Chris Franklin is a co-founder of Tall Grass Capital, LLC, a Commercial Real Estate Development, Construction, and Property Management Company founded in 2004. He is also a partner in an Investment Company, Element Capital, whose primary focus is energy, environmental and healthcare companies. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1996 with a B.S. in Economics, with a minor in English and Finance. He sits on the board of the M&P Foundation, Valor Bank and UAHH Foundation. He is actively involved in his church in Edmond, OK. He is married to Melissa Franklin and has two children.
Blake Franklin is a Senior Development, Construction, and Property Manager for Tall Grass Capital. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999 with a BBA in Business Management. He is married to Jada Franklin. They have two children and reside in Edmond, OK. His hobbies include spending quality time with family, working on the family ranch, and playing & coaching sports with his two boys.
Hope Bird is an Executive Assistant for Tall Grass Capital and Nichols Hills Executive Suites. After 13 years of owning her own business, she now oversees and assists 40 offices with companies ranging from one to six employees. Her passion is her love for her three grandkids, exercising, reading, her faith, and her dog Annie.
Phil Farha is a licensed Sales Associate for Tall Grass Capital. He was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He attained rank of Eagle Scout in 2004. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO with a BA in Economics. While he was attending college, he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity Delta Tau Chapter. He is actively involved in the Oklahoma City community. He has served over 500 hours of community service in the Oklahoma City, Fulton, and St. Louis communities. He is presently a member of the CCIM Oklahoma City chapter, ICSC, and is working on achieving a CCIM designation.
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Rhone Bird is a co-founder of Tall Grass Capital, LLC - a Commercial Real Estate Development, Construction, and Property Management Company founded in 2004. He is also a partner in an Investment Company, Element Capital, whose primary focus is energy, environmental and healthcare companies. Mr. Bird resides on the boards of Ironent, MSM Environmental, Regent Bank and Trustmark Title. Mr. Bird graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1997 with a B.S. in Finance. Mr. Bird is a family first man with a daughter who currently attends Westminster School.
Cary Manek serves as Controller for Tall Grass Capital. He performs accounting oversight for various companies as well as being involved in the daily accounting preparation of several business entities. He was employed seven years by the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Auditor and Revenue Agent. He also worked 4 years as the Finance Director at Surgery Centers of America, a privately owned surgery center management company. Cary is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of CPA’s. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from Oklahoma Christian University. He is married to Tina Manek and they have two children. He co-founded and or equity invested in various entities such as Advanced Medical Enterprises, Sleep Disorder Centers Inc., MD Project Services, Ironent, LLC, Banner Oil & Gas & MSM Environmental.
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Courtney Crawford is in charge of Leasing and Management for Tall Grass Capital. She is originally from Durango, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University and graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English Communications in 2004. She relocated to Oklahoma in 2006 and has been a part of the Tall Grass team since. She is married to Brion Crawford. They have three kids and reside in Edmond, OK. She is very active in her day to day parenting duties. She loves the mountains, family get togethers, and running.
Tall Grass Capital, LLC was founded in 2004 by co-entrepreneurs Rhone Bird and Chris Franklin. Since they launched, Tall Grass has experienced phenomenal growth. Today, Tall Grass and their experienced team of real estate professionals manage a robust and diverse portfolio
for clients throughout the mid to southwest. The company also gives back to the communities in which it does
business through a wide range of philanthropic endeavors.