Mark Humphreys

CEO & Founder

For over 30 years Humphreys served as the CEO and founder of Atticus Real Estate and actively engaged in the real estate, acquisition, and development business. He began his real estate journey by purchasing several lots in Vail, CO during the 1990-1991 recession which became his first major real estate development. His expertise in architecture design and natural giftings in business leadership gave him the ability to identify real estate opportunities on a grander scale. He successfully developed the Vail lots and ultimately lead the project out of the recession and transformed them into resort-style homes to be sold at a very high premium.

Mr. Humphreys served as Chairman and CEO of the One Humphreys Family of Companies, which includes Atticus Real Estate Services, Humphreys & Partners Architects, HPA Design Group, and HP Civil Engineering.


Melanie Locket

Executive Assistant

Locket serves as the Executive Assistant to the Atticus CEO, Mark Humphreys. Joining the team in early 2020, she brings over 24 years of experience as a professional executive assistant and proven performance under high-pressure environments. Locket successfully executes administrative tasks while maintaining strong client relations.

With extensive knowledge of office management experience and effective handling of client inquiries, she assures the smooth administrative operation of Atticus Real Estate. She plays a vital role in ensuring our leadership team is prepared, equipped and ready for the demands of the real estate industry.


Jerry Salas

Vice President of Accounting

Salas joined the Atticus team in 2020 and is responsible for all accounting processes at Atticus Real Estate. He manages financial planning, accounting practices, payroll, and insurance plans. His expertise is in the accounting sector includes cost, revenue, general ledger accounting, project financing, sales, and use tax.

Salas has over eight years of experience in accounting and a combined five years in real estate. He attended Alcorn State University on a football scholarship where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He later attended Texas A&M University where he received his master’s degree in business administration.


Michael Guerrero

Vice President of Development

Guerrero’s experience is focused in the national hospitality industry. Within 14 years, he has successfully opened and overseen six restaurants, which span from fast-casual to fine dining. His responsibilities include developing new hospitality concepts, creating and executing menus, commercial kitchen design, brand expansion, operations, and controlling financials.

With a business background from the University of Mississippi along with a degree in Science from the Texas Culinary Academy, Michael has held diverse titles responsibilities such as Executive Chef, Culinary Director, and Director of Operations with Dallas’ leading restaurant groups. Guerrero has elevated business growth, consolidated operational costs, and selected cutting-edge design concepts to be competitive in the national market. His approachable nature epitomizes hospitality. He brings a forward-thinking portfolio to the Atticus team.


Melissa Chavez

Manager of Real Estate Assets & Development

Chavez joined Atticus Real Estate in January 2017, as the Multi-Property Manager. She oversees a diverse range of properties across the US, including vacation rentals, commercial, and residential. At each location, Chavez manages commercial and residential properties, tenant relations, building operations, and construction supervision.

She serves as the main point of contact for the owner and property management companies, as well as oversees lease administration, vendor relations, and leasing.

Prior to joining Atticus, Chavez worked as an Assistant Property Manager for several large multi-family properties.


Matthew Bailey

Hospitality Group General Manager

Joining The Atticus team in December 2021, Bailey serves as the main point of contact for all Atticus properties located in Guthrie, Kentucky. With expertise in hospitality and customer service, Bailey delivers curated experiences and bespoke services for guests that will leave a lasting impression.

Bailey received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The University of Kentucky and has a deep appreciation for architecture design and Southern American culture. He later found his passion in the high-end hospitality industry and has over 11 years of experience in exceeding expectations and delivering unforgettable experiences for guests.


Marquel Rowe

Real Estate Accounting Supervisor

Joining Atticus Real Estate in the fall of 2021, Rowe brings over 8 years of accounting expertise and 6 years of experience in the architect and construction industry to the team. Graduating from the University of Stephen F. Austin with a B.A. in Finance and obtaining an MBA from Texas A&M University at Commerce, Rowe brings a wealth of knowledge and an analytical approach to executing each project.

As Supervisor, Rowe manages all accounting for projects under development including creating draw packages, processing invoices, preparing financial statements, and executing partner requests. Other disciplinaries include in-depth development analysis, creating performas, tax returns, and reviewing property financial statements for completeness and accuracy.


Carolyn Taunton


Taunton joined the Atticus team in 2020 as a staff accountant where she oversees and executes a diverse range of accounting disciplines including maintaining the general ledger, reviewing financial statements, preparing financial reports, assisting with audits, budgeting processes, and reconciling accounts.

With over 30 years of experience in accounting in the real estate sector, Taunton brings years of expertise to our team. Studying accounting at The University of Texas at Dallas, she quickly grew in her love of numbers and brings financial stability to multiple projects managed across the nation.


Martin Baca

Director of Maintenance

Baca has over 28 years of property management, construction, and real estate expertise. He plays a key role in the overall presentation of Atticus properties and specializes in both residential and commercial maintenance to ensure the overall safety, appearance, and maintenance in accordance with all applicable Federal, State, and Local requirements. He updates and maintains various properties for safety and security as well as collaborates with contractors and vendors to guarantee that each property meets current building codes, safety standards, and ADA compliance.

Baca’s expertise also extends to warranty coverage, procurement, and bid management. Prior to joining Atticus Real Estate, he built and preserved homes and apartments around Corrales, New Mexico and is certified and trained in HVAC, OSHA, and First Aid.