Emily Durham

Emily and her company, Restaurant Connections, joined Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors in early 2015. She serves as a Partner and Director of Hospitality Services, providing strategic direction and management of the firm’s extensive portfolio of Restaurant and Hospitality Clients. Emily has spent her entire career, 30 years, in the restaurant industry in every capacity: Every level of Front and Back of the House Operations, Back Office Management, Operations and Strategic Consulting, and through her company founded in 2009, Real Estate Brokerage Services. She is uniquely qualified to lead Waterman Steele’s Hospitality Team. She brings the elements of true understanding of the hospitality industry and caring to her work and her clients.

Emily’s clients include and have included many of Houston’s newest and freshest concepts, acclaimed chef-driven independents, and respected regional chains, such as Sweet Paris Creperie, Glazed the Doughnut Café, Piatto Ristorante, Bullrito’s, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Louie Mueller’s BBQ, Khan’s Deli, and many others. She does Tenant Representation through strategic site selection and market planning processes, as well as Owner Representation for the divestiture of Restaurant Assets and Entities, and Landlord Representation.

Emily, and now Waterman Steele, is part of an elite group of collaborative companies specializing in the restaurant & hospitality industry. Each company provides a different area of expertise and specialization including; liquor licensing, franchise and labor law, architecture and construction, operations consulting, and financial services. Access to resources such as these, together with the knowledgeable and practiced real estate brokerage team at Waterman Steele make their Restaurant and Hospitality Services group a natural brokerage partner to the industry.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the New York Institute of Technology, and an MBA with honors from Rice University. She holds a real estate license in the State of Texas and is a member of ICSC. Like the rest of the team at Waterman Steele, being a part of, and contributing to, the community is one of Emily’s top priorities. She is on the Executive Board of Directors of The Greater Houston Restaurant Association and is a Board Member for the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation. She’s also very active in her twin daughters’ schools and activities.