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GARY D. BROOKS, President and Chief Executive Officer


With a background in public accounting, Gary entered commercial real estate in 1988. In 1996, Mr. Brooks and partner Mark Beffort formed Beffort Brooks Property Company. They partnered with the national firm of Grubb & Ellis in 1998. As CEO of the company, Mr. Brooks led the firmís growth and ultimate merger with Harrison Levy Company to form Grubb & Ellis/Levy-Beffort.


Prior to moving from brokerage into full-time development in 2005, Garyís primary emphasis moved from office leasing to apartments and student housing.He has been involved with projects at OU, Oklahoma City University, Southern Nazarene University, and UCO in Edmond, where he was project manager for the design and development of $20 million dollars of on-campus developments.


Today, Gary serves as President and CEO for Cornerstone Development. His company owns and develops apartments, student housing, office, retail, and senior living communities.He has direct experience in all areas of commercial real estate including acquisition, disposition, development, consultation, and property management.


Garyís interest in sustainability began in 2006.In the last three years, he has been actively involved in developing four LEED designed projects.The most recent is a new student housing project at Southern Nazarene University, where they will be seeking LEED silver certification.


Mr. Brooks graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Accounting. He lives in Edmond with his wife, Michelle, and their two children, Austin 14 and Jennifer 10.