Leadership

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Thad Rutherford

President
Leading the team at SouthStar Communities, Thad guides the company vision and its strategic investments. Thad oversees the management team focused on SouthStar’s $200 million portfolio of eight residential development properties across Texas and the Southeast, representing over 2,500 single-family homesites. Thad's passion for delivering the unexpected is often seen as a catalyst for the company's growth and strength in the marketplace.  Thad focuses on new opportunities, applying a mix of services including; asset management, acquisition/assemblage/entitlement and project development. He has an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami and volunteers with the Urban Land Institute, United Way and the Real Estate Council of Austin.
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Lundy Crabb

Senior Vice President
For three decades, Lundy Crabb has set unprecedented benchmarks in real estate sales and marketing. With expertise in primary and second home communities, from production home communities to luxury destination properties, Lundy’s vision has garnered his developer -partner’s unparalleled success. Lundy guides all aspects of sales strategy and process management, product development, market research and sourcing, and strategic marketing and business planning. Lundy provides support through all aspects of the development program, driven towards maximizing sales pace, revenues, and delivering communities and homeowner relationships that support long-term community success.
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Jim Vater

Vice President of Land Development
Jim guides land planning and day-to-day development operations. With a career spanning over 30 years in land planning, project management, hydrology, soils and feasibility analyses, and a wealth of experience in master planned community planning and development, Jim brings a breadth of knowledge and a lengthy list of strong relationships across Central Texas and beyond. Jim’s experience runs from raw land to completed community. His deft familiarity with the area and key municipal and private contacts provides the ideal backdrop for acquisitions across Texas and beyond.
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BJ Jones

Vice President of Systems and Analysis
BJ leads the company's efforts in strategic analysis, financial planning and reporting, as well as the design and administration of all sales and marketing technologies. He brings nearly 15 years of real estate development experience in finance and planning along with a varied technical background in both computer hardware and software. He is a certified Salesforce Administrator and Developer and is a member of ULI. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida with a minor in Mathematics.
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Gretchen Howell

Vice President
Gretchen brings over 25 years of real estate and technology leadership experience to SouthStar. Gretchen’s background spans marketing and operations for four-star resort developers, primary home and mixed-use development, high-end hospitality, financial services and e-commerce. Gretchen serves on the board for a number of area non-profits as well as on numerous advisory boards for technology start-ups.
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Terry Ramirez

Vice President, Operations
Terry guides and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company functions. Terry defines and implements operation strategy, structure and processes to ensure company goals are achieved. Terry focuses on contract administration, payroll, accounting, Human Resources and business related development services. Terry’s lengthy career in the homebuilding and development industries has spanned nearly 30 years. Terry graduated from Golden State Business College in California with a major in Accounting. Terry sits on the Board of Directors of several Southstar Communities as Declarant Representative and is a member of the Austin Homebuilders Association.
Cole Haley

Cole Haley

Regional Sales Director
Cole Haley guides the land sales programs for the Texas Hill Country communities, including Vintage Oaks.  With more than 15 years of experience, Cole has a strong real estate foundation in sales, marketing, finance and brokerage management. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Mr. Haley has both his Texas Real Estate Brokers License and his Mortgage Brokers License, giving him a deep understanding about real estate finance and lending.
Todd Richert

Todd Richert

Director, Texas Realty
Todd oversees all corporate bulk sales, commercial transactions and the realty divisions for Southstar Communities. During his 10+ years in the real estate industry, Todd has amassed critical sales and management experience in all aspects of real estate including residential properties, land, vacation/resort homes and bulk acreage tracts. Todd has earned a level of success rarely seen in the industry. A graduate of the University of Texas, Todd has a license in five states and currently holds a Texas Real Estate Brokers License.