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President, Wells Real Estate Investment Trust Inc.

Leo F. Wells III, founder, president and sole director of Wells Real Estate Funds and its subsidiaries, earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1967. Under his leadership, Wells Real Estate Funds has grown to be one of the largest real estate investment companies in the United States since its founding in 1984, with more than 200,000 investors and $7 billion in assets.

Wells is a member of the Financial Planning Association and a registered principal with NASD Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations. He is a life member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. In 2003, he was selected as a national winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the financial services category.

Wells' involvement with the University of Georgia includes his contribution of time and financial support to benefit the Terry College's Institute for Leadership Advancement and its students. Wells is also a major supporter of UGA's athletic programs and has funded several team chaplain positions at UGA and other schools. He is an active member of Fellowship Bible Church of Roswell, Ga., and participates in the church's international mission trips.