trust is earned
The principals of REIT Funding have a thorough understanding of the technical issues facing REITs — knowledge that is founded on personal experience in private REIT formation, real estate taxation and securities regulations.
Our entire staff is 100% dedicated to the REIT shareholder business.
As president and founder of REIT Funding, Charles Harrison offers his unique insight and proven expertise and management skills to all operations of the firm and its affiliates. He is also a co-founder and co-owner of H & L Equities, LLC.
Charles holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses. He is an active member of NAREIT, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, (served as Board Member and on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Legal and Tax Affairs Committee), The Real Estate Roundtable (President's Council, Tax Policy Advisory Committee and Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee), and the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs. He has authored many articles on tax and structure issues and has been a presenter at numerous forums on REITs and international taxation.
Prior to founding REIT Funding in 1998, Charles spent 25 years with Arthur Andersen & CO, SC, where he was a partner with a focus in fields related to real estate and international taxation. He was a leader on the firm's International Business and Tax Teams and an active participant on the Real Estate and Partnership Tax Specialty Groups, where he advised on the formation and operation of numerous REITs. Charles is a graduate of Georgia State University with studies in accounting, finance and taxation.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Harrison oversees REIT Funding’s operations to ensure the firm is functioning at its most efficient so client offerings are their most effective. In addition to managing the offering, dividend payment and Form 1099 reporting processes, Scott is responsible for the firm’s staffing, IT systems, infrastructure and security. He’s also in charge of investor relations and acquisition, financial advisor partnerships and marketing.
Scott holds Series 7 and 63 licenses and is an active member of NAREIT, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and The Real Estate Roundtable.
Prior to joining REIT Funding in 2004, Scott was a consultant for Accenture and North Highland. He earned a BS from Georgia Tech in Computer Science and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, with an emphasis in real estate and finance.
Vice President & General Counsel
Patrick Whelchel focuses on supervising and facilitating all phases of our private placement activity, including client relations, due diligence, document preparation and distribution, securities law compliance, investor relations and closing.
Having closed hundreds of successful private placements of equity securities, Patrick spends time counseling our clients on the REIT ownership rules, educating them regarding our services, and offering his experience on related securities law and compliance issues.
As in-house general counsel, he supervises our Form D/Blue Sky filing program, maintains our library of sample documents for client use, assists with broker-dealer compliance for H & L Equities, and provides legal support for our administration, risk management and human resources functions.
Patrick holds Series 7 and 63 licenses, is a registered representative of H & L Equities, LLC, and is a member of both the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association.
Prior to joining REIT Funding in 2006, Patrick was in private practice for 10 years in Atlanta, most recently with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. During this time he served as general outside counsel to businesses in several industries and routinely represented fund sponsors, issuers and investors in private equity transactions. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee and Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law, where he was a DeBlois Scholar.
Chief Financial Officer, REIT Funding, LLC and REIT Administration, LLC
Financial and Operations Principal, H & L Equities, LLC
Lori Mayfield focuses on our existing REIT clients, facilitating their shareholder dividend payments, redemptions, Form 1099-DIV and other tax filings, support for REIT compliance testing, and audit inquiries. She also provides oversight for all corporate financial functions including cash management, payroll, Human Resources, tax, and FINRA financial reporting.
Lori’s licenses include: Series 27, Financial and Operations Principal; Series 7 and Series 63, General Securities Representative; Series 79, Limited Representative – Investment Banker; Certified Management Accountant (CMA); Certified Financial Manager (CFM); and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). She is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and is registered with FINRA.
Prior to joining REIT Funding and H & L Equities in 2006, Lori served in several financial positions with BellSouth and MCI Telecom, was a consultant with North Highland, and was Controller of StillPoint Advisors and CFO of StillPoint Wealth Management. She earned a BS in Economics from Vanderbilt University and her MBA in Finance and Accounting from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Director, Offering Operations and Paralegal
Laura Harrison assists in the preparation, drafting and editing of various private placement offering documents. She ensures the accuracy of completed subscription packages, and provides our REIT clients with regular status updates throughout the offering process. Laura also performs quality assurance duties, editing and proofreading letters, agreements and various client and investor correspondence. She also provides paralegal support.
Prior to joining REIT Funding in 2006, Laura served as a paralegal with Banc of America Securities in New York City, Ronin Capital, LLC/Stafford Trading, Inc. and Lord, Bissell & Brook in Chicago. She holds a BA from Colorado State University and her paralegal certificate from Emory University.
Chief Information Officer
Kate Verner is responsible for the oversight, management and ongoing improvement of REIT Funding’s websites, internal applications and technical infrastructure to ensure our client service is based on the latest technological innovations. A Microsoft® Certified Solutions Developer, Kate also manages subscription agreements and investor payments during open investment offerings.
Prior to joining REIT Funding in 2007, Kate was a manager at North Highland with experience in process improvement, financial software selection and development, and reporting application development. Kate earned a BS from the University of Georgia.
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Senior Paralegal and Assistant to the General Counsel
Sandra Lewis provides paralegal support for both REIT Funding, LLC and broker dealer H & L Equities, LLC.
Sandra assists REIT Funding’s general counsel with document review, marketing research and legal research, including tracking the latest Regulation D developments. She also ensures all Form D state and federal filings are on time and Blue Sky compliance is maintained. In addition, Sandra helps in preparing proposal letters, processing offering documents and tracking new offerings.
Prior to joining REIT Funding and H & L Equities in 2012, Sandra served as a legal secretary and executive assistant for more than 25 years with a national and international law firm specializing in corporate and commercial real estate law.
Senior Associate, Offering Operations
Alea Mayfield assists with a variety of clerical and administrative tasks. She provides administrative support for redemption, dividend and 1099 mailings. During the offering process, Alea helps with the preparation of offering packages and document review. Additionally, she assists investors with various inquiries, including 1099-DIV replacement packages. Alea also handles address and contact changes for REIT sponsors and investors.
Alea joined REIT Funding as a busy season temp in 2016 while attending Georgia State University. She joined the team full time in 2019 after completing her master's degree in biology.
Cynthia Ryals is responsible for multiple corporate financial functions including billing and accounts receivable for administrative fees, dividends, and expense reimbursements. She manages vendor relationships and accounts payable, month end reporting, and assists with audits and transaction research.
Cynthia is a Certified Public Accountant with more than ten years of accounting and financial experience. Prior to joining REIT Funding, Cynthia served as Controller with Suddath and Accounting Manager with Southeastern Grocers. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting from Georgia State University.
Senior Specialist, Client Service and Broker Dealer Operations
Leighann Renz is our Senior Specialist of Client Service and Broker Dealer Operations. She assists investors with inquiries, including, but not limited to, 1099-DIV replacement packages, lost and reissued checks, profile updates, direct deposit enrollment, share transfers, and investor portal access. She is responsible for facilitating Broker-Dealer compliance functions for H & L Equities. Leighann also performs a variety of clerical and administrative duties, including managing vendor relationships, and large mailings such as redemptions, dividend, and 1099s.
Prior to joining REIT Funding in August of 2021, Leighann attended the University of Central Florida, graduating with a B.S. in Event Management in 2016. After graduating, she was the Operations Director for a Chick-fil-A restaurant before moving into consulting for Chick-fil-A’s corporate office.
Thomas Breland, CISSP
Senior Developer and Information Security Manager, REIT Funding, LLC
Chief Information Security Officer, H & L Equities, LLC
Thomas Breland is responsible for the development and testing of REIT Funding's websites and internal applications. A CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), Thomas is also responsible for implementing and monitoring REIT Funding's cybersecurity policies.
Prior to joining REIT Funding in 2022, Thomas held various roles in software, cyber, RF, and physical security, with responsibilities in web application and mobile development, cybersecurity framework alignment, IT policy and procedure development, geographic information system data analysis, and strategic planning. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Louisiana State University.
Retired in May 2018
Co-Founder / Co-Owner, H & L Equities, LLC
Charles Harrison and Phyllis Johnson also serve as owners of H & L Equities, LLC.
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