LEONARD W. WOOD, CHAIRMAN
With over 26 years of leadership experience, Leonard Wood is a Founder of and Director with GLJ Partners. Participating on the Investment Committee and the Management Board, he collaborates with the partners at GLJ to set overall company direction and guide resource allocation and capitalization efforts.
In addition, Leonard continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Wood Partners, LLC after his retirement as CEO of the company in November 2007. Leonard founded Wood Partners in April 1998, and its primary focus continues to be the development of apartment and condominium homes. At the time of Leonard’s retirement, Wood Partners had started, since inception, over 38,000 multi-family units representing an investment of more than $5.3 billion. Wood Partners was the largest multi-family builder in the U.S. in 2004 according to Builder Magazine. Wood Partners also received the 2006 Fastest Growing Private Builder award from Builder Magazine.
Prior to founding Wood Partners, Leonard joined Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) as Partner in 1982. The primary focus of Trammell Crow Residential was apartment acquisition, development and management. In January of 1994, five operating companies that worked with Leonard combined and had an initial public offering as Gables Residential Trust, a New York Stock Exchange REIT. In November of 1997, TCR sold its southwestern assets and operations to BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE). In December of 1997, TCR sold its Midwestern assets and operations to Avalon Properties, Inc. (NYSE) and AMLI Residential Properties Trust (NYSE). In 1998, TCR sold its north Florida assets to Merry Land & Investment Co., Inc. (NYSE), who subsequently merged with Equity Residential (NYSE). Leonard also sat on the Board of Directors for Homegate Hospitality, Inc. which merged with Prime Hospitality in 1997 and later sold to Marriott.
A 1972 University of North Carolina Master's of Business Administration graduate, with an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, Leonard received the MBA Alumni Merit Award from the University of North Carolina in 2001, as well as founded the Wood Center for Real Estate Development as a part of the Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2007.
Leonard is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council and past Governor, Trustee and Chairman of the Multi Family Council of the Urban Land Institute. He has also served on the National Advisory Board of the Multi Housing World Conference.
Leonard resides seasonally in Key Largo, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, with his wife.