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Cliff Bates

Principal, VH

Prior to forming VH Companies, Cliff spent 20 years at The Park Companies, a real estate development firm based in Mississippi with a focus on developing affordable housing across the Southeast.  During his time at Park, Cliff oversaw the development and construction of over 100 residential communities, comprising more than 9,500 units and spent 13 years as the co-managing member of the company.  He was instrumental in raising over $1 billion in sources of combined investor equity and permanent debt to finance the company’s portfolio.  He is also a founding member of SECDE Ventures, a new markets tax credit awardee that raised equity for at risk businesses throughout the southeast.

In addition to his real estate pursuits, Cliff is Chairman of the Board of The Landshark Companies, a diversified logistics provider with a carrier emphasis on refrigerated transport throughout the continental United States.  He also gives his time to his alma mater (University of Mississippi, B.A ’97) by serving on the advisory board for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Additionally, Cliff sits on the board of Mississippi Housing and Community Services, a non-profit that provides counseling and services to people residing in low-income communities.

Cliff and his wife Amy have been married for 21 years.  They are members of CityHeart Church in Jackson.  They have three sons, Ellis, Owen and Levi.