Tim Downey is the founder and CEO of Southern Land Company. He serves as the visionary and driving force behind the concepts and designs that distinguish Southern Land Company’s communities.
Tim’s entrepreneurship began in college when he created a property maintenance business. This experience inspired Tim’s three-decade career in developing neighborhoods and vibrant commercial districts that adhere to traditional design principles and generate community interaction. Modeled after Walt Disney Imagineering’s desire to inspire creativity, innovation and interaction in the company and across projects, Tim’s vertically integrated business model enables direct communication between architecture, horticulture, construction and planning professionals. The result has been a growing portfolio of communities that are redefining their markets.
Brian joined Southern Land Company in 2002, and was named President in 2008. In this capacity, Brian oversees all investment activity related to the company’s residential, multifamily, commercial and office portfolios. Brian is also responsible for the operating departments, including commercial construction, property management, infrastructure, horticulture, home building and sales. From 2002 until 2008, Brian was responsible for Southern Land Company’s development activity in Tennessee and Texas.
Prior to joining Southern Land Company, Brian spent almost 10 years as Vice President and General Manager of Terrabrook in Tampa, Florida, where he oversaw development of a 2,000-acre master plan community with a high-end golf course, 3,000 homes and 150 acres of mixed-use development.
Brian received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University, majoring in Finance and Real Estate. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University with a concentration in Operations Management.
Ken oversees all aspects of accounting, human resources, risk management, information technology, investor relations and financial reporting. He is also instrumental in sourcing debt and equity financing for Southern Land Company projects.
Prior to joining Southern Land Company in 2010, Ken worked with various real estate developers for 12 years and spent eight years with ESPN.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas, Austin and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He earned his CPA while working for Arthur Andersen.
Paul leads Southern Land Company’s Commercial Construction Division, overseeing a team of project engineers, estimators and accounting personnel specializing in high rise and mixed-use development. He brings more than 20 years of experience to his position, including management of significant projects in the commercial and luxury residential sectors. Prior to his current role, Paul served Southern Land Company as Regional Construction Manager, leading projects in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas.
Before joining Southern Land Company, Paul owned and led of Florida-based companies Peak Development and Provident Development Group. He also worked with Thompson Thrift Construction, successfully launching their Houston, Texas location.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Building Construction.
As Senior Vice President of Capital Markets, Alex leads Southern Land Company’s capital markets activities, as well as developing and managing investor relationships for each of the company’s projects around the country. Alex focuses on integrating exceptional investment partners, key data, strategic analysis and careful execution to create long-term value for each Southern Land Company community.
Prior to joining Southern Land Company in 2014, Alex was a Managing Director for Guggenheim Securities, LLC. With more than 20 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience, Alex has completed more than 60 transactions totaling more than $7 billion during the course of his career, including private placements of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, valuations and fairness opinions.
Alex received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina and a Masters of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate, from the University of Georgia. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Michael oversees all aspects of development for Southern Land Company’s Tennessee, Texas, and Boulder, Colorado multifamily and mixed-use projects. Specifically, he has seen great success with the company’s Dwell at McEwen, Elliston 23 and Junction 15 multifamily communities, as well as the Southside at McEwen retail project.
With more than 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Michael has focused on multifamily development and investments. Prior to joining Southern Land Company in 2007, Michael served as Vice President of Covenant Capital Group, a real estate private equity investment firm.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Dustin started at Southern Land Company in 2005, and today leads Southern Land Company’s Northeast Division of multifamily development, including acquisitions, construction management and mixed-used development. He is responsible for all aspects of the acquisition and development process, making sure his projects are delivered on time and within budget.
Currently Dustin’s team is directing the development and construction of three Southern Land projects in Philadelphia, PA: 3601 Market, 3750 Lancaster and 1911 Walnut. Dustin previously worked on several successful Southern Land projects including Elliston23, a LEED Certified Silver mixed-use project in Nashville. Dustin also directed the development of Devon Four25 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and helped oversee the Arthouse and Lofts at Watters Creek developments in Texas.
Dustin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
Jeremy leads Southern Land Company’s multifamily development work across the Southwest including key markets in Texas and Colorado. He ensures projects stay on schedule, within budget, and on track to deliver exceptional returns, all while managing the full project development process. Jeremy oversees everything from site acquisition to selection of key vendors and construction.
Jeremy has more than a decade of experience in multifamily development including management of projects throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas and Texas totaling more than 5,000 units. His experience includes positions with GenCap Partners, Price Development Group, UDR, Inc. and Lincoln Property Company that have given him unique insight across the real estate development cycle.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University, where he double majored in Accounting and Management.
Cindy works to ensure that Southern Land Company’s multifamily projects are distinctive and comprehensive communities, offering an inspired, artful lifestyle to each and every resident. Addressing all operational aspects of multifamily and mixed-use development, Cindy leads a diverse set of functions from property management to budgeting, as well as establishing rental rates, managing lease-up absorption, and contributing to the determination of each property’s unit mix and overall design scheme.
Cindy brings extensive industry experience in property operations, acquisitions, repositioning, construction and talent management to Southern Land Company. She previously served as Managing Director at Greystar/Riverstone Residential Group where she led operations for a 15,000-unit, Class A portfolio spanning nine states. She also held the role of Executive Vice President at Continental Realty Corporation in Baltimore, overseeing the acquisition of 15 multifamily projects in just five years.
Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Towson University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. She is a founding board member and former president of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) and a guest professor at the University of Baltimore Robert Merrick School of Business.
Paul oversees sales and leasing for all of Southern Land Company’s commercial portfolio, including existing properties and new developments. His responsibilities span the complete project lifecycle from initial underwriting to due diligence and prospecting, lease and sale negotiations and tenant relations.
Since joining the company in 2007, Paul has brought in marquee tenants, maximized occupancy levels and created a sustainable tenant mix across Southern Land Company’s portfolio.
Paul brings more than 20 years of real estate experience to his position, with a primary focus on retail and office leasing. Prior to joining Southern Land Company, Paul served as Vice President of Summit Leasing at Bayer Properties, and as Vice President Leasing at Madison Marquette Realty Services. Over the course of those two positions, Paul oversaw a portfolio of more than 2.5 million SF.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Central Michigan University.
Andy oversees the process of turning Southern Land Company’s one-of-a-kind multifamily communities from concepts to reality. Working with the Southern Land Company design team, as well as development executives and the in-house pre-development and construction groups, Andy coordinates Southern Land Company’s constantly evolving design, and ensures building codes and fair housing requirements are met and exceeded. In addition to ensuring that Southern Land Company’s hallmark quality standards are met in each community, Andy also oversees all unit floor plans as well as the appropriate unit mix.
Prior to joining Southern Land Company, Andy worked with The Hanover Company, a national multifamily real estate developer. At Hanover, Andy was involved in pre-development, development and construction activities of more than 15 multifamily projects in 11 markets across the U.S., work encompassing more than 5,000 apartment units. Previous experience includes positions with Larry Boerder Architects, Gromatzky Dupree & Associates and Nelson Architectural Engineers where Andy worked in the development of luxury single-family homes and high-rise multifamily properties, as well as forensic architecture.
Andy is a graduate of the University of Michigan and North Carolina State University. He is also a licensed architect in Texas.
Robb leads Southern Land Company’s acquisitions department, overseeing all aspects of market analysis, site selection, feasibility and entitlements for future developments across the U.S. Under Robb’s direction, Southern Land Company prioritizes due diligence and key data metrics to ensure its investment and development opportunities yield long-term value. Robb pursues an acquisitions strategy focused on vibrant, high barrier-to-entry submarkets exhibiting strong population growth, an expanding employment base and close proximity to popular lifestyle amenities.
Robb joined Southern Land Company in 2011, bringing with him nearly 15 years of real estate experience, primarily in markets in the Southeast and on the West Coast. In past positions, he specialized in land sales and retail leasing for Cassidy Turley, and in acquisitions for Lennar’s Urban Division, both in San Diego.
Robb graduated from the University of Tennessee with Bachelor of Art’s degrees in Finance and Economics. He is also a member of the Nashville chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Ben leads Southern Land Company’s mission to create memorable environments. Whether he is designing a brand-new community, planning a mixed-use development or creating sanctuary in a rooftop garden, he ensures no detail is overlooked. By jointly managing the efforts of Southern Land Company’s design and engineering teams, Ben delivers function and form to every project.
Ben brings nearly 20 years of experience to his position, including work recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute. Prior to joining Southern Land Company, Ben worked in master planning and resort design for Reece, Hoopes and Fincher in Atlanta; and held positions at Hawkins Partners, Inc. in Nashville; and Post Landscape Group in Atlanta.
Ben is certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and is registered in Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting, both from Mississippi State University.
As Vice President of Single Family Architecture, Danny oversees all of the details that add up to Southern Land Company’s signature communities and streetscapes. This includes oversight of conceptual design and maintenance of strict design standards, creating community guidelines, managing the design review process, selecting builders, specifying exterior materials and colors to provide diversity and unique streetscapes, determining the right amenity program for each community and supervising the model home program. Since joining Southern Land Company in 2002, Danny has been instrumental in creating exceptional communities across Tennessee and Texas.
Prior to his current position, Danny gained a broad base of experience in residential design, as well as neighborhood planning with Looney Ricks Kiss Architects in Memphis. In this role, Danny designed, documented and reviewed homes in many high-profile traditional neighborhoods in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida and Tennessee.
Danny earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis, with an emphasis in Architecture.
As Chief Investment Officer, Mark Degner oversees the company’s long-term diversified growth strategy across all asset classes and markets. Mark is responsible for spearheading Southern Land’s investment platform strategy and lead acquisition, disposition and investment processes.
Prior to joining Southern Land Company, Mark worked as the Co-Head of Americas Real Estate Directs and Primaries at private equity firm Partners Group. In his tenure there he was responsible for real estate acquisitions and investments in North and South America. Mark also spent time as Senior Managing Director of Investments for Liquid Realty Partners, Executive Director for Morgan Stanley Real Estate, and previously held acquisitions and portfolio management positions at Lend Lease, Prologis and The Hahn Company.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Becca joined Southern Land Company in 2002 and leads all HR initiatives including workforce planning, career development, talent acquisition, rewards and recognition, performance management, employee relations, compliance, benefits, compensation administration and training and development.
Becca is charged with overseeing Southern Land Company’s greatest asset – our people. She and her Human Resources team strategically partner with key business leaders to provide an environment that supports professional development to maximize opportunity for success.
Becca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute.
Matthew D. Magallanes, Vice President of Business Development, supports investor relations and communications. Matt first joined Southern Land Company as the Senior Vice President of Marketing in 2005, overseeing the national marketing and public relations functions for the firm and its developments. In 2008, Matt transitioned to business development, focusing specifically on community relations, leasing and activation of mixed-use developments. As Vice President of the Westhaven Golf Club in 2010, Matt was responsible for significant growth in membership, the creation of the Westhaven Golf Academy, and the delivery of the clubhouse and other amenities. His extensive experience in various roles within the firm gives him a unique understanding of the company’s goals, values and capabilities.
Matt attended the Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and studied business entrepreneurship. He is actively engaged in community activities and associations, including the Education Foundation for Williamson County where he serves as a board member.