Gerry Reihsen has three decades in the investment management industry, including the last decade leading the creation of innovative alternative investment products on the Behringer Harvard platform. In addition to being a co-founder of Behringer Harvard, Mr. Reihsen founded Corbita Maritime Investments in 2010, to access unique distressed real asset investing strategies in the maritime transport industry. Corbita is the latest extension of Mr. Reihsen’s distressed real asset investment efforts, which began in 1989 with his long-time partner, Robert Behringer; successfully investing in real estate in the wake of the S&L crisis.
Corbita is a Behringer Harvard related company on its robust fund administration platform. Mr. Reihsen was a co-founder and has been an executive officer of Behringer Harvard over the last 11 years. At Behringer Harvard, which became one of the most successful direct participation program retail fund sponsors in the industry, Mr. Reihsen was integral in forming investment programs that have raised over $6 billion of equity deployed into more than $11 billion in assets and growing the firm to from 5 to more than 600 employees with offices worldwide.
Mr. Reihsen has been a leading advocate for the industry, through various trade organizations and federal, state and self-regulatory organizations. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events and has served since 2008 as a director of the Investment Program Association (IPA). He has spearheaded or been actively involved in many important initiatives, including several industry best practices guidelines and association policies, the creation of new segment-specific committees, task force groups and projects. Mr. Reihsen led a restructuring of the IPA that expanded the participation of important capital channel executives and service members in its industry at board and other governance levels.
Prior to co-founding Behringer Harvard, in 1999, Mr. Reihsen partnered in the creation of Xybridge Technologies, Inc., serving as an executive officer and building it into a successful telecommunications software company which was acquired by Zhone Technologies, Inc. in 2001. Previous to that, Mr. Reihsen practiced as a corporate/securities attorney, including for more than eight years with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and subsequently in his own firms.
Personally and through Behringer Harvard, Mr. Reihsen has supported a wide range of social and charitable activities, including the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, both directly and through support of the Dallas Marathon, CREW Dallas, the North Texas Food Bank, the Family Place, the Trinity River Mission, DISD Jerry Junkins Elementary School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Byron Nelson Golf Championship/The Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Charities, HonorGuard Network and many other national and local charities.
Mr. Reihsen’s personal social and charitable efforts are not only in fundamental social good organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, but also are strongly focused on specialized educational enterprises that assist those requiring educational support who are otherwise underserved or difficult to serve. In particular, Mr. Reihsen has for many years supported both Jesuit College Preparatory School and Fairhill School, private schools located in Dallas, Texas.
Recently Mr. Reihsen has begun to lay the groundwork for bringing a Cristo Rey school to Dallas, Texas. Cristo Rey Network schools provide a college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options with the mission to assure college success for its students using a rigorous academic model and a corporate work study program that provides students with real world work experiences with the schools’ local business partners. Every student works five full days a month with one of the school’s corporate partners to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education (http://www.cristoreynetwork.org).
Mr. Reihsen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi, and Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Reihsen has three sons, Gerald, Carson and Alec, with Julie (nee Carson) his wife of 28 years.