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400 S. Orange Ave
P.O. Box 4990
Orlando, FL 32802-4990
Commissioner Gray was elected
to the Orlando City Commission on June 1,
2012. He has been a resident of Orlando
In addition to his role as Commissioner, Jim
is the Managing Director of Leasing for
Parkway Properties, a publicly traded REIT
specializing in the ownership and operation
of high quality office buildings in thirteen
cities throughout nine Sunbelt states.
Jim joined the Parkway Properties team
through the acquisition of Eola Capital.
While at Eola, Jim coordinated activities
with private investors, including raising
equity for specific real estate
acquisitions. He was also responsible for
Prior to joining Eola Capital in 2004, Jim
spent 17 years with First Union/Wachovia
Bank managing their real estate, wealth
management and commercial lending efforts in
Jim earned his B.A. in finance from the
University of Houston in 1982.
Away from the office, Jim enjoys golf,
fishing and traveling.
His affiliations with numerous organizations
and groups include:
- Vice President/
Managing Director of Leasing in Orlando
for Parkway Realty Services.
- B.A. in Finance,
University of Houston.
- Veteran, U.S. Air
- 17 years in banking
with First Union/Wachovia Bank.
- Licensed Real Estate
Salesman in State of Florida
- Over 25 years of
commercial real estate experience.
- Married to wife Kathy
for 34 years and proud parents of two
grown children - Jeff and Christie.
- 24 year resident of
Central Florida; 7 within the City of
- Member of Willow
Creek Presbyterian Church
- Member, NAIOP -
Central Florida Chapter
- Past Community
Involvement includes: Florida Citrus
Sports, Leadership Orlando, Jim Heistand
Endowment for UCF Real Estate School,
City Arts Factory, Habitat for Humanity.