Leadership

Leadership

Officers

Richard Vance
President & Chief Executive Officer
Richard Vance serves as Highlands’ President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Vance has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and commercial real estate finance, including positions with Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Equity Residential and GMAC Commercial Mortgage. Prior to joining Highlands, Mr. Vance served as a Senior Vice President at our former parent company. Mr. Vance received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan—Flint.
Robert J. Lange
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Robert Lange serves as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary. Mr. Lange formerly served as Vice President, Head Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary at InvenTrust. In that capacity, he oversaw all aspects of InvenTrust’s corporate legal affairs, including material transactions, governance, public company reporting and compliance, employee matters and executive compensation and benefits. Prior to joining InvenTrust in 2014, Mr. Lange practiced law at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, where he represented companies in mergers and acquisitions and advised clients on a broad variety of general corporate matters. Mr. Lange received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago.
Paul Melkus
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Paul Melkus serves as Highlands’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Highlands’ management team, Mr. Melkus served on Highlands’ Board of Directors and chaired its Audit Committee. Mr. Melkus served as Global Head of Capital Markets–Real Estate and Infrastructure for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, and as a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Melkus previously worked in capital markets and finance for General Growth Properties, Deutsche Bank Asset Management and GE Capital. Mr. Melkus also worked in the consulting group at Ernst & Young on a variety of capital markets and real estate related transactions and served as a real estate and asset manager at Northern Trust Company. Mr. Melkus is a graduate of DePauw University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Management. He earned his Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin’s Real Estate Investment and Urban Economics program.
Joseph M. Giannini
Chief Accounting Officer
Joseph Giannini serves as our Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Giannini formerly served as Vice President, Controller of Property Accounting at InvenTrust. From September 2008 through February 2014, Mr. Giannini served as the Hotel Controller for various affiliates of InvenTrust where he was responsible for all aspects of hotel accounting, including working with third party property managers for InvenTrust’s 100 plus hotel portfolio. Prior to September 2008, Mr. Giannini held various accounting positions with Lennar Corporation, AMLI Residential and Trammell Crow Residential Midwest. Mr. Giannini received his undergraduate Accounting degree from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana in 1985. He also has a Master of Business Administration degree from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the AICPA.

Board of Directors

R. David Turner
Chairman
R. David Turner serves as Chairman of Highlands’ Board of Directors. Mr. Turner has more than 40 years of risk management and real estate experience and currently serves as Vice President, Global Risk Management for GLP Pte. Ltd., a provider of modern logistics facilities in China, Japan, Brazil and the United States. Mr. Turner has served as an adjunct professor at North Park University and as Executive Vice President at First Nonprofit Insurance Company, a provider of property and casualty insurance products to non-profit organizations. Mr. Turner has also served as Senior Vice President, Global Risk Management at ProLogis, a real estate investment trust and owner of industrial real estate, and in various management positions, including, at Equity Office Properties Trust. Mr. Turner previously served as Insurance Committee Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, as a member of Affiliated FM’s Broker Advisory Council, and as a member of the Hawaii Captive Insurance Council. Mr. Turner has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from The Ohio State University and the designation of Associate in Risk Management.
Richard Vance
Director
Richard Vance serves as Highlands’ President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Vance has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and commercial real estate finance, including positions with Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Equity Residential and GMAC Commercial Mortgage. Prior to joining Highlands, Mr. Vance served as a Senior Vice President at our former parent company. Mr. Vance received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan—Flint.