Stephen Schmidt currently oversees development and management for a portfolio of retail and mixed use properties for Cypress Equities. He joins the Sons of the Flag as First Responder Strategist. Stephen previously worked at Guaranty Bank (now BBVA Compass) for 10 years, with his last position being Vice President for the company. During his time with Guaranty Bank, he relocated to Houston, Texas in 1998 to help grow this regional office. During his time in this market, he booked approximately $200 million in new loan production on an annual basis and helped Guaranty Bank become one of the leading construction lenders in the region. Stephen joined Cypress Equities as Vice President of Development in 2007. During his tenure with Cypress Equities, he has overseen the development of two projects totaling 1.3 million square feet and the management of another 1 million square feet. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is a founding member of Young Texans Against Cancer and is married with two children.