Founder and Chief Development Officer
Jeff Justis has 24 years of experience in architecture, construction, and development. He has been directly involved in the design and development of more than 3,500 apartment units as well as 2.5 million square feet of spec industrial space. Prior to moving into development, Jeff was in the architecture and construction industry where he was involved in custom homes, schools, hospitals, offices, and retail development projects. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University and holds multiple state licenses; he is a Registered Architect, Certified Building Contractor, and a Real Estate Broker.
Chief Investment Officer
Derek has 25+ years of experience in capital markets, strategic financial analysis, forecasting & reporting, investor relations and due diligence analysis. He has been directly involved in sourcing equity and debt for over $2 billion of real estate transactions. He has held leadership positions in both public and private real estate environments including multifamily, hospitality, office and industrial, with companies such as
Archstone, Altman & CPG Real Estate. He has administered over $2 billion real estate financing transactions as well as corporate risk management for programs with over $1 billion in assets, including financial hedging and all insurance. Derek earned his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Western Colorado University. Derek is a Certified Management Accountant.
The Justis Development Team has nearly 50 years of combined real estate experience in development,
acquisition, and finance, of multifamily and other asset types. Their backgrounds combined
make for an excellent development team dedicated to quality and producing results far into the future.
Special attention on design is of critical importance at Justis Development. Design considerations at every level must be thoughtful and meaningful to create an end-user experience that will attract a top-shelf clientele.
While development is inherently risky, focusing on appropriate market locations, trends, and methodologies (both in management and construction) will mitigate unnecessary controllable risk and boil
the process down to a manageable process. We believe the best course of action to mitigate risk to tolerable levels is to identify risks and potential pitfalls early in the process to avoid costly mistakes later in the development.