Don, Wiess '81, is the founder and partner of Archway Properties. Previously, he held senior-level positions with Trammell Crow Company, Weingarten Realty Company and Panattoni Development Company. He assists in all aspects of development, including acquisition, due diligence, financing, leasing, marketing, design and construction, and disposition.
Don's projects have varied in size and complexity from corporate office facilities to large-scale industrial speculative and build-to-suit projects. He is experienced in fast-track development, design-build and third-party construction in multiple states.
Don has spent his entire career in the commercial real estate industry. He began his career in real estate banking in 1981 after graduating from Rice University. He later attended graduate school at the University of California - Berkeley in the MBA program and completed all but his thesis. During graduate school, he worked for Liquidity Fund, a group that specialized in creating a secondary market for syndicated real estate limited partnership units.
Upon completion of graduate school, he worked for Trammell Crow Company in Houston, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Fairfax, Virginia in a variety of roles including leasing, corporate services, asset management and development of industrial, office and retail properties.
He subsequently joined Weingarten Realty Management Company as Vice President and head of the Industrial Division. During his tenure there, the industrial portfolio grew from three million to nine million square feet and realized a significant increase in yield from his intensive leasing and investment strategies. He founded Archway Properties in 2002, which specializes in industrial and office speculative and build-to-suit developments, including experience in complex manufacturing facilities.