Terrell Gates
Chief Executive Officer
Virtus Real Estate Capital

Terrell Gates, JD Chief Executive Officer Terrell F. Gates III is founder and CEO of Virtus Real Estate and is ultimately responsible for all strategic decisions. Mr. Gates is a third generation commercial real estate investor and operator who experienced first-hand the turmoil of the S&L and real estate crash during the 1980’s. After beginning his career in the student housing industry in 1992, Mr. Gates has held numerous principal level positions in real estate, law and finance. Prior to founding Virtus, Mr. Gates was Director of the GGS Private Banking group at Merrill Lynch. Since establishing Virtus in 2003, Mr. Gates has been responsible for the execution of Virtus’ 35 real estate investment funds and partnerships that have invested in more than 165 commercial properties with a combined acquisition cost of nearly $2.3 billion. After completing his undergraduate work in economics and Spanish from the University of Texas, Mr. Gates earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University Law School and is a licensed attorney.