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Thomas Townsend

Thomas Townsend

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The Richland Companies

Serves as Richland’s vice president of asset management and is well respected by staff and industry peers.

Continues to pay it forward by mentoring other UH graduate students pursuing careers in real estate.

Member of CCIM and supports local Houston charities including Houston Children’s Charity and CAP Citizens for Animal Protection.

In 2014, Thomas Townsend was a graduate student at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business working toward a certificate in real estate. During the interview with Richland, he impressed with his intellect and was offered an internship. He showed incredible potential and a willingness to learn.  His internship continued until his graduation in May 2015. Townsend graduated with his MBA and he was offered a full-time analyst position. He learned all aspects of running a property as well as purchasing, selling and the due diligence process, and his responsibilities increased.

Following his two years with Richland, Townsend expressed an interest in relocating to Denver and he interviewed with several companies. He felt none of the positions were ultimately the right fit for his experience, and returned to Houston. Townsend was then offered a promotion at The Richland Companies and he accepted. It has been one of the best business decisions the firm has made. Townsend now serves as Richland’s vice president of asset management and is well respected by staff and industry peers. His demeanor, work ethic and consistent results all epitomize the word professional. 


Townsend continues to pay it forward by mentoring other UH graduate students pursuing careers in real estate. He mentors a graduate student intern each semester and understands the importance of guiding and motivating students as their careers commence. While a graduate student, Townsend was selected and served as president of the UH Real Estate Club.  Townsend is a member of CCIM and supports local Houston charities including Houston Children’s Charity and CAP Citizens for Animal Protection.   

These are just a few reasons we chose Townsend as one of the Texas 2021 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s fifth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.

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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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