Chad Ellis

Chad serves as Vice President – Finance of Hilltop Residential. Hilltop specializes in the identification, acquisition, finance, management, renovation and disposition of multi-family residential communities in Texas and the southern United States.

Chad is responsible for the management and direction of Hilltop’s Human Resources, IT, Accounting, Treasury, Payroll, AP, and FP&A teams.

Prior to joining Hilltop, Chad worked at Weingarten Realty Investors, a Houston, Texas-based company that develops, owns and operates high quality grocery and necessity-based retail properties throughout major markets in North America. While at Weingarten, he handled various aspects of investor relations and compliance.  He also managed all treasury functions, including leading the company’s capital raising initiatives and transactions.

A native Houstonian, Chad and his wife Lindsay are actively involved in their church, Bayou City Fellowship, and support various ministries, including The Seed Company, International Justice Mission, and Redeemed Girls. Chad loves spending his free time coaching, chasing after, and making memories with Lindsay and their three children:  Asher (born 2011), Emerson (born 2012), and Storey (born 2016).  Chad holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.


  • Led Weingarten through $4 billion of capital markets transactions, including the procurement, refinance, extension, and restructure of secured and unsecured debt.
  • Directed the reengineering of the entire treasury department, including staff, bank account structure, systems, processes, and procedures.
  • Worked with executive team to communicate with debt investors, rating agencies, lenders, and bankers.
  • During his tenure, Weingarten further strengthened its position as one of the leading developers, owners and operators of retail properties in United States.