Thomas J. Hofstedter, President and Chief Executive Officer, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust & H&R Finance Trust
Tom Hofstedter has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate sector in North America. Since becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R REIT at its creation in December 1996, H&R has been among the fastest growing REITs in Canada. Applying a disciplined strategy to acquisition and selective development under Tom’s leadership, H&R REIT has become the second largest REIT in Canada with a market capitalization in excess of $6.7 billion and the largest diversified REIT with a fair value in excess of $13 billion and has generated an average annual 14% return for unitholders. The REIT owns a portfolio of 311 office, retail industrial and residential properties, comprising over 44 million square feet. This includes Primaris REIT which has allowed H&R REIT to expand into a new and exciting asset class in Canada, owning a portfolio of 30 shopping malls in 14 markets in Canada and approximately 10.0 million square feet of leasable space. In addition, H&R REIT has a 33.6% interest in ECHO Realty LP which owns 215 properties, excluding properties under development and vacant land, totaling 8.8 million square feet.
As head of H&R Development's Office Division, Tom was responsible for developing many of the properties that comprised the REIT’s initial public offering.
Larry Froom, CPA, CA, Chief Financial Officer, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust & H&R Finance Trust
Mr. Froom has been with the H&R group since 1997 and has served as CFO of the REIT since September 2006. Mr. Froom is responsible for overseeing all transactions, corporate finance, financial reporting and investor relations.
Prior to joining H&R, he was manager at Ernst & Young where he serviced clients in the real estate industry. Mr. Froom earned a Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and holds a Chartered Accountant designation.
Nathan Uhr, Chief Operating Officer, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust
Mr. Uhr has over 30 years of real estate industry experience. He was H&R Developments' Director of Leasing and Property Management and held various other positions with H&R over 20 years before becoming Vice-President, Acquisitions of H&R REIT, at its inception in December 1996 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Mr. Uhr leads the due diligence team on any acquisition or mezzanine financing planned by the REIT and is responsible for management and leasing issues relating to the REIT's properties.
Mr. Uhr is a member of BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) and the Canadian Urban Institute.
Patrick Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Primaris Management Inc.
Mr. Sullivan leads the senior management group at Primaris and is responsible for strategic and operational aspects for the company. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Sullivan served as Primaris' Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management since 2011, where he had overall responsibility of operations and leasing for Primaris' portfolio of properties; previously he was Vice-President, Portfolio Management for western Canada.
Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Cheryl Fried, CPA, CA, Executive Vice President, Finance, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust
Ms. Fried has over twenty years of real estate industry experience.
She joined H&R REIT in 2006 as Controller, was promoted to VP - Accounting in 2010 and Executive Vice President, Finance in 2014. As Executive Vice President, Finance, Ms. Fried is responsible for overseeing corporate finance, accounting and public reporting. Prior to joining H&R, she was manager at KPMG where she serviced clients in the real estate industry.
Ms. Fried earned a Bachelor of Arts at The City University of New York and holds a Chartered Accountant designation.
Philippe Lapointe, Chief Operating Officer, Lantower Residential
Mr. Lapointe is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, financing and operations of all Lantower investments. Prior to joining Lantower Residential, Mr. Lapointe was Vice President of Matthews Multifamily in Dallas, TX, where he developed and ran the firm's acquisition and asset management platforms for its U.S. multifamily portfolio.
Mr. Lapointe holds a Law degree from Laval University and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also an active member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and The Real Estate Council (TREC).
Blair Kundell, Vice President Operations, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust
Mr. Kundell was previously H&R REIT's General Manager, Operations and was promoted to Vice President, Operations in 2014. As Vice President, Operations, Mr. Kundell is responsible for building operations, tenant services and joint health and safety.
Mr. Kundell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario.
Jason Birken, CPA, CA, Vice President Finance, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust
Mr. Birken joined H&R REIT in 2011 as Controller, and was promoted to Vice President, Finance in 2014. As Vice President, Finance, Mr. Birken is involved in financial reporting, finance and compliance functions, treasury management and investor relations.
Prior to joining H&R REIT, he was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he served clients in a variety of industries including real estate. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.