Who We Are

TriStar and its principals have been involved with the capitalization and development of more than $1 billion of real estate over the last 20 years.  Our success comes from a disciplined investment strategy, enduring relationships with best-in-class funds & local development partners and the collective experience of our firm’s principals.

Every co-investment is founded on sustainable partnership terms and shared success.

Senior Executives

Michael Towerman

Michael Towerman

Principal


Michael began his career in 1983 as a real estate attorney and entered the real estate development field in 1988. Since then, he has been responsible for development of over a billion dollars of property in multiple asset classes, including the development of Gateway Commerce Center (one of the largest industrial parks in the United States), apartment complexes, office parks, shopping centers and residential subdivision land.

Prior to co-founding TriStar℠ in 1996, Michael was Vice President of a nationally recognized shopping center development company. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Rod Thomas

Rod Thomas

Principal


Rod has been a real estate investor and developer for over thirty years. Rod was one of the founders and currently acts as the Chairman of TriStar℠ Property Associates, which is one of the nation's pre-eminent property acquisition and development firms, with experience in a broad array of asset classes.

Prior to his involvement with real estate, Rod established a residential construction company that was sold to a national firm in 1999.

Mitch Wexler

Mitch Wexler

Chief Financial Officer


Mitch is a CPA, MBA with over 30 years experience in management and finance. His experience includes positions with international giants Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. and Nestle, USA, as well as an eight-year stint as Chief Financial Officer of a local chemical distributor. Mitch is primarily responsible for all accounting, tax, administrative, information technology, and human resource functions for TriStar℠.

Bobby Klucker

Bobby Klucker

Vice President of Development


Bobby has over 25 years of construction management and estimating experience in the commercial construction industry. He has been responsible for managing over $500 million dollars of office, industrial and retail construction for companies such as Procter & Gamble, The Boeing Company, Shop n Save, Amazon.com & World Wide Technology.

Bobby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, served in the United States Marine Corps, and holds a LEED AP certification.

Gene Manis

Gene Manis

Controller


Gene became an accredited Certified Public Accountant after earning a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. His career includes 30+ years of experience in public & private accounting within the fields of auditing, tax planning and preparation, business consulting, financial reporting, human resources, and risk management. As the lead controller for TriStar℠ he handles the accounting for development projects implementing strategic tax planning, tax incentive financing, historical cost credits, cost segregation, and cost allocation methods.

Christopher Hudgens

Christopher Hudgens

Dir. of Marketing & Technology


Christopher has worked in the marketing & operations side of business for 20+ years, seeing success in multiple industry sectors in cities from Chicago, Detroit, London, Tokyo & St. Louis with companies from Disney, Sotheby's Auctions, Home Depot & many others including 9 years in commercial development. Graduating with a BFA from Southern Illinois University; Christopher is responsible for all Marketing, Design & Informational Technology for TriStar.

Thomas Douglass

Thomas Douglass

Director of Development


Thomas “TD” Douglass, Director of Development, joined TriStar in 2018. His career includes over 20 years of experience in all aspects of design and construction related to real estate development. Thomas manages projects based on the design criteria and construction costs developed over years of previous working experience including historic rehabilitations, adaptive re-use, custom single-family homes, historic additions, multifamily homes, mixed use, tenant improvement, and master planned communities.

Roman Keselman

Roman Keselman

Senior Analyst


Roman worked in the corporate property division of the St. Louis City Assessor’s office as Senior Real Property Analyst and was tasked with revaluing large swaths of St. Louis City real estate. Roman also worked with Intalere as a Senior Financial Analyst, and Twain Financial Partners as an Asset Manager, specifically in the Historic Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits divisions.

Roman graduated from University of Missouri in Columbia in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics, and minors in business management and political science. Roman received his MBA from Washington University in 2016.