President & CEO
Fehmi Karahan has been active in Dallas-Fort Worth real estate since 1984 and has served as the President & CEO of The Karahan Companies and its affiliated entities since its organization in 1992. The Karahan Companies is a fully integrated group of real estate development property management and investment operation with a wide range of capabilities and resources through a worldwide network of investment and strategic partners. Karahan has been involved in the development of retail, office and mixed-use projects throughout DFW, including most notably Legacy Town Center in Plano. Currently, he is leading the development of Legacy West adjacent to the JCPenney headquarters, including the $500 million mixed-use Legacy West urban center. Karahan has also been a principal investor and a major owner and developer of single-tenant, campus and critical facility real estate throughout the United States, with more than $3 billion in development and structured lease transactions. Karahan is a member of the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU and the Board of Trustees of Texas Health Presbyterian; he has also been active in the community activities of Children’s Medical Center in Plano. Karahan has been a member of the Legacy Association Board of Directors since 2004 and currently serves as Board Chairman and a member of the Legacy Design Review Board. Karahan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Istanbul and then attended Columbia University in New York. He received his MBA degree from the University of North Texas. He is fluent in Turkish, German and English.
As General Manager, Lori Decker has broad oversight responsibility in the Companies' operations. Decker's professional experience comprises of over 20 years in commercial real estate legal administration, managing organizational and client activities at the law firm of Grogan & Brawner for 13 years. Decker joined the Companies in 2011 from Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Joplin, and has earned a reputation as a strong team leader and results-driven manager. She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and a Collin County resident with great passion for her community.
Director of Development
Stewart Storms coordinates all on-site project activities for the Companies' Legacy West retail development, part largest under-construction real estate project in Texas. Storms prepares and distributes all budgets and schedules, issues and manages all contracts related to construction management, design, and engineering production drawings. His other responsibilities include general and subcontractor coordination, engineering programming, cost control, schedule adherence, and quality assurance. Storms' background in business finance includes 15 years of banking experience, most recently as Vice President of Commercial Lending for American National Bank. A licensed Texas realtor, Storms also owns and manages several personal real estate properties. He holds BBA and MBA from Texas Tech University.
Senior Property Manager; Legacy Association Coordinator
Lynn Zuercher is Senior Property Manager for the Companies. Separately, Zuercher serves as Coordinator for Legacy Association, a Texas nonprofit corporation formed in 1987 to maintain, enhance, and improve the quality of Legacy Business Park, a 2,665-acre master-planned corporate community that is home to several Fortune 500 companies. In this role, Zuercher supports the Association’s Board of Directors fulfill their mission of advocating for and advancing the interest of Association members. Before joining the Companies, Zuercher worked as Property Manager for Crossmark, Inc. in Plano, where she provided management support for office locations throughout the country. She is a graduate of Kansas State University.
Front Office Manager
Jaklyn Huffman manages the Companies’ front office and PBX operations. Additionally, Huffman plays a key role in coordinating and implementing digital and online activities for the organization and its external partners, including native platforms for its newly-announced Fields development. Huffman's prior experience includes numerous administrative roles such as reception, event coordination, reporting, and vendor management, and managing complex enterprise telephony portals. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Minor in Business Management from the Univerisity of North Texas, where her studies focused on Consumer Experience Management (CEXM).