Steven E. McCraney
If you are touring industrial facilities in the Southeast US, you’ll probably come across a Steven
McCraney creation. McCraney is president and CEO of McCraney Property Co., a company
he founded 28 years ago. He and his team have since developed more than 15 million square
feet of industrial/distribution and office-flex properties—many of which are uniquely
designed. The exteriors of the industrial buildings are reminiscent of retail storefronts, with
modern high-end finishes and landscaping similar to what you’d see in front of a retail store.
To understand why, one must first remember that design within industrial has traditionally
been an afterthought with efficiencies emphasized without regard to aesthetics. To determine
what industrial users’ needs might be in five years, McCraney met with execs in the traditional industrial, e-commerce and freight-forwarding industries. He came away from these meetings convinced
that industrial real estate, given its growing importance in the supply chain and overall level of activity,
will one day be another retail outpost. Few can say he was mistaken.
In general, McCraney is a believer in the concept that the work environment is as important as
the way and type of work one does. From the architecture to the egress and ingress, design
elements are incorporated into his properties to enhance the feeling of place.
Of course the work itself is integral to McCraney’s belief system, which has been imparted
to his employees. As a company, success is not just by client satisfaction, but by the firm’s
commitment to the core principles the CEO put down: Building Relationships. Building
Communities. Building Value. Driving Customer Service.
Sr. property manager Michael Lanford testifies, “I am a 100% different person than I
was my first day. The experience and knowledge I’ve gained is unbelievable. I don’t want
to work anywhere else because of the satisfaction I get from my work.” The firm has been
recognized multiple times and across multiple platforms for its customer-service oriented
team and its best-in-class industrial product.
As for McCraney himself, he lives his life by the Helen Keller quote: “Life is either a great
adventure or nothing.” As such, he is an active alpine climber and has scaled many of the
world’s tallest peaks for the children’s charity, “Place of Hope.”
A few years ago when Houston’s commercial real estate market soured with the drop in oil and gas prices,
Scott Martin, executive managing director for Granite Properties, powered the company through the
local downturn. Today Granite is highly competitive in the Houston market with a number of its build-
ings almost fully leased, even as the city continues to struggle with negative absorption.
But a more compelling reason for Martin’s title of “The Warrior” happened at the stroke of
midnight on April 3, 2017, when Martin experienced sudden cardiac arrest. His wife Kathy awoke
after hearing a noise and immediately began CPR, continuing for 10 minutes until the EMS
therapy. They expected Martin wouldn’t regain consciousness for at least two to three days.
Approximately 30 minutes later, Martin woke as friends and family prayed around him,
prompting doctors and nurses to dub him “The Miracle Man.”
Ever the fighter, Martin was back in the office shortly after his recovery, leading
Granite’s Houston team as well as the Dallas, Atlanta, Denver and Southern California
offices. The company and its employees welcomed back their highly valued leader with
great enthusiasm. “Scott has proven to be a force within the industry; a caring leader
who walks his talks,” says one senior manager.
The guy is non-stop and an unbelievable example of loyalty, perseverance and friendship,” says senior leasing director Steve West, who’s worked with Martin for some 35 years.
“He’s one of the most caring and beloved people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.”
His perseverance serves as an inspiration to everyone at Granite, which decided to
install AEDs in all of their properties after Martin’s incident. And further illustrating
how his genuine nature extends to both his personal and professional lives, Martin’s
son shares the best advice he ever got from his father: “Martins never give up, and
your word is your greatest asset.”