About Us

Building the Future Today

Freehold Communities® is the nation’s most vibrant and forward-looking developer of masterplanned communities. With offices in Massachusetts, California, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, Freehold creates the places where people want to live, today and tomorrow.

Our developments are large-scale residential communities with thousands of homesites. Some also include attractive retail and office components. They range from completely raw or not-yet entitled developments to communities with active home sales and thriving neighborhoods. Each one is a Freehold Vital Community®, designed to capture the specific trends and preferences within their local market. By partnering with high-quality builders that share our philosophy, we bring our extraordinary vision to life. The result: niche solutions with timeless designs for real people.

Great Places Begin With What People Want

At Freehold, we believe a community is more than a group of homes; it is a fellowship between neighbors, a shared interest in creating the best possible lifestyle for residents and their families. With this in mind, we set out to build communities differently from others by focusing on the wants of the people who live there. Among the very first places we create in a new community are its amenities. This allows our founders (the first residents) to take pride of ownership immediately. The heart of each community is the clubhouse, or Hub, where residents can grab their morning coffee or lunch at the Wi-Fi Café or gather community information. They can also talk with the on-site management team, which includes a full-time lifestyle director, or sign up for the many customized lifestyle events. Collecting so many of these amenities inside the Hub allows potential buyers to engage with our residents organically. This innovative approach is a key reason why our residents are so passionate about where they live that they convince a stranger to become their neighbor.

“Engagement starts at the very beginning when we welcome each new resident. This nurtures a positive relationship that grows among all members of the community.”

Dylan Read
Lifestyle Director at Shearwater

Executive Team

Jesse R. Baker Principal

Mr. Baker has been a real estate investor for over twenty years, and co-founded Freehold Capital Management with Mr. Tischer in 2013. Prior to Freehold’s inception, Mr. Baker spent more than a decade at The Baupost Group, a value-oriented hedge fund with a long track record of success in distressed debt, public securities, and real estate. As a senior member of the real estate team, he was directly responsible for several billion dollars’ worth of real estate securities, debt, and private equity investments. Previously, Mr. Baker worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and London in their real estate investment banking and private equity groups.

Mr. Baker is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the College of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island.

Thomas C. Tischer Jr. (“Casey”) Principal

Mr. Tischer co-founded Freehold with Mr. Baker, bringing with him nearly two decades of experience in real estate investment and development. Prior to Freehold, Mr. Tischer served as Vice President of Acquisitions for SunCal Companies, a national real estate development and management company focused primarily on the acquisition, entitlement and development of large, mixed-use and master-planned communities. As Vice President, Mr. Tischer was directly responsible for the underwriting, acquisition, capitalization and management of residential and commercial land projects and non-performing loan portfolios. Previously, Mr. Tischer held executive and development management roles with both private and publicly-held companies, including IHP Capital Partners, Brookfield, and NVR Inc.

Mr. Tischer is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He remains actively involved with Trinity serving as a member of the Board of Fellows and is a contributor to the Trinity Football Program. He is also an active member of the New England Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Stanley S. Brown Senior Vice President

Mr. Brown directs development operations for all Freehold Communities projects, managing the company’s governmental and regulatory entitlements, community development, public financing, and construction operations. With more than thirty years of experience as a real estate executive, Mr. Brown has a comprehensive background working with local governmental agencies to obtain, improve, or perfect land-use entitlements. His ability to manage complex development budgets through engineering redesign and renegotiation of agency requirements is a valuable asset to his role as Land Operations Manager.

Prior to joining the Freehold team, Mr. Brown led Development Operations for SunCal Companies, where he directed the development process for SunCal’s communities in Northern and Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, and Georgia, including land acquisition, entitlements, regulatory approvals, community development, and land development construction. In this role, Mr. Brown was responsible for more than 30 large mixed-use communities, supervised a staff of more than 80 professionals, entitled 30,000 lots, and constructed approximately 20,000 lots. Mr. Brown previously served as President of the Orange County/Inland Empire Division of Western Pacific Housing, where he managed the company’s regional operations. Prior to his role at Western Pacific, Mr. Brown was the President of the Southern California Division of the Anden Group, a privately-owned national homebuilder. During his tenure with these two companies, he delivered approximately 4,000 homes.

Mr. Brown is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and earned a Juris Doctor from Western State College of Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association and a State of California Professional Engineer.

Sean P. Maloney Vice President of Administration and Finance

Mr. Maloney directs all of the financial reporting and accounting functions for Freehold Capital Management, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a finance executive specializing in real estate. Mr. Maloney joined FCM from Prologis, where he served as Director of Finance for the East Region.

In his role at Prologis, Mr. Maloney was directly responsible for the analysis and capital deployment of more than 450 million dollars’ worth of development projects and 600 million dollars’ worth of acquisitions. He also directed the U.S. and Canadian development accounting teams at AMB Property Corporation, managing all global development reporting for the publicly-traded REIT. Prior to AMB, Mr. Maloney served as an Asset Management Associate at Northland Investment Corporation, where he was involved in the acquisition, disposition, financing, and risk management of commercial, retail, multi-family, and hospitality assets. Over the course of his career, Mr. Maloney has held various accounting management roles at RREEF, Cabot Industrial Trust, and Spaulding & Style.

Mr. Maloney is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is a member of NAIOP Massachusetts.

Suzanne M. Maddalon Vice President of Marketing

As Vice President of Marketing for Freehold Capital Management and its affiliate communities, Ms. Maddalon directs the company’s strategic marketing programs. While this includes overseeing market research, community branding, development of new communities, and builder master marketing campaigns, Ms. Maddalon also develops Freehold’s comprehensive Vital Community approach, guiding the expansive amenities that distinguish each community – including healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. In this way, Ms. Maddalon helps shape communities from their inception, through planning and construction, all the way to bringing each to market.

Prior to her role at Freehold, Ms. Maddalon served as Senior Vice President at Lyon Communities, where she managed the company’s marketing, sales, training, and development of new communities. Before joining Lyon, Ms. Maddalon led the Marketing and Research department at the Irvine Company as Senior Director. During her tenure at Irvine, Ms. Maddalon was directly responsible for the marketing and delivery of multiple award-winning master-planned communities that included more than 10,000 homes, from entry-level to ultra-luxury homes. She played an integral role in the development of some of the Irvine Company’s most popular communities, including Shady Canyon, Orange County’s premier golf community, Turtle Ridge, Quail Hill, Pacific Ridge, Crystal Cove, and the highly acclaimed community at Woodbury.

Ms. Maddalon’s extensive experience with every aspect of real estate marketing and development was formally recognized by the Building Industry Association of Southern California when she was acknowledged by their “Marketing Director of the Year” award. In addition, Ms. Maddalon was recently honored as the 2020 “National Marketing Professional of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders.

Andrew T. Smith Division President, Southeast

Mr. Smith is responsible for all development and construction activity of Freehold Communities within the Southeast. With nearly two decades of experience as a real estate development executive, Mr. Smith has held various positions with national homebuilders and has a strong background in both the homebuilder and contractor side of the business. Over the course of his career, Mr. Smith has managed every aspect of entitlement, master-planning, construction, development, and dispositions, delivering more than 10,000 residential lots across multiple master-planned communities in the Southeast.

Mr. Smith joined Freehold from R.B. Baker Construction, where he served as an executive for a large heavy civil site-work company that developed infrastructure projects for commercial, industrial, and residential clients. Previously, Mr. Smith served as the Vice President of Land Development for the Coastal Carolinas for Pulte and Centex Homes, where he led the development of a 10,000 unit active-adult community in Hilton Head, South Carolina. As part of the leadership team for Sun City Hilton Head, Mr. Smith sat on the Board of all property management associations and was an integral part of the national land development budget review team.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology.

Matt D. Matthews Division President, Texas

Mr. Matthews directs all Freehold Communities construction and development activity in the state of Texas. With more than twenty years of experience as a real estate executive, Mr. Matthews has developed and managed every aspect of entitlement, master-planning, development, construction, public finance, and dispositions, including the delivery of 8,000 residential lots and multiple master-planned communities in Austin, Houston, and El Paso.

Prior to his role at Freehold, Mr. Matthews co-founded Charter Development Partners, a full-service real estate company where he also served as Principal. The firm provided development consulting and brokerage services to homebuilders, investment groups, and lending institutions. He has worked with a number of high-profile public and private homebuilders including DR Horton, Lennar, KB Homes, Taylor Morrison, Toll Brothers, Pulte/Centex, and Ryland. Over the course of his career, Mr. Matthews has directed the development of 28 residential communities, including the Augusta Pines Golf Community, a 1,100-acre master-planned community south of The Woodlands, Texas.

Mr. Matthews is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker.

Bradley J. Shuckhart Division President, California

Mr. Shuckhart directs the day-to-day development and construction activities of Freehold Communities within the state of California. Prior to joining Freehold, Mr. Shuckhart served as Vice President of Land Acquisitions at SunCal Companies, a privately-held real-estate developer of residential and commercial properties in the US. Over the course his career, Mr. Shuckhart has led the acquisition and development of more than a dozen master-planned communities in California, Nevada, and Texas, with a total sellout value in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Shuckhart has extensive experience with every aspect of land development, including acquisitions, entitlements, and, dispositions. Mr. Shuckhart is a graduate of Pomona College and earned his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business with an emphasis on real estate finance.

Gerrit Albert President, Savannah Quarters

As President for Savannah Quarters, Gerrit Albert leads the operations of one of the South’s premier master-planned communities. Mr. Albert has over 20 years of experience in master-planned communities encompassing all aspects of project development, sales and marketing, club and golf management, and operational leadership. His experience in leading master-planned communities includes being General Manager of Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he oversaw everything from hotel management and resort amenities, to golf course management and real estate sales. Mr Albert has experience with many other leading firms, including Reed Development (President Hampton Lake), Toll Brothers (President of Hampton Hall), and The Branigar Organization. He has served as Vice Chair of the Urban Land Institute Recreational Development Blue Council and holds real estate licenses in Georgia and South Carolina.

A native of Savannah, Gerrit earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University where he was Beta Gamma Sigma (top 10% of class), and a B.A. from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Margaret LaCalle President, Grande Dunes and Waterway Hills Village

As President of Grande Dunes and Waterway Hills Village, Margaret LaCalle is the market leader for this premier master-planned community in Myrtle Beach, SC. Throughout her almost 30 years of real estate development, homebuilding, and executive leadership, Ms. LaCalle has been instrumental in developing and delivering close to 4,000 single-family homes, as well as the design and development of private golf country clubs, to include clubhouses and social clubs. She oversaw several large master-planned communities in the Southeast Florida region for national builders including Toll Brothers and WCI Communities (now Lennar), as well as overseeing all facets of developing a 55+ community for K. Hovanian. Ms. LaCalle was also instrumental working with local municipalities to approve 2.5MM square feet of industrial, R&D and biomedical space on 681 acres in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida along with 1.2MM square feet of offices, a 300-room hotel, 510k square feet of retail, 700 apartments, 1,400 MF homes, and 600 SF homes. Currently managing 2,600-acre development located in a Planned Unit Development (PUD) community in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Ms. LaCalle brings her vast experience and knowledge of developing a best in class community in a resort setting that will house close to 5,000 single family homes at buildout, restaurants, hotels, retail, marinas, golf courses, and beach clubs.

Ms. LaCalle grew up in Northampton, England, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

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