Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> March 3, 2003

Leo Wells Iii – Wells Real Estate Funds Inc

LEO F. WELLS III is the Founder, President and sole Director of Wells Real Estate Funds, Inc., and its subsidiaries. As a 30-year veteran of the real estate brokerage, sales, and management industries, Mr. Wells has built one of the most successful real estate management firms in the country. Mr. Wells pioneered a conservative real estate investment philosophy that has consistently delivered income and wealth preservation to more than 75,000 investors. His prudent management style has propelled the firm to dramatic growth of more than $2.3 billion in assets. The firm's distinctive investment options include the Wells Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), Wells Limited Partnerships, and the Wells S&P REIT Index Mutual Fund. Recognized as an industry expert in real estate, REITs, and retirement investing, Mr. Wells is sought after by the media and industry speaking circuit. He is a regular guest on ABC-TV, CNBC, CNNfn, CBS Market Watch, and Bloomberg Television. His insights have been featured in numerous publications including Money, Investors Business Daily, Pensions & Investments, Financial Planning, The New York Post and The Wall Street Transcript. A registered NASD principal, Mr. Wells holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association. He is a licensed real estate broker in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, and he is a Life Member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. Mr. Wells holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Georgia. Profile
TWST: Could we start out with a quick overview of Wells Real

Estate Funds?

Mr. Wells: Wells Real Estate Funds actually started as a company

in 1984. We have a real estate investment trust, the