Thad EllisChairman, Senior Vice President - Leasing, Cousins Properties Incorporated

    Thad, a senior member of the leasing team in Atlanta, has more than 35 years of real estate expertise including development, leasing and property management for the Cousins’ Class A office portfolio.

    Thad began his real estate career in 1984. He joined Peterson Properties in 1986 and was a senior executive at Carr America through its 1996 acquisition of Peterson Properties. Thad was the Managing Director for CarrAmerica’s Atlanta and Florida offices. At CarrAmerica, Thad was directly involved with the acquisition, disposition and/or development of the office product and was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

    Prior to joining Cousins in 2006, Thad was the Managing Director of GVA Advantis’ Atlanta office and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

    Community Involvement: Thad is an advisory board member and past president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and is on the board of the following organizations: the Buckhead Community Improvement District – Chairman, an Executive Committee member of the Buckhead Coalition, and The Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta. He is also the past Chair for Washington & Lee’s Annual Fund.

    Education: Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University.