Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> January 3, 2005


THOMAS H. LOWDER has been a Trustee of Colonial Properties Trust since its formation in July 1993. He is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Lowder became President of Colonial Properties, Inc., the company's predecessor, in 1976, and since that time has been actively engaged in the acquisition, development, management, leasing and sale of multifamily, office and retail properties for Colonial Properties. He is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is a member and past Board member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He is also a member and past President of the Alabama Chapter of the Realtors National Marketing Institute through which he successfully completed commercial real estate investment courses to receive the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. He is presently a member of the Board of the following organizations: Chairman -Children's Hospital, Birmingham-Southern College, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Crippled Children's Foundation and United Way. Mr. Lowder is also a member and past captain for the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He is past Chairman of the Birmingham Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and served successfully as Chairman of the 2001 United Way Campaign for Central Alabama. In 2004 he was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Birmingham Southern College in recognition of his distinguished career and service to the college. Mr. Lowder graduated with honors from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief historical sketch of Colonial

Properties Trust and a picture of what you are doing at the present


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