Leadership & Staff

W. Clay Grubb

Vice Chair

CEO, Grubb Properties Clay Grubb

Clay Grubb is the CEO and chairman of Grubb Properties, a vertically integrated real estate fund manager founded in 1963 that is today focused on the Essential Housing space through its Link Apartments® brand. Clay started working at the company at age 12, specializing in residential mortgage collection, and has seen how important long-term perspective is to successful investment strategies.

Since 2002, when Clay became the CEO of Grubb Properties, the company has grown significantly and been a top quartile producer of returns for its real estate investment funds. The company has received numerous sustainability designations and recognitions. It maintains corporate offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Charlotte, Cary, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; and San Jose, California. Clay leads the long-term, strategic vision for Grubb Properties and plays an active role in all investment decisions. Under his leadership, Grubb Properties successfully transformed from a family-owned business to an employee- and board-owned company. The company has been profiled in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal’s Deal of the Week and the cover of Business North Carolina.

Clay is an adjunct professor of real estate at Tulane University. He received his Juris Doctorate in law from The University of North Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Management from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, with a concentration in finance and a second major in economics.