March 1, 2013
Thomas F. Taft, Sr. (“Tom”) is a native of Greenville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law, and also attended the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.
Tom previously served as legal council to Lieutenant Governor Jim Hunt and returned to his hometown to practice law with his father, building a practice which he has maintained for the past 35 years. He currently serves as the President of Taft family Offices, developing all areas of our business while still finding time to devote to his legal practice. During the last 20 years, Tom has built upon his family’s history and experience as real estate developers constructing or acquiring real estate investments in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and California. He has developed and owns interests in more than 2,000 apartments, 200,000 square feet of medical office space, 150,000 square feet of commercial office space, 275,000 square feet of warehouse/flex space and holds additional ownership interests in office parks, retail spaces and mixed use developments.
Tom oversees the all divisions of Taft Family Offices, individually reviewing all matters which are critical to acquisitions, project development, construction and management of all projects.
Tom served three terms in the North Carolina State Senate, was a member of the UNC Board of Governors, the Southern Growth Policies Board and the North Carolina Museum of Art Board of Trustees. He currently serves as the President of the UNC Law School Alumni Association, the Board of Directors of the Golden L.E.A.F Foundation, and is involved in the Multi Family Executive Association, National Apartment Association, National Multi Housing Council, Triangle Apartment Association and the Urban Land Institute.
Taft Endowed a Professorship in Science Education ($1 Million) at East Carolina University College of Education. For more details on the Taft Professorship, please see pages 24 – 25 of the ECU Foundation's Annual Report here http://issuu.com/eastcarolina/docs/08-504_fndtn_ann_report.
For more information on Tom’s contributions for environmental advocacy and the Taft Endowed Professorship for Environmental Advocacy ($1 Million) at UNC School of Law, please click here http://givingpubs.unc.edu/documents/carolina_connections/archives/winter2005/taft.html.