the NY Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS). Mr. Eagle has provided expert testimony to The Presidents Commission on Housing, the Department of Labor and the US Senate Banking Committee on US pension fund real estate investment practices.

Mr. Eagle has been honored with Lifetime Achievement awards from NCREIF, The Wharton Real Estate Center and The Homer Hoyt Advanced Studies Institute. In 2016, Mr. Eagle was inducted on into the NAIOP Washington State Hall of Fame. In 1993, Mr. Eagle received the Dr. James Graaskamp Award from the Pension Real Estate Association in recognition of his contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of institutional investment in real estate.

Mr. Eagle earned his undergraduate degree in business at the University of Washington. He pursued postgraduate studies in real estate at the University of California, Berkeley.



Starling Cousley


Mr. Cousley is a Managing Director in the New York office of Hines, one of the world’s largest real estate investors. At Hines, Mr. Cousley’s duties include analyzing new acquisition opportunities across the U.S. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from the University of Mississippi and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.



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William R. FlatttWilliam R. Flatt

Oxbow Ventures

Mr. Flatt has more than 17 years of experience in real estate, finance, and strategic operations, which he is currently using at Oxbow Ventures, a Chicago-based real estate servicing firm. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Millsaps College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.




James M. IngramJames M. Ingram

Hertz Investment Group

Mr. Ingram is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Hertz Investment Group, and works out of the Jackson, MS, regional office. As CIO, Jim is responsible for all acquisition and disposition activity, and supervises the leasing of approximately 11 million square feet of office properties in Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Since joining Hertz, Mr. Ingram has led the acquisitions of 15 office properties, totaling 7.7 million square feet and $905 million dollars. Prior to joining Hertz, Mr. Ingram worked for 23 years at Parkway Properties and led the acquisition of 63 properties and directed the sale of 58 properties representing 26 million square feet and $3.7 billion in volume.



W. Harper KeelerW. Harper Keeler

Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company

Harper Keeler is the vice president of realty investments for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, a $13.5 billion life insurance company based in Jackson. Prior to being named vice president at Southern Farm Bureau Life, Mr. Keeler was the senior regional manager responsible for commercial mortgage loan production within the mid-western region of the U. S. Before joining Southern Farm Bureau Life, Mr. Keeler was a commercial mortgage banker with First Union Mortgage in Memphis, TN. He has over 30 years experience in commercial real estate finance. In 1985 Mr. Keeler received a BBA in banking and finance from Mississippi State University.



Marshall A. Loeb

EastGroup Properties

Marshall A. Loeb has served as President and Chief Operating Officer since March 2015 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Director in January 2016. Mr. Loeb, who was with EastGroup from 1991 to 2000, began with the Company as an Asset Manager and rose to Senior Vice President after having a variety of responsibilities including opening EastGroup’s Western Regional Office in Phoenix. Subsequent to his time at EastGroup, Mr. Loeb served as the Chief Financial Officer of Parkway Properties (2000-2005) and, most recently, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Glimcher Realty Trust (2005-2015). Mr. Loeb received a B.S. degree in Accounting and a Master of Tax Accounting degree from the University of Alabama, then earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.



RyanRyan G. Robison

QuadReal Property Group

Mr. Robison oversees transactions for the Province of British Columbia’s $15 B Canadian real estate portfolio. Originally from Jackson, he earned a B.B.A. in accounting from Millsaps College and a master’s degree in real estate development and finance from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




Alan H. WaltersAlan H. Walters

First Commercial Bank

Alan Walters is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of First Commercial Bank. First Commercial Bank is a $285 million community bank headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi that opened in October 2000. First Commercial is the first bank in the state of Mississippi to introduce the banking model focusing on the business and professional customer base. First commercial currently serves its customers through its headquarters in Jackson and a branch that is located in Ridgeland, Mississippi. First commercial is further involved in housing and economic growth of the state and the metro area through its investments in subsidiary companies HomeFirst Mortgage and Munistrategies, LLC.

Prior to founding First Commercial Bank, Mr. Walters had a 20 year career with Deposit Guaranty National Bank/First American National Bank. During this time, Mr. Walters had management responsibilities in the areas of corporate cash management, international banking, funds management, and from 1990 through 1999 Mr. Walters was president of Deposit Guaranty Mortgage Company which had retail and/or wholesale mortgage banking offices in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana.

Mr. Walters received a B.S. in banking and finance from Mississippi State University in 1975 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1979. As a life-long resident of Jackson, Mr. Walters has been involved in many community activities. He has previously served on the board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Belhaven University and is Commissioner for the Jackson Convention Complex. In addition, Mr. Walters serves on the Board of Trustees of the Palmer Home for Children and as a Ruling Elder of First Presbyterian Church.