James H. Polk III

Managing Director

Jamie Polk is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Investment group of Commerce Street Capital, LLC. He has been with Commerce Street since its inception.

Mr. Polk has over 37 years of experience in all aspects of the real estate investment and development business, including the creation and operation of both private and publicly-held REITs. He was a founder and board member of Archstone Smith Trust, a $22 billion multi-family REIT, that was taken private by Lehman Brothers & Tishman Speyer in October, 2007. Prior to his association with Commerce Street, LLC, he was a Managing Director with SAMCO Capital Markets, Inc. During the 1990s, Mr. Polk was a Managing Director with Security Capital Group in Santa Fe, NM, a private investment firm specializing in the acquisition of commercial real estate portfolios utilizing separate REIT structures.

He has been a member of the Board of Governors of The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and a past-President (‘89/‘90) from 1980-1990. Mr. Polk received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1964 (BSME) and his graduate business degree from the University of Virginia in 1967 (MBA).

Mr. Polk is a registered representative and has passed the FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 examinations.