Our Leadership
Leading Grayco Partners is a highly skilled and experienced management team. Each Grayco principal brings nearly 20 years of experience dedicated to the business of commercial real estate.

Grayco Partners employs a flat organizational approach in its business operations, which is unique among real estate developers. Each member of the Grayco team has a direct hand in all phases of the business, from real estate acquisitions, to design and construction, to delivery of the final product. The right people – experienced, versatile and committed – establish the sound foundation of Grayco Partners.

John J. “Jeff” Gray, III - Founder and President
John J. “Jeff” Gray has more than 20 years of multifamily real estate development, construction and investment experience, having developed as a principal more than 12,000 units with a value in excess of $1.5 billion.

Mr. Gray is Founder and President of Grayco Partners, LLC in Houston, a national multifamily development firm specializing in the development of multifamily properties in major U.S. markets. At Grayco Partners, Mr. Gray has created a $560 million Investment Partnership with Camden Property Trust, one of the largest U.S. multifamily REIT’s, to develop high quality multifamily assets in diverse U.S. markets.

Prior to founding Grayco Partners, Mr. Gray was a Partner and Executive Vice President of Development for the Finger Companies, a Houston-based national multifamily developer. At the Finger Companies, he oversaw the company’s development and construction activities between 1993 and 2005. During that time, he lead the company’s development efforts in multiple U.S. markets including, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, Denver, South Florida, Boston and Los Angeles.

Mr. Gray, a native of Houston, Texas, is married with two daughters. He is a member of the NMHC Board of Directors and is active in the ULI Multifamily Silver Council. He serves as a board member and head of the long range planning for The Fay School, Houston, Texas.

John Britton - Chief Operating Officer
Grayco Partners’ Chief Operating Officer, John Britton, brings more than 18 years of multifamily and commercial real estate expertise to the company, where he also serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Over his career, John has concentrated on real estate equity and debt structuring, as well as commercial property development.

Mr. Britton served until early 2006 as Managing Director of a locally based private real estate equity fund, where he specialized on structuring and placing joint venture equity for commercial and multifamily real estate development projects. He also directed the firm’s commercial development program, overseeing the development of office building projects in Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon. Prior to that, he held several debt- and capital-related positions at the vice president and director levels at Prudential Realty Group.

Mr. Britton has managed more than $1 billion of real estate transaction volume during his career. He holds a BBA in Finance & Real Estate, and an MBA, both from the University of Texas.

Mr. Britton, a native of Houston, Texas, is married with three sons.

Rebecca Shirley - Senior Vice President of Operations
Rebecca has 30 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Grayco Partners, Rebecca served as a Senior Director at Greystar. Rebecca has worked on new construction lease ups, student housing properties, rehabs, and stabilized properties. She has experience with REIT entities, private ownerships, and third-party management. Rebecca has managed garden-style apartments, on- and off-campus student housing, mid-rise, high-rise, and mixed-use properties in 27 states. She has been responsible for the successful lease-up of 40 new construction properties. She maintains her CAPS and NAA EI Faculty member designations.

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Arts from The University of Kansas, and a Master of Business Administration from American University.

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