Biography

Thomas G. Wattles

Thomas G. Wattles

THOMAS G. WATTLES, age 69, has served on our Board since 2001, and currently serves as a director of Columbia Property Trust, a publicly held office REIT. Mr. Wattles served as Executive Chairman of DCT Industrial Trust, a publicly held industrial property REIT, from 2003 to May 2016, and then served as Chairman Emeritus from May 2016 to August 2018. Mr. Wattles was a principal of both Black Creek Group and Dividend Capital Group LLC, each a real estate investment management firm, from 2003 to 2008. He served as Chief Investment Officer of Security Capital Group from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Wattles was Managing Director, then Co-Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of ProLogis, Inc. from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Wattles has previously served as a director of Prologis, Inc., Interpark Holdings Incorporated and Security Capital European Realty. At Security Capital Group, he oversaw capital deployment and investments in multiple public and private operating platforms with focus on retail, industrial, parking, manufactured housing and European office sectors. While Mr. Wattles was with Security Capital Group, Security Capital Group had controlling interests in 18 public and private real estate operating companies, eight of which were listed on the NYSE. Mr. Wattles became a director at The Ground Lease REIT in 2020. Mr. Wattles is a graduate of Stanford University and has an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Wattles has extensive experience in the REIT industry, including cross-border experience. He is an expert in real estate development, acquisitions, finance and operations. He has significant knowledge of capital allocation, strategic planning and accounting.