Trey Embrey — President and CEO of Embrey Partners

As president and CEO of Embrey Partners, Trey Embrey has contributed to developing or redeveloping of tens of thousands of Class A multifamily units nationwide.

He worked with Embrey Partners from 1992 to 2000, when he left to start and operate his own real estate business. Since his return in 2010, he
has seen his role grow from executive vice president of operations to president and CEO. As he transitioned the company from first- to second-generation family leadership, he hired a new executive team with extensive experience in multifamily markets in development, construction, investment and finance.

Under his leadership, Embrey Partners has grown from about 60 employees to more than 250, and it has begun 35 new development projects worth $1.8 billion in those eight years. He fostered the company’s success by growing its asset base outside Texas, including eight projects in Denver totaling $550 million in capitalization,three projects in Nashville totaling $160 million and two projects in Phoenix totaling$120 million.

Describe the view from your office. I see thousands of people coming and going in San Antonio every day. I see the east-west flight path at the airport, as well as the status of congestion on Loop 410.

Describe an item in your office that is special to you and explain why. I have a painting from my friend Thom Evans. I received it about 10 years before he passed away. It is titled “Sombreros” and not only reminds me of my dear friend, but that we all need to wear different hats in our lives.

How would you describe your management style? I have an open-door policy and am available to my team at all times. I have confidence in my team, and I am a consensus builder. Although I am analytical and straightforward. I believe strongly in always being prepared. At Embrey, we pride ourselves on honesty, integrity and always doing the right thing.

What advice do you have for younger professionals striving to achieve a C-level position? It is always important to get to know your competitors. It may feel awkward, but some will become friends and valuable resources. You will learn from each other. A rising tide floats all ships.


San Antonio Business Journal