Independent Director


B.A. in Mathematics from Texas Christian University
J.D. from Southern Methodist University


Henry Zigtema is an independent director on the board of directors for CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. He also is an adjunct professor of accounting at Oglethorpe University and serves on the President’s Advisory Board at Oglethorpe.

Prior to his retirement in 2006, Mr. Zigtema spent 28 years of his career with Ernst and Young LLP and its predecessor firm, Arthur Young and Company. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Zigtema was the Southeast Area Tax Managing Partner for Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Practice. During his career, Mr. Zigtema served in several key positions, including Area Director of Tax, Plains State Area Industry Leader for Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, and Real Estate as well as a National Office Partner for Strategic Business Services. Mr. Zigtema served as the tax engagement partner or client service partner for a wide variety of clients, including multinational companies such as Sprint, Zion’s Bank, US Bank, Wells Real Estate Investment Trust I, Wells Real Estate Investment Trust II, various publicly-traded REITs in the retail, office, apartment and mortgage spaces, as well as a number of private clients.

Past board of director involvement includes Maur Hill Prep School, Kapaun Mt. Carmell High School, St. Thomas Aquinas School, Wichita State Accounting Conference Committee, Sedgewick County Zoo, and Ronald McDonald House. Mr. Zigtema has contributed to various Ernst and Young publications and was a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

In addition to his degree work, Mr. Zigtema also completed non-degree accounting classes at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a Certified Public Accountant with permits to practice in Georgia, Kansas, and Texas and is an inactive member of the Texas Bar.