Chris serves as Controller of 68Ventures. He focuses his efforts on capital allocation, financial management, risk management, accounting oversight and operations. Prior to joining 68Ventures, Chris worked as an auditor with a local CPA firm specializing in Governmental and Construction Industries.
Chris was raised in Fairhope and enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa, who teaches at Fairhope High school and his Boykin Spaniel named Cooper. He graduated from Huntingdon College where he also played baseball. 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, playing golf, running and grilling.
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 at any given time and operates from Mobile County, AL east to Bay County, FL.
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. After gaining a few years of experience, Will returned to school at Auburn University and obtained his Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) in the spring of 2018, while simultaneously continuing to serve in his role as President of 68V Development Services.
Will is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Marlo. He 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.
Tom serves as Cornerstone and Encore Division President at Truland Homes. He is a 30-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 company, overseeing all aspects of construction, sales and marketing efforts. Through his leadership, Truland is positioned for continued growth in the Central Gulf Coast region.
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.
Kathy serves as an Executive Assistant for 68 Ventures LLC. Among the duties for this position, the one most important is that of supporting this company’s purpose, vision and overall values as set forth in the 68 Ventures mission statement.
A native of Mobile, Kathy graduated from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and attended Spring Hill College. The eastern shore has been home to Kathy and her family for the last 20 years. She and her husband Leland enjoy spending time with their families, traveling, fishing and time on Mobile Bay. Kathy and Leland attend 3 Circle Church in Fairhope.
From 2013 to 2018, Thomas served as CFO for the 68 Ventures family of companies and now serves as a Strategic Partner. Thomas is a founder and partner in Thrive Title as well as actively participating in many of 68 Ventures’ development projects. His experience includes auditing at KPMG, real estate development at Daniel Corporation, private investments, and construction.
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.
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 member of the 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 called 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.
Brent serves as Chief Operating Officer for 68 Ventures and brings over 20 years of experience across various industries. His efforts are focused on the day to day execution of operational strategy, ongoing business development, and driving efficiencies into all systems and processes. In addition, Brent proactively pursues new opportunities and potential investors which best align with the purpose, values, vision, and strategy of 68 Ventures.
Prior to joining the organization, Brent spent 12 years as an Executive within Accenture’s Corporate Development and Transaction Services group. In this role he helped to drive the strategic and financial direction for the firm’s largest, most complex commercial arrangements with Fortune 500 companies. He also helped to develop new businesses through joint ventures, alliances, and equity investment transactions. Before joining Accenture, Brent worked for 8 years in a strategy consulting role within the technology market. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing business process automation strategies, operationalizing corporate vision, and driving financial outcomes.
A native of Fayetteville, GA, Brent attended the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems and then later an MBA in Finance. Brent loves spending time with his wife Jane and their two children, while traveling, camping, hanging out with family and friends, coaching youth sports, and staying involved with their community.
Mallory serves as the VP of Marketing and Advertising for 68 Ventures. She is responsible for overseeing all marketing and advertising for 68 Ventures and its core companies.
She graduated from the University of South Alabama in December of 2010 after completing her Bachelors in Marketing with an International Business concentration. Mallory also attended the Fachhochschule Worms: University of Applied Sciences in Worms Germany. During her time abroad, Mallory traveled to many different countries and studied the difference in mannerisms and personal characteristics of different ethnicities and how they effect business relations.
Mallory’s previous experience includes Truland Homes as the Marketing Director and Bellator Real Estate and Development as the Marketing Manager.
During her free time, Mallory enjoys spending time with family and volunteering with Make-A-Wish Alabama.
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. Bobby is also a member of 3 Circle Church in Fairhope.
Geoff Stacey serves as Chief Operations Officer for Bellator Real Estate & Development. He joined the Bellator team in March 2011 during the merger with ERA Platinum Properties, where he held a similar position. His primary responsibility is to manage the productivity of the brokers, agents and staff to achieve company growth and profitability objectives.
Geoff has worked in the Real Estate industry since 2003 as a sales agent/manager, broker associate, property manager and company operations director. Geoff began his career in real estate after 11 years of experience working with Stacey & Associates Market Research, where he served as a business consultant and project leader on over 30 economic development and real estate feasibility projects across the Southeast.
Geoff’s expertise is in strategic planning, implementation of operational systems and management of accounting/budgeting processes.
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 his 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 wife and kids. 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.
Brad serves as Chief Leadership Officer for 68 Ventures and all its core 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 as an officer in the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Operations Community. On 9.11, Brad 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 is the Chairman for Military Affairs Committee. He also serves on the advisory board for Synovus Bank and internationally with the Center for Expeditionary Economics. Brad is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar and is passionate about speaking and consulting with companies and teams on leadership. Brad loves creating memories and experiences with his beautiful wife Anna, and three incredible boys through travel, adventure, the outdoors, and the community.
Drew serves as Chief Legal Officer of 68 Ventures. He focuses his efforts on real estate due diligence, deal structure and execution, as well as oversees all legal matters for the company. Prior to joining 68 Ventures, 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 Bachelor’s in Finance, Masters in Business Administration, and law degree. Drew and his wife, Ashleigh, have two sons, Cayden and Carter, and attend Fairhope United Methodist Church.
Simon is currently a 3rd year Biology Major at the University of South Alabama. he met CEO, Nathan Cox, at South Alabama and immediately became drawn to Real Estate Development. As part of the 68 Ventures and Truland Homes team, Simon is responsible for coordinating landscaping, entrances, and amenities complexes within 68V neighborhood developments.
Simon was born in Mobile Alabama and raised in Covington Louisiana. He played several sports and was state ranked in Track and Field. Before enlisting in the Marine Corps, he spent every summer on Mobile Bay, with his grandfather Coach Eddie Stanky. Simon enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 and after eye witnessing the attack on September 11th while stationed in Washington DC, he reenlisted for a second term. Simon fought in two Combat Tours in Iraq, and achieved the rank of Sergeant.
After returning home, Simon turned his career focus on Maritime Construction and being with family. His previous experience includes Oil Refineries in Louisiana and building and launching Littoral Combat Ships and Joint High Speed Vessels for the US Navy.
Simon discovered Christ on the battlefield and continues to pursue his walk with Him. He and his wife are active members of Three Circles Church and enjoy spending every free moment on the water wake boarding with friends. Simon is an active member of The Southern Wake Series and enjoys the fellowship and mentoring opportunities of young athletes.
Gerritt is a native of South Alabama, born and raised in Mobile. After attending UMS-Wright, he graduated from the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.
From 2003 through 2016, Gerritt held positions within the multi-family development management, 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. The firms primary focus was disaster response to natural and manmade events. Gerritt grew up working with and assisting his father on job sites building and remodeling commercial and residential structures.
Outside of his steadfast commitment to the 68 Ventures family, Gerritt’s passions include the outdoors, music, his wife Katie and two wildcat sons. The boys provide ample opportunity to hone his hands-on building damage repair skills throughout his home. He and his family currently reside in Spanish Fort and are members of Spanish Fort United Methodist Church.
Nathan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 68 Ventures. 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 Truland 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.”
Sands works closely with community associations, local governments and community stakeholders regarding Truland’s homebuilding operation.
He earned his Bachelors Degree in Human and Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama and served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003-2007.
Previous industry experience includes Scotch and Gulf Lumber as well as White-Spunner Construction as the Assistant Superintendent.
Outside of work, Sands enjoys spending time with his wife Christina and son Jim. The Stimpson family are members of Ashland Place Methodist Church.
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.
Chad serves as Florida Division President at Truland Homes. He is a native of Pensacola, FL where he grew up working for his family’s residential construction company. It was this experience that led to his career in the construction industry. Chad currently serves as Florida Division President providing leadership and oversight of all aspects of homebuilding operations.
During his 25-year career in the home building industry in Northwest Florida, Chad has held positions in all aspects of residential construction serving as construction manager, division manager, and division president. His experience includes leadership in overseeing sales and marketing, operations, project management, land acquisitions, and customer relations. Chad currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Homebuilder’s Association of West Florida.
He and his wife Heather have four children, Kyle, Amanda, Mary Alex, and Cameron. They currently reside in Northwest Florida and are members of Liberty Church. He volunteers in his community coaching youth baseball. Chad enjoys spending his time with family and friends, being outdoors, and is an avid golfer.
Susan has served as the accountant for 68 Ventures since its inception, also having worked in the same capacity at Battle Plan Capital before it became 68V. Susan has worked with and been associated with the Cox family for close to 18 years.
Susan graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in accounting. She and her husband Fred, live in Mobile, AL. They have 5 children and 1 precious granddaughter. Susan and Fred are very involved with their church, 3Circle Midtown.
Susan is also involved with the ACS Making Strides Walk every October. She also enjoys going to Alabama football games and spending time with family and friends.
Lindsey serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Truland Homes and is responsible for all finance and accounting functions including financial reporting, budgeting, cash forecasting, balance sheet management, lender relationships, and risk management.
Upon graduation from Auburn in 1973, he began a 22 year career with the national accounting firm which is now Deloitte. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1975 and was admitted to the partnership in 1985. In 2001 Lindsey became CFO of The Mitchell Company which, at the time, was one of the largest homebuilders and real estate developers in the Mobile and Pensacola markets. In 2005 and 2006, The Mitchell Company was included in the Top 100 Builders in a list compiled by Builder Magazine.
Prior to joining Truland Homes Lindsey was a Principal with Smith, Dukes & Buckalew, LLP where his focus was on non-traditional services such as litigation support, business valuation, forensic accounting, consulting and interim CFO assignments. He earned his Certified Fraud Examiner designation in 2010 and became a Certified Valuation Analyst in 2012.
Lindsey has held a number of leadership positions with local civic and community organizations and currently serves as an advisory board member and chairman of the finance committee of Prodisee Pantry. He is also a deacon and choir member at Eastern Shore Baptist Church. He and his wife Susan, both natives of Choctaw County, have been married for 45 years. They have two sons and seven grandchildren. In his free time Lindsey enjoys carpentry and home improvement projects and spending time in Choctaw County hunting, fishing and remodeling his childhood home.
Chris serves as Division President for Limitless by Truland Homes. He graduated from the University of Mobile with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2004. After graduation, Chris worked at a computer software company while he dreamed of building quality custom homes for families. He made those dreams a reality when he started his own custom home building business in 2005. An accomplished entrepreneur, Chris has over 13 years of professional custom home building experience. He is excited to continue his passion for delivering exceptional results and joining the Truland Home team.
Chris is highly motivated and dedicated to customizing your home to fit your needs precisely. He knows that if you have a dream, the possibilities are truly limitless. Chris enjoys spending time and making memories with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter Mary Pierson Bailey. He loves being outdoors, sports, fishing, and playing golf. Chris and his family are members of Christ the King Catholic Church.
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.
Jeff Weston is the Senior Vice President of Retail Operations for GMFS Mortgage and has over 25 years of mortgage lending experience. In this role, Mr. Weston also acts as the managing liaison for our Trulend Mortgage team with the primary responsibility of developing the Trulend Mortgage Sales and Operations staff.
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Jeff graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, earning a BBA in Finance in 1990. Mr. Weston is a founding member of GMFS Mortgage, founded in 1999, which now employs more the 250 team members, is licensed in 18 states and serves over 89,000 customers. Leading the GMFS Mortgage team as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations, GMFS has received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and The Scotsman’s Guide. GMFS has also been named one of Ask A Lender’s Best Mortgage Companies for 2018 and The Baton Rouge Business Report’s Best Places to Work for 2016, 2017 & 2018. Jeff currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife Lissa, one son, and two daughters.
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.