John Field Scovell
Chief Executive Officer & President
John Scovell joined Hunt Oil Company's real estate division in 1972 and founded Woodbine with Dallas businessman Ray L. Hunt in October 1973. Mr. Scovell has an oversight role, lending organizational support and direction to Woodbine's building committee on all projects. Mr. Scovell has direct involvement with all Woodbine projects. Prior to joining Woodbine, Mr. Scovell was a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co., and worked in the area of commercial auditing, handling a number of accounts with real estate companies and financial institutions.
Ian James Cihak, CPA
Senior Vice President - Asset Management
Jim Cihak is responsible for the asset management of Woodbine's hotels and mixed-use properties along with oversight of Woodbine's accounting and treasury functions. He represents ownership in dealing with hotel and retail operators, developing and implementing property tax value appeals strategies, monitoring facility conditions and recommending capital requirements. Mr. Cihak ensures compliance with operators under management agreement, approves the operators' annual operating and capital budgets and attends periodic operational review meetings.
Mr. Cihak joined Woodbine in 1984 and was subsequently promoted to treasurer and controller of the company. His responsibilities included developing the overall financial policies and practices; planning and directing treasury functions, budgeting and forecasting; and auditing, tax planning and reporting for projects overseen by Woodbine. In 1999 he was promoted to his current position directing asset management.
Camilla A. Hardee
Senior Vice President - Marketing & Communication
Cami Hardee is involved in market research, branding and marketing efforts for all of Woodbine's projects, serving as liaison with operators' sales and marketing teams. She manages the marketing function for Woodbine's master-planned projects and is the company's liaison with marketing staffs at Woodbine-owned/developed hotels and mixed-use projects. Additionally, she handles the company's market research efforts in the pre-development phases of all projects. She also serves as project manager for the 524-acre Legacy Trails project in San Antonio, Texas.
Ms. Hardee joined Hunt Oil Company as a public relations writer in 1980, was promoted to manager of corporate communications in 1985, and transferred to Woodbine in 1991 as vice president of marketing. She was promoted to senior vice president in 2004. Prior to joining Hunt, she worked as a reporter and editor for Dallas/Fort Worth Business Journal, Arlington Citizen-Journal, The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun and the North San Antonio Times.
She has managed a number of award-winning communications projects, including the pre-opening advertising and branding campaign for Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, which was honored with an Addy award.
Les J. Melcher
Senior Vice President - Business Development
Les Melcher joined Woodbine Development Corporation in 1997 as senior vice president responsible for the company's new project identification, as well as acquisitions and dispositions. He is also responsible for Woodbine's land developments, leasing Woodbine's projects, and expanding existing corporate relationships.
Before joining Woodbine, Mr. Melcher was senior vice president for Transcontinental Corporation in Santa Barbara, California, where he was responsible for all corporate acquisitions and dispositions, and managing all third-party and affiliate company relations. Other prior experience includes various positions in banking, financial advisory services and commercial development.
B. Gregory Mowatt
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Greg Mowatt joined Woodbine's staff in 1976 and is currently chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He has lead capitalization responsibility for all projects and coordinates the negotiation and closing of multimillion-dollar real estate project financings. He is also responsible for "financial engineering" in the creation of new project partnership structures, along with associated economic analysis.
Mr. Mowatt serves as owner representative in relationships with partners, lenders and operators of the company's convention/resort hotels. He is responsible for recapitalization of various components of Woodbine's real estate portfolio, as well as supervision of the corporate accounting and asset management departments.
Dana M. Swope
Senior Vice President - Construction
Dana Swope has lead responsibilty for Woodbine's construction projects. She supervises project management professionals assigned to projects and leads the selection of architectural design, interior design, engineering, construction, FF&E purchasing and installation firms. Her group also provides project budgeting, project scheduling and support for the asset management team.
Ms. Swope joined Woodbine in 1996, prior to which she spent six years in preconstruction services, cost estimating and project administration for Austin Commercial, Inc., in Dallas, Texas, with construction structural responsibilities for major manufacturing facilities for Texas Instruments, Twinstar Semiconductor, Inc., and Advanced Micro Devices.
Vice President - Development
King Scovell joined Woodbine's staff in 2007 and serves as vice president of development. Mr. Scovell works to source, underwrite, finance, close and develop new projects, as well as manages the Woodbine construction team. Mr. Scovell spent five years at Irving, Texas-based JPI, one of the largest and most successful multi-family real estate firms in the nation at the time. At JPI he focused on luxury and student living apartment communities and was exposed to all facets of the business, including construction, asset management, acquisition, capitalization and development.
Managing Director - Woodbine Investment Corporation
Dupree Scovell joined Woodbine in 2011 and is responsible for the company's acquisitions and investment platform and opening a new West Coast office. Prior to joining Woodbine, he worked for Trammell Crow Company in Dallas for five years, serving as a financial analyst and senior development associate focused on acquisition and development of retail and mixed-use real estate.
Mr. Scovell has been recognized by Dallas CEO magazine as one of the “Top 30 Real Estate Professionals under 30.” He was honored by the National Real Estate Forum as one of “Tomorrow's Newsmakers” and by the Dallas Business Journal in its “40 Under Forty” section featuring those who contribute both professionally and civically to the city of Dallas. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, and has been appointed to several positions that are focused on urban education reform and economic development. He was the recipient of the 2010 Harvey Fellowship.