Board of Managers
James R. McKinney
Chairperson of the Board of Managers
Mr. McKinney was named Chairperson of the Board as of January 1, 2012. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Regency since its consolidation effective January 1, 2001 through his retirement at December 31, 2011. Prior to the consolidation, he served as a General Partner of Regency Associates LP, the Managing Member or General Partner of the various entities owning Regency’s commercial properties. He also served as President and CEO of Regency Property Services LLC, the property management entity of Regency’s commercial properties. Mr. McKinney joined Regency as a property manager in 1977 and subsequently became a leasing agent for the company.
Mr. McKinney graduated in 1968 from Indiana University with a degree in Accounting. In 1974, he received a double MBA from Indiana University in Real Estate and Finance. Upon graduation with his MBA, he joined Citibank where he rose to Assistant Vice President. In 2004, he completed the Harvard University School of Design’s Advance Management Development Program. Mr. McKinney is active in community affairs in Princeton, NJ. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Institute of Advance Study, Executive Committee as Treasurer of Historic Morven Museum and Gardens. Mr. McKinney served on numerous boards of arts and civic community in Evansville and Indiana culminating in being named Indiana’s Volunteer of the Year in 2011. In addition, Mr. McKinney carries the professional designation of Counselor of Real Estate.
Mr. Buente has been a major landowner and farmer in Warrick and Vanderburgh, Indiana counties for many years. He received his degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University prior to joining his father in management of his farm.
Mr. Buente joined with Regency in 1988 to form Cross Pointe Development. He has served a key role in the development of Cross Pointe from its initial formation. He joined the Board of Managers of Regency Commercial Associates in 2006.
Dr. David C. Eades, CSM
Dr. Eades commenced his real estate career in 1971 as President and subsequently General Partner of Eades Properties, which owned commercial shopping centers in Evansville, Indiana. In the 1970s, Dr. Eades acquired and subsequently syndicated apartment properties. In 1982, he formed Regency Associates LP as the general partner of various residential, office and shopping center entities totaling over 30 properties valued at over $100,000,000. In 1999, he and his partner merged $276,000,000 of apartment properties into the AIMCO REIT.
Dr. Eades is designated by the International Council of Shopping Centers as a Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM). He received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Wabash College, Master of Business Administration with distinction from the University of Michigan, and Doctorate of Zoology from Indiana University. Mr. Eades was the Chairman of the Global Team of the Catalogue of Life from 2012 to 2014.
Mr. Griffin retired as Chairman of the Board and Director, Escalade, Inc., a sporting goods company effective April 24, 2015. He served as board chair on the University of Southern Indiana Foundation and the School of Business Board of Visitors.
Mr. Griffin also is a member of the Community Advisory council for the Evansville Center of the Indiana University School of Medicine, which is located on the USI campus. He formerly served as a director of American Mutual Insurance Co., Chairman of Acordia of Evansville, and a director of United Physicians Health Network, Inc.
Mr. Hammett was appointed President/Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Managers of Regency on January 1, 2012. In this role, Mr. Hammett has responsibility for the strategic direction of Regency. Mr. Hammett joined the Regency staff in July 2007 as the Vice President of Accounting and Finance/Chief Financial Officer. In addition, Mr. Hammett serves on the Board of Managers of Regency Consolidated Residential LLC in Champaign, IL.
Prior to joining Regency, Mr. Hammett had the joint responsibility of serving as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer of SMC Corporation of America, a pneumatic component manufacturer and distributor, and Executive Vice President and General Manager for SMC Pneumatics (Canada) Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary). He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern Indiana and has held designations as a Certified Public Accountant, Charted Global Management Accountant, and Certified Management Accountant. Mr. Hammett is a member of NAREIT, ULI, NAIOP and ICSC, recognized as a Certified Shopping Center Manager and Certified Leasing Specialist. In July 2017, Mr. Hammett completed the Harvard University School of Design’s Advance Management Development Program.
Mr. Hammett’s community involvement includes having served as President of the University of Southern Indiana Alumni Association; Chair and Executive Committee member of the USI Foundation Board of Directors; Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence, Alumni Division Chair; Chair of the Academic Committee of the Accounting Circle, and Chair of the Board of Advisors for the USI Romain School of Business. Additionally, Mr. Hammett currently serves on the Executive Board of the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as Immediate Past President and Executive Committee Member of the Board of the EVSC Foundation, on the EVSC Superintendent’s Business Council, and the Board of Youth First. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors as the Chair of the Asset/Liability Committee, member of the Loan Committee and IT Committee of Field & Main Bank, a financial institution based in Henderson, KY.
Mr. Romain is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Companies comprised of Professional Transportation, Inc. (PTI), Romain Automotive Group (RAG), and United Leasing, Inc. (ULI).
Mr. Romain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Indiana (USI). He is active in a number of civic and charity organizations including University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees, St. Mary’s Hospital Board of Directors, Welborn Baptist Foundation Board of Directors, Signature School Foundation, and the Evansville Regional Business Committee.