Fred S. Ridley

Fred S. Ridley

Fred S. Ridley has been a director of the Company since 2018. Mr. Ridley has been a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, an international law firm (“Foley”), since February 2001. He is the former national chair of Foley’s Real Estate Practice, a member and former co-chair of the Hospitality & Leisure Team and a member of the Sports Industry Team. Mr. Ridley also is a former member of Foley’s Management Committee. Prior to becoming a partner at Foley, Mr. Ridley was a partner at Annis Mitchell Cockey Edwards & Roehn, a law firm that was based in Tampa, Florida (“Annis”), from November 1986 to January 2001 and an associate at Annis from 1984 to 1986. Before joining Annis, Mr. Ridley was a partner at Bucklew, Ramsey & Ridley, a law firm that was based in Tampa, Florida (“Bucklew”), from 1982 to 1984 and an associate at Bucklew from 1980 to 1982. From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Ridley worked at IMG, a sports management firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Ridley has over 35 years of experience in representing financial institutions and developers of single-family and multifamily real estate projects, including coordination of acquisition and financing issues, environmental and coastal permitting, and negotiations of entitlements with local and state governmental entities. Mr. Ridley was recognized by Chambers and Partners for his work in real estate law in its annually published Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Lawyers each year from 2004 through 2017. In 2006 – 2016, Mr. Ridley was recognized by The Legal 500 in the area of real estate, and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for real estate law. Mr. Ridley received a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1977 and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1974.


We believe that Mr. Ridley should serve as a member of the Board of Directors because Mr. Ridley’s over 35 years of experience and knowledge in the legal and real estate industries enable him to provide valuable insight into the current state of the commercial real estate markets and potential new investments.