David H. Hoster, II is an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Hoster is Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since January 2016. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 1997 to December 2015. He has served as a director since 1993 and was President of the Company from 1993 to March 2015. His leadership experience and Company and industry knowledge, including 40 years involvement with publicly held REITs and extensive experience with industrial real estate provide valuable insight to the Board of Directors in formulating and executing the Company’s strategy. Mr. Hoster previously served on the NAREIT Board of Governors and he served on the Board of Directors of Trustmark National Bank and Trustmark Corporation until April 2016. He received a BA degree with honors from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
EastGroup Properties, Inc. is a self-administered equity real estate investment trust focused on the development, acquisition and operation of industrial properties in major Sunbelt markets throughout the United States with an emphasis in the states of Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and North Carolina. The Company's goal is to maximize shareholder value by being a leading provider in its markets of functional, flexible and quality business distribution space for location sensitive customers (primarily in the 10,000 to 50,000 square foot range). The Company's strategy for growth is based on ownership of premier distribution facilities generally clustered near major transportation features in supply-constrained submarkets. EastGroup's portfolio, including development projects in lease-up and under construction, currently includes 40 million square feet. EastGroup Properties, Inc. press releases are available on the Company's website at eastgroup.net.