2014 Women of Influence: Twila True


TWILA TRUE’S life story reads like a movie. Born on the poorest Indian reservation in the U.S., True is now the co-founder, president and CEO of a real estate private equity business that has invested $38.3 million in properties in 16 states.

True and her husband have been building True Investment since 2012, using their own capital to buy and lease 717 single-family homes. The company’s leased properties are averaging 93 days from purchase date to being leased, and the portfolio shows a strong, consistent occupancy rate.

In the past 15 years, True has put together an impressive private portfolio of real estate in multiple asset classes in Asia and North America, and she has managed the construction and development of residential properties in Thailand, China and the United States.

Before starting True Investments, True and her husband founded a multinational consumer products licensing and manufacturing business based in Asia that employed more than 4,000 people. True Innovations became a leader in manufacturing and selling office and home seating to big-box retailers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and in 2011, it was acquired by a publicly traded company in Hong Kong.

True has established a company culture that values and trusts its employees. While she employs strict controls, True enables her managers to execute at a high level.

In 2006, True and her husband founded True Children’s Home, a charity that places orphaned children in foster families and facilitates adoption, as well as providing corrective surgery and post-surgical care.

True also founded True Sioux Hope Foundation, which provides resources to members of the Oglala Sioux tribe, who reside in True’s childhood community on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.