Executive Team

Net Lease Alliance puts at the developer's disposal a seasoned group of real estate professionals who have successfully supported over 250 projects totaling more than 8 million square feet of retail space coast to coast.

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Management team members: Sam Colson, Jim McWilliams, Patrick Cox, Chris Wilson, Wayne Harris

C. Patrick Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Cox is a co-founder of Net Lease Alliance, having earned more than 13 years experience in real estate finance, development, and operations. After completing his Masters in Accounting from Auburn University, he joined Coopers & Lybrand, LLP. After the merger of Coopers & Lybrand with Price Waterhouse in 1998, he worked with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, both domestic and internationally, specializing in publicly traded banks, private real estate developers and construction companies. He served as manager of PwC's Montgomery, Alabama office, before joining Newton Oldacre McDonald as Chief Financial Officer and later leading the multi-state developer of net lease and build-to-suit properties as its CEO.

Sam L. Colson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sam Colson joined Net Lease Alliance at its inception as Chief Financial Officer. He joined Net Lease Alliance from Newton Oldacre McDonald, LLC, a developer of shopping centers and net-leased properties throughout the Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Pacific Coast where he served at its CFO. Prior to his tenure at Newton Oldacre McDonald, he served as the COO of Column Capital, LLC, the affordable multi-family finance division of Credit Suisse’s Column Companies where he held the title of Director and oversaw an operation encompassing ten offices across the country. Prior to his tenure at Column, he was the CFO and a Senior Vice President at Guilford Capital Corporation, a Montgomery, Alabama based provider of equity for multi-family projects. He also spent ten-years working as a CPA in a mid-sized public accounting firm where his practice centered on providing consulting, tax and audit services to real estate developer. He is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery.

Perry Wickens, Director of Business Development - Western Region

Perry Wickens has 25+ years experience in commercial real estate, beginning his career with CBRE as a broker for shopping centers in LA and Orange Counties. Transitioning to the corporate real estate side, Perry became responsible for MacFrugal's (currently Big Lots) new store development in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and the San Francisco Bay area. Subsequently, he joined Hollywood Video and moved to Ohio to roll out new video stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. After almost four years with Hollywood Video, he joined CVS Pharmacy in 1997. At CVS, he was responsible for opening stores in new markets in Illinois, Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California as well as involvement in the acquisitions of Eckerd and Osco Drug stores in the Southwest. In 2007, Perry joined Newton Oldacre McDonald to open the Phoenix office in an effort to begin developing free standing development retail in the Western U.S. He graduated with a B.S. in Information Systems Management ion 1984 from Arizona State University.

Clay Taylor, Director of Business Development - Eastern Region

Clay Taylor has 20+ years experience in the finance and real estate industry. He began his financial career with J.C. Bradford and then moving to Stephens Inc. Most recently, Clay worked for a real estate development company that focused on single tenant net lease clients in the healthcare industry. Clay received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his MBA in accounting and finance from the Owen School at Vanderbilt.

Wayne Harris, Vice President of Legal Services

Wayne Harris has nearly twenty years of retail legal experience and success with national retailers. He joined the real estate development firm Newton Oldacre McDonald after serving as Assistant General Counsel for Lowe's Companies, Inc. There, he was responsible for all legal services associated with Lowe's new store acquisition and development in the southern and western regions of the USA. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Jim McWilliams, Vice-President of Construction Services

Jim McWilliams began his 30+-year career in retail construction management with Begley Drugs in Kentucky. After more than a decade with the regional pharmacy chain, he joined Rite Aid. There he held a number of successively significant leadership positions including Regional Director of Development, Corporate Director of Construction and, ultimately, Vice President of Construction. He was a private consultant before entering the build-to-suit segment of the real estate development industry. He too joined Net Lease Alliance from Newton Oldacre McDonald, where he was responsible for all construction and development operations and relationships.

Chris Wilson, Vice-President of Development

Chris Wilson has twenty-five years of retail development experience, beginning his career as real estate manager for Shoney's, Inc., a publicly-traded restaurant and foodservice company, before moving to O'Charley's, Inc., in a similar position. A graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South with an economics degree, Chris has worked closely with such retail clients as Office Depot, Tire Kingdom, NTB, Rite Aid and HHGregg.

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