Our unique team has built a solid reputation among our investors and partners, with the buyers and sellers of our transactions, among our employees and customers, and in the communities surrounding our investments. Our proven track record of experience and success, coupled with our commitment to integrity and doing what we say we will do, are the primary reasons for our outstanding reputation.
Here’s an interview with Partner, Bryan Redmond, showcasing the vision and mission of Suntex:
Principal and CEO
Johnny Powers is Principal and CEO of Suntex and has over 20 years of investment experience. Johnny has overseen approximately $1 billion in mergers and acquisitions transactions for Suntex, Sun Resorts International, and other affiliated entities.
Johnny previously served as Managing Director of Sun Resorts International and President of Sun Resorts Management, two companies that worked synergistically to acquire, own, and manage marinas located in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico for significant returns cash-flow returns and long-term value to investors. Sun Resorts Management also employed 400 people. Sun Resorts sold most of its asset portfolio and management company to Island Global Yachting, where Johnny served as Executive Vice President.
Prior to Sun Resorts, Johnny founded Harvard Property Trust, a Texas-based private real estate investment trust that acquired approximately $200 million in suburban office buildings located in Texas and Minnesota. Johnny is also a partner and investor in numerous real estate partnerships and operating companies.
Johnny received a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics and Finance from Southern Methodist University.
Partner and Head of Investment Banking
Scott McMullin is a Partner and Head of Investment Banking of Suntex. He has over 25 years of investment banking and real estate experience, including experience investing in marinas, hotels, restaurants, and water parks. He has overseen over $30 billion in real estate transactions.
In addition to his role with Suntex, Scott is Principal and Founder of Stratford Hospitality, an asset and developer / construction manager for real estate owners and lenders. Prior to forming Stratford, Scott spent 16 years as Executive Managing Director of HFF, one of the country’s largest real estate investment banking organizations. During his tenure with HFF, Scott served on the firm’s Operating Committee, participated in taking the firm public in 2007, and facilitated the creation of the Los Angeles and San Francisco debt and equity platforms. Scott was also instrumental in the formation of the private equity affiliate, HFF Securities, holding the position of Principal at the broker/dealer.
Prior to joining HFF, Scott was Partner of The Parmenter Company, where he was responsible for the accumulation, financial management, and disposition of the real estate portfolios of high net-worth families. Previously, Scott was part of the NCNB Texas Special Asset Bank (predecessor to AMRESCO), where he served as an asset manager for a multi-billion dollar portfolio. Scott started his career at Citicorp Investment Bank in New York City. Scott is also a partner and investor in numerous real estate partnerships and operating companies.
Scott received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with concentrations in Management Science and Computer Science from Duke University. He is a member the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Bryan Redmond is Principal of Suntex and has over 10 years of investment experience. Bryan has overseen approximately $600 million in mergers and acquisitions transactions for Suntex, Sun Resorts International, and other entities.
Bryan previously served as Director of Acquisitions for Sun Resorts International, a company that acquired and owned marinas located in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico for significant cash-flow returns and long-term value to their investors. Sun Resorts International also employed 400 people. Sun Resorts sold most of its asset portfolio and management company to Island Global Yachting, where he served as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Development. Prior to Sun Resorts, Bryan worked at Arthur Anderson. Bryan is also a partner and investor in numerous real estate partnerships and operating companies.
Bryan received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Southwestern University, where he also played collegiate baseball. He is a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker.
Ron Rhoades is Principal of Suntex and has over 20 years of investment experience. Ron has overseen approximately $1 billion in mergers and acquisitions transactions for Suntex, Sun Resorts International, and other entities.
Ron previously served as Managing Director of Sun Resort International, a company that acquired and owned marinas located in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico for significant cash-flow returns and long-term value to investors. Sun Resorts International also employed 400 people. Sun Resorts sold most of its asset portfolio and management company to Island Global Yachting, where he served as Executive Vice President.
Prior to Sun Resorts, Ron founded Harvard Property Trust, a Texas-based private real estate investment trust that acquired approximately $200 million in suburban office buildings located in Texas and Minnesota. Ron is also a partner and investor in numerous real estate partnerships and operating companies.
Ron received a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Texas. He is a Certified Professional Accountant and licensed Texas Real Estate Salesperson.
Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Tipton is the Chief Financial Officer for Suntex Ventures. Mr. Tipton is responsible for overseeing the finance and accounting, human resources, and information technology functions of the Company.
Prior to joining Suntex Ventures, Mr. Tipton was the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Secretary for Interphase Corporation, a NASDAQ-traded information and communications technology company. Mr. Tipton lead all aspects of finance, accounting, tax, treasury, legal, investor relations, internal audit, information technology, facilities and human resources, as well as ensuring compliance with SEC regulations. In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Tipton lead in an operational role as the Vertical Business Owner for the Telecom Connectivity product line which, at the time represented nearly 70% of Interphase revenues. Prior to serving as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Tipton served as Corporate Controller and Director of Finance, and before that, as Financial Planning and Analysis Manager.
Prior to joining Interphase, Mr. Tipton held various positions in the Assurance and Business Advisory Practice of Arthur Andersen LLP. In addition to leading audit engagements, Mr. Tipton assisted clients with initial public offerings, debt registrations, SEC filings, acquisitions and financial statement preparation.
Mr. Tipton, a certified public accountant, received his B.S. in Accounting from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
Partner and Head of Business Development
David Filler is a Partner and Head of Business Development of Suntex. He has over 20 years of experience in the practice of law. He has overseen approximately $100 million in transactions.
In addition to his role with Suntex, David is Partner of the law firm Levey, Filler, Rodriguez, and Magilligan, LLP. David practices in the legal areas of general corporations, securities, real estate, sports, entertainment, and gas and energy. David has experience negotiating stock purchase agreements, securities and equity financings, convertible instruments, bridge loans, debt financings, asset purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, limited liability membership agreements, limited partnership agreements, employment agreements, buy-sell agreements, franchise agreements, commercial real estate closings, commercial real estate investment agreements, commercial leases, and commercial real estate loan transactions. In the field of sports and entertainment, David has negotiated licensing and sponsorship agreements with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Heisman Trophy, World Championship Wrestling, Major League Soccer, Universal Studios, and Viacom. David is also a partner and investor in numerous real estate partnerships and operating companies.
David received a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas. He is a member of the Texas Bar, the New York Bar, and the Florida Bar.
Director of Acquisition and Investor Relations
Brucker Stensrud is Director of Acquisition and Investor Relations and has over 10 years of real estate investment and development experience. Brucker has been involved in the acquisition, development and disposition of over $500 million in real estate assets throughout the United States and abroad.
Brucker previously served as Partner with JTL Capital, LLC, a closely held, private real estate investment and development company based in Dallas, Texas. While at JTL Capital, LLC, Brucker played an instrumental role in the underwriting, acquisition, asset management and disposition of properties spanning various asset classes including over 2.5 million square feet of retail, over 1.5 million square feet of office, 5 multifamily / condo developments, 1 ultra-luxury resort hotel, and over 10,000 acres of raw land. These projects were located throughout the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. Brucker is also a partner and investor in numerous real estate partnerships and operating companies.
Brucker received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Asset Management
Stephen Lehn is the Director of Asset Management for Suntex and has over 10 years of investment experience. He began as a corporate real estate consultant for mid-size to Fortune 1000 companies, where he collaborated with their executive teams to create and implement cost cutting strategies while supporting their financial growth. After receiving his MBA, Stephen took a position as a financial analyst for a real estate investment trust, where he evaluated over $250 Million in capital real estate investments and managed an annual capital investment budget of over $115 Million. Stephen has also been a senior consultant for Hilton Worldwide where he received awards for helping hotels grow their market share by an average of more than 16% and revenues by more than 30%.
Stephen received a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business. He is a Dallas native, an alumni of Jesuit College Preparatory, an Eagle Scout, and a former Division I scholarship tennis player. Stephen and his wife, Michelle, live in Frisco and are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Chris Petty is the President of Suntex Marinas, the marina operating platform of Suntex Ventures. He has worked with the Principals for the past eleven years. During his tenure with the Suntex Principals, Mr. Petty has played a lead role in the acquisition of 21 marinas and provided transitional and technical leadership for all properties. He is ultimately responsible for the operation of 23 marinas consisting of 10,000+ wet and dry slips, 10 service departments, numerous retail leases as well as fleet operations. Mr. Petty has also played the lead role in implementing accounting, management and reporting software systems.
Formerly, Mr. Petty was the North Caribbean Regional Manager at IGY and General Manager for IGY’s flagship property, Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Mr. Petty had full property financial and operational responsibility for the North Caribbean assets, managed all facets of mall operations and all marina activities including 600+ slips accommodating mega yachts up to 450’.
Prior to its merger with IGY, Mr. Petty was recruited by Suntex Principals to manage American Yacht Harbor, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Mr. Petty was retained by IGY after the merger and continued to manage the marina and all associated operations for four years. Mr. Petty has 21 years of experience as General Manager, Vice President & President of various resort marinas in 9 states and the Caribbean. He is a board member of the Association of Marinas Industry, a certified port facility officer and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain’s License.
Mr. Petty attended the University of Arizona, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science. He currently resides in Frisco, Texas, with his wife, Donna, son, Charlie, and daughter, Emma.
Vice President of Operations
Ron TenEyck joined the Suntex team in 2010 when Suntex Marinas acquired Liberty Landing Marina. He now serves as Vice President of Operations for Suntex Marinas as well as General Manager of Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ. He started at Liberty Landing Marina in 2006 as Director of Service then was later promoted to General Manager.
Mr. TenEyck’s background spans more than 20 years of experience within the yachting and marine industry. He started his maritime education at Fort Schuyler Merchant Marine Academy and holds various degrees in the marine industry including Certified MerCruiser master technician, US Coast Guard 100-ton Captains license. Ron is a certified technician for many high end yacht companies including Benetti, Uniesse, Sealine, Sunseeker, Searay, to name a few. Currently, he serves on various waterfront councils for the City of New York and the state of New Jersey, specializing in marine improvement and conservation. Ron is renowned for his reputation in the marine service industry, with a large following of very satisfied customers.
As well as his career in the marine industry, Ron is also a professional powerboat racer in his spare time. He has won numerous awards and trophies with his past race teams all over the nation.
Vice President of Information Technology
Christopher Booth is the Vice President of Information Technology at Suntex and is responsible for technology strategy, IT infrastructure, and enterprise application platform. Mr. Booth oversees company and asset wide IT functions. Prior to Suntex Mr. Booth served as both Director of Network Operations and Network Operations Center Manager at Architel, one of the largest managed IT service providers in the state of Texas, serving over 200 clients and 10,000 end users.
Mr. Booth has 15 years of IT experience in various industries including roles with the United States Marine Corps, United States Government, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Weathermatic and Architel. His primary focus has been enterprise IT architecture, IT strategy, ERP, “SAAS” solutions, enterprise integrations, service-oriented architecture and distributed computing. As a United States Marine, Mr. Booth served in the field of Intelligence and held a TopSecret (TSSCI) clearance. Christopher attended the National Imagery and Mapping College at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia earning U.S. Government Certifications for G.I.S with a focus on battle planning, imagery analysis and operations to geospatial database quality control, population, and management. While in the Marine Corps Mr. Booth attended American Intercontinental University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems with a focus on network security.
Christopher lives in Dallas with his wife and three children. Mr. Booth is an advocate for fellow disabled veterans and their families.
Director of Marina Construction
Before working for Suntex, Justin was Vice President of Floating Dock Supply where he supervised the bidding process, design, installation, and maintenance for various marina facilities. Having worked in the marina industry for the entire length of his professional career, Justin understands marine construction and the best construction practices for the marine environment.
Mr. Thompson attended Trinity University, where he played football and graduated with a bachelors of science in finance and accounting.
Director of Marketing
Josalyn Claussen is Director of Marketing for Suntex and has over 10 years of marketing experience that includes 5 years specific to marinas.
Prior to working for Suntex Marinas, Josalyn was Director of Marketing for Island Global Yachting’s flagship property, Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. At Yacht Haven Grande, she managed the daily operations for their marketing department, as well as, developed and implemented an integrated marketing plan to facilitate traffic to Yacht Haven’s 46-slip mega-yacht marina and upscale shopping and dining galleria.
Josalyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Communications.
Regional Manager, Dallas-Fort Worth Marinas
In 2011, Bryan Walden joined Suntex Marinas, as General Manager of Chandler’s Landing and Captain’s Cove Marinas, and then was promoted to Regional Manager of the five Suntex Marinas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in November of 2012.
With more than 20 years of Marina and Property Management experience, Mr. Walden started his career in marinas with Zeke’s Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama right after High School. He then returned to the Gulf Coast after graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration. Over the course of the next 8 years at Zeke’s, he served as the Marina Manager and was instrumental in becoming the first “Clean Marina” in the state of Alabama. During his time there he achieved and maintained a 100% occupancy level for 300+ slips and had the largest charter fishing fleet on the Gulf Coast. After accepting a position as Director of Operations near Destin, Florida, the focus turned to the turnaround and capital improvements over properties that included 700 dry /100 wet slips, boat yard and repairs, service department, watercraft rentals and boat club.
Bryan holds a 100-ton Master Captain’s License, and he enjoys offshore fishing and working with others on the proper safety and handling of their boat.