NewTower Trust Company
Robert Edwards is President at NewTower Trust Company. He is a member of the Trust Investment Committee (TIC), the Management Real Estate Investment Committee (MREIC), serves on the Policy Board and is an ex officio member of the NewTower Board of Directors. He oversees all aspects of NewTower. He has over twenty-five years of real estate and accounting experience and has worked with MEPT since 1990.
Prior to joining NewTower, Mr. Edwards was a Group Vice President at Riggs Bank; he was responsible for managing the financial reporting and monitoring portfolio performance, and supervising staff. He has a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Bucknell University. He is also a member of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), and the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Michael D. McKee is Senior Advisor of Bentall Kennedy (U.S.) Limited Partnership, with overall responsibility for U.S. operations. Mr. McKee also serves on the Policy Board and is a member of the NewTower Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy in 2010, Mr. McKee served on the firm's Board of Managers. Prior thereto, he worked in executive level positions at The Irvine Company, a 140-year-old, privately-held corporation known for its vast portfolio of commercial properties and the sustainable residential communities it developed on The Irvine Ranch in Orange County, California.
Over his 14 years with The Irvine Company, Mr. McKee progressively served as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and, ultimately, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors.
Before joining The Irvine Company, Mr. McKee was a partner of the international law firm of Latham & Watkins. He holds a BA from Azusa Pacific University, an MA from the University of Southern California and a JD from the UCLA Law School. He currently sits on the boards of HCP, Inc., First American Financial Corporation and Realty Income Corporation and is a past director of Mandalay Bay Resorts, Irvine Apartment Communities, and Oasis Residential.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Gary Whitelaw is CEO of the Bentall Kennedy group of companies. Mr. Whitelaw
is responsible for leading Bentall Kennedy and its operating subsidiaries,
Bentall Investment Management, Bentall Real Estate Services, Bentall Retail
Services, and Bentall Capital (U.S.) Inc. Mr. Whitelaw sits on the boards
of all Bentall Kennedy entities and client funds, and is responsible for
the performance and governance of all operating and investment groups. Prior
to joining Bentall Investment Management in 1998, Mr. Whitelaw was Vice
President and COO of Nexacor, Bell Canada's real estate division, which
managed a 25 million square foot portfolio for numerous BCE group companies.
Preceding Nexacor, Gary was Executive Vice President of Gentra Inc., then
a Canadian public real estate corporation listed on TSX, where he was responsible
for the management of the real estate group. Mr. Whitelaw has a professional
degree in architecture from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business
Mr. Whitelaw is currently a Director of the National Association of Real
Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) and previously, a Director of Real Property
Association of Canada (RealPac). Gary is also a frequent speaker and panelist
at industry conferences in both the US and Canada.
Chairman, Board of Directors
NewTower Trust Company
Daniel W. Toohey is Chairman of the Board of Directors of NewTower Trust
Company. Mr. Toohey chairs NewTower's Investor Relations Committee, is
a member of the Audit Committee, and serves on the MEPT Policy Board.
He currently conducts a nation-wide practice in Executive/Leadership coaching.
He is a lawyer with over forty years of experience in government and private
practice and served for seven years as the Managing Partner of Dow, Lohnes
& Albertson, a Washington D.C.-based law firm with an extensive financial
services practice. He has lectured and written extensively on telecommunications
and intellectual property law. In 1991 he joined the board of directors
of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., serving as an independent director
until the sale of the company to Bloomberg in late 2011. Mr. Toohey served
on several board committees, including service as their chairman. He served
as Vice Chair, General Counsel and Trustee of the Shakespeare Theatre
in Washington D.C. from 1987 to 2004. Mr. Toohey was a Director and General
Counsel of the Greater Washington Board of Trade from 1992 to 1998 and
a member of the Federal City Council's Executive Committee at the same
time. He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from St. Louis University.