Mr. Schmitt brings a diverse commercial real estate background that includes portfolio asset management oversight, portfolio leasing expertise, direct involvement in over $200 million in ground-up development, and direct day-to-day property management.
Mr. Schmitt started his real estate career as the Retail & Industrial Asset Manager for Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, where he oversaw a 4.3 million square-foot portfolio. In 2005 he joined Atlanta-based Cousins Properties where he served in various development, leasing, and property management capacities. Most recently with Cousins, Eugene served as the Regional Director-Retail where he managed a national portfolio of retail centers that generated over $30 million in annual operating income.
Mr. Schmitt moved to New Orleans in 2011 and founded Waterline Real Estate Consulting, a real estate services company. Waterline projects included project/construction management services for a 27,000 square-foot medical office build-out for LSU’s Health Sciences Center and project management services for a historical renovation/adaptive reuse project in downtown New Orleans.
Prior to starting his real estate career, Mr. Schmitt served as a naval officer aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga and as Assistant Operations Officer at Destroyer Squadron Six. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Tulane University, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.
Mr. Schmitt lives in New Orleans with his wife, Theresa, and three-year-old son, Keegan.