About Vanguard Property Group

George Barnes and George Venters are involved in all facets of the business, including site acquisition, design, leasing, construction, finance and management.

George T. Barnes, Jr.

George began working with George Venters in 2002, and soon thereafter they formed Vanguard Property Group in early 2003. Prior to this, George was a Vice President with a Raleigh-based investment banking firm (Trident Securities), where he focused primarily on capital raising activities and advisory services for financial institutions. Before this, George completed a two-year management development program with Centura Bank, a predecessor to RBC Centura.

George was born in Wilson, North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. George lives in Raleigh with his wife and two daughters.

George C. Venters, Jr.

George formed Vanguard Property Group with George Barnes in February 2003.  George began his real estate career in 1996 with a local land development company. In 1998 he co-founded Triton Real Estate, which specialized in residential and commercial development, brokerage and leasing. Over the past few years George has concentrated on commercial development and has been specifically active in office, medical and retail projects.  George also recently completed a four year term on the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission.

George is a native of Raleigh and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a licensed real estate broker with the State of North Carolina and has completed the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. George currently resides in Raleigh with his wife and son and daughter. His outside interests include hunting, fishing and traveling.

Sherri Hepps

Sherri Hepps joined Vanguard Property Group in December 2005. Sherri's background includes a long tenure with Wendy's International, both at the corporate and franchise level working in the administrative and management field. Sherri also worked with a local Public Insurance Adjustor's firm, which assisted individual clients, as well as commercial clients with their claim process.

Sherri is responsible for all Property Management and Accounting activities of the Company, as well as the Company's affiliated entities. Additionally, Sherri interfaces with the Company's tax advisors, manages all banking and insurance relationships, and assists with the coordination of all projects in development stages. Sherri is from Columbus, Ohio, but calls Raleigh, North Carolina home where she has resided for over twenty-five years with her husband and two sons.

James Peden III

James Peden III joined Vanguard Property Group March 2012 as a Project Manager. James will primarily assist with coordinating and overseeing the firm's construction activities. James brings over eighteen years of experience to the firm, successfully managing over 1.2 million square feet of commercial construction, from permitting phase to certificate of occupancy. James served as President of the General Contractors Association of Raleigh in 2004.

James resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and four children.


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