ANDREW SCHATTEManaging Partner +
ANDREW SCHATTEManaging Partner
Andrew, Principal of Americus Holdings, LTD., has 40 years of experience in real estate acquisition, management, development, and construction of public, private, and government projects in commercial and residential development, technology centers, government buildings, educational facilities, and college campuses.
He currently serves as President of Americus Holdings, LTD., FW Stadium Group, LLC, Town & Country Ventures 11, Inc., AAS Weston, LLC, and Vice President of Stonehenge Holdings, LLC. Andrew’s accrued development expertise has enabled him to assemble and execute strategic public and private commercial development projects that maximize value and return for business owners and equity partners alike. His ability to pinpoint the key issues in a deal and to work through those issues in a way that is agreeable and beneficial to all parties involved is a recurring theme in transactions in which he is involved. As a long-time real estate developer and investor, Andrew believes in the value of long-term relationships and that fair business dealings lead to repeat business. By employing this philosophy, he has developed long standing relationships with investors, financial institutions, and brokers, as well as some of the most respected architects, engineers, and contractors facilitating design and construction across the United States.
MARK BROCKPresident +
Mark graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Economics and Master of Real Estate. He has more than twenty-five years of commercial real estate experience. Mr. Brock is also Managing Partner at Lionhead Capital Partners and is responsible for Lionhead’s US-based real estate portfolio consisting of strategically located assets across Texas.
Prior to joining Americus, Mark was Executive Director - Business Affairs for the Texas A&M University System. He was involved in the negotiating, structuring and construction of the public-private partnership portfolio on behalf of the System and asset managed approximately $2B in public-private partnerships.
Additionally, Mark negotiated leases, contracts and agreements related to real estate transactions for the System’s 11 universities and 8 agencies state-wide. Prior to his time with the Texas A&M University System, he spent over 20 years in the private sector with GE Capital Real Estate and The Blackstone Group in various roles. With GE, Mark served as Vice President of GE Capital Realty Group, Inc., and was a senior member of the Global Asset Management real estate team. He directed all aspects of asset management responsibilities for more than $2.5B of real estate investments including owned real estate, non-performing loans, troubled debt restructures and loan workouts. With The Blackstone Group, he managed and repositioned for sale, a $100MM portfolio which was part of Blackstone’s acquisition of GE Capital Real Estate.
CHRISTOPHER SURFACEVice President +
CHRISTOPHER SURFACEVice President
Chris has over 15 years in construction and engineering design experience. He facilitates the acquisition, entitlements, design, and construction of development projects. Chris has extensive experience in the land development and construction industries, bringing invaluable experience to the development team.
He manages and oversees the entitlements, design and construction of Americus’s P3 projects. He consistently seeks to exceed client expectations regarding asset quality and functionality while ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget. For the past 18 months, Chris has been the manager of design, permitting and construction for the Epicenter Development, a $120M entertainment facility in Fort Bend County.
Chris has managed the development through a season of rampant inflation and unreliable supply chains, ensuring the project maintains schedule and adheres to budget constraints. Prior to joining Americus, Chris worked with a land development firm in the Central Texas region, overseeing the entitlement, design and construction of master-planned communities.
NATHAN WATKINSVice President +
NATHAN WATKINSVice President
Nathan graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Political Science and Master of Public Administration. He has more than seventeen years of public sector experience, and is a sought-after subject matter expert on public finance, capital infrastructure planning and construction, public facilities and public broadband networks, having led more than $200 million in projects during his public sector career.
Prior to joining Americus, Nathan was City Manager for the City of Mont Belvieu. While leading the 4th fastest growing suburb in the Houston MSA he successfully negotiated $4 billion in economic development projects and rolled out more than $200 million in capital projects including facilities, roads, water, sewer, parks, and broadband internet service. Mr. Watkins pioneered municipal broadband as a critical utility in The State of Texas.
Prior to his time with the City of Mont Belvieu, Nathan spent six years in the United States Navy serving on the USS Enterprise as flight deck firefighter and a member of the Captain’s Tactical Navigation Team. After his time on the USS Enterprise, he volunteered for Naval Special Warfare training as a Special Warfare Combat Crewman (SWCC) in Coronado, CA. While there he served as Class Leader for SWCC Class 49 and was later stationed at Special Boat Team 22. As a member of Special Boat Team 22, Nathan deployed to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq as a National Level Asset working directly with Seal Team Six and Delta Force.
CRAIG CUNNINGHAMVice President +
CRAIG CUNNINGHAMVice President
Craig graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Economics. Craig has more than 28 years of public finance and public/private financing experience including public safety, utility infrastructure, arenas, hospitality, and higher education
Prior to joining Americus, Craig was a senior level public finance investment banker. Early in his career he was introduced to municipal and governmental leasing. Leveraging this early experience, Craig was part of a small group of public finance professionals that helped pioneer modern P3 practices. Partnering with private sector developers, state and local governments, Craig was able to match the facilities needs of cities, counties and institutions of higher education with the expertise of the private sector and their ability to accept the transfer of completion risk and design, build and finance new facilities on time and within budget.
Craig has served as an advisor to private sector developers on several innovative “public-private” partnership transactions over the last 25 years. He provided advisory or banking services on privately developed projects on the campuses of Texas A&M University, the University of Colorado, and for North Central Texas College and privately developed projects in Fairfax County, Virginia, Houston, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Craig will manage all financing and capital markets activities related to the firm’s P3 projects.