EVP & Regional Managing Partner
Payton oversees and leads all components of JPI’s regional operation including site acquisition, development, design management, construction, capital markets, portfolio management and disposition. He serves as a member of the JPI Investment Committee and acts as a key executive in strategic direction and initiatives, as well as leadership and culture.
Payton has a broad 20 years of real estate investment, finance and executive experience. Before moving to JPI, Mayes served as the Chief Investment Officer at DHIC Communities, a D.R. Horton company, expanding the company’s expertise in joint venture capital structures and distressed offerings. He also founded Cephas Partners, where he co-invested with Blackstone to acquire a portfolio from Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a total enterprise value of underlying assets of $4 billion. His experience also includes managing real estate private equity investments at Merrill Lynch, where he led a $600 million South American entrance, as well as serving on the board in three different development companies with over 100 employees. He is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University.