Who We Are


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Thomas (Tim) E. Messier

Chairman & CEO

Mr. Messier has been involved in the commercial real estate and capital markets industry since 1980. In 2003 he joined Medalist as an equal partner. He has experience in commercial real estate acquisition, financing, asset management and investor relations. Prior to joining Medalist, Mr. Messier was in the capital markets business focused on structured fixed income products including commercial real estate (commercial mortgage backed securities).

He was formerly a Director of Global Capital Markets at Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to that he was a Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at Bank of America.  Mr. Messier received his BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

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William (Bill) R. Elliott

Founder, Vice Chairman, President & COO

Mr. Elliott has been involved in the commercial real estate industry since 1983. He founded Medalist Properties in 2002 and he has managed Medalist and is a managing member of all Medalist partnerships. He is responsible for investment strategy, real estate acquisitions and real estate management decisions. Prior to Medalist he was a civil engineer from 1977 to 1983.  He was formerly Managing Partner of Prudential Commercial Real Estate, former President of Virginia Realty and Development Company and former President of the Central Virginia Region of Goodman, Segar, Hogan, Hoffler. As a commercial real estate professional, he has demonstrated proficiency in a variety of property transactions as well as managing staff in the business of commercial real estate. Mr. Elliott is a licensed real estate broker, Certified Property Manager, Former Vice President of the Institute of Real Estate Management, a Certified Value Engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Elliott received his B.S. in Building Construction from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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Brent Winn, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to his appointment as the Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Winn provided chief financial officer services as an independent contractor of the Company beginning in February 2018. During his tenure, Mr. Winn has established the accounting, internal control and financial reporting systems of the Company, managed the financial accounting and reporting for the Company and its subsidiary entities, prepared the quarterly and annual financial statements and other financial elements of quarterly and annual reports and coordinated the annual audit and quarterly reviews. Mr. Winn’s experience in the commercial real estate industry dates to 1987 when he held various positions with CSX Realty, the real estate development and management subsidiary of CSX Corporation, including as an analyst in both the development and asset management groups, and as a manager in the development group. Subsequently, Mr.Winn also held positions in shareholder and investor relations for CSX Corporation. After his tenure with CSX Realty and CSX Corporation, Mr. Winn was a partner in the real estate consulting firms MGT Realty Advisors, Inc. and Realty Advisors, LLC, where he provided investment, development and asset management advisory services to institutional real estate owners. He was formerly the Senior Vice President, CFO and COO of the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the chief financial officer of Marz Industries, Inc. Mr. Winn received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, Master of Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary and a post-graduate degree in Accounting from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Colin Elliott

Vice President

Mr. Elliott joined Medalist Diversified REIT, Inc. in 2022. Before joining Medalist, Mr. Elliott was Director of Finance (FP&A) for Carr Properties where he worked closely with the management team on corporate and capital markets strategy, and financial modeling, projections, and reporting. Before his role at Carr Properties, Mr. Elliott was an Investment Banking Associate at Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods where he advised on numerous M&A transactions and capital issuances for both public and private institutions. Mr. Elliott was previously Vice President of Treasury and M&A for United Bankshares, Inc. (UBSI) where he worked closely with the management team in the acquisition of two competitor banks, multiple capital issuances, real estate transaction structuring and underwriting, and investor/board correspondence. Mr. Elliott is experienced in strategic corporate advisory, capital markets strategy and issuance, mergers and acquisitions, financial modeling, and commercial real estate acquisition, disposition, and management. 

Mr. Elliott received his B.A. in Business Administration and Management from Washington and Lee University.

Ben Ore

Senior Accountant

Mr. Ore has been working on the Medalist Diversified REIT finance team since 2021. Prior to joining Medalist, Mr. Ore was the Manager of Financial Reporting and Accounting for Equitable Holdings in Charlotte, NC. In his role with Equitable, he oversaw a team of accountants responsible for all monthly and quarterly reporting of Equitable Advisors. Previously, Mr. Ore was a Financial Analyst at Newport Group where he was the lead analyst for the Bank Owned Life Insurance team. Mr. Ore is experienced in financial reporting, modeling and analysis, team management, and brokerage and real estate accounting.

Mr. Ore received his B.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.