ReVenture Park Team
“The Eco Industrial redevelopment concept is bigger than any one firm. We look forward to sharing what we have learned at ReVenture with other developers so that these sites can be transformed throughout the country.”Tom McKittrick, President & Founder of Forsite Development Inc.
Tom McKittrick is President & Founder of Forsite Development Inc.
Tom is the President / founder of Forsite Development Inc. and manages all aspects of the companies operations. Tom started Forsite in December 2004 with the idea that there was a significant supply of vacant corporate surplus industrial facilities throughout the Southeast that could be acquired aggressively and then repositioned. Since starting Forsite, Tom has purchased over 3.8 million SF of space throughout the Carolinas.
Forsite’s most ambitious project to date is “ReVenture Park”, a 667 acre re-development of a former Federal Superfund site into a “Renewable Energy Industrial Park” that is specifically focused on attracting renewable energy, alternative fuels and recycling projects. The property, located along the shores of the Catawba River in Charlotte, NC and is the largest piece of under utilized heavy industrial property in the region. Once complete, the project will create hundreds of new jobs and be a hub for new and emerging clean energy projects. Forsite was awarded the 2010 Business Innovation Award from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association for the proposed ReVenture Park project.
Prior to starting Forsite, Tom was a ten year veteran and Senior Vice President of Development for Indianapolis based Lauth Property Group. In July of 2001, Tom moved to Charlotte to open Lauth’s first regional office where he managed all build-to-suit, land development and construction activities that he and his team created in the Southeast.
Tom has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Finance from Ball State University.
Van Morris, The ReNewable Gas Company
Van Morris has spent his career working with industries and companies at the inflection point of technology commercialization and expansion. From an early start with IBM as it entered the distributed computing era, his career developed from product marketing roles, through Divisional GM, Corporate VP Marketing, and eventually CEO roles. Van has experienced rapid industry development and consolidation, being part of UCCEL when it was acquired, GOAL Systems from pre-IPO through its eventual acquisition by LEGENT, staying with LEGENT through its two billion dollar acquisition by Computer Associates.
Van followed his interest in developing markets into the Internet, as President of Infonautics as its IPO, and eventually CEO. Since 2001, Van has focused on progressive energy technologies and techniques as Co-Founder of privately held US MicroGrid. US MicroGrid has developed over a dozen projects in the energy field including owning and operating a 1.6MW peak-shaving/demand response plant, backup reliability generation projects, energy efficiency solutions, power factor correction, and other projects. Van has been deeply involved with the ReVenture Park project in Charlotte NC for the last 2 years.
Houston Roberts, Forsite Development Inc.
Houston Roberts manages the development, leasing, and marketing of all of Forsite Development projects. He also plays a large role in the procurement and development of new acquisitions. Houston’s extensive background integrates work in all aspects of developing a successful eco-industrial park including: brokerage, development, financing, marketing, construction, and asset and property management. Houston earned his Master’s degree in Real Estate Development and Finance from Harvard University.
Lisa Lee Morgan, Managing Partner CALOR
Lisa Lee Morgan is responsible for projects in anaerobic digestion, bio-ethanol transloading, mobile waste gasification, and solar power at ReVenture Park. Lisa is also the co-founder of CALOR, a consulting company focused on renewable energy and alternative fuel projects that reduce energy cost, increase revenue, and enhance relevance for business and communities. Lisa is a licensed architect and maintains LEED-AP accreditation from the US Green Building Council. Lisa earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in architecture from Princeton University.
Tom Griffin, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
Tom Griffin has 30 years of experience in complex environmental matters. His practice spans a broad range of matters with a heavy emphasis on redevelopment and renewable energy, including biomass, wind energy, solar and brownfields projects. He also handles high profile cases in federal and state court. Tom has particular experience in matters relating to water, wetlands, wildlife, endangered species, the National Environmental Policy Act, brownfields and federal and state permitting. He is a Partner in the firm and has served on the firm’s Board of Directors for more than 12 years.