MEET THE TEAM
DEVELOPMENT & BROKERAGE
REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATE
Ryan Dennard brings combined business management, legal, and local government expertise to his role at Criss Cross Commercial Group. With more than 15 years experience in the commercial real estate industry, Ryan leads the company’s strategic direction and overall management.
Ryan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington & Lee University, and with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. At UT Law, he was a Townes Rice Scholar and a member of the Texas Law Review.
Ryan began his professional career at the national law firm now known as Locke Lord, LLP, where he practiced commercial litigation. His practice included real estate development and land use disputes, construction litigation, and lender liability matters.
After joining Criss Cross in 2003, Ryan managed the company’s expansion into real estate development, gaining hands-on project management experience. He then helped grow the company’s portfolio steadily through multiple business cycles.
Ryan is also involved in the community. From 2012 through 2016, Ryan served as the elected Galveston County Commissioner, Precinct 1, where he played an active role in number of large public works projects, including transportation, regional drainage, and public facilities.
Ryan is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and Mainland Medical Center, and is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is a former appointee to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council, and a former member of the Galveston County Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the City of Friendswood Community Appearance Board.
Ryan and his wife, Melissa, reside in League City with their four children.
Director of Operations
Melissa Dennard’s small retail business experience informs her operational role at Criss Cross Commercial Group. Melissa joined the company in 2010. Today she manages the operational and administrative aspects of the company.
Melissa graduated from Houston’s Memorial High School, and obtained a bachelor’s of science degree from Washington & Lee University in 1997.
After an early career in teaching, in 2001 Melissa opened and operated a nationally branded home furnishings store in Houston. She developed knowledge and experience in retail sales, product sourcing and distribution, marketing, and tenant commercial real estate issues.
After selling the business and joining Criss Cross, Melissa applied her background in retail to support the company’s focus on shopping center development and management. In her operations management role, Melissa helps build tenant relationships. She also directs the company’s operational financial activity.
Melissa is active in the community, and as a former educator, she is passionate about children’s services. She volunteers for Clear Creek Independent School District and Anchor Point pregnancy and parenting center.
Melissa and her husband, Ryan, reside in League City with their four children.
Senior Property Manager
Debra Ray handles the day to day workings of the company’s real estate assets. As property manager for a range of multi- and single-tenant properties, Debra’s dedicated service and commitment to business relationships helps ensure company success.
Debra has a background in corporate legal administrative matters, as well as operational management of corporate records departments. Her early experience as a legal assistant and corporate administrator give her familiarity with the legal issues that pervade commercial real estate and the documentation systems that support asset management.
After gaining experience as an assistant property manager, Debra now serves as the front-line property and asset manager for the company.
Debra has an associates degree from San Jacinto Junior College and training through commercial real estate professional organizations.
Debra has been active in the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo and sings in her church choir. Debra and her husband, Joe, are equine enthusiasts. A former equestrian trainer, Debra now boards and manages horses in her free time. She and Joe live in the southeast Houston area.