Leadership

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  • Nathan Cox
  • Thomas Gross
  • Brad Israel
  • Will Lowery
  • Drew Dolan
  • Chris Knight
  • Grant Rish
  • Bobby Riis
  • Gerritt Gordon
  • Troy Wilson
  • Tom Stokes
  • Geoff Stacey
  • McDavid Flowers
  • Nathan Cox, USMC, MBA CEO + Founder 68Ventures

    After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, where he served with the 3rd Bn 6th Marines as an Infantry Officer in Iraq, Nathan returned home to embark on a career centered around real estate.  Nathan founded Bellator Real Estate & Development in 2008, Truland Homes in 2011 and later brought them together under the Battle Plan Capital umbrella in 2012.  In 2016 he bought out his other partners, and created 68 Ventures to serve as his primary holding company moving forward.  The most recent operating businesses added to the 68V platform have been Thrive Title in 2017 and Trulend Mortgage in 2018.  As CEO, he focuses his time on the development side of the business in conjunction with serving as the visionary for the respective companies.

    Nathan earned an MBA from the University of South Alabama and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in investment finance from the University of Alabama, where he was also a member of the football team from 2000 to 2003.  He obtained Academic All-SEC honors in both 2002 and 2003, and was recognized with the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award his senior year as the university’s most outstanding student athlete.  He is a CCIM as well as an active member of the Southern 7 Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

    Nathan is passionate about spending time with his three children, traveling with his wife, leading charitable endeavors, exercising, seeking out different challenges, any form of competition and studying successful people.  He concentrates on staying true to his core values of faith, effort, gratitude, honor courage and commitment while striving to live out his personal purpose statement, “To see all I can do with all that I have been given by always going for it, never forgetting who I am in the process and helping everyone I can along my journey to live out a story worth telling.  On judgement day my life will have been deemed a success because I will be able to say, ‘I have nothing left.  I used everything you gave me.’ ”

  • Thomas Gross, CFA, CPA CFO 68Ventures

    Following nine years of diverse financial and investment experience, Thomas joined Battle Plan Capital (now 68 Ventures) in 2013. He focuses his effort on capital allocation, financial management, risk management, accounting oversight and operations. Thomas is a partner in both Bellator Real Estate and Thrive Title in addition to being an active participant in many of the company’s development projects.  His previous experience includes senior audit associate at KPMG, finance & accounting manager at real estate developer Daniel Corporation in Birmingham, and vice president at a private investment company in Montgomery.

    A native of Montgomery, AL, Thomas earned a Master of Accountancy from Auburn University, summa cum laude, and a BS in accounting from Birmingham-Southern College, magna cum laude. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter Holder. Thomas and his wife Kim have three kids and are members of Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church.  Thomas spends his free time traveling with family, serving on local boards, cooking, hunting, and offshore fishing.

  • Brad Israel COO + CLO 68Ventures

    Brad serves as Chief Operating Officer for 68Ventures, in addition to, Chief Leadership Officer for all the 68Ventures operating companies. Prior to joining the team, Brad was the Director of Development for a national real estate development firm, specializing in single tenant, freestanding retail buildings. Brad is committed to the study and application of leadership in all forms; this stems from his 12 years of military service reaching the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Operations Community. On 9/11, Brad, like Nathan, and countless other American Patriots, took on the responsibility to serve his country and lead men in combat. He has deployed all over the world as a Green Beret, and spent over two years in combat in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan.

    Brad graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Hampden-Sydney College. After returning to his hometown of Mobile, AL, Brad immediately got involved in the community by serving on the Mobile Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as the Vice Chair for Military Affairs. He also served on the boards for the Child Advocacy Center, Mobile Police Advisory Council, and Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama. In 2017, Brad was selected to be a member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

    Brad speaks to and consults with companies and teams across the country on all things related to leadership, with a focus on values based and servant leadership. Brad looks forward to continuing his work in this arena so he can expand his influence on others by sharing the 68 Ventures story, and what makes this such an extraordinary place to work. Brad loves creating memories and experiences with his wife and three boys through travel, adventure, service, the outdoors, and the community.

  • Will Lowery President 68V Development Services

    Will grew up in Birmingham, AL before enrolling at the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the football team from 2008-2011. He was a contributor on two NCAA Division 1 National Championship teams (2009, 2011), and also received Academic All-SEC Honors in 2009 and 2010, before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2012.

    Will spent a semester pursuing a Master’s in Sports Management at Alabama before being drawn to the real estate industry and joining Battle Plan Capital (now 68Ventures) in 2013. As President of 68V Development Services, Will is responsible for leading the development arm that manages all of the single family lot development under the 68 Ventures umbrella of companies. 68V Development Services has approximately 1,000 lots currently under construction (or about to start) at any given time and operates from Baldwin County, AL to Bay County, FL. Will is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Marlo, and enjoys playing golf, attending live sporting events, and spending time with his “Little Brother” from the Big Brother Big Sister program of South Alabama. Will and his wife are members of Three Circle Church in Fairhope.

  • Drew Dolan, JD, MBA Chief Legal Officer 68Ventures

    Drew serves as Chief Legal Officer of 68Ventures. He focuses his efforts on real estate due diligence and deal execution, as well as oversees all legal matters for the company.  Prior to joining 68Ventures, Drew worked as an associate attorney in the commercial real estate group at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. At Maynard, Drew represented buyers, sellers, investors, developers, landlords and tenants in all types of real estate matters including acquisition, development and leasing transactions in markets throughout the United States.

    A native of Fairhope, AL, Drew attended the University of Alabama where he went on to earn his Bachelors in Finance, Masters in Business Administration, and law degree. Drew and his wife, Ashleigh, have one son and attend Fairhope United Methodist Church.

  • Chris Knight Controller 68Ventures

    Before joining 68Ventures as Controller, Chris worked as an auditor with a local CPA firm for 7 years. He graduated from Huntingdon College where he also played baseball.

    Chris has lived in Fairhope for 20 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa, who teaches Fairhope High school and his Boykin Spaniel named Cooper. Chris and Melissa attend First Baptist Church of Fairhope and enjoy volunteering with the youth group as much as possible. 

    In his spare time, Chris enjoys being outdoors, staying active, playing golf, running and also biking. 

  • Grant Rish VP – Land Acquisition 68V Development Services

    Grant grew up in the small town of Port St. Joe, Florida. After graduating high school in 2010, he accepted a golf scholarship to the University of North Georgia, where he set a school record by qualifying for 98% of their tournaments in four years, and was selected as a team captain.

    After graduating from North Georgia with a degree in Business Management, Grant returned to northwest Florida to work with Preble-Rish Civil Engineering in the role of Business Development. Grant joined the 68 Ventures team in early 2016 to work in land acquisition. Grant enjoys playing golf, being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Bobby Riis Project Manager 68 Ventures

    Bobby serves as a Project Manager for 68 Ventures Development Services.  In this role, Bobby helps manage and support the 68V Development projects, which are mainly single family lot development projects in Alabama and Florida. Bobby is committed to strengthening our client relationships with engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, and city officials. Prior to joining the team, Bobby was an Assistant Project Manager for Golden Construction, LLC, a General Contractor based out of Birmingham, AL. While working for Golden Construction, Bobby had the opportunity to assist in the building and managing of multi-family projects located across the country from Fort Collins, CO to Fayetteville, AR.  He was also involved with a healthcare renovation project in Dothan, AL. For all of these projects, Bobby worked and lived on-site to maximize individual growth through visualization and assisting his team in driving each project to completion.

    Bobby grew up in Mobile, AL before enrolling at the University of Alabama, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2014. In Bobby’s spare time, he enjoys exercising, playing all sports, going fishing in Mobile Bay, mentoring youth, and spending time with his family.

  • Gerritt Gordon General Contractor 68 Ventures

    Gerritt is a native of South Alabama, born and raised in Mobile. After attending UMS-Wright in Mobile, he graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. He then began working with his fatherBob Gordon, building and remodeling commercial and residential structures along the Gulf Coast.

    From 2006 through 2016, Gerritt held positions within the construction and property damage repair industries. A majority of this time was focused on managing and growing a regional firm into a national service provider.

    Outside of his steadfast commitment to the 68 Ventures family, Gerritt’s passions include the outdoors, music, his wife Katie and two wildcat sons, Wyatt and Grayson. He and his family currently reside in Spanish Fort and are members of Spanish Fort United Methodist Church.

  • Troy Wilson President Bellator Real Estate & Development

    A native of Mobile, Troy graduated from the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell College of Business, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1999. He is an active member of the Baldwin County Association of REALTORS®, where he has served since 2015 and is the current President-Elect and finance committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast MLS, SEEDS (Supporting Educational Enrichment in Daphne Schools), and several advisory committees for local charities.

    Troy and Nathan Cox partnered in 2011 when Troy merged his former brokerage, ERA Platinum Properties, with Nathan’s Bellator Real Estate & Development. Troy founded ERA Platinum Properties in 2008 following a four-year tenure as qualifying broker for another ERA office in Daphne, AL. During his time with the ERA franchise systems he was recognized as #40 in Lore Magazine’s Top 200 Real Estate Professionals of the Year. In 2014, Troy was recognized as one of Mobile Bay Magazine’s 40 under 40.

    Troy’s extensive career in real estate began in new construction sales at the Mitchell Company in Mobile, where he became the Regional Sales Manager and qualifying broker for its single-family division at age 24. In his eight years at Mitchell, Troy managed the sales and construction starts of over 900 homes in 27 residential communities in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. He also performed land selection, acquisition and market studies for nine new subdivisions developments while working at Mitchell. In 2005 Troy co-founded a land development company, Royale Development and a property management company, Baleu Realty Management.  In 2007 Troy also started a residential home building company St. Joe Custom Homes, in Mobile, AL.

    Today, Troy lives in Spanish Fort with his wife, Kristin, and daughters, MacKenzie and Addeline. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, boating, hunting, fishing and competing in endurance triathlon events. Troy is involved in the Eastern Shore Outback Men’s prayer group and a parishioner of St. John’s Catholic Church.

  • Tom Stokes Division President Cornerstone by Truland

    Tom is a 29-year veteran of the homebuilding and real estate industries. He is an accomplished and results oriented business leader with successful achievements in home building and business development including project management, operations management, strategic marketing and implementation. He is responsible for the financial performance of the division, overseeing all aspects of construction, sales and marketing efforts.

    Prior to joining Truland Homes as president in 2012, Tom served as executive vice president and a founding partner of an Atlanta-based home builder, vice president of sales and marketing for an Atlanta-based national homebuilder and sales manager/marketing director for a regional homebuilder based in Mobile, Alabama. A native of Houston Texas, he earned his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of South Alabama and is an active board member of the NAHB. Tom enjoys exploring new places and spending time with his wife, Donya, and two children, Gavin and Lauren Bayley.

  • Geoff Stacey COO Bellator Real Estate & Development

    Geoff Stacey currently serves as Chief Operations Officer for Bellator Real Estate & Development. He has been active in the real estate industry since 2003, holding the positions of sales agent, sales manager, broker associate, and company operations director. As a partner in Baleu Realty Management (sold in 2014), Geoff helped build and grow that start-up company into one of the premier property management firms on the Alabama Gulf Coast, managing a real estate portfolio of over 200 residential and vacation rental units, valued at over $54 million. Prior to Geoff’s career in real estate, he spent 11 years working with his family’s business, Stacey & Associates Market Research, where he served as a business consultant, political strategist and project leader on over 30 economic development and real estate feasibility projects across the Southeast US.

    Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Geoff has spent the majority of his life living on the Gulf Coast. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 1993, he moved back to the area to begin his career. He currently resides in Daphne with his wife Meghan and their three boys, Braxton, Lochlan and Kelan. Geoff is a past President of the University of Alabama Alumni Association – Mobile Chapter, a donor to the UA School of Arts & Sciences and has served as a campaign committee member for several local elected officials. During his free time, Geoff enjoys coaching youth soccer, cooking and spending time with his family. Geoff and his family are members of Christ the King Catholic Church and are active volunteers at Christ the King Catholic School and Bayside Academy.

  • McDavid Flowers Attorney Thrive Title

    McDavid is the in-house attorney for Thrive Title.  He performs title abstracting and closing preparation services for residential and commercial transactions.  Before joining Thrive Title, McDavid worked for seven years as an associate attorney at a prominent civil litigation firm where he specialized in environmental litigation. 

    A native of Dothan, AL, McDavid earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Auburn University, a master’s in environmental management from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. 

    McDavid and his wife Caroline have a daughter and they enjoy traveling and spending time with family.  In his spare time, McDavid enjoys offshore fishing, hunting, and cooking.  

Your 68 makes you tick.

Your 68 drives you to do the things you do.

In short, your 68 makes you strive to be better.

Your 68 is derived from the jersey number worn by hockey legend Jaromir Jagr during his illustrious career.

Jagr’s grandfather was killed in 1968 during the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, so he wore the number 68 to honor his grandfather and his entire country every time he took the ice. Jagr was great because he didn’t play for money or medals – he played for his family and his country.

We take great pride in challenging not only one another, but also everyone we work with to seek out, identify and pursue their own 68.