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J. Bart Hopper Founder

 

Bart Hopper developed his passion for real estate after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin and moving to Houston. He spearheaded the development of an office tower in Pittsburgh, and then became a partner with Lincoln Property Company in Charlotte, helping to shape the city’s skyline with his involvement in developing the Bank of America Tower. Bart also left his imprint on communities throughout the Carolinas, such as Jetton Cove, a mixed-use development known as the gateway to Lake Norman. As the 21st century began, Bart co-founded New South Properties, a development company specializing in retail and residential development. He followed that success by starting Hopper Communities, a company intent on leaving a positive imprint on some of the New South’s great cities including Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Charleston, and Austin/San Antonio. A Texas Longhorn fan since Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy, Bart enjoys attending Texas University football games, and Carolina Panther games when in Charlotte. He also enjoys golfing and spending time with his children, and wife, Lori. Bart and Lori have homes in both Austin, and Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood.

Clay McCullough Senior Vice President

 

Clay McCullough graduated from the University of Georgia and has been an essential part of the Hopper Communities family for over nine years. He oversees land acquisition entitlements and residential development for our Charlotte market. Clay’s patience and devotion to maneuvering through challenges is vital to successful land entitlement and development. His steadfast approach to this sometimes lengthy process, has earned him trust and respect among investors, lenders, architects, engineers, and the Hopper Communities Family. Clay McCullough and Bart Hopper have become a dynamic team in our industry and within the Charlotte market. They have built a solid reputation for creating outstanding neighborhoods with exceptional value. Clay and his wife, Heather, have been Charlotteans for over fifteen years. They are avid Georgia Bulldog fans, have two active children, and like many parents, spend their weekends cheering at soccer and baseball games.

John Swanson Land Acquisitions & Development Partner, Austin/San Antonio, Texas

 

Thanks to John Swanson’s direction, supervision, and twenty-five years of experience in land acquisition, residential development, and homebuilding, Hopper Communities is emerging into a leading residential development company in Austin and the surrounding areas. Knowledge gained while getting his degree at The University of Texas at Austin and a reputation built on honesty and a strong work ethic have played a key role in his success. John, who is energized by playing a role in creating the “American Dream” of homeownership for families, find it very rewarding to start with raw land and see the transformation into a neighborhood that gives families an excellent investment and a great place to call home. When he’s not in full swing at Hopper Communities, John, and his wife Ana, stay busy with their six children, volunteer at their Catholic church, and enjoy Texas Longhorn sporting events…”Hook ’em Horns!”

Ron Schulz Land Acquisition & Development Partner, Charleston, South Carolina

 

When the Hopper Communities family expanded into the Charleston area, Ron Schulz led the charge with more than thirty years of experience in residential land acquisitions, development, and home building. He has developed real estate in numerous markets across the country, including San Antonio, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Naples. Ron is determined, and persistent, but it is his love of land and the Charleston Low Country that drive Ron’s dedication to creating neighborhoods that bring excitement and pride to a community. Ron’s gift for “walking the dirt” is a largely forgotten tradition in our industry. His intimate knowledge of land and topography allow him to visualize and deliver beautiful neighborhoods that hold their value over time. A graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso, Ron moved to the Charleston area fifteen years ago, and can’t imagine leaving. He enjoys scuba diving, boating off John’s Island, and local cuisine, including feasting on Lowcountry Boil with friends.

Bill Harrell Land Acquisitions & Development Partner, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina

 

Bill Harrell majored in Urban and Regional Planning at East Carolina University and has eighteen years of Real Estate experience. He now leads planning, development and rezoning for residential and retail properties in our North Carolina Triangle area. A native North Carolinian who’s proud of his small-town roots, Bill has resided in the Raleigh area since 1998 and has been instrumental in creating some of the area’s most successful neighborhoods. His loyalty to small communities, and the neighbors who call them home, gives Bill an edge in infusing each community’s charm and character into the neighborhoods he creates. When Bill is not working, hunting or fishing, he and his wife enjoy playing soccer with their kids and taking them to ECU football games.

Tom Dorsett Senior Vice President

 

Tom Dorsett grew up in Charlotte and has seen the QC’s transformation from a small Southern city to a fast-paced financial hub and relocation destination. After graduating from West Charlotte High, he earned his bachelor’s in economics at UNC-Chapel Hill. He got a more hands-on education during summer construction jobs in Colorado and Texas, and he used contacts there to begin his homebuilding career in Houston. He married Dawn Rufty, a native of Lenoir, N.C., and returned to Charlotte to work for Strickland Martin building condominiums in Dilworth and at Lake Norman. He founded Dorsett Construction in 1987 and focused on building and renovating custom homes and high-end multi-family residences. He was part of the development and construction team for both Settlers Place downtown and The Crillon on Fenton Place. His two daughters both live and work in New York City, and his son lives and works in Atlanta.

Trey Hopper Project Manager

 

Trey Hopper received his bachelor’s degree in business management with a finance concentration from North Carolina State University, and earned his MBA from Queens University of Charlotte. He gained extensive knowledge about the importance of being an advocate for consistency and quality while building single-family homes and townhomes for M/I Homes. Trey also previously worked as a procurement agent for Pulte Homes, supporting the company’s growth by identifying trade partners in both Charlotte and Nashville. At Hopper Communities, he is known for his in-depth understanding of residential construction operations and skill at visualizing what it will take to achieve goals. He and his wife Erin, a proud third-generation Charlottean, enjoy spending time on Lake Wylie with their two black labs, Lady and Hutch.

Jack Thomas Senior Development Manager

 

Over the past eighteen years, Jack Thomas has successfully managed the development of neighborhoods ranging from homes for first-time homebuyers to exclusive neighborhoods with amenities such as pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, walking trails, and more. His strategy for ensuring collaborative results, is built around cultivating relationships with architects, engineers, and sub-contractors, enhancing his ability to overcome challenges in the field. His ability to embody positive leadership contributes to Hopper Communities producing desirable and valuable neighborhoods. Jack graduated from North Carolina’s Gardner-Webb University and played free safety for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, making him well-suited for roving the field and tackling problems. Jack’s wife, Debbie, and his daughter enjoy the outdoors as much as he does. They love to ride bikes, go snowboarding and host cookouts with family and friends.

Theresa Blum Office Manager

 

Theresa Blum has worked with Bart Hopper for seven years, making tremendous contributions to our growth through her strong work ethic, fiscal experience and highly responsible nature. Theresa efficiently manages the home office, handling accounting and human resources for all Hopper Communities offices. Establishing an environment of support, collaboration, and respect, Theresa has proved to be of great value to the Hopper Communities family. Theresa and her husband, Jeff, have lived in the Charlotte area for fourteen years. Their two boys are talented lacrosse players, so cheering at a game is a regular family activity. Theresa volunteers for her son’s school, finds time to walk her dog Zoey, and enjoys reading a good book.

Kelly Cunningham Operations Manager, Austin, Texas

 

Kelly has over thirty-three years of experience in managing residential homebuilding operations for national/regional homebuilders in major Texas markets and in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Finance and Real Estate and Urban Land Development. Kelly entered into the homebuilding industry with Pulte Homes and became the VP of Construction Operations working in multiple cities during his tenure. Additionally, he has been the VP of Construction Operations with Meritage Homes, Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes, Century Communities and M/I Homes. Outside of pursuing his passion for homebuilding Kelly enjoys spending time with his wife Kimie, their three children and five grandchildren.

Alex Little Senior Construction Manager

 

Over the past two decades, Alex Little’s resume of residential construction experience in the Charlotte area has read like a “Who’s Who” of well-known builder names. In the late 90s, he made contributions to the reputations of both Pulte Homes and Parker Lancaster. As the 21st Century dawned, Alex moved on to serve as a superintendent for Newmark Homes, and then project manager for Turnberry Homes. When 2009 brought a housing-industry downturn, he persevered as owner of his own company, Birkdale Builders, orchestrating renovations that enabled homeowners to make the most of their investments after the market rebounded. He caught the attention of MI Homes and joined them as superintendent in 2014. When he subsequently became a custom-home project manager for Grande Custom Homes, this Thomasville, N.C. native was even able to put his UNC-Charlotte bachelor’s degree in Computer Science to work developing the company’s website. Away from work, Alex coaches his son’s sports teams, and along with this wife Stacey, enjoys wake surfing, surfing and boating at the lake and the beach.

Max Thomusseit Construction Manager

 

A native of St. Paris, Ohio and longtime resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Maxwell Thomusseit now enjoys calling the Carolinas home. Max graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, where he also performed as a Division I college wrestler. After a short stint on a pit crew for Hendrick Motor Sports, Max found his true calling in the construction industry with Hopper Communities. Max brings strong problem solving and negotiation skills to the team. Outside of the office, Max enjoys water sports on Lake Norman.

Marcus Hughes Accountant

 

A Charlotte native, Marcus was active in athletics at Providence Day School, receiving All-State recognition in both Football and Lacrosse, before heading to NC State University where he earned joint degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. He then earned a Masters of Accountancy from UNC Charlotte. Before joining Hopper Communities, he worked as a staff accountant in public accounting at two local established CPA firms. In his time off, Marcus enjoys staying active, running, attending sporting events, taking part in alumni events, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Kate Nation Marketing & Communications Manager

 

Kate Nation manages marketing and communications for Hopper communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Winthrop University. Kate has over fifteen years of experience in design and communications, with over ten years in the AEC industry. With a genuine interest in accuracy and transparency, Kate enjoys generating growth by telling the Hopper Communities story through the development of visual and written communications. Away from the office, Kate creates ceramics that she sells at City Supply Co. in Plaza Midwood. Around town, she is usually in attendance at a visual or performing arts event or at one of the neighborhood parks with her Wire Fox Terrier.

Trey McDaniel Development Manager

 

Trey McDaniel received his bachelor’s degree in business management with a focus in business development/entrepreneurship from Clemson University. He is a NC General Contractor and has been working in the residential construction industry for ten years with multiple national builders. This experience has provided him the ability and knowledge to manage the build of new homes and oversee the implementation of new community infrastructure and development of land. His dedication to provide a quality product for our customers and his “do the right thing” mindset, makes Trey extremely valuable to our clients and our team. Trey has a passion for driving growth and brings strong relationships, resources, and acumen to Hopper Communities. He is a loyal Clemson Tiger fan and loves attending home games with his Dad and sister, a family tradition since he was born. He and his wife, Jessi, like traveling to the mountains, being active outside, visiting family on the SC coast in Murrells Inlet and Edisto Island, and spending time with their Greater Swiss Mountain dog, Murphy.