|AB 80’ Econ; MBA ‘82 Marketing
Executive Vice President – Capital Markets
Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.
Raymond L. Owens has served as our Executive Vice President for Capital Markets since April 16, 2007. In this capacity, Mr. Owens is responsible for acquisition, disposition and financing activities of our company. Until becoming one of our executive officers in connection with our Internalization, Mr. Owens spent five years as a Managing Director—Capital Markets for Wells REF, where he oversaw its western regional acquisition team and its real estate finance team. He was responsible for directing the negotiation and acquisition of properties in the western United States and managed all property financing activity for our former advisor across the United States.
Mr. Owens has more than 27 years of experience in acquisitions, asset management, investment management, finance, and business development. Mr. Owens served as Senior Vice President for PM Realty Group, a national, full-service commercial real estate firm, from 1997 to 2002, overseeing all management operations in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York. Before joining PM Realty Group, Mr. Owens served as Vice President at General Electric Asset Management, where he managed and negotiated dispositions as well as third-party, nonrecourse financing for real estate assets. He also held leadership positions at Aetna Realty Investors from 1982 to 1991, Travelers Realty Investment Company from 1991 to 1994, and HPI Realty Partners/The Koll Company from 1994 to 1995.
Mr. Owens is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). He is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and serves on the advisory boards of the Minnesota Vikings and the Mary Hall Freedom House. Mr. Owens earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master’s of Business Administration in Marketing, with a concentration in real estate, from the University of Michigan.