Meet our CEO & President Thomas F. Taft, Sr.
A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Thomas F. Taft, Sr. (“Tom”), is a graduate of Duke University, the University of North Carolina School of Law and also attended The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.
Tom oversees the day-to-day operations for all departments of Taft Family Ventures, individually reviewing all items that are critical to acquisitions, construction and operations. Prior to joining Taft Family Offices in 1988, he served three terms in the North Carolina State Senate, was a member of the UNC Board of Governors, the Southern Growth Policies Board and the North Carolina Museum of Art Board of Trustees.
Throughout the last 20 years, Tom has built upon his family’s history and experience as real estate developers by constructing or acquiring real estate investments in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and California. He has developed and owns interests in more than 3,000 apartments and nearly a million square feet of medical office, commercial office, retail, and warehouse/flex space; and holds additional ownership interests in office parks, retail spaces and mixed-use developments.
Previously, Tom served as legal counsel to Lieutenant Governor Jim Hunt. He returned to his hometown to practice law with his father, building a practice that he has maintained for the past 45 years. Tom served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Golden L.E.A.F Foundation and President of the UNC Law School Alumni Association. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Environmental Law Center. Furthermore, he is an active member of the Multi-Family Executive Association, National Apartment Association, National Multifamily Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Tom has always recognized the vast importance of empowering our future leaders with the necessary tools to address the serious issues facing our environment. More importantly, he understands his responsibility and ability to act as a catalyst to inspire change. To that end, Tom established a distinguished Professorship at East Carolina University to help recruit world-class scholars to Greenville by endowing the Taft Professorship in Science Education ($1 Million) at the ECU College of Education, and the Taft Professorship in Environmental Law ($1 Million) at the UNC School of Law to cultivate greater environmental legal advocacy in the region by inspiring and challenging students to pick up the mantle of environmental protection.
Tom is fully commitment to developing more intelligent public policy, better enforcement of environmental laws and sustainability for a higher quality of life that still creates a prospering economy. A recognized pioneer, his contributions have been featured in ECU Foundation's Annual Report and Carolina Connections.
Since its incorporation as a real estate development firm in 1983 by E. Hoover Taft, Jr., Taft Family Offices has grown under the leadership of former N.C. State Sen. Thomas F. Taft, Sr. After taking the reins in 1988, Tom evolved and expanded the business into what is known today as Taft Family Ventures (TFV). The first major catalyst were Frankie Cash-Langley and Mike McCarty joining the enterprise as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development respectively, with each bringing a unique skill-set of financial and development talents and potential. Then in 2008 and 2016 respectively, Tom’s sons Thomas F. Taft, Jr. and Jonathan G. Taft joined the family business, making TFV a third-generation family-owned enterprise built around a growing team of talented colleagues and professionals.
What We Do
A distinguished investment firm, Taft Family Ventures is highly regarded for its deep experience, purposeful execution and philosophy of precision in real estate through acquiring, owning, developing and managing properties of all types including mixed use, retail, multi-family, single family, commercial office, medical office, mini storage, warehouse and flex space, student housing as well as its most recent endeavor, affordable housing. Our primary goal with these activities is more than financial success, but also building communities that are attractive, livable and sustainable.
How We Do It
TFV continually stays one step ahead of conventional thinking through its disciplined and purposeful investment approach by adapting, identifying and unearthing trends and opportunities to transform ideas into realities. Today, five integrated and collaborative companies fuel TFV's strategic operations through the teamwork of Taft Development Group, Taft Management Group, Taft Construction Group, Taft-Mills Group and Taft Family Office.
Where We Do It
Headquartered in Greenville, NC, TFV meticulously invests where it lives, creating value through development across the Carolinas. The firm’s strong reputation has led to high-quality and innovative development projects that have rapidly increased its presence in Florida, California, Virginia and Texas. In addition to TFV’s residential sites, its projects include major retail shopping centers, multi-story medical/clinical office buildings and governmental offices.