In 2018, three partners came together with the idea to build a new commercial real estate model to serve Lafayette and shape lasting relationships with client-partners looking to succeed while also enhancing the quality of life in their local community. Jeff Landry, Chad Ortte and Hammy Davis founded Scout Real Estate, a full-service commercial real estate, brokerage, management and consulting firm based on honesty, integrity and a rock-solid work ethic. Scout is less worried about the number of signs we put in the ground and more committed to working on projects that have a significant impact for our clients and our community. We are experienced and we have a deep network that comes from years of hard work in the commercial real estate markets across South Louisiana. We provide our clients access to the most current technology and information all combined with old-school techniques such as actually answering the phone, meeting with people in person and dealing with challenges face-to-face. We know, it's a radical approach in today's market, but one that you will immediately appreciate.
Jeff Landry is the Managing Broker and Partner at Scout Real Estate Co. Jeff was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana attending St. Thomas More High School and continued his undergraduate education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After graduating from LSU in 2004 with a focus in Business Administration, Communications and Sociology, Jeff began his real estate career at Stirling Properties and focused on commercial sales and leasing overseeing 1,000,000 sf of retail space in the southern Louisiana market.
After 5 great years at Stirling Properties, Jeff joined the team at MPW Properties in 2009 as the Director of Asset Management and has been with MPW ever since. While Jeff continues his work with MPW, he has now ventured into the Brokerage business with Scout creating a strategic alliance between two great companies. In 2010 Jeff received his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation and has severed on the Acadiana board of Realtors as an active member in the local real estate community. Jeff also holds his Louisiana Broker's license and has continued to work on acquisitions and developments throughout Louisiana and Alabama.
Jeff is an active outdoorsman and has enjoyed the best of what Louisiana has to offer in both hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He and his wife Caroline are the proud parents of three children, Hollis, Abram and James.
Born and raised along the bayous and sugarcane fields of South Louisiana, Chad grew up designing and building things, and was taught at an early age the value of hard work and persistence. He graduated from Saint Thomas More Catholic High School and then from Louisiana State University in 2005 with a degree in General Studies. He began working in commercial real estate in college and after graduation became a licensed agent and a top producing and development partner within 3 years.
In 2010 he became an independent broker, leading strategic investments, complex acquisitions and developments while representing some of the most active and capable real estate investors and developers in Louisiana. Known as a trusted source of knowledge and opportunity, with an uncanny ability to connect with anyone at any level, Chad maintains close and effective relationships with diverse groups of people.
He leads with an honest work ethic and a creative value-add approach to every transaction, project, or partnership, with the ultimate goal of building long term, successful projects and relationships. His interests are cooking, hunting, fishing, architecture, design, and exploring. He is passionate about connecting people and creating places that inspire happy living. Chad lives in Lafayette and has a German Shepherd named Jolie.
R. Hamilton "Hammy" Davis has had twenty-two years of extensive experience in the commercial real estate business in Lafayette. He was named number one commercial agent for the state of Louisiana for Coldwell Banker Commercial for the years 2000 - 2016.
Prior to his affiliation with Coldwell Banker, Hammy was an attorney in Lafayette for nine years, and was principally involved in all areas of civil litigation including business litigation.
Hammy's civic involvement includes: Lafayette Education Foundation Board, Lafayette Downtown Unlimited Board, St. Pius Elementary School Board and Our Lady of Wisdom Parish Council, Chairman of the Board of United Way Board (board member for nine years), Acadiana Catholic Services and Rayne State Bank Board of Directors.
In the development field, he has done build-to-suits for Smith International (now Schlumberger) and Superior Energy, and has been involved in the re-development of office, industrial and retail sites ranging from a 15,000 square foot retail strip center to a 120,000 square foot office building.
Born and raised in Breaux Bridge, Tanna is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL) with a bachelor's degree in Dietetics. She is an active member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Prior to her affiliation with Scout Real Estate Co., Tanna was a Paralegal in Lafayette and Breaux Bridge for nine years and was involved in all areas of civil litigation.
Tanna and her husband Daniel have one daughter, Alyssa Claire. In her spare time she enjoys decorating, reading, crafting and spending time with family and friends.
A native and lifelong resident of Lafayette, David is a graduate of Cathedral Carmel high School and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. During his past fifteen years in the real estate industry, he has primarily focused on office leasing and property management.
He has traveled to over 20 countries and is an avid movie buff.
Rex Moroux is a commercial sales and leasing agent with Scout Real Estate Co. Rex was born and raised in Lafayette attending St. Thomas More High School. After attending Loyola University in New Orleans, Rex began a career as a touring musician while living in Los Angeles, CA. After close to a decade recording and touring throughout American and Europe, Rex returned to Lafayette, finished college at University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a major in International Relations and began his real estate career at Coldwell Bank Commercial Real Estate (later NAI/Latter & Blum). After 6 productive and formative years at CBC and NAI/Latter and Blum, Rex joined Scout in the fall of 2018.
Rex still plays gigs occasionally when he as the time and the stars align.
He and his wife Jessica live in Lafayette with their three children, Drexel, Solomon and Finley.
Diana Stephens Farris, a native of Baton Rouge, has been practicing commercial real estate since 2004. She has worked in various cities throughout the state, but her favorite market is Lafayette, where she attended ULL and fell in love with the city, people and culture. Diana specializes in land acquisitions and office development, having sold over 500,000 square feet of new office construction, prior to its completion.
Her 14-year employment with a local developer/contractor taught her the intimate details of turn-key development and construction. The majority of her office experience has been in the medical field, so she recognizes the complexity of each client's specific needs, no matter how unique.
She's been on all sides of the deal - buyer, seller and agent for both - so she understands how to get a deal done successfully and fairly. Her close relationships with land owners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, lenders, and governmental entities, allow her to provide first-hand knowledge and data on these processes, while easily obtaining new information and proposals for her clients. She also enjoys retail and restaurant leasing/selling/development.
Mr. Gregory joins Scout Real Estate Co. as their Chief Financial Officer. Born in New Iberia and raised in Lafayette, Mr. Gregory is a graduate of Lafayette high School and the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a degree in Accounting. Mr. Gregory's career began with nine years in grocery retail before transitioning to the oil field and spending over 20 years as Chief Financial Officer of Francis Drilling Fluids, Ltd. (FDF). While at FDF, Mr. Gregory was instrumental in taking the company from family owned to a public company then to a private equity owned company. Mr. Gregory retired in 2015 and started his own accounting and tax practice to serve smaller to mid-sized companies with their accounting and tax needs. He and his wife Kim also own and operate Baldman's Southern Pit BBQ which specializes in craft made BBQ sauce and rub, as well as Magnolia Blossom, a sewing and embroidery business.
Jude has been involved in many church and school activities including service as a 6-year member of the St. Genevieve Church parish council, served as president of St. Genevieve Usher's Association for five years, and spent 5 years as Chairman of the St. Genevieve School Advisory Board. Jude is also an Eagle Scout and has served the Evangeline Area Council as an Executive Committee Member and Pack Leader.
In his spare time, you can find Jude on the golf course or working on their farm in North Lafayette. He enjoys cooking, woodworking, UL football, UL and Teurlings High School basketball, and spending time with his wife Kim and their son Dominic and their two dogs, Sienna and Zeus.
Coming from a family of New Orleans real estate investors, Sal Crifasi was initially exposed to the realm of real estate at an early age. By working with his father in managing the family's diversified mix of commercial and residential investments, and working on construction sites during his high school and college years, Sal built a solid foundation for his career in commercial real estate management and development.
In 2016, he graduated with high honors from the University of Louisiana with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing & Professional Sales. During his time at the University, Sal competed in a National Collegiate Sales Competition in New Jersey and placed first runner-up amongst more than 80 students from across the USA. He also completed a comprehensive Strategic Analysis Internship at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA). Upon graduation, Sal embarked on his real estate career by shadowing a top commercial agent in the Lafayette market and quickly embraced the world of commercial real estate. His first major project (thesummitlafayette.com) was to assist with the acquisition, leasing, and management of a 120,000 square foot office building located on the central commercial corridor of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Sal can offer guidance and oversight for office building acquisitions, Landlord/Tenant lease negotiations, and property management services for his clients. Sal is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA), and currently pursuing a CCIM designation.