After living in seven homes throughout his childhood in Cincinnati, Tom Xanders knows a lot about flipping homes.
From a young age Tom witnessed firsthand the economics of buying, improving and then selling properties for a profit. What he discovered from his parents’ experience flipping houses was that every home was an investment, and that each of those houses had a different solution which made it most appealing for prospective buyers. This experience influenced his philosophy of looking beyond a project’s current condition and considering its future possibilities and potential – which greatly impacts how he approaches his work at Terrex.
Influenced by his childhood experience, Tom originally pursued a law career focused on real estate services, obtaining a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Georgia. However, he eventually realized that he wanted to fully see a project all the way through – as opposed to overseeing only part of a deal or project as a real estate associate at a law firm.
Commercial real estate development, which allowed him to be actively involved at all stages of a project, ended up being more of a natural career fit for Tom. To help him succeed on his new path, Tom sought out an entrepreneurial firm that was doing great work where ownership could be a viable option.
Having previously met Tom Rowe through fly fishing with the Queen City Anglers, he realized that Terrex’s diverse staff, leadership opportunities, and its ethical and collaborative culture emphasizing doing business the right way would be a perfect fit for his career transition. Tom joined Terrex as a development project manager, where he takes an active role in leading and managing existing development pursuits while assisting with new development opportunities.
At Terrex, Tom leverages his knack for envisioning a project’s future possibilities while successfully leading and navigating and managing complex projects like the Uptown Gateway development project, which is one of the most complex projects that Terrex has ever undertaken. It involves developing a $225 million mixed-use project on a new urban interchange that includes more than 500,000 square feet of office space and a 160-room hotel over two underground parking structures.
Outside of his work at Terrex, Tom can be found in the great outdoors fly fishing, hunting, golfing, and spending quality time with his wife Abby, as well as their son and daughter.
Thomas L. Xanders
Development Project Manager
- Responsible for managing existing development pursuits and assisting with new development opportunities.
- Work with stakeholders, design professionals, government agencies and other development team members to develop and construct successful projects for Terrex and its clients and investors.
- Terrex Development & Construction, Development Project Manager – April 2018 to Present
- Graydon Head & Richey LLP, Real Estate Associate – Sept 2013 to April 2018
Representative Project Experience:
- Uptown Gateway – Cincinnati, OH
- Developing a $225M mixed use project on a new urban interchange that offers over 400,000 SF of office and a 200-key hotel over two underground parking structures.
- University Station Phase IB – Norwood, OH
- Developing a subsequent phase of market-based student housing for Xavier University adjacent to the existing University Station development.
- University Station Phase II – Cincinnati, OH
- Working to develop two office buildings on the University Station site along Dana Avenue.
- On the Lateral – Norwood, OH
- Developing a 90,000 SF office on a former industrial site. Project involved complex assembly, environmental issues and multiple sources of funding, including a grant from the State of Ohio.
- NexTek Phase I – Cincinnati, OH
- Working with The Port and Messer Construction to deliver approximately 75,000 SFT of speculative industrial space on the former Cincinnati Gardens site.
- NexTek Phase II – Cincinnati, OH
- Working with The Port and Messer Construction to develop, market, build and deliver a BTSL 120,000 SFT industrial space on the former Cincinnati Gardens site.
- Graydon Head & Richey LLP – Cincinnati, OH
- Lead council in the acquisition, financing and construction of a $100 million manufacturing and storage facility for a nationwide manufacturer including securing sales tax exemptions, real estate tax abatement and tax increment financing through local and state development authorities.
- Counsel to the largest property owner in Ohio on matters including acquisition, disposition, construction contracting, leasing and property management.
- Counsel to a local real estate investment firm in the acquisition, leasing and disposition of nationwide portfolio of properties.
- Lender’s counsel in the collateralization of a $250 million credit facility for a nationwide home builder.
Professional Associations & Involvement:
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Ambassador Council | Council Member
- LADD Building Committee | Committee Member
- NAIOP Ohio | State Board Member
- Ohio Valley National MS Society | 2016 Emerging Leader Council & 2015 Leadership Class
Education & Designations:
- Juris Doctorate, University of Cincinnati, College of Law
- B.S. Environmental Science, University of Georgia
- My wife Abby and I have been married for over 6 years. We have two children; a son and a daughter.
- Enjoy fishing, hunting, golf and spending time with my growing family.