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Creating Positive Change One Real Estate Project at a Time

True North Companies is a full-spectrum real estate development and commercial construction company, specializing in building communities with lasting impact. With 60 years of combined experience in the commercial real estate industry – ranging from finance to general contracting – True North has the knowledge and know-how to provide our clients with innovative solutions that will positively change how they design, build, and finance their projects. Our team's dedication to customer satisfaction is evident through every step of each project we lead.

Comprised of a diverse group of real estate industry professionals with backgrounds in architecture, construction, consulting, development, education, hospitality, and finance, our team specializes in development projects for multifamily, senior living, mixed-use developments, hospitality, office, retail, and education market segments.

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A Company Built on Values

Safety

We believe that prioritizing safety prioritizes what we value most – people.

Respect

We believe all people have value and should be treated with dignity and professionalism.

People

We believe that creating spaces and opportunities for our team, our partners, and ultimately the patrons of the places we build to live their best lives is the touchstone of our business.

Gratitude

We believe gratitude – in both our successes and our challenges – helps us value where we are and maintain a grounded perspective towards growth.

Integrity

We believe that doing the right thing requires unflinching commitment. We’re honest, transparent, and dedicated to doing what’s best for our customers and our company regardless of challenges and circumstances.

Fun

We believe that the most fun aspects of our culture are the joy, humor and camaraderie we share together as we drive the growth of our business.

Advancing Community is Our Priority

proven expertise

Proven expertise

The leadership of True North has over 60 years and $2 billion of combined real estate, development, and construction experience.

truested leadership

Trusted leadership

True North Companies has built a reputation for their experienced and principled leadership and dedication to creating communities that thrive.

successful projects

Successful projects

True North Companies has completed over 300 projects in various commercial markets including education, mixed use, senior living, office, hospitality, retail, and multifamily housing.

Meet Our Team

Walt Gill

President

Walt’s career in construction, development and investments spans 30 years. Through Walt’s leadership, True North Companies – founded in 1997 – has expanded its real estate footprint across education, mixed-use, multifamily, retail, hospitality, and office market segments. Walt has successfully completed over 300 construction, development, and investment projects, delivering quality outcomes for clients on time and on budget.

Marc Davis

Chief Financial Officer

Marc is responsible for directing and managing all aspects of the company’s financial strategy, planning, and operations. He works closely with investors and the executive team to position the company for continued growth.

Joseph Fawole

Senior Vice-President Operations & Asset Management

Joseph has the unique ability to build solid and sustaining teams and strong local market expertise. He works closely with stakeholders, including high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors, to optimize investment value through rigorous analysis, innovative business strategies, and effective marketing and management practices. He previously served in various roles in a 20-year career with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Mickhal Locklear

Vice President Construction

Mickhal oversees the client experience and all facets of True North projects from inception to closeout. His past experience includes work with several well-known general contractors including Arco Construction Company Inc., Lend Lease, and, most recently, Batson Cook Construction.

Joshua Hall

Vice President of Development and Design-Build

As Vice President of Development and Design-Build, Joshua brings over twenty-two years of experience in real estate development, construction, and design to True North, providing consistent success in delivering high-quality assets at all levels of the industry. A problem solver, he is highly experienced in developing, designing, and constructing large-scale commercial and mixed-use real estate projects with a proven track record of successfully delivering high-quality assets. In this role, Josh oversees all aspects of real estate development, from site acquisition to the transfer to operations.

Christi Burton

Business Development and Marketing Manager

As our Business Development and Marketing Manager, Christi Burton is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales. She has honed her skills across various facets of marketing, product development, sales, branding, and growth strategy. Christi is an invaluable asset to our team, driving business development initiatives and spearheading innovative marketing strategies to propel True North’s success.

Stephanie Limbert

Controller

As the Controller at True North, Stephanie takes charge of the financial helm, overseeing a spectrum of responsibilities crucial to the fiscal health and operational efficiency of our organization. With over 20 years of experience, Stephanie contributes meticulous budget preparation, financial analysis, and the creation of comprehensive financial reports of the utmost quality. Collaborating with the project and administrative teams, Stephanie ensures the maintenance of accurate financial records for audit and strategic decision-making.

Tom Underwood

Project Executive

With over twenty-six years of experience in commercial construction, Tom has established a reputation for providing successful projects to valued clients in multiple industry sectors. An open-minded innovator with a proven track record of leading the preconstruction and construction process, as True North’s Project Executive, Tom ensures that all project quality, schedule, cost control, safety, and customer satisfaction objectives are successfully and efficiently met.

Mark Graffagnino

Senior Development Project Manager

With over 35 years of invaluable experience, Mark is a distinguished Senior Development Project Manager in the construction industry, showcasing a prolific career in steering complex projects to fruition. With profound expertise in delivering strategic solutions, he consistently elevates property endeavors while leaving a lasting imprint on the industry.

Cameron Gill

Project Development Lead

Cameron is adept in the development process within the construction industry. His experience is in real estate management, investments and finance. Cameron’s wealth of knowledge and leadership skills, established throughout his academic career, positions him well to make an impact within True North.

Venus Kendall

Director of Development Services

Venus currently serves as our Director of Development Services. A seasoned professional in real estate development, Venus is renowned for expertly guiding projects to success from initial concept to final execution. Over the years, she has developed a mastery of strategic planning, stakeholder collaboration, and pioneering approaches that optimize property value and foster positive community outcomes.

Jerry Kenny

Senior Project Manager

Jerry brings over 25 years of experience in general contracting, project management, construction management, and development to True North Companies as Senior Lead Project Manager. He will oversee areas of construction management including budget planning, cost-estimating, pre-construction, quality and cost control, subcontractor negotiations, construction schedules and health and safety. He has managed the development and construction of over 10,000 units of multi-family and hospitality developments.

Sonny Schwab

Chief Estimator

Sonny manages True North’s estimating strategy and planning, including pre-selection of subcontractors and pricing. Sonny’s experience has run the gamut in his 30+ years in the construction industry, from working in the field to project management to estimating. Sonny served as Vice President of Osborne Construction Co. Inc. before joining True North Companies in 2006 as Chief Estimator.

Makayla Kennedy

Client Relations and Operations Manager

Makayla is an accomplished Operations Manager currently serving at True North Companies, where she is responsible for developing and executing operational strategies to drive growth and improve organizational performance. In her current role, Makayla leads the charge in researching developing operational opportunities and plans to streamline processes and increase efficiency.

Patrick Nesbitt

Project Manager

A dynamic and experienced professional in the commercial construction industry, Patrick is responsible for the overall delivery and successful execution of True North projects. He brings a wealth of experience in project management, working for major general contractors such as Winter Construction and Batson-Cook Construction.

Joe Jackson

Project Manager

As a seasoned project manager in the commercial construction industry, Joe Jackson brings extensive experience in leading complex projects from conception to completion. With a keen eye for detail and a collaborative approach, Joe has a track record of delivering successful projects on time and within budget.

Jeff Fincher

Program Director

Jeff is responsible for the financing, approvals, and design of infrastructure, multifamily, townhouse, education, and mixed-use development markets. In addition, he oversees all third-party relationships including consultants, public funders, private lenders/equity providers, community organizations, architects, construction managers, and government liaisons.

Evan Thomas

Project Manager

Evan is responsible for the management and oversight of projects in True North’s construction division, including estimating and bidding new work and managing construction projects from conception to completion.

Will McDonald

Education Project Director

Will’s career in construction, account management, and operations spans 38 years. He has held responsibility for building projects throughout the Southeast including high rise buildings, government, hospitality, medical, education facilities, churches, highway, bridges, sport complexes and sport fields. At the heart of his tenure is the recognition of his dedicated customer service skills, ensuring a seamless client experience for True North’s partners.

Jashana Scotland

Development Associate

Jashana is responsible for project coordination, financial analysis, and due diligence, facilitating the successful execution of complex development projects. Her ability to merge financial acumen with construction expertise ensures projects are completed on time and within budget, contributing to the growth and success of True North.

Stephaine Croff

Senior Project Accountant

Stephaine brings over 23 years of experience in accounting to True North and its partners. Her early career in the banking industry led to her gaining invaluable experience in freight forwarding and construction. She attended Kaplan University and is recognized for her talents in project accounting and customer service.

Pat Burgess

Project Accountant

Pat will lead multiple accounting roles across True North’s portfolio including budgeting, supplier contracts, production pricing and general accounting. He recently held the role of Staff Accountant with EFACEC, USA and Workshop Advisor with RBM of Atlanta.

Colton Collins

Project Manager

Colton is a highly accomplished and results-driven Project Manager with a strong track record in commercial construction and real estate development. He has proven expertise in delivering complex projects on time and within budget, with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to quality. Colton received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at Colorado State University.

Ashley Waefler

Assistant Pre-Construction Manager

In this role, Ashley supports managing projects through the pre-construction phase while coordinating with our in-house Development, Design, and Construction departments to ensure a successful project is handed over to the Construction team. She closely partners with the Pre-Construction Manager to manage budgets, constructability reviews, and the buyout process.

Salvatore Ginella

Superintendent

Salvatore is a dedicated leader with a strong track record of successfully managing construction projects from start to finish. His expertise in scheduling, coordination, and quality control ensures projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality and safety.

Richard Hilton

Senior Project Superintendent

Richard leads True North’s dedicated efforts to project design and delivery for Charter Schools in South Carolina. He brings over 21 years of experience in the construction industry from conception to completion in residential, multi-family, education, commercial, and nuclear plants. He is known for exceptional project management skills in the delivery of client goals and results.

Matt Slay

Superintendent

Matt brings over 30 years of experience to True North Companies from multiple fields in the construction industry. He holds responsibility for managing on-site account construction projects, planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work and providing leadership in managing schedules.

Mike Kiker

Superintendent

As a Superintendent for True North, Mike will invest over 30 years of expertise gained across the construction industry including retail shopping centers, medical buildings, multifamily, condominium, townhomes, schools, and churches into our growing portfolio. He has worked on notable retail projects for Kroger, Publix, and JC Penney’s. In his new role, he will oversee teams in the design and delivery of on-site account construction projects including planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work, and providing technical expertise to ensure the quality and timely completion of the project.

Tim Kiker

Superintendent

Tim has over thirty years of experience in construction and has been a part of medical, multi-family, office, and commercial builds. Tim manages on-site account construction projects including planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work, and providing technical expertise to ensure the quality and timely completion of the project.

Jason Paterchak

Superintendent

Jason is a seasoned Superintendent, boasting over 17 years of hands-on experience within the construction industry. With a demonstrated history of delivering successful projects, he excels in coordinating teams, optimizing resources, and adhering to strict safety and quality standards. Jason’s expertise and leadership contribute to consistently achieving on-time and within-budget project completion, earning him a reputation as a trusted professional in the field.

Tunde Abass

Assistant Superintendent

Tunde Abass is a valuable addition to the True North team, bringing over 20 years of expertise in construction and property management. With a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University, Tunde’s versatility shines through his work across diverse projects. His dedication, coupled with a diverse portfolio spanning banks, churches, schools, and office buildings, underscores his invaluable contribution to our team.

Richard Harrison

Assistant Superintendent

Richard brings experience to True North in the specialty fields of electrical contractors, welding, and structural steel project management, as well as working with multifamily apartment renovations. He also served for ten years in law enforcement. Richard attended West Georgia Technical College with a focus on welding and iron works. He holds responsibility for supervising on-site construction projects ensuring each project is constructed according to design, budget and schedule, while interfacing with clients, officials, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Evin Patten

Project Engineer

Prior to joining True North, Evin held roles of Junior Estimator and Project Lead while accumulating four years of experience specializing in rebar and structural steel estimating. He will soon graduate from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Construction Management. In his new role, he will collaborate with True North’s construction and project teams in the planning, directing and coordination of technical aspects of each project that effectively and safely turn blueprints into finished structures.

Jody Waddell

Project Engineer

With a strong background in project management and a keen eye for detail, Jody plays a crucial role in ensuring the seamless planning, coordination, and execution of our designated projects and delivering exceptional projects that align with True North’s mission, values, and vision. Jody comes alongside our project team in planning, directing, and coordinating activities of a designated project to ensure that goals or objectives of each project are accomplished.

Walt Gill

President

Walt’s career in construction, development and investments spans 30 years. Through Walt’s leadership, True North Companies – founded in 1997 – has expanded its real estate footprint across education, mixed-use, multifamily, retail, hospitality, and office market segments. Walt has successfully completed over 300 construction, development, and investment projects, delivering quality outcomes for clients on time and on budget.

Marc Davis

Chief Financial Officer

Marc is responsible for directing and managing all aspects of the company’s financial strategy, planning, and operations. He works closely with investors and the executive team to position the company for continued growth.

Joseph Fawole

Senior Vice-President Operations & Asset Management

Joseph has the unique ability to build solid and sustaining teams and strong local market expertise. He works closely with stakeholders, including high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors, to optimize investment value through rigorous analysis, innovative business strategies, and effective marketing and management practices. He previously served in various roles in a 20-year career with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Mickhal Locklear

Vice President Construction

Mickhal oversees the client experience and all facets of True North projects from inception to closeout. His past experience includes work with several well-known general contractors including Arco Construction Company Inc., Lend Lease, and, most recently, Batson Cook Construction.

Joshua Hall

Vice President of Development and Design-Build

As Vice President of Development and Design-Build, Joshua brings over twenty-two years of experience in real estate development, construction, and design to True North, providing consistent success in delivering high-quality assets at all levels of the industry. A problem solver, he is highly experienced in developing, designing, and constructing large-scale commercial and mixed-use real estate projects with a proven track record of successfully delivering high-quality assets. In this role, Josh oversees all aspects of real estate development, from site acquisition to the transfer to operations.

Christi Burton

Business Development and Marketing Manager

As our Business Development and Marketing Manager, Christi Burton is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales. She has honed her skills across various facets of marketing, product development, sales, branding, and growth strategy. Christi is an invaluable asset to our team, driving business development initiatives and spearheading innovative marketing strategies to propel True North’s success.

Stephanie Limbert

Controller

As the Controller at True North, Stephanie takes charge of the financial helm, overseeing a spectrum of responsibilities crucial to the fiscal health and operational efficiency of our organization. With over 20 years of experience, Stephanie contributes meticulous budget preparation, financial analysis, and the creation of comprehensive financial reports of the utmost quality. Collaborating with the project and administrative teams, Stephanie ensures the maintenance of accurate financial records for audit and strategic decision-making.

Tom Underwood

Project Executive

With over twenty-six years of experience in commercial construction, Tom has established a reputation for providing successful projects to valued clients in multiple industry sectors. An open-minded innovator with a proven track record of leading the preconstruction and construction process, as True North’s Project Executive, Tom ensures that all project quality, schedule, cost control, safety, and customer satisfaction objectives are successfully and efficiently met.

Mark Graffagnino

Senior Development Project Manager

With over 35 years of invaluable experience, Mark is a distinguished Senior Development Project Manager in the construction industry, showcasing a prolific career in steering complex projects to fruition. With profound expertise in delivering strategic solutions, he consistently elevates property endeavors while leaving a lasting imprint on the industry.

Cameron Gill

Project Development Lead

Cameron is adept in the development process within the construction industry. His experience is in real estate management, investments and finance. Cameron’s wealth of knowledge and leadership skills, established throughout his academic career, positions him well to make an impact within True North.

Venus Kendall

Director of Development Services

Venus currently serves as our Director of Development Services. A seasoned professional in real estate development, Venus is renowned for expertly guiding projects to success from initial concept to final execution. Over the years, she has developed a mastery of strategic planning, stakeholder collaboration, and pioneering approaches that optimize property value and foster positive community outcomes.

Jerry Kenny

Senior Project Manager

Jerry brings over 25 years of experience in general contracting, project management, construction management, and development to True North Companies as Senior Lead Project Manager. He will oversee areas of construction management including budget planning, cost-estimating, pre-construction, quality and cost control, subcontractor negotiations, construction schedules and health and safety. He has managed the development and construction of over 10,000 units of multi-family and hospitality developments.

Sonny Schwab

Chief Estimator

Sonny manages True North’s estimating strategy and planning, including pre-selection of subcontractors and pricing. Sonny’s experience has run the gamut in his 30+ years in the construction industry, from working in the field to project management to estimating. Sonny served as Vice President of Osborne Construction Co. Inc. before joining True North Companies in 2006 as Chief Estimator.

Makayla Kennedy

Client Relations and Operations Manager

Makayla is an accomplished Operations Manager currently serving at True North Companies, where she is responsible for developing and executing operational strategies to drive growth and improve organizational performance. In her current role, Makayla leads the charge in researching developing operational opportunities and plans to streamline processes and increase efficiency.

Patrick Nesbitt

Project Manager

A dynamic and experienced professional in the commercial construction industry, Patrick is responsible for the overall delivery and successful execution of True North projects. He brings a wealth of experience in project management, working for major general contractors such as Winter Construction and Batson-Cook Construction.

Joe Jackson

Project Manager

As a seasoned project manager in the commercial construction industry, Joe Jackson brings extensive experience in leading complex projects from conception to completion. With a keen eye for detail and a collaborative approach, Joe has a track record of delivering successful projects on time and within budget.

Jeff Fincher

Program Director

Jeff is responsible for the financing, approvals, and design of infrastructure, multifamily, townhouse, education, and mixed-use development markets. In addition, he oversees all third-party relationships including consultants, public funders, private lenders/equity providers, community organizations, architects, construction managers, and government liaisons.

Evan Thomas

Project Manager

Evan is responsible for the management and oversight of projects in True North’s construction division, including estimating and bidding new work and managing construction projects from conception to completion.

Will McDonald

Education Project Director

Will’s career in construction, account management, and operations spans 38 years. He has held responsibility for building projects throughout the Southeast including high rise buildings, government, hospitality, medical, education facilities, churches, highway, bridges, sport complexes and sport fields. At the heart of his tenure is the recognition of his dedicated customer service skills, ensuring a seamless client experience for True North’s partners.

Jashana Scotland

Development Associate

Jashana is responsible for project coordination, financial analysis, and due diligence, facilitating the successful execution of complex development projects. Her ability to merge financial acumen with construction expertise ensures projects are completed on time and within budget, contributing to the growth and success of True North.

Stephaine Croff

Senior Project Accountant

Stephaine brings over 23 years of experience in accounting to True North and its partners. Her early career in the banking industry led to her gaining invaluable experience in freight forwarding and construction. She attended Kaplan University and is recognized for her talents in project accounting and customer service.

Pat Burgess

Project Accountant

Pat will lead multiple accounting roles across True North’s portfolio including budgeting, supplier contracts, production pricing and general accounting. He recently held the role of Staff Accountant with EFACEC, USA and Workshop Advisor with RBM of Atlanta.

Colton Collins

Project Manager

Colton is a highly accomplished and results-driven Project Manager with a strong track record in commercial construction and real estate development. He has proven expertise in delivering complex projects on time and within budget, with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to quality. Colton received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at Colorado State University.

Ashley Waefler

Assistant Pre-Construction Manager

In this role, Ashley supports managing projects through the pre-construction phase while coordinating with our in-house Development, Design, and Construction departments to ensure a successful project is handed over to the Construction team. She closely partners with the Pre-Construction Manager to manage budgets, constructability reviews, and the buyout process.

Salvatore Ginella

Superintendent

Salvatore is a dedicated leader with a strong track record of successfully managing construction projects from start to finish. His expertise in scheduling, coordination, and quality control ensures projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality and safety.

Richard Hilton

Senior Project Superintendent

Richard leads True North’s dedicated efforts to project design and delivery for Charter Schools in South Carolina. He brings over 21 years of experience in the construction industry from conception to completion in residential, multi-family, education, commercial, and nuclear plants. He is known for exceptional project management skills in the delivery of client goals and results.

Matt Slay

Superintendent

Matt brings over 30 years of experience to True North Companies from multiple fields in the construction industry. He holds responsibility for managing on-site account construction projects, planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work and providing leadership in managing schedules.

Mike Kiker

Superintendent

As a Superintendent for True North, Mike will invest over 30 years of expertise gained across the construction industry including retail shopping centers, medical buildings, multifamily, condominium, townhomes, schools, and churches into our growing portfolio. He has worked on notable retail projects for Kroger, Publix, and JC Penney’s. In his new role, he will oversee teams in the design and delivery of on-site account construction projects including planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work, and providing technical expertise to ensure the quality and timely completion of the project.

Tim Kiker

Superintendent

Tim has over thirty years of experience in construction and has been a part of medical, multi-family, office, and commercial builds. Tim manages on-site account construction projects including planning, scheduling, budgets, supplier contracts, evaluating production costs, participating in pre-construction strategy sessions, coordinating subcontractor work, and providing technical expertise to ensure the quality and timely completion of the project.

Jason Paterchak

Superintendent

Jason is a seasoned Superintendent, boasting over 17 years of hands-on experience within the construction industry. With a demonstrated history of delivering successful projects, he excels in coordinating teams, optimizing resources, and adhering to strict safety and quality standards. Jason’s expertise and leadership contribute to consistently achieving on-time and within-budget project completion, earning him a reputation as a trusted professional in the field.

Tunde Abass

Assistant Superintendent

Tunde Abass is a valuable addition to the True North team, bringing over 20 years of expertise in construction and property management. With a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University, Tunde’s versatility shines through his work across diverse projects. His dedication, coupled with a diverse portfolio spanning banks, churches, schools, and office buildings, underscores his invaluable contribution to our team.

Richard Harrison

Assistant Superintendent

Richard brings experience to True North in the specialty fields of electrical contractors, welding, and structural steel project management, as well as working with multifamily apartment renovations. He also served for ten years in law enforcement. Richard attended West Georgia Technical College with a focus on welding and iron works. He holds responsibility for supervising on-site construction projects ensuring each project is constructed according to design, budget and schedule, while interfacing with clients, officials, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Evin Patten

Project Engineer

Prior to joining True North, Evin held roles of Junior Estimator and Project Lead while accumulating four years of experience specializing in rebar and structural steel estimating. He will soon graduate from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Construction Management. In his new role, he will collaborate with True North’s construction and project teams in the planning, directing and coordination of technical aspects of each project that effectively and safely turn blueprints into finished structures.

Jody Waddell

Project Engineer

With a strong background in project management and a keen eye for detail, Jody plays a crucial role in ensuring the seamless planning, coordination, and execution of our designated projects and delivering exceptional projects that align with True North’s mission, values, and vision. Jody comes alongside our project team in planning, directing, and coordinating activities of a designated project to ensure that goals or objectives of each project are accomplished.

We Plan. You Succeed.

With decades of combined team experience under our belt, we understand the high stakes involved across the ever-changing commercial real estate landscape.

You have a vision for maximizing your risk-adjusted returns while finding the right partner to get you where you want go – further and faster. With so much on the line, you need a partner with the right skills and relationships to navigate this complex market.

Hundreds of companies have trusted True North to guide them in creating and delivering a real estate roadmap that leads to successful results.

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