Carr is a privately held real estate investment trust that owns, manages, acquires, and develops high-quality properties in Washington, DC, Boston, Massachusetts, and Austin, Texas. We currently own a portfolio of 16 commercial office properties totaling approximately 5.2 million square feet, one multifamily property totaling 456 units, and two development projects that will add a further 1.8 million square feet of trophy-quality office space to the company’s portfolio. Additionally, we manage three third-party properties, totaling 1.4 million square feet.
We provide spaces that foster each of our customers’ unique cultures and workstyles. Through thoughtfully designed amenities, sustainable work environments, and a distinguished service philosophy, we care for our customers so they can thrive. We call this The Carr Experience.
Our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Oliver Carr serves as Carr’s Chief Executive Officer and is a member of our Board of Directors. Oliver serves as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate and serves on the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council. Prior to founding Carr, Oliver served as Chairman and CEO of Columbia Equity Trust (NYSE:CEO), where he and his team successfully took the company public in 2005. During his career, Oliver has completed over $4 billion of property acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and financings. Oliver received his Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, with a concentration in Economics from Trinity College.
John Schissel serves as Carr’s President and is a member of our Board of Directors. In this role, he oversees the company’s Financial, Human Resource, Operations, Technology, and Brand and Hospitality functions. John has over 30 years of experience collectively in the capital markets and as an executive for both public and private real estate company platforms. In addition to his experience at Carr, John served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Invitation Homes, the nation’s largest owner and operator of single-family rental homes. Prior to Invitation Homes, John served as EVP and CFO of BRE Properties, a NYSE listed, West Coast apartment REIT. John’s career experience also includes serving in Wachovia Securities’ Real Estate Investment Banking Group. John received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University.
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Austen Holderness serves as Carr’s Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Austen oversees all ground-up development activity, including oversight of all matters related to design, development, construction management, and joint ventures. His responsibilities include sourcing and evaluating new development opportunities. Prior to joining Carr, Austen distinguished himself as a Senior Development Associate at CarrAmerica Realty Corporation. During his career he has managed $2.75 billion (five million square feet) in commercial real estate development. Austen received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina and his Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia.
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Francis Lynch serves as Carr’s Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. Francis is responsible for sourcing and executing acquisitions, managing dispositions, and implementing Carr’s investment strategy. Prior to joining Carr, Francis was Director of Investments at Sunwater Capital Management and Clark Enterprises. Before those positions, he was in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at BMO Capital Markets. During his career, Francis has been responsible for over $3.4 billion in property-level transactions and over $18 billion in corporate capital markets and advisory transactions. Francis received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics at Sewanee: The University of the South. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Executive Vice President & Chief Portfolio Officer
Jackson Prentice, Executive Vice President and Chief Portfolio Officer, leads Carr’s efforts to achieve maximum profitability and returns for its portfolio. In this capacity, Jackson oversees the Asset Management, Construction Management, Leasing, and Sustainability divisions for Carr. Before joining Carr, Jackson oversaw MRP Realty’s office portfolio as Senior Vice President – Director of Portfolio Management. Jackson joined MRP Realty from Troutman Sanders law firm, where he served as a Senior Associate, practicing in the firm’s Real Estate Commercial Ownership, Leasing and Management, Real Estate Finance, and Lending and Structured Finance groups. During his career, Jackson has managed over 13 million square feet of office and retail space in the Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston markets. Jackson received his Bachelor of the Arts with honors from Bowdoin College and his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Eric Tracy serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he oversees Carr’s Finance and Accounting functions and is responsible for capital raising, treasury management, portfolio valuation, risk management, and financial strategy. Prior to joining Carr in 2016, Eric was a Director in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group of Eastdil Secured / Wells Fargo Securities advising public REITs. Eric began his career in the Assurance & Business Advisory group at Arthur Andersen LLP. Eric received his Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Chief Accounting Officer
Michael Comer serves as Carr’s Chief Accounting Officer, bringing over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Michael most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at First Potomac Realty Trust, a self-managed REIT focused on owning and operating office and business park properties in greater Washington, DC. Prior to joining First Potomac, Michael was Controller at Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. Michael also previously served as a manager in corporate accounting at The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and performed audit, consultation and advisory services at KPMG LLP. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Chief People Officer
Dominique Daschle, Chief People Officer, joined Carr in 2004 and has served in a number of roles in the organization before assuming responsibility for all aspects of Carr’s Human Resource management in 2010. Dominique oversees talent development, associate engagement and culture, staffing, compensation, compliance, and benefits administration. Prior to joining Carr, Dominique worked in event planning, professional development, intercultural communication, and consulting in the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. She has lived in eight countries in the Middle East, Europe, and South America, and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Dominique received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory with an emphasis in Personnel Management from the University of San Francisco.
Chief Technology Officer
Ilan Zachar, Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for directing all corporate technology, strategy, and standards for Carr. Ilan has consistently selected, designed, and implemented solutions for Carr that have transformed and innovated the company’s operations. Ilan plays a critical role in helping standardize compliance and build a strong infrastructure to accommodate Carr’s growth. Prior to joining Carr, Ilan served as Global Chief Information Officer for Gazit Group where he helped grow 23 shopping centers in the Southeast region of the United States to over 640 shopping centers across four continents. Ilan holds a Bachelor in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from American Continental University.
Senior Vice President, Design & Construction
James Berkon, Senior Vice President of Design and Construction, is responsible for managing Carr’s base building design and construction projects, including the landmark Midtown Center. Every project benefits from his 44 years of design and real estate experience. Prior to joining Carr, James served as Vice President of Design and Construction at Monday Properties, Director of Design and Construction at Brookfield Properties, and Vice President of Design and Construction at CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, managing some of the largest development projects in their portfolio. Before joining CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, James served as a Senior Associate at architecture firm Arthur Cotton Moore/Associates for 10 years. James received his degree in Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University and is a registered architect.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Linda Cogburn, Senior Vice President of Operations, oversees Property Management of Carr’s owned and third-party portfolio. Linda has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Prior to joining Carr, Linda served as Senior Director of Property Management at Penzance, Vice President of Property Management at Monday Properties, Managing Director at Equity Office Properties Trust, and General Manager with CarrAmerica Realty Corporation. Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with honors from the University of Maryland Global Campus.
Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis
Jesse Mishler, Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, is responsible for directing the financial planning, long-term forecasting, investor and executive reporting, and analytical activities of the company. Jesse has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Prior to joining Carr, Jesse served as a Consulting Manager at Real Foundations and a Finance Director at CarrAmerica Realty Corporation. Jesse is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and received his Master in Real Estate from Georgetown University.
Senior Vice President, Leasing
Kaitlyn Rausse serves as Carr’s Senior Vice President of Leasing. Kaitlyn is responsible for generating and executing commercial leasing transactions throughout our portfolio. She utilizes her comprehensive market knowledge and expertise to structure lease transactions that implement the asset strategy and ensures the highest possible portfolio performance. Kaitlyn has over 10 years of experience in commercial real estate and prior to joining Carr, she was an associate on the in-house leasing team at JBG Smith. Kaitlyn is on the Board of Directors for the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association (CREBA), and is an active member of Northern Virginia Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Kaitlyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and earned her Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Infrastructure from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Development
Jason Bockenek, Vice President of Development, brings more than 15 years of experience to Carr. Jason oversees underwriting, zoning, and legal matters and manages project delivery and leasing efforts. Since joining the company in 2011, Jason has participated in the development of urban, mixed-use projects totaling approximately 3.8 million square feet. Prior to joining the company, Jason managed the development of office and hospital projects located in Washington, DC and San Francisco. Jason earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and his Master in Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.
Vice President, Asset Management
Glen Holsinger serves as Vice President of Asset Management and is responsible for implementing Carr’s investment strategy. Glen ensures that properties meet or exceed performance expectations by working closely with the Leasing, Operations, Capital Markets, Development, Construction Management, Accounting, and Lease Administration teams to review, implement, and evolve management strategy. Prior to joining Carr in 2013, Glen served as Vice President of Asset Management for Brandywine Realty Trust’s 3.8 million square feet across the Washington, DC area. Glen received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University.
Vice President, Asset Management
David Roehrenbeck serves as Vice President of Asset Management to oversee Carr’s office and multi-family assets. David develops and executes the business plan for all properties in his portfolio and coordinates activities among multiple divisions within the company, including Leasing, Operations, Capital Markets, Development, Construction Management, Accounting, and Lease Administration. Prior to joining Carr in 2018, David served as Vice President of Asset Management for MRP Realty’s office portfolio in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Philadelphia. David earned his Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
Vice President, Design & Construction
Alison Wertzler serves as Vice President of Design and Construction and oversaw The Wilson & The Elm development project in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining Carr, she served as Vice President at Clark Construction where she spent over 20 years contributing to significant development projects in the Washington, DC metro area, including 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 901 New York Avenue NW, the International Monetary Fund Headquarters II, Lot 31 in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Dulles Silver Line Phase Two project. Alison received her degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Oliver Carr forms Carr Capital Corporation with classmates from graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carr Capital Corporation operates as a privately held real estate merchant banking and investment company with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
Carr Capital Corporation relocates to Washington, DC. The team builds on the reputation that the Carr family has formed over four generations in the Washington, DC real estate market.
Carr Capital Corporation and its investment partners acquire 14 commercial office properties in the Washington, DC Central Business District and suburban office submarkets.
Carr Capital Corporation rebrands as Columbia Equity Trust, Inc. and completes an initial public offering (NYSE:COE). The company raises $207 million of equity as the preeminent owner and operator of mid-sized commercial office properties in the greater Washington, DC area.
Shareholders approve the acquisition of the company by an affiliate of the Commingled Pension Trust (Special Situation Property Fund) of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A (SSPF). At the time of the sale Columbia Equity controls over three million square feet of office space. Former executives of CarrAmerica Realty Corporation join the company during this time. The company operates as a vertically integrated private REIT with best-in-class management and development capabilities. The company is branded as Carr Properties.
Alony Hetz Properties & Investments Ltd., one of Israel’s largest publicly held real estate investment holding companies, purchases 50% of SSPF’s interest in Carr Properties, providing the company with significant growth capital.
Carr Properties completes a $300 million convertible debt investment with Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd. and its affiliates.
Carr Properties announces its expansion into Boston, Massachusetts with the acquisition of 200 State Street and the formation of a joint venture with National Real Estate Advisors and The HYM Investment Group to develop One Congress, a 43-story, one million square foot office tower located in the heart of downtown Boston.
Carr Properties announces its expansion into Austin, Texas with the acquisition of 100 Congress Avenue, one of Austin’s best and most prominent downtown office towers, overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
Carr Properties evolves to Carr, signifying the company’s growth and expanded focus on Thoughtful Design, Distinguished Hospitality, and Engaging Moments, making each property More Than An Address.
Our team’s expertise in strategic property acquisitions is core to our success. We count tax-deferred acquisitions, entity purchases, corporate mergers, and portfolio transactions among our strengths.
Our team is actively seeking investment opportunities in the greater Washington, DC, Boston, Massachusetts, and Austin, Texas markets, focusing on acquisitions in urban, transit-oriented locations. Our approach values stabilized office properties, properties that offer a redevelopment or repositioning opportunity, and land for development of new offices. We generally seek acquisitions valued above $50 million.
Commercial property development is one of the principal ways we create value for shareholders, customers, and communities. We have earned our reputation as developers of exceptional properties by building prominent office, mixed-use, residential, retail, and destination properties to the highest standards. Carr’s buildings are distinguished by their premier quality, custom features, thoughtful design, digital integration, certified efficiency, and positioning within the community.
We operate in dynamic, thriving, storied cities. Our properties integrate the revered traditions of Washington, DC, Boston, and Austin with everything we know today about design, community-building, energy efficiency, and environmental impact.
Our Leasing team excels with a combined 40 years of experience and long-standing, rooted broker relationships throughout the greater Washington, DC area. The leasing team works closely with our Development, Asset Management, Property Management, and Brand and Marketing teams to provide a full-service and comprehensive approach to assess market rents and ensure the highest possible portfolio performance.
We use market knowledge to create leasing strategy, follow leads, and drive the deal process from start to finish. With this unique in-house service – whether working with tenant representative brokers or directly with customers – our team is prepared to provide first-class service and hospitality.
We provide property management services within our portfolio and to third-party properties, differentiating ourselves with an approach focused on hospitality. In leading with service, we ensure our customers feel truly cared for at every touchpoint so they can thrive.
To us, work environments are at their best when services are effortlessly integrated. We employ exceptional talent and the latest technologies to set a new bar for what customers can expect from their workplace.