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Officers & Directors

Senior Management

James Dondero
President
Mr. Dondero serves as the President of NXRT and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Dondero is also the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P., Founder and President of NexPoint Advisors, L.P. and Chairman of NexBank, an affiliated bank that is majority owned by Mr. Dondero. Highland, NexPoint Advisors and NexBank are all affiliates of NXRT. Mr. Dondero co-founded Highland in 1993 with Mark Okada. Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience investing in credit and equity markets and has helped pioneer credit asset classes.
Brian Mitts
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Executive Vice President
Mr. Mitts serves as our Chief Financial Officer, Executive VP-Finance and Treasurer of NXRT. Mr. Mitts joined Highland Capital Management, L.P. in February 2007 and currently also serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Highland Capital Fund Advisors and NexPoint Advisors, L.P. and leads business development for the real estate team, developing new products and exploring new markets. Highland and NexPoint Advisors are both affiliates of NXRT. Mr. Mitts works closely with the real estate team and is integral in marketing real estate products for Highland and its affiliates.
Matt McGraner
Chief Investment Officer & Executive Vice President
Mr. McGraner serves as our Executive VP and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. McGraner is also a Managing Director at Highland Capital Management, L.P., an affiliate of NXRT. Mr. McGraner joined Highland in May 2013. With over eight years of real estate, private equity and legal experience, his primary responsibilities are to lead the operations of the real estate platform at Highland, as well as source and execute investments, manage risk and develop potential business opportunities, including fundraising, private investments and joint ventures. Mr. McGraner is also a licensed attorney and was formerly an associate at Jones Day from 2011 to 2013, with a practice primarily focused on private equity, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Jones Day, Mr. McGraner practiced law at Bryan Cave LLP from 2009 to 2011. Since 2008, Mr. McGraner has led the acquisition of over $1 billion of real estate and advised on $16.3 billion of M&A and private equity transactions. Mr. McGraner also co-founded several small businesses and real estate investment companies before starting his legal career, and served as the director of acquisitions and business development for a commercial real estate investment and development company during law school.
Matthew Goetz
Senior Vice President
Mr. Goetz serves as our Senior VP-Investments and Asset Management. Mr. Goetz is also a Senior Financial Analyst at Highland Capital Management, L.P., an affiliate of NXRT. With over seven years of real estate, private equity and equity trading experience, his primary responsibilities are to asset manage, source acquisitions, manage risk and develop potential business opportunities for Highland, including fundraising, private investments and joint ventures. Since 2011, Mr. Goetz has assisted in the acquisition and financing of over $4.8 billion in real estate assets. Before joining Highland Capital Management, L.P. in June 2014, Mr. Goetz was a Senior Financial Analyst in CBRE’s Debt and Structured Finance group from May 2011 to June 2014. Prior to joining CBRE’s Debt and Structured Finance group, he held roles as an Analyst and Senior Analyst for CBRE’s Recovery and Restructuring Services group from September 2009 to May 2011 where he assisted in the asset management and disposition of over 3,000 real estate owned assets valued at more than $750 million. He also provided commercial real estate consulting services to banks, special servicers, hedge funds, and private equity groups.
Scott Ellington
General Counsel
Mr. Ellington serves as our General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Ellington is also Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Highland Capital Management, L.P., an affiliate of NXRT. Prior to joining Highland in May 2007, Mr. Ellington worked as a Real Estate Counsel for Wells Fargo Bank in its Commercial Real Estate Group. Mr. Ellington primarily focused on the due diligence and documentation of commercial real estate credits. Formerly, Mr. Ellington worked from 2002-2004 as Bankruptcy Counsel to Countrywide Financial Corporation.

Board of Directors

James Dondero
Chairman
Mr. Dondero serves as the President of NXRT and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Dondero is also the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P., Founder and President of NexPoint Advisors, L.P. and Chairman of NexBank, an affiliated bank that is majority owned by Mr. Dondero. Highland, NexPoint Advisors and NexBank are all affiliates of NXRT. Mr. Dondero co-founded Highland in 1993 with Mark Okada. Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience investing in credit and equity markets and has helped pioneer credit asset classes.
Brian Mitts
Director
Mr. Mitts serves as our Chief Financial Officer, Executive VP-Finance and Treasurer of NXRT. Mr. Mitts joined Highland Capital Management, L.P. in February 2007 and currently also serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Highland Capital Fund Advisors and NexPoint Advisors, L.P. and leads business development for the real estate team, developing new products and exploring new markets. Highland and NexPoint Advisors are both affiliates of NXRT. Mr. Mitts works closely with the real estate team and is integral in marketing real estate products for Highland and its affiliates.
Ed Constantino
Director
Mr. Constantino has over 40 years of audit, advisory and tax experience working for two major accounting firms, Arthur Andersen LLP and KPMG LLP. Mr. Constantino retired from KPMG in late 2009, where he was an audit partner in charge of the firm’s real estate and asset management businesses. Mr. Constantino is, and since 2010 has been, a member of the Board of Directors of Patriot National Bankcorp and Patriot National Bank. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of ARC Property Trust, Inc. and a member of the Audit Committee of the New York City Housing Authority. Mr. Constantino also serves as a consultant for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He is a licensed CPA, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the New York State Society of Public Accountants. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and the Audit Committee Chairman of St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Mr. Constantino was selected to serve on the NXRT Board because of his extensive accounting experience, particularly in the real estate field.
Scott Kavanaugh
Director
Mr. Kavanaugh is, and since December 2009 has been the CEO of First Foundation Inc. (“FFI”), a California based diversified financial services company with two wholly owned subsidiaries, First Foundation Bank First Foundation Advisors. Mr. Kavanaugh has been the Vice-Chairman of FFI since June 2007. He also is, and since September 2007 has been, the Chairman and CEO of First Foundation Bank. From June 2007 until December 2009, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of FFI. Mr. Kavanaugh was a founding stockholder and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and a member of the board of directors of Commercial Capital Bancorp, Inc., the parent holding company of Commercial Capital Bank, from 1999 until 2003. From 1998 until 2003, Mr. Kavanaugh served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of Commercial Capital Mortgage. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Kavanaugh was a partner and head of trading for fixed income and equity securities at Great Pacific Securities, Inc., a west coast-based regional securities firm. Mr. Kavanaugh is, and since 2008 has been, a member of the board of directors of Colorado Federal Savings Bank and its parent holding company, Silver Queen Financial Services, Inc. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Kavanaugh served as a member of the boards of directors of NexBank SSB and its parent holding company, NexBank Capital, Inc., an affiliate of Highland. From January 2000 until June 2012, Mr. Kavanaugh served as Independent Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee, and from June 2012 until December 2013 served as Chairman of Highland Mutual Funds, a mutual fund group managed by Highland. Mr. Kavanaugh was selected to serve on the NXRT Board because of his expertise in multifamily lending, entrepreneurial executive leadership, finance, banking, real estate, and investment management along with his experience as both an executive officer and a director of multiple companies.
Dr. Arthur Laffer
Director
Dr. Arthur Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm. A former member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board during the 1980s, Dr. Laffer’s economic acumen and influence have earned him the distinction in many publications as The Father of Supply-Side Economics. He has served on several boards of directors of public and private companies, including staffing company MPS Group, Inc., which was sold to Adecco Group for $1.3 billion in 2009. Dr. Laffer was previously a consultant to Secretary of the Treasury William Simon, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Secretary of the Treasury George Shultz. In the early 1970s, Dr. Laffer was the first to hold the title of Chief Economist at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Mr. Shultz. Additionally, Dr. Laffer was formerly the Distinguished University Professor at Pepperdine University and a member of the Pepperdine Board of Directors. He also served as Charles B. Thornton Professor of Business Economics at the University of Southern California and as Associate Professor of Business Economics at the University of Chicago. Laffer is credited with advancing the concept of supply-side economics when he drew a curve on the back of a napkin at a dinner meeting, showing that government tax receipts can sometimes increase when federal income tax rates are lowered. The Laffer Curve and supply-side economics served as the foundation for Reaganomics in the 1980s when Dr. Laffer served on the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board from 1981 to 1989. Dr. Laffer has been recognized for his achievements in economics, having been featured in Time Magazine’s 1999 cover story, The Century’s Greatest Minds, for inventing the Laffer Curve, which Time deemed one of a few of the advances that powered this extraordinary century.