Leadership

Global Executive

As the CEO of Walton Group of Companies, William (Bill) Doherty has been central to the company’s strategic direction over the past two decades. His pioneering guidance has propelled the expansion of Walton’s investment activities launching the company’s U.S., Asian and European operations. Under his leadership, Walton has become a leading North American real estate investment and development group.

Mr. Doherty oversees the company’s continued involvement in land use planning and development and is deeply involved in forging Walton’s alliances with leading international investment banks, broker-dealers, financial advisors and institutional investors.

Kate Kaminski is Chief Operating Officer of Walton Group of Companies. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and ensuring that all systems, resources and people are in place to achieve Walton’s goals. Prior to joining Walton in 2007, Ms. Kaminski worked in sales and marketing for new homebuilder Elite Communities in Phoenix, Arizona, and was involved in strategic sales development and communications for a major US retailer.

Rebecca Bruce is Chief Financial Officer for the Walton Group of Companies with over 15 years of experience. She manages financial strategy and the accounting, audit, treasury and tax functions with a team of professional accountants. Ms. Bruce joined Walton in 2009 as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting in 2014. Prior to joining Walton, Ms. Bruce was a manager in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services practice for Ernst & Young, LLP, where she articled and received her Chartered Accountant designation.

Ryan J. Kretschmer is Executive Vice President, Law & General Counsel for Walton. Mr. Kretschmer, who joined Walton in 2011 manages and provides advice with respect to legal affairs in and relating to the United States. Prior to joining Walton, he practiced corporate, securities and real estate law with an international law firm in Phoenix, Arizona.

Todd Woodhead is Executive Vice President of Capital Markets for Walton USA. He maintains and grows client and partner relationships and assists in the execution of investment strategies. Prior to joining Walton, Mr. Woodhead was a regional sales manager for a Fortune 500 high tech firm in California, where he managed both the financial and high-tech markets.

Paul Megler is Executive Vice President, Portfolio Management & Strategic Partnerships for Walton. He leads the growth of the company’s homebuilding and build-to-rent (BTR) partner relationships working with the asset management team on new acquisitions and sales within the exisiting Walton portfolio. In addition, Mr. Megler assists with institutional capital raising efforts for the Walton funds globally.

Prior to joining Walton, Mr. Megler served as Vice President, Real Estate & Business Development at KB Home (NYSE: KBH) where his focus was mergers and acquisitions, national land strategy and strategic relationships. He was also a Managing Director with JMP Securities, LLC where he specialized in real estate investment banking for homebuilders, land developers and single family rental companies.

Mr. Megler holds a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and management information systems from Miami University.

Tony Deegan joined Walton in 2001 as an account manager in Canada primarily responsible for sales and marketing. His role included training, marketing, operations, seeking new partners, raising capital for equity investments for future Walton projects, and promoting Walton’s prospectus-based products to IIROC brokers in Western Canada. He then moved on to a variety of senior-level positions during his more than 20 year tenure with Walton including channel development, operations, marketing and sales. Prior to taking on his current role, Mr. Deegan was COO for Walton in southeast Asia from April 2018 and president of Walton International Group (Canada) from May 2015 to April 2018. 

Prior to joining Walton, Mr. Deegan held a variety of sales and marketing-based roles for large corporations as an account manager including Christie Brown & Co. a division of Nabisco from 1991-1995 and Lipton, a division of Unilever Canada from 1995-2001.

Matt Keister is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Walton. His primary responsibilities include the expansion and implementation of new initiatives throughout the Walton Group of Companies.

Matt originally joined Walton in 2004, where he established the company's first U.S. office in Phoenix, Arizona. He was also responsible for developing strategic partnerships throughout the country while growing the operation as Chief Operating Officer and then President of Walton USA. In 2015, Matt moved into a global leadership role where he supported various regions in their growth and product development. Matt left Walton in 2017 to pursue other opportunities and rejoined the organization in May 2021. 

Matt's previous experience includes living and working in Hong Kong and Beijing where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of a regional sports management firm overseeing events throughout Asia. During that time, Matt supported the establishment of the Chinese National Basketball Association and led the operations for the league which had 8 teams throughout mainland China in its inaugural year.

Clara Chong is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources leading the Human Resources (HR) department for Walton North America responsible for recruitment, payroll, benefits and commission payments. She provides overall guidance to the operational activities of the organization while collaborating with the various entities within the organization. In addition to her primary role, Ms. Chong is a privacy officer ensuring compliance with Walton’s privacy policy and applicable privacy legislation, she is also a notary public and a mortgage broker for Walton.

Ms. Chong joined Walton in 1993. Since that time, she held various positions within the company including director of Asia Operations and general manager for Walton's Hong Kong office; she played a key role in helping build Walton's administrative operations in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Walton, Ms. Chong held senior office administration positions in many well-known, multinational companies in Asia including a major trading company, a petroleum manufacturing company and a travel agency. 

Raised and educated in Hong Kong, Ms. Chong received a Master of Business Administration from Asia International Open University.

Hector Meza is the Vice President of Real Estate Transactions for Walton. In this role, Mr. Heza assists with the review of diligence material for real estate acquisitions and dispositions. He also manages the title and escrow process for all real estate transactions and real estate finance transactions pertaining to U.S. properties. Mr. Heza has been with Walton since 2008 and has 23 years of prior experience working with a national title company.

Real Estate Asset Management Team

Edward (Ed) R. Fleming is Executive Vice President, East, Walton USA. He is responsible for all activities on the asset management spectrum in the eastern and central U.S. including the management of approximately 68,000 acres of land from Washington, D.C. to Orlando to Texas.

Prior to joining Walton, Mr. Fleming had a distinguished, 25-year career in the United States Army where he managed some of the most pressing and high-profile infrastructure challenges faced by the United States. Mr. Fleming served in numerous locations around the world marked by combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, and assignments in Germany, Korea, New Orleans, and Washington, DC.

Barry Dluzen is Executive Vice President of Land for Walton USA. In this role, Mr. Dluzen is responsible for the identification of potential target lands in the United States and oversees a team that generates market analysis, financial modeling, due diligence review, competitive intelligence and management of land acquisitions from feasibility through closing.

Mr. Dluzen brings more than 25 years of experience in the residential building and development industry to his position at Walton.

Ed Hadley is Executive Vice President of Builder Land Acquisition for Walton USA. Mr. Hadley's role is focused on acquiring land on behalf of U.S. homebuilder partners using Walton's Builder Land Financing strategy to support the building community's growing interest to control future lot inventory. He works collaboratively with builders to allocate more of their capital to development and vertical construction, and helps manage the ongoing trend of housing demand outpacing lot supply by delivering land inventory to meet the demand. Mr. Hadley is advancing Walton's Builder Land Financing business line to be an industry leader in land option financing and an integral part of the U.S. homebuilding equation.

With more than 12 years of experience in the homebuilding and real estate industry, Mr. Hadley held various senior-level roles throughout his career including Senior Vice President, West Region, USA at Walton and Vice President of Land Acquisition and Entitlement at William Lyon and John Laing Homes in Arizona. 

Jennifer Ruby joined Walton in 2013, and in her role as Senior Vice President of Land for Arizona and Colorado she oversees asset management for approximately 15,000 acres.

Prior to joining Walton, she gained experience in the land departments of several homebuilding companies. She holds an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Ms. Ruby also serves on Maricopa County’s Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Pinal Partnership Board, and she recently completed her tenure as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative within the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Mike Doherty is Senior Vice President, Land at Walton USA. He is responsible for land acquisitions in Florida and Georgia. Mr. Doherty identifies and researches potential properties for Walton in these southern American states.

Mr. Doherty began his career with Walton in 1992 and has worked in the organization's offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

David L. Peter is Vice President, Special Projects for the Walton USA. David oversees a variety of large and complex assets across the Walton portfolio together with the asset management and executive teams.

Prior to joining Walton, Mr. Peter served in a variety of key leadership roles as President of two Divisions of the Republic Family of Companies and as Chief Operating Officer of Geosam Capital US, both prolific and diversified private development platforms, where he led complex entitlements, transaction structuring and operations. Most recently, Mr. Peter was Vice President and Chief Development Officer for WBW Development, a vertically-integrated Texas-based finished lot development enterprise, where he helped to dramaticaĺy grow the portfolio and pipeline while expanding homebuilder relationships.
 
Mr. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University and Juris Doctor degree from the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University. He is also a member of the Virginia State Bar and has been involved in a variety of advisory and volunteer boards.

Brad Wiley is Senior Land Acquisition Manager for Walton USA, Mr. Wiley is responsible for the identification and consummation of land acquisitions in Texas and Arizona. He is responsible for identifying acquisitions, negotiating land contracts, financial modeling, the management of consultants during due diligence and coordinating land closings.  

Mr. Wiley brings more than 20 years of experience in residential development to Walton.

Anthony Sparrow is General Manager for Walton USA in Tennessee and Georgia. His professional background includes more than 35 years of real estate and business management experience.

Prior to joining Walton, he served as Vice President of Development of the $1.5 billion North Carolina Research Campus for Castle and Cooke. In 2008, he formed Harvest Real Estate Advisors where he placed or developed more than 1,000 residential lots. Mr. Sparrow also served as an executive at Crescent Resources, LLC, a development company in Georgia.

Mike Miller is General Manager, Development for Walton USA. He is responsible for the coordination and guidance of all stakeholders involved in managing the design, approval, development and construction process for Walton projects.

Mr. Miller is a U.S. Army veteran and brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to Walton. Prior to joining Walton in 2015, he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overseeing the construction of multiple Everglades restoration projects valued at $210 million.

Mr. Miller is a graduate of West Point. 

Adam Morman is General Manager, Mid-Atlantic region for Walton USA. In his role, he oversees more than 14,000 acres of land across Maryland, Virgina, North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Mr. Morman has more than 20 years of experience in land planning and real estate development. A licensed landscape architect and land planner, he previously worked as a Development Project Manager with Knott Realty Group, a commercial real estate firm in Baltimore, Maryland.

Colonel (Retired) Jerry Farnsworth is General Manager, Florida for Walton USA.  He is responsible for more than 7,500 acres within the state of Florida.    

Prior to joining Walton, Jerry served in numerous assignments spanning 30 years of service in the United States Army to include the Chief of Staff for the Office of Army Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) as well as dual hatting as the Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery. Prior to this assignment, Jerry served as the Engineer, U.S. Army Central while simultaneously leading the forward deployed Combined Joint Task Force—Operation Inherent Resolve as the task force’s lead engineer. In this role, Jerry was responsible for critical infrastructure and real estate actions across the Middle East amounting to more than $1B. He has commanded at every level from platoon to battalion and has served in several key staff positions around the United States, Europe, Afghanistan, Iraq and multiple other countries in the Middle East.  

Jerry graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from Duke University and then later attended the U.S. Army War College where he earned a Master of Strategic Studies. 

Rob Nixon is General Manager, Canada, for Walton. Mr. Nixon is responsible for Walton’s Canadian land assets, which includes pre-development land, residential and industrial master plan developments. He is responsible for leading the asset management and administration process in Canada from acquisition to disposition, including planning, design, engineering and construction.

Mr. Nixon brings 15 years of experience in real estate construction, engineering and planning experience to Walton. Prior to joining Walton, he worked as a heavy equipment operator designing and constructing roads and recreational areas in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

Asia & Middle East Executive

Gary Tom is President of Walton Asia. He is responsible for all Asia operations and offices including strategic planning, establishing business relationships, budgets, and sales revenues.

Mr. Tom has been with the Walton for over 20 years and prior to that worked in the oil and gas industry for 9 years. His formal education comprises of separate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Mr. Tom previously held licenses to market securities, mortgages and real estate in Canada.

Stanley Kung is Senior Vice President Operations for Walton Asia. Mr Kung is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the Asia operations team. He guides departments as diverse as client services, finance, marketing, investment services, IT and land services. In 2018, his role was expanded to include business development, particularly for institutional and joint venture partnerships. 

Mr. Kung has more than 16 years of experience with Walton Asia. He holds a Masters in Financial Management from London University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada. 

 

 

James Buchanan is Senior Vice President of Walton Singapore. He is responsible for southeast Asia regional operations based out of the Singapore office. Mr. Buchanan has been with Walton for more than 12 years based in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Prior to joining Walton, Mr. Buchanan spent 8 years in Tokyo working in asset management, media and telecoms. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in the UK with a BA in Japanese and Korean Studies.

Tim Haywood is General Manager and Vice President for the Middle East and Africa for Walton. Mr. Haywood is responsible for overseeing the business activies, strategic planning and expansion of Walton's distribution channels and liaising with media partners and other service providers to enhance Walton's presence in the region. 

Mr. Haywood has more than 20 years experience in financial services and real estate including the past 13 years with Walton. Prior to joining Walton, Mr. Haywood managed a book of private clients in Hong Kong, working for a regional wealth management firm. After 18 years in Hong Kong where he started his career with Walton, Mr. Haywood relocated to Dubai in August 2019 to establish Walton’s first Middle East office, which also serves the African continent. 

Fenny Maynard is Senior Vice President, Sales for Walton Singapore. Ms. Maynard is responsible for leading Walton's ASEAN sales team with a focus on training, planning, execution of sales strategy and opening new markets.

Ms. Maynard joined Walton in 2003 and holds a strong track record in sales and business development. Prior to Walton, Ms. Maynard had a successful career as an electrical engineer with a multinational corporation. Ms. Maynard graduated from Nanyang Technology University as an ASEAN scholar with a B. Eng. (hons).

Alice Fong is Vice President, Institutional Sales - Capital Markets (APAC) for Walton Asia. In her role , she leads and executes fund raising strategies and cultivates Walton's brand recognition within the institutional market in the APAC region. Since joining Walton in October 2020, Alice assists with establishing relationships with institutional clients and  continues to work on various fund products for the organization.

Prior to joining Walton, Alice held senior roles in various real estate asset managment, wealth management company and real estate consulting firms in China, Singapore and Hong Kong. She has over 20 years’ experience relating to the full cycle of real estate development, particularly in finance, capital markets, real estate investment and asset management.

Alice holds a Bachlor Degree of Business Administration, Finance from the Simon Fraser University of Canada.

Athena Cheung is Vice President, Operations and Training for Walton Asia. She is responsible for driving collaboration and ensuring effective day-to-day operations for all departments supporting the northeast Asia regional operations and sales activities. Ms. Cheung's role is also focused on prioritizing objectives and implementing scalable solutions to achieve organizational goals by refining policy and procedures, optimizing resources and operating systems and ensuring training is appropriately handled on a organization-wide level.

Ms. Cheung joined Walton in 2010 and holds a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Bath.