Ms. James is a graduate of Wichita State University. After college she was employed by the Wichita Better Business Bureau, Inc. After eight years of service there, she was promoted to Vice President of Operations, where she managed a staff of three full-time employees and four to six part-time employees. During her tenure at the Better Business Bureau, she was instrumental in pioneering and administering a binding consumer arbitration program and creating a standardized method of reporting, eventually becoming national programs for the network of Bureaus under the leadership of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. In 1989, she was employed by the Doyle Rogers Company as office manager. In 1996, Ms. James moved into property management at the Doyle Rogers Company, and was part of a team that oversaw the management of nearly 2,000,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. In September 2018, she left Doyle Rogers Company and took employment with the Lasiter Group, overseeing the management and maintenance of the Lasiter Group’s portfolio of properties.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Charles Pugh graduated from Memphis University School (MUS) preparatory day school, and then from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with an undergraduate degree in Finance and Administration. After college he was employed as a bond analyst for a municipal bond firm in Memphis, in which during this period he attended law school at night for a year, at what is now the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.
After completing his service with the United States Army Reserve program, Mr. Pugh joined Sears Roebuck & Company’s (now Sears Holdings, NASDAQ: SHLD) management training program for their catalog operations, then continued as a buyer for five (5) years. He then joined the Kellwood Clothing manufacturing group with over seventeen manufacturing facilities. Kellwood manufactured clothing for Sears, J.C. Penney’s, and many other clothing retailers. For the next seven years, Mr. Pugh was responsible for opening seventy outlet stores to help the factories dispose of their overruns, irregulars, and surplus inventory. Through direct distribution, versus outside outlets, Kellwood Company’s bottom line profit increased.
Mr. Pugh was sought after by Doyle Rogers Company and remained with the firm for a thirty-five year tenure as the firm's primary broker for its real estate asset portfolio’s leasing & brokerage services. Mr. Pugh is now the primary executive for the leasing and brokerage efforts of Lasiter Real Estate, representing the portfolio of the Lasiter Group.
In his role as investment and development analyst, Mr. Topp is involved in the research and analysis of existing and prospective commercial real estate holdings, improvements, and developments. He also assists the firm and partners with matters of accounting and taxation of real estate holdings. Mr. Topp joins the Lasiter Group after years working in the transportation and logistics industry and most recently at a local public accounting firm specializing in taxation. Mr. Topp also has experience with commercial real estate development, contributing to the redevelopment of the historic Mann Building located in the Main Street revitalization area amongst other commercial real estate developments.
Mr. Topp received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Reynolds School of Business with an emphasis on financial analysis.
Mr. Topp has been active in supporting charitable organizations since he was in high school. He has worked in several food kitchens serving the homeless and food insecure people of Little Rock. More recently, Mr. Topp has served as treasurer for a charitable local cooking event benefiting the Arkansas Food Bank.
Mr. Topp is an avid golfer and enjoys sabermetric analysis of the game of baseball. He holds his private pilot’s license and has a love for flying.