Leadership

Leadership

Officers

Richard Vance
President & Chief Executive Officer
Richard Vance serves as a director and our President, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vance formerly served as Senior Vice President – Portfolio Management & Corporate Strategy for InvenTrust Properties Corp., the parent of Highlands until its spinoff in 2016. Mr. Vance began working for InvenTrust in 2014 when it became self-managed, following his employment beginning in 2013 at InvenTrust’s former business manager. Prior to that, Mr. Vance served as an independent consultant to InvenTrust’s former business manager and former property manager. Mr. Vance has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and commercial real estate finance, including various positions prior to 2010 with GMAC Commercial Mortgage, Equity Residential, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young and their affiliates. 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 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.
Joseph 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 and the Illinois CPA Society.

Board of Directors

R. David Turner
Chairman
R. David Turner serves as Chairman of Highlands’ board of directors and chairs the board’s compensation committee. Mr. Turner has served as Vice President, Global Risk Management for Global Logistics Properties Limited, a provider of modern logistics facilities in China, Japan, Brazil and the United States, since January 2016. From July 2013 to January 2016, Mr. Turner provided risk management consulting services through Turner Risk Consulting LLC to various real estate enterprises, including InvenTrust Properties Corp., our former parent company. Also during this time, Mr. Turner served as an adjunct professor at North Park University from September 2014 to May 2015. From 2012 to July 2013, Mr. Turner served as Executive Vice President at First Nonprofit Insurance Company, a provider of property and casualty insurance products to non-profit organizations. Prior to that, from 2007 until 2012, Mr. Turner 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, most recently, as Senior Vice President, at Equity Office Properties Trust, a publicly traded office building company, from 1995 to 2007. 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.
Paul Andrew Melkus
Director
Paul Andrew Melkus serves as a director and chairs the board’s audit committee and is a member of the board’s compensation committee. Mr. Melkus has served as Global Head of Capital Markets – Real Estate and Infrastructure Department for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, and as a member of its Executive Committee since 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the development of financing strategy and management of lending relationships for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s global real estate investment portfolio. Mr. Melkus served as Senior Vice President – Capital Markets at General Growth Properties, Inc., a publicly traded REIT, from 2010 to 2011, as Director – Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank Asset Management from 2004 to 2009 and as Director – Capital Markets Investments at General Electric Capital Corporation from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Melkus has also consulted at Ernst & Young on a variety of capital markets and real estate related transactions and served as a securities analyst 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.
Richard Vance
Director
Richard Vance serves as a director and our President, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vance formerly served as Senior Vice President – Portfolio Management & Corporate Strategy for InvenTrust Properties Corp., the parent of Highlands until its spinoff in 2016. Mr. Vance began working for InvenTrust in 2014 when it became self-managed, following his employment beginning in 2013 at InvenTrust’s former business manager. Prior to that, Mr. Vance served as an independent consultant to InvenTrust’s former business manager and former property manager. Mr. Vance has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and commercial real estate finance, including various positions prior to 2010 with GMAC Commercial Mortgage, Equity Residential, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young and their affiliates. 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.