CA Commercial Development Means Seasoned Experience

CA Commercial Development is led by Doug Compton having more than 30 years of experience in various aspects of commercial real estate development. Doug invests his own equity in each project alongside a few strategic partners.

Doug leads an experienced team that offers a comprehensive range of traditional, turnkey, build-to-suit developments for clients across the country.

Our team's ability to navigate and lead a project through each phase of the process, from site selection to store opening, enables our tenants to rely on us as a dependable single source from start to finish.

Our Relationship Building Team

Doug Compton

Doug Compton Sr.

Principal

Douglas Compton Sr. has more than 30 years of experience in all phases of development for retail, restaurants, hotels, and other types of commercial properties.

As a tenant representation broker for leading national companies, Doug established many long-term tenant relationships. This experience enabled him to begin developing new locations for those tenants, to facilitate their expansion into multiple markets. With his diverse experience and valuable connections, Doug became the president of the build-to-suit division for a major national developer, where he worked for 13 years.

Prior to leading CA Commercial Development, Doug was an owner and founding partner in Anchor Retail Solutions/Anchor Development. Under his leadership, Anchor Development achieved growing success with a robust pipeline and focused client relationships. Across his career, Doug has managed and partnered in more than 200 development projects across the country.

Doug earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a degree in real estate from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Doug has been married to his wife, Molly, for 31 years. Together they have a set of fraternal twins.

Mark Wilhoite

Executive Vice President of Development

Mark Wilhoite has over 25 years of diverse experience in the commercial real estate industry; including development, construction, operations, leasing, and tenant negotiations. He has overseen over three million square feet of new and redeveloped retail and office projects since 2000 and has worked on a wide range of projects from single tenant triple net deals to complex asset repositioning.

Mr. Wilhoite began his career as a project manager with RTKL Associates, a nationally recognized architectural and planning firm in Baltimore, MD. From there, he worked as Director of Development and Construction for Phillips Edison & Company based in Cincinnati, OH where he handled large grocery development and re-development projects as well as single-tenant drugstore development projects. In 2006, Mark worked for Regency Centers as an Investment Manager where he was responsible for grocer and power center ground-up developments throughout the Mid-West region. Prior to joining CA Commercial Development, Mark worked as the Chief Development Officer for PECO Real Estate Partners where he managed several large multi-million-dollar mixed-use redevelopments including one of the largest in Southwest Ohio, the Kenwood Collection.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Planning and Urban Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). Mark currently lives in Loveland, OH, with his wife Suzanne who he married in 1995 while living in Baltimore. They have three children, Taylor, Owen, and Carly.

Jory Zola

General Counsel & Director of Development

Jory brings over a decade of experience to the CA Commercial Development team with a diverse background in the areas of commercial development, real estate acquisitions & dispositions, construction law, corporate law & governance, insurance law, contract negotiations, corporate financing, general business transactions, intellectual property, labor and employment law as well as litigation experience in both state and federal court.

Jory began his career in private practice in Chicago, Illinois where he focused on civil litigation and commercial disputes. In 2015, he joined Tire Discounters, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH where he served as Associate General Counsel & Director of Real Estate Development. During his time at Tire Discounters, Jory managed and oversaw all of the company’s real estate initiatives, including acquisitions & dispositions, new store development, leasing, and asset management. Jory successfully completed over $100 million dollars’ worth of development during his time at TD which resulted in the company doubling its store count under his stewardship.

Jory received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Indiana University and a certificate from the Kelley School of Business through the school’s Liberal Arts & Management Program. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law where he graduated with honors. Jory is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois and Ohio.

Jory actively sits on the Philanthropic Advisory Board for Smile Train as well as the Advisory board and steering committee for Lungevity. Jory was also member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Cincinnati Hillel from 2016-2019. Jory and his wife Sammi reside in Montgomery, Ohio with their 3 children Tyler, Austin, and Savannah.

Brad Copp

Vice President of Construction

Brad Copp has more than 18 years of project management experience in commercial property development, new construction and tenant improvement.

As a Senior Project Manager for Brixmor Properties Group, Brad managed over $100 million worth of redevelopment and tenant improvement projects in a nine-state region. He was also a Senior Property Manager for New Plan Excel Realty Trust, managing a portfolio of 20 shopping centers in four states. Prior to joining CA Commercial Development, Brad was the Vice President of Construction for Anchor Development.

Brad earned a Bachelor of Science degree in real estate and marketing from University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business, after spending 3 years in UC’s School of Architecture.

Brad has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 22 years and currently reside in Milford, OH with their daughter Lilly & son Sawyer.

Jon Bybee

Controller

Jon Bybee has over 20 years of experience in the public accounting field, including 15 years at Cooney, Faulkner and Stevens, LLC.

Prior to joining CA Commercial Development, Jon was the controller for Anchor Retail Solutions/Anchor Development and Anchor Associates.

Jon earned his MBA in accounting and finance from Xavier University and his BBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Nick Wessels

Director of Development

Nick Wessels brings 8 years of commercial real estate experience to the CA Commercial Development Team; including development, acquisitions & dispositions, joint venture structuring, equity partnerships, asset management and leasing.

Nick began his career as an Investment Analyst with Eagle Realty Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group, providing preferred equity, joint venture equity and hybrid debt-equity on a direct basis to qualified development partners and sponsors across the country. In 2020, he joined Bon Secours Mercy Health where he most recently served as Director of Real Estate Development. During his time at Bon Secours Mercy Health, Nick was responsible for managing all in-house development activities, including site selection, land acquisition, due diligence, entitlements, sale lease backs, and dispositions. Nick successfully completed over $400 million dollars’ worth of new development for Bon Secours Mercy Health across Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and South Carolina.

Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in both Finance and Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Nick and his wife Molly live in Crestview Hills, KY with their son CJ.

Douglas Compton Jr

Project Manager

Doug Compton brings 8 years of experience in commercial real estate development. He began his professional career in construction where he helped manage new ground up projects for Panera Bread in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina & Georgia. In 2020, Doug transitioned to assisting in all aspects of the development process for CA. Some of his responsibilities included; site selection, site acquisitions, due diligence, entitlements, budgeting, and Disposition. Doug's continuing to build on CA's current broker & tenant relationships across the country. Prior to joining CA Commercial Real Estate, Doug worked for Anchor Retail Solutions/Anchor Development for two years. He held internships with Anchor Associates in Cincinnati and Development Management Group in Nashville. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies from DePauw University in 2018. He was certified in Strategic Planning in 2019 working with Partners in Change.

Chris Seitz

Assistant Controller

Chris Seitz has 7 years of experience in the accounting field, including 6 years in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining CA Commercial Development, Chris was an accountant at Anchor Associates, Anchor Retail Solutions/Anchor Development and 3CDC.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Kentucky. Chris is married to his wife, Abby and currently resides in Lakeside Park, KY with their son, Frank, and their dog, Riley.

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