With little more than a month on the job, Curtis Walker, senior vice president of multifamily development for Trammel Crow Co.'s southeast region, is already up and running. In the midst of meeting and getting acquainted with his new team, the 21-year veteran of multifamily development made his first acquisition just three weeks after his start date in early May. “We've gotten control of a deal in the middle of trying to get e-mail up and running, and so we're off and underwriting our first acquisition of land, an urban renewal teardown and rebuild,” Walker says. “There's even more resources and available team members than what I would have ever imagined.”

Working within Trammel Crow subsidiary High Street Residential, Walker is responsible for development, redevelopment, and acquisitions of multifamily properties throughout Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

A graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, Walker's road to multifamily was a natural progression. His first job out of college was at a savings and loan bank, and he rode that wave through the 1970s and 1980s until the economic downturn in 1987. He left finance behind to begin a career in multifamily acquisitions, underwriting for Chicago-based AMLI Realty Co., which later became AMLI Residential. Most recently, he was the executive vice president and southeast regional investment director for Atlanta-based Post Properties, where he was responsible for the development and acquisition of luxury apartments and condos in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina totaling more than $400 million. His projects ranged from student housing to luxury apartments with the development of 3,000-plus units and the acquisition of 4,000-plus units.