Speedway Team

Speedway Properties is a locally-owned commercial real estate investment company that owns, manages, and leases over 2,000,000 square feet of retail, office, and industrial property throughout Lincoln, Nebraska.

Our Team

 
Clay Smith
General Partner

As a co-founder and general partner, Clay leads the Speedway Properties team. Clay earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University, graduating with distinction. He went on to earn his master’s degree in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. Prior to re-joining Speedway on a full-time basis, Clay worked with the Booz Allen & Hamilton consulting firm in New York City and the Hellman & Friedman investment banking firm in San Francisco. Clay is active in Lincoln, having served on dozens of community organization’s boards. He currently serves on the boards of Nebraska Young Presidents Organization, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Humanities Council, Museum of Nebraska Art, and UNL-Sheldon.

Craig Smith
Construction & Development

Craig attended the University of Nebraska and studied architecture and marketing. Craig leads the design and construction team for Speedway Properties. Creative design and innovative renovations have made some of the Speedway properties the most unique in the market. Craig has served on various boards including the Haymarket Development Corporation Board.

 
 
Mike Tavlin
Chief Financial Officer

Mike joined Speedway Properties in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. He has over 35 years of experience in the telecommunications, software, real estate and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Speedway, Mike was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Interactive Intelligence, Inc., where he led a successful initial public offering (IPO). He also served as Vice President-Treasurer and Secretary of Aliant Communications, which was acquired by Alltel for $1.9 Billion. Mike is a member of Financial Executives International, a Board member and Treasurer of the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln and is a Past President of Woods Charitable Fund, Inc.

Ken Fougeron
Director of Operations
402.323.3120
402.326.0577 - cell

Ken joined Speedway Properties in 2004. As Director of Operations, Ken is involved in all areas including project development, construction, leasing, maintenance and daily operations. Ken earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and has worked in the facilities/property management field for over 40 years. His 27 year history as the Administrator of the state building division has given him an expansive knowledge of building management, construction, operations, and project development. Ken works with governmental officials, architects, engineers, contractors and tenant to successfully complete development and renovation projects. Ken is active in several business associations including the Downtown Lincoln Association Executive Board and has been a member of the Nebraska Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Review Board for over 20 years.

 
 
Tom J. Gifford
Leasing Agent
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402.326.2413 - cell

Tom attended the University of Nebraska and earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Tom earned his salesperson’s license in 1997 and broker’s license in 2000. Tom has over 12 years experience in property management, construction management, sales and leasing. His experience and knowledge in the real estate industry give him the ability to assist with customer’s leasing or brokerage needs. Tom is active in the community, including involvement with City Impact and the Association of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs.

Brett C. Harris
Leasing Agent
402.323.3123 - direct
402.429.3114 - cell

Brett joined Speedway Properties in 2004. His primary responsibilities include negotiating lease contracts and assisting with property acquisitions. Brett earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Nebraska and earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute in 2011. He is past president of the Nebraska CCIM chapter and is actively involved in the Lincoln community, having served on the board of directors for the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Lincoln Literacy and Downtown Lincoln Association. He currently serves on the Junior Achievement board of directors as immediate past chair.

 
 
Gregory Ayars
Leasing Agent/Marketing
402.323.3109 - Direct
402.310.1398 - Cell

Gregory graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2014 with a bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Finance. He started working at Speedway Properties in 2012 as an intern and took a position as a leasing agent once he graduated from college in 2014. He currently has a salesperson license from the Nebraska real estate commission. He also is currently volunteering with the South Lincoln Track Club, and Lincoln Midget Football.

Paige Werner
Leasing Agent/Marketing
402.323.3157 - Direct
402.380.5642 - Cell

Paige came to Speedway Properties in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance and minors in Economics, Management, and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She recently received he salesperson license from the Nebraska Real Estate commission.

 
 
Kent Henning
Property Manager
402.323.3113
402.217.2696 - cell

Kent joined the Speedway Properties team in July of 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Prior to joining Speedway he worked 17 years for The Salvation Army as Operations Director overseeing programs, building maintenance and fundraising. He is very involved in the community non-profit sector helping to organize many community events.

Adam Criswell
Operations Manager
402.323.3136 - direct
843.822.6992 - cell

Adam joined Speedway Properties in January of 2015 as an Operations Manager. Adam earned his bachelors of History from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and has worked in the facilities/property management field for over 23 years. His previous experience as an Operations Chief in the United States Marine Corps has given him an expansive knowledge in building management and development. Adam works with architects, engineers, contractors and tenants to successfully complete improvement and renovation projects. Adam is active in several business associations including the Lincoln Rotary # 14, LIBA, West "O" and the Marine League.

 
 
Eric Gish
Maintenance/Project Management

Steve Clifton
Facilities Manager
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402.416.4123 - cell

Steve has been with Speedway Properties since January of 2000 and has over 35 years of experience in construction, maintenance, and property management. Steve’s knowledge and experience enables him to manage building and grounds maintenance, structural problems, roof leaks, heating or air conditioning issues, and plumbing problems. Steve is a member of the International Facilities Management Association and participates in the local chapter.

 
 
Bob Branscombe
402.323.3102
402.770.9964 - cell

Bob joined the Speedway Properties team in 2014. Bob earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. Prior to joining Speedway Properties, Bob spent 6 years with ConAgra Foods.

Terri L. Todd
Accountant / Office Manager
402.323.3100

Terri has been with Speedway Properties since September of 2000 and has over 25 years experience in the accounting field. She supervises all accounts payable and receivable activity and handles all the accounting functions for Speedway Properties. Prior to coming to Speedway Properties Terri spent 17 years working for Lawlor’s Sporting Goods in their accounting department.

 
 
Alison Blair
Accounts Payable
402.323.3117

Alison came to Speedway Properties in 2008. She is the executive assistant to company leaders and takes on a wide range of responsibilities including schedule administration, activity organization, account management, meeting coordination, and maintenance/support of employees technological needs. Alison earned an Associate’s degree in agriculture business and Bachelor’s degree in business. Prior to coming to Speedway Properties Alison spent time with One Source at Bush Gardens, Pine Valley Nursery and Landscaping, and Aspen Builders gaining invaluable experience in hard work, customer service and organizational skills.

Megan Bohling
Receptionist
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Megan earned her Associate's degree from Southeast Community College in Business Administration. Before working at Speedway Properties, Megan gained experience working for Legacy Estates Retirement Community.