James G. Koman

CEO & Founder


Mr. Koman is the CEO and founder of ElmTree with 36 years of experience in the real estate industry. As CEO of ElmTree, Mr. Koman oversees all aspects of its business activities, including acquisition, management and disposition of the company’s assets. Mr. Koman provides the strategic vision of the Investment Committee which is responsible for reviewing and approving all potential projects and ongoing investment activity. As a founder, Mr. Koman leads the organization to ensure the quality of each investment fulfills the maximum potential returns for investors and aligns with ElmTree’s strategy. Through affiliated operations, Mr. Koman has established a series of joint venture and business relationships transacting over $11 billion of net lease and other real estate assets to date.

Mr. Koman has sat on numerous charity and school boards and is currently president of the board of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. In 2020, Mr. Koman founded the Bill Koman Game Plan for Success at University of North Carolina, a development program aimed at helping economically disadvantaged student-athletes prepare for their college career and beyond. Mr. Koman is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Over the years, he has participated on the panels for ULI, St. Louis RCGA and commented on the CRE industry through numerous media outlets.

Mr. Koman has been featured as one of the Net Lease Real Estate Icons in the Real Estate Forum. Mr. Koman holds an AB degree in Economics from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Koman has built a vast array of contacts and strategic relationships with investors, developers, lenders and overall active members of the real estate community.