Hugh established Capital Associates in 1983. Previously, he was President of Southland Investment Properties, Inc., a firm that developed, leased, and managed commercial real estate in Dallas, Texas. At Southland, he developed over 1.5 million square feet of office space and left another 1.3 million square feet (four buildings) under construction. His experience in Texas also includes responsibilities as Senior Vice President of Southland Real Estate Resources, providing review and consultation for multi-family and single-family developments.
Hugh's residential experience also includes service as Southeast Development Partner with Dallas-based Drexel Properties, developing apartment complexes in the Raleigh/Durham area, including Barton's Landing and Barton's Ridge in Raleigh. He also served as Director of Mortgage Financing for the apartment construction program of Monumental Properties in Baltimore, Maryland, and worked in the development of approximately 4,000 apartments in 14 communities across five states. Additional experience includes construction of three dozen single-family homes.
Hugh served as an officer of the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps for three years. His professional affiliations include past service on the National Board of Directors, the Office Development Forum, and a Reserach Foundation Governor for NAIOP. Hugh also served on numerous other boards in the past including the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Cary Visual Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at N.C. State, Communities in Schools, and Cary Academy. In 2007, Hugh received the prestigious Pillar Award from the Triangle Business Journal. As a full member of the Urban Land Institute, his past participation includes the Small Scale Development Council.
Hugh earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.