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 Co., 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 served 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 Cathedral Carmel School, Saint Thomas More Catholic High School and then from Louisiana State University.
Chad began working in commercial real estate while in college and after graduation became a licensed agent and soon a top producer and development partner. In 2010 he became an independent broker, leading strategic investments, complex acquisitions and creative 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.
He is Louisiana proud and passionate about connecting people, economic development and creating places that inspire happy living. He 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.
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.
Born in Alexandria, raised in Pollock, Monica Moreau grew up with her three brothers playing in the creeks of The Kisatchie National Forest. After graduating from Grant High School, she promptly enrolled at the University of Louisiana At Monroe to pursue a bachelor's degree in Marketing. During that time, Monica met and fell in love with her husband, Kiel Crabtree. When he was offered a job in Lafayette, LA, Monica followed, and fell in love all over again with the culture, the people and the FOOD of Acadiana!
After years of pursuing a career in the Spa Industry, she quit and took a job as an accountant for a local Real Estate/Property Management Company. After a few weeks, she was offered a Property Manager position and became obsessed with the Real Estate Industry. She spent the next 3 years as Property Manager and loved every second of it. However, fate stepped in and Monica was forced to leave the position when her husband was offered a job promotion in TX. Two years later, they moved back to Lafayette with their new born daughter. In 2019 she applied to Scout Real Estate Co. and was thrilled to be accepted and added to the team.
While new to Commercial Real Estate, Monica has a lot to learn, but feels as though she now has several amazing mentors! She's joined an outstanding team of professionals, each one passionate about their career and willing to share their knowledge. Monica is excited to learn and grow with this amazing company. She and her husband are now expecting their second child, a boy, and are thrilled to see what the future has in store.
Tim Skinner is a Commercial Real Estate Agent with Scout Real Estate Co. and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. He has a degree in Finance from ULL and before becoming a commercial realtor he worked as a commercial banker in the Lafayette and Baton Rouge markets for many years. “Commercial banking has taught me the financial underwriting and risk management skills that help me guide clients into making sound real estate decisions”. Once licensed as a real estate agent, Tim immersed himself into all aspects of the industry. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Realtors Commercial Alliance, Board of Directors & Candidate Guidance for the Louisiana Chapter CCIM, Board of Managers LACDB, LLC, and Board Member of the Louisiana Realtors. He previously served as a Board Member of the Realtor’s Association of Acadiana and Commissioner of the Lafayette Regional Airport. He is longtime member of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, a licensed commercial pilot, outdoorsman and yoga practitioner.
For more on Tim Skinner read his blog Journey to Commercial Real Estate & my CCIM Designation: https://www.timskinnercre.com/news-media-blog/timskinnerrealestatestory
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.
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.
Sal Crifasi is the Property Manager and Leasing Agent for Scout Real Estate Co., holding an integral role in the management and leasing of over 500,000 square feet of office, retail, and industrial commercial real estate assets. In Sal's first year in commercial real estate, he was directly responsible for leasing over 50,000 square feet of office and retail space. Sal continues to secure long term leases with credit-worthy companies for the building owners that he represents. Sal uses a market-focused approach to create unique opportunities within the properties he is responsible for. Sal can offer guidance and oversight for office building acquisitions, Landlord/Tenant lease negotiations, and property management services for his clients. Sal holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana and is an active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA), and currently pursuing a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.
Eric Schexnayder is a commercial sales and leasing agent with Scout Real Estate Co. He was born and raised in Lafayette and he proudly calls the northside of town home! After graduating from Teurlings Catholic High & UL Lafayette with a degree in Business Marketing, Eric began his business career as owner/operator of Schexnayder Supply LLC, specializing in sales and consulting services for oilfield related machine shops throughout South Louisiana. In 2019, Eric began his new career path in commercial real estate. Eric loves a good laugh with friends and spending time with his wife, Alyson and their daughter, Frances.
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana and a licensed Realtor with Scout Real Estate Co. He joined Scout with a primary focus on commercial real estate brokerage, consulting, acquisition and development. His past experience includes real estate management, development and project coordination opportunities. Prior to this role, Nick worked with one of Louisiana's largest New Urbanist mixed use real estate development and management companies. He has managed asset acquisition feasibility and due diligence studies as well as built varied financial models to manage project and proposal metrics. He is an active member of the Urban Land institute, Lafayette Economic Development
Authority and former API Advisory Board member. Nick is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he majored in Business Administration.
A lifelong resident of Acadiana, Jay graduated from Lafayette High and while at UL, he and a handful of his close friends started the UL Water Ski Team in 1988. Since that time the UL Water Ski Team has won numerous National Championships and continues to be a top contender each year.
While in college, Jay sold snowcones from the back of an old mail truck as well as from an Authentic Railroad Caboose which he renovated for the same purpose. Jay then started Syrup Systems, Inc., a family run business, which manufactures and produces snowcone and shaved ice equipment, syrups, and accessories for Amusement Parks across the United States. He is an active member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and has served on both the Space Allocation and the Manufacturer and Supplier Committees. His company was awarded IAAPA's highest and most coveted "Impact Award" for Best New Product in an amusement park out of over 1,300 participating companies and continues to be a top industry innovator.
For years Jay has managed family properties, commercial and recreational, and has a passion for hunting and the outdoors. From creating Food Plots to working with Forrester's to manage timber harvests and everything in between, He loves spending time with his Family at their farm in Mississippi.
Jay and his wife Kim reside in Vermilion Parish.