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Freehold Communities

Freehold Communities is currently developing over 10,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and California. We create Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design.

As we evaluate opportunities, we focus on the right planning, the right properties, and the right partners. We begin with comprehensive research to gain insight into the unique needs, trends and preferences in the local market. We then carefully consider each property to determine how we can maintain its beauty and character as we create a Vital Community™. Finally, we partner with quality, creative builders who share in our philosophy by offering niche solutions and unique, timeless designs.

Vital Communities™

Vital Communities are more than just neighborhoods. They are places with a shared energy, vitality and a strong sense of belonging. Freehold Communities include five interrelated elements that bring neighbors together and make life better.

  • HEALTHY LIVING — Walking trails, resort-style pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, exercise centers and community gardens all promote fitness and well-being.
  • ENGAGEMENT — Sidewalks, front porches, public green spaces and activities are designed to build and strengthen neighborhood relationships.
  • CONNECTIVITY — Elements like Wi-Fi, apps and fitness tools improve the quality of life and bridge the gap between neighbor and community.
  • STEWARDSHIP — We preserve natural resources and make the most of the land before, during and after our communities are built.
  • DESIGN-FORWARD PHILOSOPHY — Varied streetscapes and unique home designs create a signature look to inspire each community with timeless appeal.

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. Over the course of his career, Mr. Tischer has directed the entitlement, development, and construction of more than 10,000 residential lots, one million square feet of commercial and retail developments, and over 2,500 homes and apartments.

Mr. Tischer is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

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 program, which includes market research, master-planned community branding, development of new communities, and builder marketing campaigns.

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 honored by their “Marketing Director of the Year” award.

Ms. Maddalon holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

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 Principle. 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 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.

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