Development is the cornerstone of Wood Partners’ success. Over the years, the company has fine-tuned its approach to the key development components – site selection, entitlement, design, solid financing and value generation.
Bennett Sands is a development director for Wood Partners responsible for development and finance for new projects and asset management for existing assets in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He has developed and financed more than 1,500 multifamily units and 120,000 square feet of commercial space with a total capitalization in excess of $250 million.
Before joining Wood Partners, he spent three years working in Investment Banking for Robinson-Humphrey. At Robinson-Humphrey, he worked on both public and private capital raises in several industry groups including retail, telecom and information technology.
Sands earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. He received an MBA with a Real Estate concentration at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Curtis Walker is Acquisitions Director for Wood Partners, responsible for pursuing existing and stabilized multifamily properties across the Eastern United States. Since joining Wood Partners in 2010, Walker has directed the acquisition of approximately $500 million of multifamily investments.
Walker has more than 29 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Wood Partners, he was the Senior Vice President of Trammell Crow Company, handling the development of multifamily in the Southeast region.
As an Executive Vice President of Post Properties, he oversaw the Southeast region, directing acquisitions and development. Prior to Post, Walker spent seven years with Fairfield Residential, overseeing development and acquisitions in the Southeast region. He also spent 10 years with AMLI Residential, holding a number of positions and ending as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions of the Southwest/Southeast regions.
Walker holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus in Real Estate from the University of North Texas. His additional studies include graduate work at the University of North Texas in the field of real estate analysis. Walker is also an active member of the National Multifamily Housing Council.
Before joining Wood Partners in 2008, Keough acted as the Chief Operating Officer of Fuqua Capital, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fuqua family’s office operations, as well as defining and implementing the firm’s investment strategy across asset classes. Keough has also served as the CFO of Weeks-Robinson, an operating company of Fuqua Capital, Weeks-Robinson focused on industrial and office development in high-growth Sunbelt markets. He also served as the Senior Vice President, Development and Investment Strategy, in the office/multifamily division at Cousins Properties, a publicly-traded REIT.
Keough is a Certified Management Accountant and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Babson College.