About Us

Edifis is a Houston based real estate portfolio and asset manager. We invest in core retail, multi-family, industrial and land opportunities.

Our Company

Edifis is a private, fully integrated Texas real estate investment firm specializing in quality income-producing assets and development opportunities. Our focus is on existing and undeveloped assets in the retail, industrial, office and multi-family sectors. We target institutional-grade properties with favorable supply-demand fundamentals. Edifis’ relationships, diligence and execution provide investors access to exceptional real estate investment opportunities.

Edifis acquires and manages existing cash-generating properties for our partners and clients. We also identify tenants, from major chains to individual businesses, seeking to enter new markets or expand operations in the nation’s number-one growth area-Texas-then acquire, develop, manage, lease or sell prime tracts that match their specific criteria.

 

Our Philosophy

In today’s turbulent economy, portfolio diversification is the key to investment success. Stocks, bonds, traditional market-driven investments-even cash-can lose value in the blink of an eye. However, commercial real estate investments in growth areas such as Houston and the Texas Triangle provide a strong hedge against market volatility. Relatively few investors have the opportunity, access and market knowledge to identify, purchase and professionally manage real estate assets. That’s where Edifis excels.

We provide opportunities for savvy investors-high-net-worth individuals, trusts, family offices and institutions-to grow and preserve capital through diversification into tangible, high-yield real estate assets. We’re not brokers, architects or builders; we’re investors, developers and asset managers. Edifis’ managing partners commit our own funds alongside our clients in every opportunity.

Our Team

We Create Value for our investors with a hands-on approach in the day-to-day operations of the business and projects.

Josh Aruh

Josh Aruh

josh@edifisgroup.com  •  832-241-5773

Josh Aruh’s 22-year real estate career includes residential subdivisions, multi-tenant shopping centers, automobile dealerships, office, restaurant and luxury resorts properties totaling over $600million of transaction volume. His experience has led to many successful projects and investments combining acquisition, development/redevelopment, asset management, and construction services, including land or project acquisition, planning, construction and financing expertise. He currently oversees and manages the operations of the portfolio, seeks new opportunities in untapped markets and enjoys tracking the global real estate trends.

Mr. Aruh earned a degree in Finance from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business in Austin. He began his career as an investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney but found his passion early on in real estate.

Josh is active in a number of professional and charitable organizations. He is has received the Certified Development Professional (CDP) and Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) designation from the International Council Shopping Centers. Josh is a Board Trustee of the Emery/Weiner School, Board Member Commercial Real Estate Society, and ULI. Josh is married and has two children.

Leah Valentino

Leah Valentino

leah@edifisgroup.com  •  832-241-5827

After a 20 year career in real estate development and property management in Southern California, Leah returned to her home town of Deer Park, TX. With a passion for profit maximization and tenant relations, Leah is focused on creating processes and efficiencies in property management. She analyzes how to increase profitability and cost saving program.

Leah spends quality time with family, and a small dog she rescued from a busy highway. Leah has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. She holds a real estate broker’s license in California and is currently pursuing a Texas license. She is a member of IREM and ICSC.

Cindy Riggin

Cindy Riggin

cindy@edifisgroup.com  •  832-241-5639

Cindy has more than 20 years of experience in the field of property management accounting for office, retail, industrial and development projects.   This extensive background, combined with excellent problem-solving skills, and many years of experience with MRI and Yardi accounting software allow her to keep our clients up to speed on the performance of their assets. She has a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

Her son is now attending UT and her daughter is working on a novel. Cindy was born and raised in Houston, Texas and lives in the Oak Forest area. She is an art collector and loves to attend art shows. Listening to music is another one of her interests, along with being a big UT football fan.

Tarralyn Meyer

Tarralyn Meyer

tarralyn@edifisgroup.com  •  832-241-5972

Tarralyn brings over 5 years of property management administrative and accounting experience to the team. Her attention to accounting detail and customer service focus on tenant relations will aid in servicing our clients, tenants and vendors in many facets of real estate management. Tarralyn takes pride in her work and is eager to learn.

Tarralyn is the mother of five daughters. She currently resides in the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita area where she plans to be for many years to come. She is currently pursuing a BS in Accounting from Liberty University. Her interests and hobbies include camping, kayaking, and fishing.

Chris Short

Chris Short

chris@edifisgroup.com  •  832-241-5544

Chris is a native Houstonian and graduate of The Kinkaid School. He earned a BS in Economics from the University of Florida. Chris joined Edifis Group in 2015 after two years with the City of Houston Real Estate Branch. Since arriving at Edifis Group, Chris has been involved with the financial analysis and project management of new ground-up developments as well as the redevelopment of existing shopping centers, and he excels at project and tenant coordination. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Texas and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, sailing, and spending time with friends and family.