Who We Are


Vernon R. Young, Chairman

Vernon R. Young was educated at Washington and Lee University and The University of Houston with a B.S. degree in Economics and postgraduate work in real estate.  After becoming a licensed real estate broker and founding a mortgage banking company, Mr. Young expanded his activity to an apartment building and management program, building over 10,000 garden apartments plus townhouses in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, high rise condominiums in Florida, four office buildings, and land development activities ranging from residential lot developments to industrial parks.  He was a volume homebuilder in the 70’s and 80’s. Mr. Young’s companies are active in the Houston Apartment Association, the Texas Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association.  He is a past Director and President of the Houston Apartment Association.  He is also a member of the Houston Association of Realtors, Greater Houston Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders, National Association of Homebuilders, and is registered builder #28383, certified by the Texas Residential Construction Commission.  Mr. Young and his housing companies have been the subject of articles in Professional Builder and Remodeler, Housing Magazine and Multi- Housing News.  He has frequently been a speaker in other cities for national organizations representing the housing industry.   Mr. Young is Chairman of Artisan/American Corp., an apartment development company now focused on new HUD 221(d)(4) Garden Apartments.  Mr. Young was a builder and developer of well over 10,000 conventional apartment units and over 1,500 tax credit elderly and family rental communities in various Texas and Louisiana locations.  Mr. Young is also engaged in the development of residential lots through his ownership in D&V Development, LLC. 


H. Elizabeth Young, President

 H. Elizabeth Young was educated at Texas State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1977. From 1978 through 1979 she sold homes for Cornerstone Development Company in Houston. She then became Director of Real Estate Marketing and Research for The McCann Company until 1990.  After taking a three-year sabbatical, she became President and Owner of Artisan/American Corp., a real estate development company specializing in multi-family properties.  Elizabeth earned her Texas real estate license in 1981.  She received her “Historically Underutilized Business” (HUB) Certification in March of 2001, as did Artisan/American Corp. 


Gary R. Davis, Director of Development

 Gary R. Davis was educated at The University of Houston, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1975 and received his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1980.  From 1980 through 1984 he worked in the oil and gas sector as Controller for various drilling and oil and gas producing companies in Houston.  In early 1985, he became the Controller for a real estate development company developing a 2,500-acre master planned community in League City, Texas known as South Shore Harbour.  In 2003, he was promoted to Director of Land Development until 2008 when the development was completed and the development company ceased operations.  After a three-year retirement to pursue a music career in the Episcopal Church, he returned to the real estate development sector as Development Director and Financial Controller of Artisan Realty Co. and Artisan/American Corp. 


W. Alex Young, Chief Operating Officer

 Alex Young is an experienced business professional formerly with A.G. Hill Partners based in Dallas, Texas. Alex supported the investment team in deal sourcing, due diligence, financial modeling, documentation, monitoring and reporting. Prior to joining AGH, Alex was a Senior Consultant with FTI Consulting in Dallas. At FTI, Alex provided companies in the tech/media/telecom sectors with corporate finance and restructuring advisory services. He was also a member of FTI Capital Advisors, a special situations middle market investment bank that provides FTI clients with M&A and capital markets solutions. Alex received his JD/MBA degree from Southern Methodist University, where he graduated cum laude from the law school and with beta gamma sigmahonors from the business school. Alex is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas. Alex graduated from the University of Virginia where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Business.  


William Young, Director of Multifamily

 William Young obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance as well as a Master of Science in Accounting from Trinity University. William was given the San Antonio Chapter CPA Society Award through Trinity University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA in the Master’s program. William is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Since getting his Master’s Degree at Trinity, William had been working for Deloitte Tax LLP in their Securitization Tax Services Group until recently. While working in the Securitization Tax group at Deloitte, William has focused his efforts to specialize in the tax implications of complex financial instruments including collateralized loan obligations, real estate mortgage investment conduits and REITs, whose portfolios consist of fixed-income assets. William is pursuing a full time MBA with a concentration in Real Estate. He will be joining the family office as time permits and full time after graduation. 


Allison Young Chavez, Director

 Allison Chávez graduated in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences with joint Bachelor degrees.  One is in International Studies and a second in Economics in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business with concentration in Finance and Real Estate.  After graduation, Allison began her working career at Credit Suisse in New York as an Investment Banking analyst in the real estate group.  In late 2008, Allison joined Grayco Partners, multifamily development fund based in Houston, Texas.  She was responsible for all financial modeling and analysis of real estate investments for the CEO and CFO.  In 2012, she co-founded Sweet Paris Crepêrie & Café, a fast-casual French crepêrie restaurant concept with locations in Houston and Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  She is responsible for expansion, operations, financial performance and franchising opportunities.  Allison is fluent in Spanish with advanced oral and written proficiency.