Each team member at Samples Properties plays a vital role in the success of our client’s commercial real estate needs. It is through teamwork we ensure that every aspect of our relationship with our clients is seamless and productive. Meet the Samples Properties team.
Michael Samples, Principal – View Listings
Michael Samples is the managing partner and qualifying broker of Samples Properties. He graduated from Auburn University in 1987 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Management).
Michael joined Samples Properties in 1987, assisting his father and mother, Ty and Carol Ann Samples, in the development and management of commercial office buildings in Huntsville, Al.
Mr. Samples was quickly involved in the development and placement in service of several high profile office buildings in Huntsville market, including McDonnell Douglas Corporation (1990), Rockwell Corporation (1988) and General Electric (1989) . Over the years, Michael has been involved in the development of over a million square feet of office product in Huntsville, representing over $ 100,000,000 of development costs. Michael has also negotiated over two million square feet of commercial office leases in the Huntsville market throughout the years.
Michael is married to Colleen McNabb Samples and has three children Alex, Kyser and Luke. He enjoys coaching youth sports and has coached his children’s soccer, basketball and baseball teams for over 18 years.
Michael has been on the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama‘s Corporate Board for over 20 years and has also served on the YMCA Board.
Gripp Luther, Principal – View Listings
Gripp Luther is a Principal at Samples Properties where he has been employed for over 20 years. At present, he oversees the day-to-day business operations of Samples Properties and also handles development, property management, and a variety of brokerage services that include acquisitions, sales, and leasing.
Mr. Luther represents a wide variety of individuals and corporations on both a local and national level. He has completed transactions for companies that include; The State of Alabama, GSA, Avnet, L 3 Com, Radiance Technologies, Keystone Foods, and SAIC.
Mr. Luther received his B.A. degree from the University of Alabama where he studied advertising, marketing and real estate. He currently serves on the Cummings Research Park Board, providing experienced, hands-on guidance for the long-term development of Cummings Research Park. He has served on a number of philanthropic boards including the Huntsville Museum of Art, Botanical Gardens and the Downtown YMCA.
Gripp is an active member of the Church of the Nativity where he served as a member of the Vestry 1996-1999 and 2006-2009. Mr. Luther has completed The Leadership Training Program offered by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce. He has a wife, Leigh Anne, and two children, Neill and Leighton.
Alice Samples Bentley, Principal/Office Manager
Alice Samples Bentley is a lifelong resident of Huntsville and is a principal of Samples Properties where she has been employed for over 30 years.
Alice received her B.S. Degree from Auburn University. She is an active volunteer in the community where she has served and volunteered for several organizations. She has served on the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s advisory Board and is currently serving on the advisory board for the Huntsville Museum of Art Gala. She has held leadership positions as president of her college sorority, Jr. League of Huntsville, Grace Club and Blossomwood PTA. She has also chaired fundraisers for Huntsville Botanical Gardens, American Cancer Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art.
Alice is an active member of First United Methodist Church. She has been married for 35 years to Bryan Bentley and together they have raised 5 wonderful daughters.
Betsy Rouse, Principal-Director of Finance
Betsy Rouse is the Director of Finance and a principal of Samples Properties.
Betsy graduated from Athens State University in 1982 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. While attending school at Athens State she began working for a certified public accountant in Huntsville, and after graduation she continued her career in public accounting until she joined Samples Properties in May, 1986.
As Director of Finance for Samples Properties, Betsy oversees the accounting department integrating all areas of finance allowing Samples to provide complete property management and accounting services for single and multi-tenant properties. As part of the services provided to the investor, Betsy prepares annual operating budgets, monthly and/or quarterly reports, and year-end tax information. Currently the accounting department services over 35 different ownership groups. Betsy also has worked with numerous owners, tenants, and financial institutions in the completion of multiple property transactions.
Betsy has been married to Frank Rouse for twenty-eight years. They have two children, their son Taylor who is in Law School at the University of Alabama and their daughter Alexa who is a junior at the University of Alabama. Betsy enjoyed volunteering at the schools her children attended in Huntsville as well as being involved with their extracurricular activities.
Jim Smoot joined Samples Properties in late 2012. Jim is responsible for supporting SRA’s efforts in all multi-family, office and retail acquisitions, as well as development and management opportunities.
Prior to joining SRA, Jim was a Principal with Synergy Realty Services of Atlanta. Prior commercial real estate experience includes serving as Vice President of Operations for Steven D. Bell & Company supervising the Georgia, Florida and Alabama regions for the company, encompassing twenty-eight properties totaling almost 9,000 apartment units. Jim has more than thirty years’ experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Steven D. Bell & Company, Jim also held a position as Regional Vice President at Insignia/ESG and Balcor Property Management, as well as positions with Columbia Property Management in Houston, TX and with Gill Savings and Loan in San Antonio, TX. Jim’s portfolio responsibilities have ranged throughout the Southeast and Southwest United States.
During his multifamily career, Jim has directed renovations exceeding $35,000,000 and has been directly involved in new development and lease-up of twenty-nine multi-family properties. Jim has had direct involvement in property acquisitions and dispositions from both an ownership and third-party advisory perspective.
Jim is a licensed Real Estate Agent in Alabama and Georgia, and is a candidate for the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management. Jim attended Auburn University where he majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Scott joined Samples Properties in 2005. Scott is responsible for property brokerage and leasing, as well as property management. He is also responsible for Samples Properties marketing efforts, including print and digital.
Prior to joining the Samples team, Scott spent 12 years in sales and marketing for two local high-tech businesses. Scott received his B.S. degree from Auburn University in 1989 and returned to his hometown of Huntsville in 1993.
Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Alabama Chapter of the Building Owners and Mangers Association (BOMA) as the President.
Wes Kendall, Agent/Leasing and Brokerage – View Listings
Wes Kendall joined Samples Properties in 2015. He is a native of Huntsville and attended UAH. He then joined his family business where he went on to become president. He later opened two new distribution centers for the business in Maryland and Wisconsin. Wes recently sold the family business to concentrate on commercial real estate.
In the last several years, Wes has also been responsible for the design and development of over 200,000 square feet of warehouse and shopping center space in the Huntsville area. He has both a real estate license and a general contractors license to help meet his customers needs.
Wes is married to wife Suzanne and has three children. His children attend Westminster Christian Academy, where he was responsible for building the football stadium, field house, and weight room facilities. He is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Veronica Nichols, Marketing & Brokerage
Mrs. Nichols joined Samples Properties in 2015. She assists the Samples Team with market analysis; design; marketing and property tours. She brings with her over 10 years of commercial real estate experience of working with both landlords and tenants in brokering retail and office sales and leasing in the Huntsville area. She is a member of NALCOM (North Alabama Commercial) and was NALCOM President in 2006. Veronica has completed The Leadership Training Program offered by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining Samples Properties, Mrs. Nichols worked at Concourse Group as an Associate Broker for 8 years specializing in Retail and Tenant Representation. She began her career in commercial real estate and obtained her Real Estate Salesperson License in 2003 while working at Colliers International (formerly Colonial Properties Trust).
Mrs. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and a Minor in Graphic Design from the University of North Alabama.
Veronica lives in Huntsville with her husband, Bryan and their two young sons, Chandler and Landon.
Sarah Barnhart, Account Services Manager
Originally a Huntsville native, Sarah Barnhart moved back to Huntsville in 2015 after living in Washington State (10 years) and Tennessee (5 years). She brought her accounting skills to the Samples organization in September 2015 as the new Account Services Manager, coordinating analysis and reporting for the company’s properties portfolios. She oversees all accounts payable and receivables in addition to working with the maintenance company.
Sarah is married and has one young son, Isaiah. She is an active member of the Von Braun Astronomical Society.
Mike Banks, Facilities Manager
Mike has spent most of his 30 year career in the heating and air conditioning industry. Nine of those years as owner and operator of his own business. Before joining Samples Properties as an employee, Mike worked for Samples Properties as a contractor.
Mike has an associates degree from Calhoun Community College, and advanced studies in architecture and mechanical engineering. Mike is state licensed in HVAC, plumbing and natural gas.
Mike enjoys sports and outdoors, loves to fish and watch and coach football. He is a lay minister in the United Methodist Church and enjoys serving his church and community.
Mike was married to his wife Cathy in 1985. He and Cathy have two children, his daughter Tiffany (Married to Ryan Carpenter) and son Grant (a quarterback at Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL)
Mike is a Huntsville native, and has lived here his entire life.
David Rochelle, Maintenance Technician
David has been with Samples Properties as a maintenance technician since 1998. He is experienced in commercial building maintenance and is responsible for the building operations of 25 properties. He is a native of Huntsville, AL.
Larry Henderson, Maintenance Technician
Kenny Sharp, Maintenance Technician
Pete Fleming, Agent – In Memoriam – March 23, 2016
Pete possessed over 35 years of experience as a real estate broker. He specialized in commercial retail properties, as well as land and farms. He attended Auburn University and was with Samples Properties for 14 years. Pete was a Huntsville native and served on the Huntsville Planning Commission Board for 8 years.
Pete was a good friend to all and loved by many. He was a one-of-a-kind individual who will be greatly missed by all of us at Samples Properties.
William Dillard, Facilities – In Memoriam – March 19, 2014
William Dillard joined Samples Properties in 1975 and played a vital role in the success and growth of Samples Properties over the years. William earned technical degrees in the fields of HVAC and Refrigeration and Electrical Services in 1977 and 1978 respectively.
William was the primary building manager for majority of the properties managed by Samples Properties. William had daily contact with tenants and vendors, providing a personalized service that was unparalleled in the Huntsville market. Having spent almost 40 years in this capacity, Mr. Dillard understood the importance of working with tenants to ensure they receive the most efficient service.
William was a truly genuine person and will be greatly missed by all of us at Samples Properties and our tenants, of which he took such good care.