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