Mr. Shirley, a Certified Public Accountant, joined the Centurion Team during the late spring of 2007. Prior to joining Centurion, Mr. Shirley was President of United Development Funding from July 2005 to June 2007. Prior to his executive stint with UDF from August 2002 through June 2005, Mr. Shirley served as Texas Regional Vice President for the Lennar Homes of Texas Corporation. Mr. Shirley’s primary focus was the formation, execution, financing and management of FIN 46 compliant transactions for the Texas region. Mr. Shirley directed in excess of $300 million in land development and financing activities, including the formation of two land acquisition and development funds between Lennar and UDF I and UDF II.
From June 1996 through July 2002, Mr. Shirley was employed by the Fortress Group, a publicly traded homebuilder headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. During his tenure with Fortress, Mr. Shirley served as the Vice President of Finance and subsequently as Chief Financial Officer. The Fortress Group grew to become one of the nation’s 30 largest homebuilders before its sale to the Lennar Corporation. From September 1981 through June 1996, Mr. Shirley worked within several divisions in public accounting practices representing real estate transactions in Chicago and Southern California for Coopers & Lybrand, Kenneth Leventhal & Company and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Shirley graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in accounting and business.