J. Bart Hopper
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 and Carolina Panther football games. He also enjoys golfing and spending time with his children. Bart travels to Austin for business and pleasure and also enjoys relaxing along the South Carolina coast.

Clay McCullough
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.

Bill Harrell
Bill Harrell
Land Acquisitions & Development Partner

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.

Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
Trey Hopper
Trey Hopper
Vice President of Operations

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.

Debbie Micale
Debbie Micale
Director of Sales

Debbie is a Native Northern New Yorker who in 1995 found herself drawn to the booming housing market in beautiful Charlotte, NC. Introduced to the Home Building Industry in 1989, Debbie worked with NVR, Inc. for over 27 years beginning her career as a Sales & Marketing Representative and growing to an Executive Level Management role overseeing the company’s Southeast Area covering 4 consumer brands and 6 unique markets before leaving the Corporate World in 2016. She is known for her ability to build and develop successful sales teams, strategic community positioning and maximizing operational performance. She is considered a subject matter expert on the selling, promotion and management of New Home Sales. Debbie started her own Consulting Firm, Micale & Co. Consulting, in 2017 to work with Builders who needed guidance with their Sales & Marketing efforts. After completing some consulting work for Hopper Communities, she decided to contribute full time to the growth and development of the sales side of their business in 2019. Debbie likes to be busy and in her free time you will find her volunteering at UNC Charlotte’s Career Center and mentoring women owned small businesses.

Jack Thomas
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.

Ron Schulz
Ron Schulz
Land Acquisition & Development Partner

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.

Charleston, South Carolina
Theresa Blum
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
Kelly Cunningham
Operations Manager

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.

Austin, Texas
Alex Little
Alex Little
Director of Construction

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.

Marcus Hughes
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.

Trey McDaniel
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.

Meghan Darst
Meghan Darst
Marketing Director

Meghan oversees the marketing, design and communications for Hopper Communities. She received a BS in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology with a
Marketing Minor from Appalachian State University. After graduating, she moved to Charlotte and worked for an Investment Brokerage Firm as a Senior Marketing Coordinator. With interest in the construction industry, she joined Hopper Communities in the Spring of 2018. Meghan is responsible for managing the company’s overall marketing strategy, messaging and deliverables for each community, as well as providing creative direction for all projects. Outside the office, Meghan enjoys staying active and spending time with family, friends and her Australian Shepherd, Boomer.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Purchasing Agent

A St. Louis native, and longtime resident of Nashville, TN, Adam has settled down with his family in the Charlotte area. Getting his start in the non-profit sector, for nearly 10 years he managed humanitarian efforts for Youth With A Mission after graduating from the University of the Nations. This experience took him to 12 countries on 4 continents while making lasting friendships, and changing lives along the way. Transitioning to construction work to help fund more projects, he ended up running his own Home Improvement and renovation company in Tennessee that left homeowners with a renewed enjoyment of their home’s updated look and feel. He has been married to his lovely wife Morgan since 2006 and loves spending weekends camping, hiking, kayaking, and having fun with his 4 kids – Anna Belle, Ellie, Winston, and Claire.

Tyler Mitchell
Tyler Mitchell
Superintendent

Tyler hails from Harrisonburg, Virginia, but has called Charlotte home for more than 10 years. He attended Emory & Henry College before moving to Charlotte to pursue a career in NASCAR. Tyler worked for various teams, most notably Team Penske, as a pit crew member and mechanic in the shop. He is excited for the transition into the construction industry and is happy to be a part of the Hopper Communities team. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys being on the water with his wife Rachel and two labs, Jake and Kenzie.

Will Warren
Will Warren
Superintendent

Will Warren is a fourth-generation Charlottean who is proud to call Charlotte his home. His passion for Construction began at a young age visiting job sites with his father who built custom cabinetry for custom home builders in Charlotte and Lake Norman. Will’s favorite studies in school involved drafting and architecture. He attended CPCC while working part-time as a drafting technician for Pool Design Consultants who specializes in Commercial, and Governmental aquatic facilities. Shortly after school, Will went back to his roots and joined MASCO Cabinetry. His knowledge in cabinetry and construction practices propelled him quickly into Operations Management where he built a lasting reputation for being one of the best cabinetry service providers in the marketplace. Will’s wife Carson and family are also long time Charlotte natives; Their family hardware store has been operating in uptown Charlotte since the 1920s.  Will enjoys spending his time with family and friends. He is an avid golfer and enjoys spending his free time outdoors hiking and fishing.

Michael Henning
Michael Henning
Superintendent

A proud Charlotte Native, Michael has watched the Queen City grow into a major financial hub and moving destination. Going to his grandparent’s house in the mountains every summer as a kid, it only felt right to pursue an education at Appalachian State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in finance. There he learned the importance of leaving a lasting impact on your community. Michael is excited for the transition into the construction industry and honored to be a part of the Hopper Communities family. Outside of work, Michael enjoys golfing with friends, watching football, and hiking and spending time in the mountains.