People turn dreams into reality.

OUR TEAM

We know this isn’t an individual sport. Bringing big ideas and grand visions to life takes a team of special individuals, people who are intelligent, passionate and diverse, working in unison to see our goals come to life.

Jake Wagner

CO-CEO, PARTNER

"Our biggest asset at Republic Property Group is our people. It’s what truly sets our company apart from other lifestyle and development firms. It’s what makes me proud to lead this company."

Jake Wagner is a Co-CEO of Republic Property Group. As co-leaders, Jake and Tony Ruggeri work hand-in-hand to shape the vision for the company by driving high-level strategy, business planning and leadership development. In partnership with their leadership team, they have evolved their portfolio of businesses and projects to include homeowner’s association administration, hospitality management and technology services.

Together, they focus on ensuring the design and execution of places that provide meaningful impact to residents and the surrounding region.

During his tenure at Republic, Wagner’s active role in managing homebuilder relationships, acquisitions, government approvals, financing and project management has contributed to steady growth. In 2016, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) ranked Wagner on its list of Global 40 Under 40 Leaders, and he was recognized by DCEO magazine as the Single-Family Developer of the Year. This past year (2018) he was named one of the 500 most influential people in business by D Magazine.

Before rising the ranks at Republic Property Group, Wagner brokered land transactions throughout Texas at Landmark Interests and Trammell Crow Residential.

Wagner was born and raised in Dallas, and currently resides there with his wife and three children. In the local community, he serves on the Executive Committee Alumni Board for the St. Mark’s School of Texas.

Affiliations & Education

• Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Minor in Business, The University of Texas at Austin
• Vice Chair of Community Development Green Council, Urban Land Institute

Tony Ruggeri

CO-CEO, PARTNER

"It is easy to meet demand with a satisfactory product. We take it a step further at Republic Property Group: We love inspiring best-in-class teams to develop places that people love to call home."

Tony Ruggeri is a Co-CEO of Republic Property Group. As co-leaders, Tony and Jake Wagner work hand-in-hand to shape the vision for the company by driving high-level strategy, business planning and leadership development. In partnership with their leadership team, they have evolved their portfolio of businesses and projects to include homeowner’s association administration, hospitality management and technology services.

Together, they focus on ensuring the design and execution of places that provide meaningful impact to residents and the surrounding region.

Since joining Republic Property Group in 2005, Ruggeri has played an integral role in all facets of development, including project vision development, experiential community programming and marketing strategy.

Ruggeri led the launch of a first-of-its-kind telehealth platform and a Makerspace for residents at Walsh in Fort Worth. Both amenities have become a prototype for other communities in Texas. In 2017, he was honored by the Dallas Business Journal in their annual “40 Under 40” awards program. This past year (2018) he was named one of the 500 most influential people in business by D Magazine.

Ruggeri started his career in real estate development at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), where he specialized in retail leasing and tenant representation.

A native Dallasite, Ruggeri still resides in Dallas with his wife and four children. In the local community, he serves on the Board of Directors for North Texas Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Affiliations & Education

• Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Boston College
• Board Member of Community Development Gold Council, Urban Land Institute

Mark Kiker

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

"We put the right pieces together in any deal or development to create opportunity, make great places and provide value for all partners involved. Staying nimble and creative are key differentiators for Republic Property Group."

Mark Kiker is chief financial officer at Republic Property Group. As CFO, Kiker oversees operations, technology, HR, business planning, accounting, cash flow, financing, insurance and partnership agreements. He also leads Republic’s expert function in the creation and governance of special business districts.

Kiker has experience in the financing and operation of Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) and Fresh Water Supply Districts (FWSDs). In his tenure with Republic, Kiker has led the issuance of bonds, negotiations with civic entities and establishment of tax rates for multiple Republic communities.

He currently serves as the developer liaison to the Board of Directors at the Light Farms MUD. Light Farms is a Republic Property Group community.

Prior to joining Republic Property Group in 2005, Kiker managed tax and financial reporting for a special division of Goldman Sachs focused on real estate acquisitions.

An Oklahoma native, Kiker calls Flower Mound home today. He, his wife and two daughters are active with Feed the Hunger and at their local church, assisting each year in education, shelter development and empowerment outreach to villages in southern Belize.

Affiliations & Education

• Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, The University of Oklahoma

Seth Carpenter

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

"Our biggest accomplishment with any development is creating a neighborhood that people will love to call home for decades to come. It’s not just about the bottom line at Republic Property Group – we take a dutiful approach to partnering with quality homebuilders and designing and building top-notch amenities."

Seth Carpenter is the Vice President of Development for Republic Property Group. In his role, Carpenter oversees all construction activity and the manages the quality of development for the 50-year-old private development company. His oversight includes the selection of contractors, partners and vendors for each community in which Republic builds. Currently, Carpenter leads construction efforts at the Walsh development in Fort Worth and the 1,070-acre Light Farms in Celina.

For nearly two decades, Carpenter honed his craft in the real estate industry with experience in commercial construction, retail development and project management. Before joining Republic, Carpenter worked on high-profile construction projects for some of the nation’s leading retail development firms.

A Fort Worth native, Carpenter lives in North Richland Hills with his wife and son. In his spare time, he trains alongside his wife and son for triathlons and enjoys fishing and hunting.

Marilyn Basham

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

"Building a strong, healthy company translates into the ability to build meaningful places and experiences that positively impact the greater community."

Marilyn Basham is the Director of Marketing for Republic Property Group. She leads branding and marketing efforts for the 50-year-old private development company and oversees all strategic communications for Republic’s communities, affiliated businesses and product lines. Her supervision includes all advertising, CRM, digital, public relations and website services, and the selection of any external marketing partners or vendors.

Basham, in partnership with Republic’s human resources leadership, also plays a key role in employee recruitment and civic engagement.

Prior to joining Republic, Basham managed a project management office for business strategy, business growth projects, organizational development and change initiatives, strategic marketing and communication planning for international companies in medical and safety technology and the aerospace industry.

In the local community, she volunteers with Dallas Furniture Bank, which supports families transitioning from homeslessness. Basham and her husband live in Arlington.

Affiliations & Education

• Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications, Texas Christian University
• Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification, PMI

Anisha Mandol

DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

"We’re doing more than the status quo for the people who live in or near our communities. Republic Property Group is truly creating neighborhoods where you can live, work, learn, eat and play."

Anisha Mandol is the Director of Food and Beverage for Republic Property Group. In her role, she oversees the concepting, development, staffing and maintenance of hospitality products for the multifaceted development company. Her oversight of community amenities includes The Farm Stand Market, Bar & Kitchen at Light Farms in Celina and the Village Market and Makerspace at Walsh in west Fort Worth.

Mandol’s day-to-day responsibilities include restaurant staffing and management, vendor relations, product selection for gourmet carry-out foods and oversight of hospitality programs and special events.

Prior to joining Republic, Mandol worked for a publicly-traded meal delivery service, a gourmet grocery store chain and one of the nation’s first fast casual French restaurants.

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Mandol now calls North Texas home. In the local community, she gives her time to Break Bread Break Borders, which is a social enterprise set up to empower refugee women through storytelling with food and culture.

Affiliations & Education

• Bachelor of Science in Economics & Finance, University of Texas at Dallas

Travis Selcer

SENIOR BRAND STRATEGIST

"Our desire to be inclusive and not exclusive extends from the communities that we create to the culture at our company. We engage one-on-one and with the world around us to become the company that we want to be."

Travis Selcer is a Senior Brand Strategist for Republic Property Group. He guides the company’s corporate branding and cultural initiatives and is responsible for implementing a brand architecture program with consistency across Republic’s involvement in real estate projects, hospitality ventures, special business units and new product lines. In his role, Selcer oversees development of design standards, tonality, naming and more for Republic and the company’s affiliated businesses.

In 2019, Selcer led efforts to refresh the brand identity for the 50-year-old private development company, including the introduction of a new logo, typeface, graphic systems, and environmental design. He also works closely with the Republic leadership team to articulate strategies for the company’s growth into products and services that expand beyond traditional land development.

Before joining Republic, Selcer was a brand strategist for a design firm and worked as a marketing director for a luxury real estate group.

Born in the Houston area, Selcer spent most of his childhood growing up in Brazil. He now lives in Dallas with his wife, Lisa, and their Weimaraner, Oliver.

Affiliations & Education

• Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Texas Tech University

Kelley Buckner

FIELD MARKETING SPECIALIST

"I enjoy being a part of a company that creates communities where people go out of their way to help others and make everyone feel welcome. Our company has a direct line to our residents and they know us by name."

Kelley Buckner is the Builder Relations and Field Marketing Manager for Republic Property Group’s 1,070-acre community Light Farms, located along the Celina and Prosper border in North Texas. In her role, she organizes realtor outreach, coordinates with homebuilders, manages community outreach and relations with municipal entities and civic organizations.

A recent transplant herself, Buckner enjoys welcoming new residents to Light Farms and serving as a liaison to the Celina Chamber of Commerce and Collin County Association of Realtors. Buckner also oversees field marketing needs for Republic’s Phillips Creek Ranch development in Frisco.

Before joining Republic, Buckner worked as a mental health professional in Kansas City. She and her family live in McKinney, Texas.

Affiliations and Education

• Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Iowa
• Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University

Spencer Brown-Pearn

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

"At Republic Property Group, we understand that each community has its own identity and history. We take pride in helping tell those stories through unique design elements and art in each community."

Spencer Brown-Pearn is a Graphic Designer for Republic Property Group. In his role, he designs visuals assets for the multifaceted development company and each of its communities, amenities or products. Brown-Pearn is responsible for crafting visual identities, inclusive of collateral, digital marketing materials, logos, brand standards, event marketing materials and more.

In addition to his responsibilities at Republic, Brown-Pearn is an adjunct faculty member in Arts and Performance at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Before joining Republic, Brown-Pearn was a resident artist at the avant-garde Central Trak Gallery in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas.

Brown-Pearn lives in Dallas with his wife, where he’s a respected member of the local art community. Several galleries have displayed Brown-Pearn’s work and he has presented workshops at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Affiliations and Education

• Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Dallas
• Master of Fine Arts University of Texas at Dallas