About Us

Building the Future Today

Freehold Communities is the nation’s most vibrant dynamic and forward-looking developer of master-planned communities. With offices in Massachusetts, California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, Freehold creates the places where people want to live. These Vital Communities are reflective of the unique and vibrant energy of the people who choose to live there, today and tomorrow.

Our developments are large-scale residential communities, to urban masterplans with well-designed density. They can be completely new developments or thriving neighborhoods with active home sales and build-to-rent properties. Some include attractive mixed-use and creative-office components. And all are enriched by the best possible amenities. Each one is a Freehold Vital Community®, designed to express the trends and preferences of 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 residents to take pride of ownership immediately. At the heart of each community is an attractive social center: It may be a Wi-Fi Café, a clubhouse, a recreation center, or a neighborhood garden. Sometimes all of these. Residents can 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.

“All our communities start by engaging its residents, learning who they are, and crafting a place that satisfies their wants and needs, no matter how diverse.”

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

Executive Team

Jesse R. Baker Principal

Jesse Baker is an Owner, Principal, and Co-Founder of Freehold Capital Management. With over twenty-eight years of experience as a real estate investor, Mr. Baker co-founded FCM in February 2013 with Mr. Tischer.

Prior to FCM, he spent more than a decade at the Baupost Group, a $30 billion 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 more than $3.5 billion of real estate securities, debt and private equity investments, and significant profits. Mr. Baker also contributed to the early analysis of the 2005-2008 housing bubble and the extensive real estate holdings of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate, both of which became sizable and very profitable investments. In 2010 he was appointed to the firm’s four-person Operations Committee, reporting directly to the CEO and COO.

Prior to joining Baupost, Mr. Baker worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and London, in its real estate investment banking and private equity groups.

Jesse’s community involvement includes serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Hill House, a not-for-profit community center in Boston offering youth programs and athletics, summer camps and outreach to more than two thousand local families.

Jesse is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the College of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island (summa cum laude, 1st in class) and he is actively involved in the development and student advancement efforts at both institutions. He resides in Boston, MA with his three children.

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

Casey Tischer is an Owner, Principal and Co-Founder of Freehold Capital Management, LLC. With over two decades of real estate experience, Mr. Tischer co-founded FCM in February 2013 with Mr. Baker. Over his career, including his time at FCM, Casey has overseen the entitlement, acquisition, financing, development, and construction of over 30,000 units of for-sale and rental housing, over 250,000 square feet of civic and community space, one million square feet of commercial and retail space, and hundreds of acres of parks and open space. Mr. Tischer is passionate about creating vibrant and diverse communities.

Prior to forming FCM, he served as an Executive for SunCal Companies, a national real estate development and management company primarily focused on the acquisition, entitlement, and development of large, mixed-use, and master-planned communities. His SunCal responsibilities included the underwriting, acquisition, capitalization and management of residential and commercial development projects and non-performing loan portfolios.

Mr. Tischer held various executive and development management roles with both private and publicly held companies. Most notably, Brookfield Properties and Brookfield Asset Management, which has led to a long-standing relationship between Mr. Tischer and Brookfield. Prior to starting Freehold, he managed and directed the planning, entitlement, and construction of more than 20,000 residential units (MF and for-sale), over 1 million square feet of commercial and retail development, and more than 6,000 homes and apartments.

Mr. Tischer is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He remains actively involved with Trinity, serving on the Board of Fellows, one of Trinity’s oldest institutional advisory bodies dedicated to overseeing study and discipline, and is also a contributor to the Trinity Football Program. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Casey resides in Richmond, VA with his wife and their two children.

Stanley S. Brown Senior Vice President, Operations

Mr. Brown directs development operations 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. Mr. Brown was responsible for more than 40 large mixed-use communities, with over $750 million in public financing, supervised a staff of more than 150 professionals, entitled 53,000 lots, and constructed approximately 40,000 lots. In addition, Mr. Brown was responsible for the design, preparation, and subsequent adoption of major mixed-use communities, including one in Prince Williams County, Virginia which combined residential, education, commercial and retails uses. 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.

Andrew T. Smith Senior Vice President, Development Operations

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.

Sean P. Maloney Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

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.

Randy Teteak Senior Vice President, Real Estate

Mr. Teteak is responsible for overseeing acquisitions, project finance and strategic dispositions. Mr. Teteak comes to Freehold with over 25 years of experience in real estate entitlement, acquisition, financing, development, and construction of over 50,000 units of for-sale and rental housing and several million square feet of office, retail, and industrial development. Mr. Teteak specializes in putting the puzzle pieces together on complex mixed-use large-scale multi-party development and redevelopment projects. Of particular importance, Mr. Teteak specializes in multiple capital sources, to include municipal and institutional debt and equity, to finance these large long-term projects.

Prior to joining FCM, Mr. Teteak was a senior executive at CalAtlantic Homes. Teteak ran the firm’s land investment group responsible for investing hundreds of millions of balance sheet dollars in strategic land deals across 30 markets.

Prior to CalAtlantic, Mr. Teteak was senior executive at SunCal Companies, a national real estate development and management company primarily focused on the acquisition, entitlement, and development of large, mixed-use, and master-planned communities. At SunCal, Mr. Teteak oversaw strategic acquisitions and dispositions and served on the firm’s executive and investment committees.

Prior to his career in Real Estate, Mr. Teteak was a commissioned officer and cobra attack helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. Teteak is a graduate of Boston College with a BS in finance.

Mr. Teteak is a recent transplant to Richmond who enjoys living in The Fan and exploring the city with his girlfriend.

Quintin Grandstaff Vice President, Underwriting

Quintin Grandstaff is involved in Freehold’s underwriting of new acquisitions and asset management. Mr. Grandstaff is based in Freehold’s Boston office and his role in managing new project underwriting comes after several years of establishing and managing Freehold’s asset management and finance systems.

Prior to joining Freehold in 2013, Mr. Grandstaff worked at a Cambridge, MA-based tech startup on the finance team raising multiple rounds of venture capital.

Mr. Grandstaff graduated from University of New Hampshire with a BS in Business Administration and Management.

Katherine Rowe Vice President, Internal Counsel

Since 2014, Katherine Rowe has provided legal counsel supporting Freehold Capital Management’s corporate and real estate development activities. Her practice touches all aspects of development, from acquisition to disposition and internal operations.

Ms. Rowe works closely with internal business units to draft and negotiate contracts with project vendors ranging from engineers and contractors to marketing and advertising consultants. She also works with internal business units as well as investors and local counsel on public and private finance transactions, branding, litigation, conveyancing and other complex real estate and commercial transactions to advance the unique goals and visions for each project.

Prior to joining Freehold Capital Management, Ms. Rowe was a contract analyst at a fortune 500 retail pharmacy and healthcare company, where she drafted and negotiated a wide array of vendor agreements mostly related to the company’s facility build-out and remodel initiatives.

Ms. Rowe received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Ethics History and Public Policy and International Relations and a minor in Russian studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She is admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts and is an active member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law as a member of the Corporate Counsel Division Steering Committee.

Amy M. Hendrick Vice President, Transactions

Ms. Hendrick brings her experience with land acquisition and sales to promote Freehold Communities’ development goals. She negotiates purchase contracts with home builders, coordinates project consultants, and manages transactions from contract execution to closing.

Prior to joining Freehold, Ms. Hendrick served as senior real estate counsel for Buc-ee’s, a regional convenience store chain, pursuing an aggressive expansion plan across the Southeast. In that role, she engaged with teams handling all aspects of development including acquisition, entitlements, finance, title, and construction matters. She previously practiced law with national law firms Winston & Strawn and Locke Lord.

Ms. Hendrick graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and with a B.S. in Journalism, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.

Suzanne M. Maddalon Senior Vice President, Marketing

Ms. Maddalon directs the company’s strategic marketing which includes overseeing market research, community branding and placemaking. Ms. Maddalon also develops Freehold’s comprehensive Vital Community™ approach, that distinguishes each community – including healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship, and distinctive design. In this way, Ms. Maddalon has helped shape Freehold’s master-planned communities, including over 26,000 residential units – from their inception, through planning and construction, all the way to bringing them to market. Many of these communities have received national awards and recognition. Ms. Maddalon applies the same strategies to Freehold’s Build-to-Rent affiliate, 360 Communities™.

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 mixed-use developments. 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.

Ms. Maddalon’s is an active member of Urban Land Institute and was recently honored as the “National Marketing Professional of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders.

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. He also serves as Vice President of Business Operations for 360 Communities, a Freehold affiliate dedicated to building and managing high-quality new homes for lease. 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.

Peter K. Kyte Vice President, Development Virginia, and Carolinas

As Vice President of Virginia and the Carolinas, Mr. Kyte oversees the management and development of communities in Richmond and the Carolinas. Mr. Kyte comes to Freehold Communities from The Roanoke Group, a real estate investment and development company he co-founded in 2010. At TRG, Mr. Kyte was responsible for the acquisition of distressed residential and commercial real estate. Mr. Kyte was responsible for acquisition, capitalization, entitlement, development, and disposition of master-planned communities in Arizona, California, and Illinois, and over three million square feet of commercial real estate throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Previously, Mr. Kyte worked for a large private homebuilder with operations in Southern California, Arizona, and Texas. He served in various management roles overseeing acquisition, forward planning, entitlement and home building in Arizona and California.

Mr. Kyte earned a B.A. from Colgate University. Mr. Kyte and his wife, Lilibet, reside in Richmond, VA with their son Peter.

Chris Middleton Vice President, Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Mr. Middleton oversees the day-to-day operations of 360 Communities, Freehold Communities’ new affiliate. 360 Communities is dedicated to building and managing high-quality new homes for lease in some of the nation’s most desirable markets. His roles at 360 Communities include acquisition of new sites, development of production, and establishing leasing operations with third-party management companies.

For more than 20 years Mr. Middleton has managed the development and construction of complex residential, commercial, retail and industrial properties. His past executive positions relate directly to 360 Communities. They include Land Development Manager and Regional Vice President – Acquisitions & Development – for American Homes 4 Rent. Mr. Middleton was also Partner/Manager – Acquisitions, Land Development and Construction – for The Alterra Group. And he served as Land Development Manager at KB Home in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Middleton earned a Bachelor of Science (with Honors) from University of Florida. And he is licensed as Certified General Contractor and Real Estate Sales Associate from the State of Florida.

It is the policy, practice and guiding principle of Freehold Communities to treat all people with fairness and respect, and to embrace the unique differences and attributes that reflect all of our customers, partners, employees, and values.

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