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Michael C. Platt, CCIM
President
Steven E. Cottom, CPA, CCIM
Vice President / CFO
Mary Anne McGee
Vice President
General Counsel
Beth Anderson
Accountant
Catherine Laster
Accounting Asst.
Vanguard Staff
Vanguard Development Company was founded in 1996. The Company currently owns and manages over 300,000 square feet of industrial, retail, and office product located in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Vanguard also owns an inventory of approximately 180 acres of raw land along major corridors in Oklahoma City and Tulsa which are slated for future development projects.


Mary Anne McGee
Vice President
General Counsil
Mary Anne received a Bachelor's Degree with a Philosophy major from the University of Oklahoma in 1973, and is a 1976 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Mary Anne joined Vanguard's affiliated companies in 1983. She was previously employed as an Assistant Vice President of APCO Oil Company, and served in the litigation department of Exxon in Houston, Texas. Mary Anne was also a staff attorney for Texas Gas Exploration Corp., an Assistant General Counsel for Texas International Petroleum Corporation and a private practitioner specializing in the areas of real estate, oil and gas and business litigation. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Oklahoma.

Mary Anne and her husband Gary have two children, John McGee and Caitlynn Loman. John is a 2004 graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Caitlynn is a 2012 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.


Steven E. Cottom
Vice President / CFO
Steve serves as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and its affiliated entities, with other responsibilities including the project development and the leasing/sales of the Company’s real estate portfolio. Steve joined Vanguard’s predecessor company in 1994 following a career as a CPA in public accounting with KPMG. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science - Accounting degree from Oklahoma State University (1991) and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma (1998). Since 2009, Steve has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mid-America Christian University, including acting as chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. Professional designations include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and a licensed real estate broker in the state of Oklahoma. Professional affiliations include the Board member of the Oklahoma CCIM Chapter (Past President), national CCIM Institute, Oklahoma Society of CPAs, and the Commercial Real Estate Council of Oklahoma City. Community activities include the Greenbriar YMCA Council, coaching youth sports, and acting as Treasurer of his local church.

Steve and his wife Heather have three children (Savannah, Summer, and Shane) and are both life-time residents of Oklahoma City.


Catherine Laster
Accounting Asst.
Catherine Laster joined the Vanguard Development Company in December of 2012. She is currently pursuing a degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma, as well as minors in Spanish and Finance. During her years in college, she has served as Chief Financial Officer for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Prior to working at Vanguard Development Company, she worked for Oklahoma Financial Center.


Michael C. Platt, CCIM
President
Michael has been involved in commercial real estate development since joining the company in 1996. Michael is responsible for the overall growth, profitability and direction of the Company. Michael is actively involved in overseeing all management and leasing efforts of the firm's commercial real estate portfolio to ensure asset protection and investment stability. Prior to joining Vanguard Development Company, Michael worked as an engineer for a Houston, TX based company engaged in research, development, and field applications in nondestructive electromagnetic testing of ferrous metal pipeline and industrial tubing.

Michael served as President of the Oklahoma CCIM Chapter, 2010 and is active on the statewide Chapter’s Board of Directors. He is a member in the Commercial Real Estate Council, an Oklahoma City organization and National Association of Industrial Office Parks (NAIOP).

Michael has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Oklahoma, a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University, and has a CCIM designation which grants membership in the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute.


Beth Anderson
Accountant
Beth originally worked for Vanguard Development Company from December 2000 to May 2005. She successfully ran her own business for several years and has returned to a full-time accounting position with the Company in June 2013. Prior to her employment with Vanguard, Beth spent twelve years in the banking industry and five years with a local CPA firm. Beth and her husband Mike have three married children and two grandchildren.