George A. Morgan, Jr.
Mr. Morgan is the Founder of The Morgan Companies. With more than 40 years in the business, he has focused the efforts of Morgan on small and medium-sized office buildings, retail shopping centers, and freestanding retail projects. He put particular emphasis on repeat build-to-suit projects for national credit tenants, such as Publix, Walgreens, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Wendy’s, KFC, and Bank of America.
A native of St. Louis, Mr. Morgan graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1968 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1971, after serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army for two years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is a licensed real estate broker in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. Mr. Morgan served as a Governor Appointee to the Board of Directors of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority and previously served for two years as Chairman of the Broward Workshop. He also serves on the Florida Governmental Affairs Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science and works with numerous local charities.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Morgan is responsible for the company's overall strategy and guiding the leadership team. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he has overseen the acquisition and development of more than $650 million worth of commercial real estate, from single-tenant retail projects and medical office developments to regional shopping centers. Mr. Morgan also leads Morgan Capital Management, the company’s private equity and investment arm he founded.
Before joining The Morgan Companies, Mr. Morgan worked at Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc. in Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors, and an MBA from Duke University. Mr. Morgan is a longstanding member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), where he serves as Vice-Chair of the Governmental Relations committee for the Southern Division. In the community, Mr. Morgan is a member of the executive board of the Steve Smith Family Foundation and attends St. Gabriel Catholic Church. He has a wife, Kimberly, and three children.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Sutphin is the Chief Operating Officer and serves on the company’s operating and investment committees. He is responsible for Morgan’s asset management, leasing, property management, human resources, accounting, financial services, construction management, and consulting services. He plays an integral role in the company’s long-term strategic planning and risk management functions.
Before joining The Morgan Companies, Mr. Sutphin was Vice President and Market Officer for Regency Centers, overseeing the leasing, operations, and asset management of 42 shopping centers in the company’s Mid-Atlantic portfolio, totaling nearly 6 million square feet. Mr. Sutphin and his team were responsible for executing nearly 2,000 leasing transactions in his 13-year tenure at Regency. He was also responsible for redevelopments, renovations, and anchor leasing as well as assisting the transactions group with acquisitions and dispositions in the Mid-Atlantic.
Mr. Sutphin earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Organizational Management Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as golfing and saltwater fly fishing.
Executive Vice President of Development
Mr. Jeff Surrency is a Partner of The Morgan Companies and oversees the acquisition of all development opportunities. Mr. Surrency has been involved in the assemblage, acquisition, and completion of developments consisting of grocery-anchored shopping centers, freestanding drugstores, and residential and office projects since 1979.
Before The Morgan Companies, Mr. Surrency was a Senior Partner with the Barclay Group for more than 18 years and worked as a consultant for the Trammell Crow Company. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a licensed real estate broker.
Ms. Brittany Johnston oversees all accounting & finance functions for our portfolio of development, investment, and property management entities. Her primary responsibilities include budgeting & variance assessments for all assets, tax & investment analysis, and ensuring the accurate presentation of financial information to management and investors.
Ms. Johnston began her career at Morgan in 2011 as the Assistant Controller supporting the CFO and managing the property accounting team. She was promoted to Controller in 2014.
Ms. Johnston graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science Degree in Accountancy specializing in Audit & Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) and a CPA in the state of North Carolina.
Director of Operations
Mr. Scott Friedman’s primary role is to ensure development projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Florida progress efficiently through entitlement, design, permitting and construction to deliver a stabilized asset. His responsibilities include the oversight of design professionals, vendors and city/county planning staff. He also controls tenant coordination and timeline management, with a specific focus on the governmental approval process. His involvement ensures projects complete on time and on budget.
In addition, Mr. Friedman oversees our Property Management department, which services properties throughout the country. He brings more than 10 years of property management experience and more than 25 years of general real estate experience to Morgan.
Mr. Friedman graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Florida in Business Finance. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a licensed real estate sales associate in Florida.
Director of Development
Mr. Wilson joined the The Morgan Companies in 2012 with a focus on creating new location opportunities for the company's repeat national clients. His primary responsibilities include site acquisition, site planning, lease execution, government approvals, and the rezoning process. His clients include Publix, Starbucks, McDonald's, Circle K, 7-Eleven, and Sheetz, among others.
Mr. Wilson began his career in commercial real estate as an appraiser, working with major lenders for valuations of all commercial property types. He has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Corporate Communications from Queens University of Charlotte and is currently pursuing the CCIM designation. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker as well as an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Carolina Region Commercial Board of Realtors (CRCBR).