Our Team

Executive Team

Tony Ruggeri

CO-CEO, PARTNER

Ruggeri is responsible for defining a vision for each community or product Republic Property Group develops, and oversees the company’s construction, operations, marketing, HR, technology, and community programming teams to ensure vision translates into reality.

Since joining RPG in 2005, Ruggeri has extended Republic Property Group’s portfolio beyond land or home development to include HOA and hospitality management, broadband services and a telehealth platform for North Texas residents.

The Dallas Business Journal named Ruggeri to its list of 40 Under 40 honorees in 2017 and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Texas YPO chapter and the Urban Land Institute CDC Gold Council.

Tony grew up in Dallas, attending St. Mark’s School, and graduated cum laude from Boston College. He currently lives in the East Dallas neighborhood Lakewood with his wife and their three children

Jake Wagner

CO-CEO, PARTNER

Wagner leads strategic planning, development, finance, operations and the legal department for Republic Property Group, ensuring that each community’s design will provide meaningful impact to residents and the surrounding region. He also manages RPG’s extensive homebuilder programs, with an active role in architectural style design, financing and civic and government approvals.

Since joining RPG in 2006, Wagner has led significant land acquisition projects contributing to the company’s steady growth. He also co-founded the company’s HOA management group. Previously, Wagner worked in land brokerage in North Texas.

Jake is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as Vice-Chair for the CDC Green Council. In 2016, ULI named Wagner to its list of global 40 under 40 leaders. The Dallas native serves on the Alumni Board for St. Mark’s School and is a member of the Alumni Association for Texas Cowboys.

Wagner graduated from the University of Texas and currently lives in Dallas with his wife and their three children.

Mark Kiker

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Kiker oversees financial reporting, business plan analysis, payroll, company benefits and insurance, as well as development insurance, financing and strategic partnerships related to Republic Property Group’s communities across North Texas.

He joined RPG in 2006 and has led company acquisitions, as well as secured special financing districts and entitlements. Previously, Kiker worked in tax reporting and analysis for the Archon Group, with a focus on large real estate portfolios.

Mark is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma.

Board Members

Richard C. Strauss

CHAIRMAN

Richard C. Strauss established Republic Property Group and affiliates in 1967, and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Office since its inception. He has also served as Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Investment and Loan Committees of a number of banks and financial institutions in Texas.

In May 1984, Gov. Mark White named Richard C. Strauss Chairman of the State Purchasing and General Services Commission, which oversees purchasing, leasing, and construction for the state of Texas. He served on the three member commission from 1984 to March 1987.

In October 1987, Lieutenant Gov. William Hobby appointed Richard C. Strauss to the Special Committee to study the organization and structure of state agencies in the Executive Branch of the State Government where he served on the Economic Subcommittee. He also served as Chairman of the Subcommittee for Restructuring Banking, Savings and Loans, and Credit Union Agencies for the state.

John Wagner

VICE CHAIRMAN

John Wagner joined Republic Property Group in 1995 as Managing Partner. Prior to joining the company he spent 25 years as a commercial mortgage banker. After several years with Glenn Justice Mortgage Company, John was founder and partner in Wagner and Stone, a mortgage banking operation that later sold to BA Mortgage of Texas, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. John served as President of BA Mortgage of Texas for eight years.

Ron Steinhart

BOARD MEMBER

A member on the Republic Property Group Advisory Board, Ron Steinhart served as President of InterFirst Corporation, led the establishment of Team Bank which later merged with Bank One Texas, and was appointed CEO of the Bank One Corporation Commercial Banking Group where he was also a member of the Management Committee until his retirement in January 2000.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ronald G. Steinhart earned a BBA in accounting and a MBA in finance the following year. He is a Certified Public Accountant (retired status) and presently serves as a Director of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG) and Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXE). He previously served as a Director of seven other public companies and a Trustee of the MFS/Compass Group of mutual funds.

Steinhart was active in the Dallas financial community for more than 37 years. Between 1969 and 1980, he teamed with investors to charter or purchase six banks. Steinhart then joined the senior management of InterFirst Corporation in 1980 and became President a year later. In 1988, he led a group of investors that established Team Bank with private equity funds totaling $275 million. In November 1992, Team Bank, having grown to over $5.5 billion in assets, merged with Bank One Texas. Steinhart was subsequently appointed CEO of the Bank One Corporation Commercial Banking Group and a member of the Management Committee until his retirement in January 2000.