CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Rick Carruthers has been a professional in the homebuilding industry for almost 35 years. His experience has led him to several high level management positions throughout the Southeastern United States. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Business from Excelsior College in Albany, New York. His commitment to personal business growth led him to earn his MBA from Georgia Southern University. He started his career in homebuilding with US Home where he quickly moved up the ranks to the Division President level. He then went on to a Division President position with Hooker Barnes Homes.
During his early years in the business, Rick attended numerous senior management seminars and ultimately became a key speaker nationwide for various building industry functions and conventions. Other highlights in Rick's career include a position as Division President for nationally renowned builder John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods. After a few short years, he was promoted to President of this award winning builder. He has recently held senior level positions with publicly traded KB Homes as President of their Florida Division and most recently Executive Vice President of their eastern seaboard. His tremendous talent and industry experience provide excellent day to day leadership to all team members as the CEO of Peachtree Communities.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Tom Justice began his career in the home building industry almost 30 years ago. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Memphis. His career began when he started as a sales agent and worked his way through the ranks as sales and marketing manager, then ultimately to senior management roles in his career. He has won numerous awards for sales, sales management, marketing concepts, executive level awards from local and national SMC's, and other organizations. Tom has been quoted in National papers, industry magazines, and the Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs to discuss the homebuilding industry. In addition, he has been an annual speaker at the National Association of Homebuilders Convention.
Highlights in his career include: senior management positions with John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods, Ryland Homes, as well as a COO position with Bowden Homes where he was a managing partner. He joined Legacy Communities in 2005 and through his superior management skills went on to recruit, manage and motivate a world class sales and marketing program. His ability to position the company strategically with product and effective marketing campaigns proved to be tremendously successful. Legacy Communities took the top honor of National Builder of the Year during his tenure with the company. As COO of Peachtree Communities, Tom's many years of operational expertise have been a driving force behind the company's recent phenomenal growth.
PRESIDENT OF CONSTRUCTION
Rick Thompson started in the Atlanta homebuilding industry 25 years ago. He is a 1983 graduate of West Georgia College. He began his career with Pulte Homes as a builder in charge of neighborhood operations in numerous communities. After 4 years of hands on experience, he moved forward in his career as Regional Construction Manager for L.J. Hooker Homes. Rick oversaw a staff of 15 construction managers while building over 700 homes annually from 1987-1991. As his career continued he was offered the prestigious position of Vice President of Construction for D.R. Horton Homes. He managed over 125 construction and quality assurance personnel. He was responsible for 1000-1300 closings annually from 1992-2002. As his career progressed he became the Vice President of Production for Legacy Communities in Atlanta, Georgia. There he closed 1500 -1700 homes annually. He was an integral part of the senior management team of the 2009 National Builder of the Year Award Winner. Rick then became Regional President for Crown Communities for 2010 and 2011. There he led the team from not only successful operations in Atlanta, but other southeastern markets as well. His many talents include the following: reduced cycle time, negotiating favorable terms with vendors, engage construction to drive quality built homes and Rick has been a team leader in all of his above positions for Quality Assurance. Rick's goal at Peachtree Communities is to provide high quality homes to all customers.