James C. Leslie
Jim Leslie serves as a Managing Principal for Wolverine Interests. With nearly 35 years experience in the real estate and financial markets, Mr. Leslie is recognized for successfully pairing creative real estate development with his intense understanding of the capital markets. Beginning in 2001, as a principal and Manager for Fairways Equities, Mr. Leslie has guided the financing, development and management of several commercial and retail developments, including Fairways I Office Building; 28 acres of land for office development on George Bush Freeway in Plano, Texas; an office building in New Jersey; several quick-serve restaurants throughout southern United States; a campus for a for-profit university; and a 60-acre mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas. Prior to Fairways Equities, in 1982, Mr. Leslie was one of the initial members of The Staubach Company, advancing to the position of the President and Chief Operating Officer of the company in 1996. In 1982, as Chief Financial Officer, Jim developed, expanded, managed and recapitalized the launch of the Staubach Company, designing and executing the strategic plan. In 1991, Jim formed and served as President of the Financial Services Division for TSC to pursue corporate based financing for users of real estate. The division initiated over $3 billion of financing for clients around the world. These financing activities led to an expansion of the division's capabilities to include acting as a principal in over $8 billion of sale leaseback purchases which were sold primarily into the 1031 tax free exchange market. During his five year tenure as President and COO at TSC, Jim was responsible for expanding the infrastructure throughout the nation as well as initiating international capabilities. TSC grew at a compounded rate of greater than 35% per year in revenues and profits, from five to 1,100 employees or contractors. Mr. Leslie began his career in 1979 at Coopers & Lybrand, where he served on the audit team for several of the Dallas office's real estate clients. Mr. Leslie has served on, or is currently serving as a board member for several private and public companies, including Forum Retirement Partners, Wyndham Hotels, Amresco Capital Trust, Sebring Capital, Cresa Partners, Salvo, Team Mouse and others. Jim received his BS in Mathematics and Actuarial Science from the University of Nebraska and his MBA from the University of Michigan.