Developing properties and relationships by transforming spaces, businesses, and communities.

Pearl River Companies is a privately held commercial real estate investment and development firm with a focused strategy for opportunity-driven value creation. We are guided by our core values and committed to delivering the highest level of performance and service for our partners. We create value through innovative re-positioning and development of multiple asset types, including mixed-use, office, retail, and master-planned communities in both urban infill and suburban markets.

We differentiate ourselves through innovative design, solving complex real estate problems, building lasting relationships, and creating enduring value for the communities in which we invest.

Guiding Principles

Uphold
Integrity

We subscribe to the highest ethical standards in our industry and ourselves. We commit to doing business in an honest and transparent way, and demonstrate this commitment by partnering with others that share in our philosophy.

Data-Driven
Decision Making

Market intelligence strengthens our understanding of each project’s potential and challenges. Technology and up-to-date data reveal insights that enable our team to make precise decisions.

Challenge
Perspectives

We seek opportunities to transform spaces, businesses, and communities to deliver unique and mutually beneficial projects. We challenge ourselves to constantly expand boundaries and exceed expectations during each step of the development process.

Build
Partnerships

We forge lasting and sustainable relationships across all phases of our projects. We elicit participation in a collaborative structure that ensures the needs of all parties are integrated into the DNA of each project. These healthy partnerships drive continued opportunity as they become advocates for Pearl River and its way of doing business.

Core Values

PASSION
When you love what you do, the results are reflected in the quality of each project.


GENEROSITY

Kindness to others and giving back to the community are part of the company culture we cultivate.


EXCELLENCE

We strive to “raise the bar” day in and day out.


TEAMWORK

Collaboration is essential to our operation and drives the success of our projects.


ADAPTABILITY

We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt and thrive in changing and challenging environments.


QUALITY

Intentional thoughtful commitment to quality and innovation marks are hallmarks of our work.

Leadership

Spencer Harkness

Co-Founder | Managing Principal

Spencer is responsible for leading the team in day-to-day operations as well as executing Pearl River Cos. investment strategy through the acquisition and development of commercial real estate. He has managed the development of more than 1.3 million square feet of commercial mixed-use development valued over $250 million. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University of New Orleans. Outside of the office, Spencer enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, daughter, and extended family.

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Mason Mote

Co-Founder | Managing Principal

Mason is responsible for leading the firm’s capital formation and portfolio strategies. He also provides operational oversight for all legal matters. Mason is a former partner and counsel with McGuireWoods LLP and HaynesBoone LLP, each recognized as top international law firms. His experience includes 12+ years of providing legal advice on financial transactions for acquisitions, developments, and dispositions of best-in-class commercial real estate assets (SPV and portfolio) and renewable energy projects (solar and offshore) throughout the United States. His extensive experience also includes serving as corporate general counsel, executive vice president, and managing principal for private equity commercial real estate investment firms. Mason has been recognized as a Texas SuperLawyers Rising Stars since 2017 and awarded as a top finalist for Attorney of the Year for his work as general counsel.

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Matthew Kelley

Development Partner

Matthew is a Houston-based developer we partner with on select value-add and ground-up projects. He previously led retail development projects for two real estate investment firms following a decade long career in architecture, including designing and managing complex commercial projects nationally for Gensler and Kendall/Heaton. Matthew holds an Executive MBA from Rice University, an MA in Architecture from the University of Houston, and a BA in Visual Arts from McNeese State University.

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Steve Pierce

Development Partner

Steve is a Houston-based developer we partner with on select ground-up projects. He has 35 years of experience in commercial development and residential master-planned communities across the nation. Steve previously served as VP of Development for Midway with responsibilities including the acquisition and development of large commercial and residential projects. Steve has developed more than 10,000 acres of single-family master-planned communities; 3 million square feet of commercial office and mixed-use projects; and 1,700 multi-family units. Steve holds an MBA and a BS in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.