2022 YTexas VIrtual
The State of Real Estate
Join YTexas for our 2022 virtual event series. A fast-moving, interactive event including short stories and live chat discussing why executives see a bright future for the Lone Star State.
At this event, learn about the growth of real estate in Texas and hear from local executives doing business in the commercial and residential real estate sectors.
America’s New Urban Ideal
Reinventing the Workplace
The State of Residential Real Estate
Marielle Lamy Quaid
The State of Commercial Real Estate
David R. O’Reilly is the Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for driving the sustainable growth of the company’s assets and unlocking meaningful long-term value across the company’s portfolio. He previously served as the company’s President and as its CFO, the role in which he joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2016.
As the architect and leader of the company’s 2019 Transformation Plan, Mr. O’Reilly realized meaningful reductions in overhead, executed on the sale of non-core assets, and refocused the company on its highly profitable MPCs. His leadership has successfully positioned the company for growth, further diversifying HHC’s funding sources and increasing its liquidity to enable to company to pursue value-creating opportunities.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Parkway Properties, a New York Stock Exchange-traded real estate investment trust focused on office properties. He served in the position from November 2011 through October 2014 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. He also served as the company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from May 2012 through August 2012.
Previously, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President of Banyan Street Capital and as Director of Capital Markets for Eola Capital LLC. He served in the investment banking industry as Senior Vice President of Barclays Capital Inc. and in a similar capacity for Lehman Brothers. During his career, Mr. O’Reilly has been involved in a broad range of financial advisory and merger and acquisition activities, including leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and single asset and pooled CMBS transactions.
Mr. O’Reilly graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received his M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Kevin Brady is a pro-family, pro-business conservative who proudly represents the Eighth Congressional District of Texas. Kevin is only the third Texan in history to lead the powerful House Ways & Means Committee – considered to be the most influential committee in Congress – with control over taxes, international trade, health care, Medicare, Social Security and welfare. He currently serves at the top Republican on the Committee.
While Chairman, Kevin led the effort to pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first comprehensive overhaul of America’s tax system in more than 30 years. As a recognized national leader on free trade, he has helped successfully secure passage of 13 of America’s 15 free trade agreements, including President Trump’s US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). His successful achievements also include negotiating an end to the 40-year ban on selling U.S. crude oil overseas, the first reform of the IRS in two decades, sweeping reform of Americas’ retirement system, banning surprise medical bills, eliminating the ObamaCare individual mandate, and making the Research & Development tax credit permanent.
Prior to his election to Congress, Kevin worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives. To stay close to the people he represents, he never moved to Washington and lives in The Woodlands with his wife and two sons. Kevin has logged more than 2.5 million miles commuting from Texas to Congress, equivalent to five round trips to the moon.
Lindsay Wilson is the Interiors Sector Leader. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the top “Women in Business” by the Dallas Business Journal for her professional acumen and community leadership. Lindsay specializes in developing the program and vision for projects and in evaluating real estate opportunities from a design perspective. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and was named President in 2018.
Russ Anderson is the president of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, North Texas’ leading brokerage for exceptional homes, ranches, land and commercial property. He is responsible for the firm’s many day-to-day functions, including sales, marketing, relocation services, finance, technology and operations. He joined the brokerage in 2018 as its chief operating officer and was promoted to president in April 2021. Anderson has more than 30 years of experience and achievements in finance, banking and sales management.
Most recently, he was president and CEO of Guardian Mortgage, a Dallas-based mortgage company with offices in six states. Anderson has held leadership roles with Bank of America, including as executive of its consumer-direct business for the mortgage product, Countrywide Financial, Wells Fargo, Prudential Home Mortgage and First Union National Bank.
For 2022, Anderson has been named to D CEO magazine’s Dallas 500, the influential annual list of the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Brooke Armstrong is the President of Advisory Services for Dallas-Fort Worth. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company’s Advisory Services business lines, including leasing, sales, property management and valuations throughout North Texas. She oversees a staff of more than 300 professionals who provide creative solutions and deliver exceptional outcomes for clients with local, national and global real estate requirements.
Over the course of her career, Brooke has established herself as one of the premier experts in the Dallas office market and is highly respected in DFW’s commercial real estate and broader business communities. Prior to joining CBRE in 2021, Brooke was a Managing Director at JLL in Dallas, where she led the firm’s Office Tenant Rep practice. She began her career in 2004 as an Associate broker at The Staubach Company, which was acquired by JLL in 2008.
Jay leverages his background in investment banking and venture capital to better serve his clients in the commercial real estate arena, specifically on lease acquisitions and dispositions and asset purchase and sale transactions. He has been honored numerous times by the Austin Business Journal and others for his outstanding work on some of Austin’s most highly visible transactions.
Jay has a deeply entrepreneurial spirit and in January 2007 broke out of the institutional world with several partners to found AQUILA Commercial. He envisioned a commercial real estate firm where creativity was promoted, hard work rewarded and silos didn’t exist.
Prior to founding AQUILA, Jay played an integral role in growing The Staubach Company’s Austin office. Jay started his career working for CIBC Oppenheimer’s investment banking group in New York City. After that Jay worked at Bariston Partners, a merchant bank/venture capital group in Boston before returning to his hometown of Austin, Texas.
Linda Nelson has been with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, a 397-bed acute care hospital, since 1997.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Business at West Virginia Wesleyan College and her MBA at Texas Women’s University.
Wanting to stay active in the community that she both lives and works in, Linda is active in the following organizations: Leadership Montgomery County, Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce and Conroe Independent School District.
Linda was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the Houston area in 1980. She has been married to her husband, Gordon, for 41 years. They have three children and four grandchildren living in Houston and Austin.
Jim Carman is President of the Houston region at The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for leading the residential and commercial development, leasing, and operations of three award-winning master planned communities: The Woodlands, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills.
Mr. Carman joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2012, and most recently served as Senior Vice President of MPC Commercial Development, overseeing vertical development on projects located within The Woodlands and Bridgeland. Mr. Carman was responsible for leading multiple teams in the 79-acre development of Hughes Landing, Houston’s premier mixed-use urban center on Lake Woodlands.
Mr. Carman has over 20 years of construction and development experience on projects valued at over $2.5 billion. His work includes mixed-use and commercial projects such as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, The Hughes Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Carman received his Bachelor of Science as well as Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Mr. Carman proudly serves within the community as a Board Member for Montgomery County Food Bank, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Leadership Montgomery County, and Interfaith of The Woodlands.
Donna Bragg attended Humble High School outside of Houston, and then went on to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From there, she built a successful broadcasting career as a senior news anchor in Arkansas, before, most recently, serving as advertising and marketing director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Her combination of media experience and business acumen make her a natural fit for the evolving future of Texas CEO Magazine. Texas is glad to have her back, and the magazine is delighted to give her a new professional home.
Marielle Lamy Quaid
Born and raised in Westlake, Marielle has called Austin home for over 20 years and has seen the evolution and growth of Austin from a population of 400,000 to the booming city it is today. After graduating from Rice University with a BA in Sociology and as a member of the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team, Marielle moved back to Austin to pursue her passion and began a career in real estate. After her first year in sales she had closed over $10 million in inventory, making her a recipient of the International Sterling Society Award. In addition to her work in residential real estate, Marielle was raised in the business and draws from her family’s long time work in the Austin commercial real estate world.
Following a nine-year career in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Lyle retired from football and joined Pritchard Associates in 2017. Voted team captain for his strong leadership ability, this attribute, along with his prior experience in construction and expertise in the planning and permitting process, has made Lyle a valuable asset of the Pritchard team. Lyle’s projects have totaled over $300 million in multi-family and student housing, assisted living, retail, medical, and self-storage. Among his projects are Sage Senior Living in San Marcos, TX; The Halsten at Chauncey Lane in Scottsdale, AZ; Stone Hill and Windsor Oak Hill apartments in Austin, TX; and Public Storage in Hollywood, CA.
Lyle graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of science degree in Applied Learning and Development.
Charles is the President of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute which focus on researching and promoting free market policies to foster upward mobility for those living in major metro areas.
Charles has been published in the Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Forbes, The Houston Chronicle, The Hill, Wired, and Huffington Post. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, and Newsmax and is a Fox 26 Houston (KRIV) political commentator and weekly panelist on Sunday talk show, What’s Your Point.
He is also a regular guest on I Heart Radio’s Pursuit of Happiness show, Houston’s Morning News with Jimmy Barrett & Shara Fryer, and has appeared on the Michael Berry Show.
A New Jersey native, Charles currently lives in Houston and in 2020 was named as a Houston Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree. He serves on the Governing Board of Prison Entrepreneurship Program; the board of Texas Families First; and the board of Good Policy Society. In September 2021, Charles was appointed to a 4-year term to the Texas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Byron is a Sydney-born entrepreneur now based in Texas. He comes from a successful family business background in commercial real-estate – his most recent venture is XSpace, which he is lead-investor and co-founder. He’s also active in the automotive-technology industry as co-founder of artificial intelligence company Ai Automotive Inc and advanced materials company P1 Graphene Solutions Ltd. Byron has successfully led multi-million dollar funding rounds, executed complex marketing strategies, built sales teams, developed financial models and spearheaded business development for the ventures he’s involved in.
Prior to co-founding XSpace he received his Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, Sydney and his MBA from Cass Business School, London. Byron’s first start-up experience was with the original team that built RA Motorsport Pty Ltd from a business plan into Australasia’s largest motorsport dealership and maintains an active interest in the start-up space.
After five years in London and then five years in New York City, Byron currently resides in Austin, TX.
Yana Kolmakova is the Marketing Director of YTexas, leading the statewide organization in strategy & growth initiatives, brand management, and member engagement. Getting introduced to YTexas in 2017, Yana grew passionate about the mission and has evolved with the brand ever since.
Yana has been at the forefront of major marketing initiatives across a wide array of industries including legal, print & digital publications, and high tech. Yana’s work has been featured in D Magazine, Texas CEO Magazine, CIO Insights and across multiple regional and national commercial print and broadcast campaigns.
With over 12 years in multi-media production, corporate marketing and business development, Yana is passionate about helping brands create and communicate their story with strategy, impact, connection and purpose. She’s inspired to design out-of-the-box, engaging and memorable experiences that create community and engagement. Yana strives to approach every experience with her entrepreneurial spirit, a highly creative drive and with a servant leader attitude.
Yana was originally born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and got to Texas as fast as she could, immigrating straight to Richardson as a young child with her Russian family. She now resides in East Texas with her husband Beau and daughter.