Hardworking People. Strategic Investments. Impeccable Execution.
WE ARE FORT CAPITAL.
ESTABLISHED IN 2005
Fort Capital believes in the power of people
Who are passionate about creating long-term value through unique, inspired, and enduring real estate investment ideas. Since then, we have obsessively pushed ourselves to learn, ask thought-provoking questions, and look beyond the norm—to create superior investments that enrich the lives of everyone we work with.
A Driven & Agile Team Working Together Without Limits
We set the bar high and never take shortcuts, and above and beyond is just the beginning.
We aim for serious goals and hold ourselves accountable by taking actionable steps to achieve real greatness. Our team is dedicated to turning our ideas into tangible realities.
Director of Technology
Greg Adams joined Fort Capital in June 2019 as Director of Technology, where he is responsible for the planning and execution of digital strategies. He brings a love for new technologies such as cloud computing, blockchain, and machine learning to Fort Capital’s platforms, as well as years of experience in the finance and construction industries.
Greg began his career in mortgages at one of the largest non-bank servicers. While there, he facilitated the work of hundreds of individuals across the globe with database systems and supported divisions through the company’s IPO and quadrupling in size, with assets exceeding $200 billion.
In 2014, Greg left to pursue an interest in green building and joined Tempo, Inc., whose subsidiaries TexEnergy and US-EcoLogic boast the title of largest LEED for Homes providers. Tempo’s energy rating businesses span across the globe, with satellite offices around the United States and projects reaching as far as the Middle East. As Director of Business Information, he designed and built one of the most powerful cloud-based data systems in the energy rating industry. Built on top of the Google Cloud Platform, Tempo’s data platform connects 100,000+ field data collection points to internal office processes and external partners’ systems daily. Additionally, Greg served on Tempo’s Board of Directors, assisting with broader corporate strategy and conducting leadership workshops and technical training boot camps for data analysts.
Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas and completed two study-abroad courses in India and Ghana. He enjoys road tripping, camping, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and two rescue dogs at their Oak Cliff home.
Director of Property Management & Construction
Steve Bailey joined Fort Capital in January of 2019 as Director of Construction and was promoted to Director of Property Management & Construction in January 2020. He oversees all construction activities, as well as working closely with the Development and Asset Management teams. Steve is responsible for executing all critical business plans and ensuring superior service for our 300+ tenants.
Steve graduated with a B.B.A. in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been in the construction industry for 16 years, first starting his career as a Warranty Manager for Kimball Hill Homes. He quickly moved through the ranks and was promoted to lead Construction Manager.
In 2008, Steve made the move to David Weekley Homes where he held multiple roles including Senior Builder, Quality Coach, and ultimately Operations Manager. As Operations Manager, he was able to build cross-functional teams in sales, construction, and warranty to increase efficiencies and lower project costs. Steve was at David Weekley for 10 years before he joined Starside Custom Builders as a Project Manager specializing in luxury estates. While at Starside Custom Builders, Steve managed a variety of multi-million dollar projects from the architectural phase to closing.
Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, Valerie, and their two children.
President / COO
Jason Baxter joined Fort Capital in 2015, bringing more than 19 years of DFW real estate industry experience, an acute passion for entrepreneurship and a vision for transforming big ideas into reality. In addition to being President and Chief Operating Officer, Jason serves as a member of Fort Capital’s Investment Committee.
As Chief Operating Officer, Jason oversees all of Fort Capital’s land development, land acquisition and planning, financial analysis, modeling and deal structure, operational process development, construction, market research, due diligence/feasibility of projects, and municipality relationships. In addition to his role at Fort Capital, Jason also serves on The City of Fort Worth’s Development Advisory Committee, Urban Infill Development Task Force, and the Mixed-Use Zoning Advisory Group.
Jason developed his skills and knowledge while working for the nation’s largest privately-held home builder before joining Fort Capital, where his experience included senior sales management, construction management, and ultimately operations management over the 2nd largest market in the country. During his career, he has managed the development and sale of real estate assets totaling over $464M.
Outside the firm, Jason serves as a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). An entrepreneur himself, he and his wife, Charlene, own and operate Glamour Paws, a pet grooming boutique. Jason and Charlene live in Fort Worth and are proud parents to their son, Austin.
After developing a great working relationship with Fort Capital, Shana joined the team as a Project Coordinator in February 2016. She was quickly promoted and has served as Development Manager and Director of Development in her time with Fort. Shana has led efforts including developing our transaction desk, managing insurance, taxes, and development projects, developing relationships with city officials and community leaders, construction, technology initiatives and more. In her current role as Executive Coordinator, Shana is responsible for filtering and managing executive projects and initiatives, management of the CEO/COO’s time, and activities to ensure high value time utilization in relationship to external and internal requirements.
Shana began her career in banking 14 years ago as a teller with EECU. In banking, she occupied a few roles until finding her niche in commercial banking. She developed a passion for real estate in her primary role as a commercial banking lending assistant. Shana’s background aided in developing strong organization and people skills which led to a management role with BB&T.
Shana has a passion for helping other. She loves photography, fishing with her husband, and spending time outside with her two boys, Ian and Bryce.
Hannah Davidian joined Fort Capital full-time in June 2019 as Brand Coordinator and was promoted to Business Analyst in December 2019. Prior to joining the team full-time, Hannah interned with Fort Capital in the Marketing department.
Hannah works directly with the Director of Technology and is responsible for executing all critical business processes and technology-related projects / integrations. Her responsibilities also include identifying creative solutions to improve and optimize workflow / processes, delivering critical reporting solutions for all departments, and managing the integration of marketing and CRM systems with operational systems.
Hannah graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with Real Estate in May of 2019. During her time at TCU, she completed study abroad courses in Spain, London, and Scotland. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and giving back to the Horned Frog community.
Jordan Freitas joined Fort Capital in March of 2020 as a Property Manager. He manages the day-to-day of operations of multiple properties, ensuring our tenants have the best possible experience.
Originally from England, Jordan came to the United States on a tennis scholarship graduating from Texas Christian University with a BBA in Finance and Real Estate. Following some time in England after his undergraduate work, Jordan returned to Texas to further his education by receiving his Masters in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Jordan coached tennis, starting a tennis academy based out of Trinity Valley School and All Saints’ Episcopal School. In 2013, Jordan changed career paths to focus on Real Estate where he joined Haydn Culter Company as their Property Manager, managing over a million square feet of retail and industrial properties.
In his free time, Jordan enjoys playing tennis and golf, watching his beloved Arsenal Football Club, and spending time with his wife, Ashley.
Kyle Heath joined Fort Capital in February 2020 as an Associate Asset Manager and was promoted to Asset Manager in January 2021. Kyle helps oversee Fort’s expanding portfolio of industrial, office, and retail assets.
Prior to joining Fort Capital, Kyle worked at Goldman Sachs in the Merchant Banking Division where he assisted in the management of a diverse group of both debt and equity products including office, industrial, retail, multifamily, condos, and timeshare assets valued in excess of $4.6 billion. While at Goldman, Kyle was also directly involved in underwriting and evaluating over $1.7 billion of credit and equity investments across multiple product types and business plan profiles.
Kyle graduated Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi with a B.B.A. in both Managerial Finance and Real Estate. He is an active member of Watermark Community Church and The Salvation Army. Away from the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors golfing, hunting, fishing, and skiing.
Investor Relations & Transaction Manager
Lorna Heath joined Fort Capital in January 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. While assisting all departments, she quickly found her interest in the transaction side of Acquisitions and Dispositions. In August 2019, she was promoted to Project Coordinator and in January 2021 promoted to Investor Relations and Transaction Manager. Lorna manages all investor relations communication. She also facilitates all Fort Capital closings, works closely with title companies and lenders, and determines insurance and tax necessities for Fort Capital’s portfolio.
Lorna is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Business Marketing. In her free time, Lorna enjoys reading, trying new local restaurants, traveling with her husband, Ryan, and spending time with their dog, Woodford.
Vice President of Finance
Ryan Hessing joined Fort Capital in December 2019, bringing 10 years of accounting and finance experience with 6 years of real estate investment experience. Ryan oversees Fort Capital’s accounting and finance functions, including financial reporting, investor reporting, and debt and equity deal structuring. He is also a member of Fort Capital’s Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Fort Capital, Ryan worked in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services group where he led teams providing merger and acquisition advisory services to private equity and strategic investors focused on the real estate, hospitality, and construction industries. Transactions included asset-level acquisitions and divestitures as well as operating platforms. Ryan has advised clients on transactions with enterprise values ranging from $50 million to over $6 billion. Previously, Ryan worked in the Transaction Advisory Groups of Duff and Phelps and KPMG providing merger and acquisitions advisory services. Ryan also spent time working for a high net worth family in Fort Worth, TX where he advised management teams of companies owned by the family, identified high risk areas of the business, and developed and implemented operational and financial strategies to improve overall performance.
Ryan graduated with a B.B.A. in Accounting and a Master in Accounting from Texas Christian University. Ryan is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. Ryan lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Natalie, and their daughter, Mimi.
Audra Jones joined Fort Capital in February 2020 as a Property Accountant. In her role, Audra maintains all of the financial reporting for assigned Fort Capital properties, including creating reporting packages for the Asset Management and Executive Teams, reviewing bank reconciliations, and preparing monthly financial statements.
Audra brings over 13 years of lease administration and property accounting experience to the team. During her tenure with Glimcher Realty Trust, she had the opportunity to work in a variety of software programs such as MRI, OnBase, Discoverer Desktop, and Oracle. In her past role, Audra designed a year-end reconciliation expense worksheet to assist the Asset Management team in readily assessing actual expenses.
Audra received her B.S. in Accounting from the Fisher Business College at Ohio State University. She moved to the DFW area at the end of 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, walking, biking, frisbee, rollerblading and traveling to family events.
Liz joined Fort Capital as Controller in June 2017 bringing a wealth of accounting and legal experience to the team. Liz received her BBA in Accounting and Juris Doctor from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Forensic Accountant with years of experience in tax and finance in the telecommunications industry. Liz spent 7 years of her career in commercial lending managing a loan portfolio of over $50 million in residential and commercial real estate. Additionally, Liz has significant legal and forensic accounting experience in personal and business partnership disputes.
Outside of the firm, Liz spends time volunteering for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, building homes as a Core Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and serving as a child advocate for Dallas CASA. She lives in Las Colinas with her husband Robert and their two dogs, Maggie and Madison. They have four grown boys who live in the DFW and Austin areas.
Kim Mitchell developed a relationship working with Fort Capital in 2018 coming on board with TIG to work exclusively on the Fort Capital portfolio. During this time, she worked closely with the Accounting and Asset Management Teams of Fort Capital as well as TIG’s property management group to prepare monthly financial reporting. Kim transitioned from TIG to Fort Capital in September of 2020 continuing her work with this portfolio.
Kim has 15 years of accounting experience including 5 years as a Controller of a church in Oklahoma where she began her career as a financial secretary. After moving to Texas with her husband and two children in 2014, she worked as Property Accountant for Landmark Real Estate in Austin and realized she really enjoyed real estate accounting. Relocating to Dallas, she joined TIG in 2018 and began her relationship with Fort Capital.
Kim loves spending time with friends and family, especially her grown children who are beginning their lives in the DFW area! She and her husband love to travel spend time outside and on the water.
Associate Finance Manager
Hunter Nurdin joined Fort Capital full-time in January 2018 and currently serves as Associate Finance Manager. In this role, Hunter works directly with Finance, Acquisitions, and Asset Management departments to execute the investment strategy on all assets. His key responsibilities include securing and maintaining adequate debt capital requirements for all investments, assisting in the creation / maintenance of all forecasting models, and assisting the Vice President of Finance in reviewing all monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting.
Prior to joining the team full-time, Hunter interned with the Fort Capital Finance / Accounting Team. Upon graduation, Hunter started as Financial Analyst and was later promoted to Senior Analyst. Throughout his time at Fort Capital, Hunter has gained relevant experience working with both Acquisitions and Asset Management teams to underwrite investment opportunities, compose offering memorandums, generate annual operating budgets, and report investment performance to Fort’s Executive Team and Equity Partners.
Hunter graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. In his free time, he enjoys working out, playing golf, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends/family.
Chris Powers, Jr.
Founder / CEO
Chris is a serial entrepreneur with more than 14 years of real estate development and investment experience and has raised more than $115 million in equity financing through a multitude of high net worth and family office partners. To date, Fort has invested and developed over $518M in multifamily, student housing, commercial/industrial, and residential & land development projects throughout Fort Worth and the state of Texas. Chris is a visionary with a demonstrated talent in looking ahead at what could be and understanding what must be done today to get there. His ability to conceptualize, raise capital, and execute are only a small part of what Chris brings to the table.
Chris oversees the vision for the company, Fort’s largest deals, capital relationships, executive level recruiting, strategic partnerships, and chairs the investment committee. Creating meaningful relationships and building a team around a vision and Fort’s goals are the most important qualities that make Chris ready for the job. With a belief that investing time in people is the best investment that can be made, Chris has built a strong network throughout Texas that has helped catapult Fort to where it is today. “I want to build a culture that fosters creativity and creates leaders. Our goal is to be the absolute best place to work in Fort Worth, because when we have the best people who are encouraged to give their best – we are unstoppable.”
Powers graduated with a BBA in Finance & Marketing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Innovative, ethics-driven, people-focused, community-minded and passionate about ideas that matter, Powers’ professional philosophy remains the same as his personal one: “Tell the truth and be nice to people.” Chris is a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council and Fort Worth YPO Chapter. He lives in Fort Worth, TX with his wife, Mikal, and their daughters, Palmer and Connor.
VP of Operations & Marketing
Abby Robinson joined Fort Capital in February 2018 as our Director of Marketing and was promoted to VP of Operations & Marketing in November 2020. In her role, Abby works directly with the COO on the strategic development of company goals and reporting practices, driving forward executive-level projects, leading the company’s hiring and employee engagement efforts, and steering the marketing strategies for a broad range of initiatives.
Prior to joining Fort Capital, Abby worked as an Account Manager in New York City at several award-winning advertising agencies. She gained a breadth of experience developing fully-integrated marketing campaigns with a digital and social focus for brands including American Express, L’Oreal, JPMorgan Chase, and Pier1 Imports. After five years of ‘city living’, Abby decided to make the move back to Texas to work at Southwest Airlines on the Marketing Communications team, and ultimately helped found their Brand Strategy team, bringing with her a driven, strategic, and results-oriented approach.
Abby is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management. She is a member of the Junior League of Fort Worth and a TCU Neeley Alumni Executive Board Member. Outside of the office, Abby enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Ruthie.
Sarah Beth Shapleigh
Strategic Initiative Manager
Sarah Beth Shapleigh joined the Fort Capital team in January 2016 as Marketing Director where she created the foundational marketing & branding work done for both Fort Capital and The River District. In February 2018, she transitioned into a Project Design Coordinator position to pursue a different passion and worked on all aspects of interior design work done to-date at Fort Capital developed properties. As the company transitioned away from top-to-bottom development, thus requiring less design work, Sarah Beth has taken on a new role as Strategic Initiative Manager where she helps lead company-wide strategic projects that further Fort Capital’s goals.
Prior to joining Fort Capital, Sarah Beth worked as Public Relations Manager at Mithoff Burton Agency in El Paso, TX. She ensured consistent client messaging across all mediums through issuing and promoting press releases, maintaining social media presences, and coordinating public appearances.
Sarah Beth graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Journalism and a minor in Design. She currently lives in Little Rock, AR with her husband, Ben, their daughter, Cate, and their two pups. In her off time, she loves the outdoors, cooking, and taking on new projects.
Morgan Staral joined Fort Capital in February 2020 as our Marketing Manager. She has a passion for the ever-evolving digital industry and the data that drives it. Here at the Fort, she applies that passion by not only driving all of our marketing projects forward but also identifying new opportunities within the digital space.
Morgan comes to the team from the advertising agency world, where she gained experience in a wide variety of digital channels. These channels include paid and organic social, paid and organic search, display, email marketing and analytics across a variety of industries.
Aside from Digital Marketing, this Texas Christian University grad enjoys spending time with her dog, Eloise, friends, family, and 45 houseplants.
John Wall joined Fort Capital in February 2017, bringing three years of accounting experience. As Accounting Manager, John’s key responsibilities include reviewing accounts payable, accounts receivable, reconciliations, and financial statements. He is also accountable for onboarding new members of the Accounting Team, including full-time team members and interns.
Previously, John has served Fort Capital as a Staff Accountant and Senior Accountant. Throughout his time at Fort Capital, John has acquired well-rounded accounting experience and was promoted based on exemplary performance. He is an innovative, driven accounting professional who leads by example and is ready to roll up his sleeves to get the job done efficiently.
John is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BSBA in Accounting and a Sports Management minor. He is passionate about Fort Worth culture, which inspired him to make the move in 2016. He lives an active lifestyle, which includes frequent visits to the Trinity Trails with his rescue dog, working out, and playing basketball.
Chris Wu joined Fort Capital in July 2019 as an Asset Manager, bringing with him 9 years of experience in multifamily acquisitions, development, and investment sales. He then transitioned to join the Property Management team as a Property Manager. His passion for real estate has carried him into principal investing, which drives his curiosity of new markets and product types.
Chris began his career underwriting institutional-grade assets for sale on behalf of large pension funds, REITs, and sponsored capital groups. From there, he participated in equity placements towards major DFW projects near AllianceTexas and the George W. Bush Presidential Library, among other investments throughout the metroplex. His most recent experience in affordable housing development and management rounds out his capacity for major real estate functions.
Chris is a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business with a B.S. in Finance. In his spare time, he enjoys producing music, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, and traveling.
Invest in People’s Lives
Fort Capital is made up of many different types of personalities. We believe it is why our company culture flourishes and our goals are exceeded. If you’re someone who enjoys pursuing innovative ways to reach ambitious goals, who is open to and motivated by receiving honest feedback, and who likes being challenged — then we should talk. We don’t just look for people who can do a particular job. We look for people who want to be part of our larger vision and push towards something meaningful.