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Our Team

James D. Bayne 
President 


Jim supervises all leasing and sales transactions for Investar clients. He is adept at developing and implementing marketing strategies for properties throughout the Greater Houston Area. His integrity, commitment and market knowledge allow him to complete transactions both large and small. He has over thirty years experience in commercial real estate leasing and sales and has completed transactions on retail, office, and industrial space. Jim graduated from Stephen F. Austin University, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Finance and is a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker. 

Contact Information:   jbayne@investarinc.com



Brent C. Carter, MBA
Vice President  


Brent began his career at Investar in 2005 after completing his M.B.A. at the University of Houston. Brent is involved in managing a diverse commercial portfolio and client base, including both institutional and private ownership structures. Brent’s team manages over 900,000 square feet, including retail, shopping centers and a variety of service and industrial properties offering high class amenities. He complements the Investar management team with a strong work ethic and his refined tenant relation skills.

Contact Information bcarter@investarinc.com



Frances Palacios
Assistant Property Manager

Frances Palacios is a Houston-area native who has been with Investar since 2010. Frances is our Maintenance Coordinator and Property Accountant. Before joining our team at Investar, Frances worked as a customer service department manager for Service Corporation International for three years. 

When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Contact Information:   frances@investarinc.com




Brittney Stockard
Marketing Coordinator/Leasing Agent

Brittney joined Investar in February 2012. She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Business Management. Brittney is our Marketing Coordinator and Leasing Agent at Investar.

She coordinates and plans the development of marketing materials, manages the website, social media, and other digital communications.Brittney also takes care of processing lease agreements after negotiations. Brittney enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

Contact Information:   brittney@investarinc.com




Gary Warner
Leasing Agent  

Mr. Warner has enjoyed a 35-year career in the corporate and private sector Commercial Real Estate Industry. As the Real Estate Director for national retailers including Rent-A-Center, Big Lots and Dollar General Stores, he procured sites nationally, however, he has spent the last 10 years specifically focused on territories in Southeast Texas, primarily Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Warner has held project leasing and new project development positions with Jerry J. Moore Investments and Realm Realty where he successfully negotiated leases with national retailers including Barnes and Noble, PetsMart, Sally Beauty, The Outback Steakhouse and Payless Shoes. Mr. Warner has also assembled development tracts that resulted in new store locations for Walmart, Walgreens, Starbucks, numerous fast food and bank clients. 

As a member of the Investar leasing team, Mr. Warner takes pride in taking under-performing shopping centers to an increased level of occupancy and tenant quality by focusing on strategic leasing efforts.

Contact Information:   gwarner@investarinc.com



Kathy Jones
Leasing Agent  

Kathy has been a valued leasing agent of Investar since 2010. She began her retail leasing career shortly after receiving her B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from Texas Christian University. She holds a Texas Real Estate Broker's license and has previously worked for; Sugar Land Properties, The Patrician Group, Transwestern and CBRE. As the director of leasing for a New York shopping center syndication group she gained experience in negotiating leases on behalf of the Landlord, in markets across the United States.

Kathy has negotiated leases with Luby's Calico Corners, Kroger, Palais Royal, Target Stores, Walgreens, Hallmark Cards, Beall's Department Stores, Pier 1, Bed Bath & Beyond, Steinmart and many more. Kathy and her husband, Frank, have two children Alex and Ford.

Contact Information:   kjones@investarinc.com


Lena Tran
Director of Accounting   

Lena received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Sam Houston State University in 2009 and has been with Investar since January 2010. She started as a Property Accountant and was quickly noticed for her efficient and quality work. In July 2011, she was promoted to Director of Accounting, where she oversees the accounting team and general staff.

Lena is passionate about her work and takes pride in producing quality work. She enjoys helping her colleagues and assisting clients with accounting questions. Lena would describe herself as easygoing and humorous.

Lena especially enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter. Recently, she has picked up on photography and enjoys taking pictures for family and friends.

Contact Information:   ltran@investarinc.com


Kelly Manning
Property Manager

Kelly Manning came to Investar in February 2015, bringing over 17 years of real estate experience to our team.  Kelly’s knowledge in leasing and property management in both the multi-family and retail shopping center sectors is evident in her relationships with her many property owners and tenants.  She is a proactive, hands-on property manager with an impeccable attention to detail.  Whether she is dealing with tenant relations, landlord reports, accounting issues, vendor proposals or maintenance solutions, Kelly is high energy and always there with a smile. 

Kelly comes to Investar from NewQuest Properties.  Prior to her tenure with NewQuest, she was with Greystar  Management Services and was named Leasing Agent of the Year in 2004 and Assistant Property Manager of the Year in 2005.

 A Houston native, Kelly enjoys the beach, camping and spending time with her family.  She is also a music lover and is an avid supporter of live local music.

  Contact Information:  kelly@investarinc.com


Wendy Tran
Assistant Property Manager

Wendy received her bachelor’s in Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2013 and has been with Investar since 2015.

Wendy comes from FirstService Residential starting as a Service Specialist then became On-Site Manager in less than 6 months.  She was named On-Site   Manager of the Year in 2014.  Prior to FirstService, she worked as an Executive Assistant at Account Recovery Specialist, Inc. in her hometown Wichita, Kansas for 5 years.

She is driven, a team player, reliable and always has a positive attitude. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family, fitness, outdoor activities and music.

Contact Information:  wendy@investarinc.com


Property for Lease

Spring Cypress Plaza is a 19,929 square foot Strip Center located at 9305 Spring
Cypress Road in Spring. PAD SITES AVAILABLE (25,900 SF & 5,000 SF). Located at Gleannloch Lakes Boulevard. Offers excellent visibility & access from Spring Cypress.

Tenants include TLC Nails, Kumon, Vito’s Famous Pizza, Bleu Oyster Bar & Seafood, C. Cheveux Salon, Montessori Kids Universe, and Skin 101.

Contact:
Brittney Stockard
brittney@investarinc.com 

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