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.

Executive Team

Johnny Powers

Founding Principal and CEO

Johnny Powers is Founding Principal and CEO of Suntex and has over 25 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.

Scott McMullin

Founding Principal, Chairman, CIO and COO

Scott has over 25 years of investment banking and real estate experience. Scott originally invested with the partners of the Suntex predecessor entities in 1994. Scott took on an active role in the management of the business in 2013 to assist with all capital market needs of the company.

Scott spent 16 years as Executive Managing Director of HFF where he oversaw over $30B in real estate transactions. During his tenure with HFF, Scott served on the firm’s Operating Committee, participated in taking the firm public in 2007. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Bryan Redmond

Founding Principal and Head of Acquisitions

Bryan Redmond is one of the founding principals of Suntex and has over 14 years of investment experience. Bryan has overseen approximately $700 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 and a recent graduate of the Stagen Integral Leadership program.

Ron Rhoades

Founding Principal and Head of Asset Management

Ron Rhoades is one of the founding principala of Suntex and has over 40 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.

Thomas Tipton

Principal and Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Tipton is a Principal and the Chief Financial Officer for Suntex.  Mr. Tipton is responsible for overseeing the finance and accounting, human resources, and information technology functions of the Company.

Prior to joining Suntex, 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.

Chris Petty

Principal and Head of Operations

Chris Petty is the Principal and Head of Operations for Suntex Marinas.  He has worked with the founders for the past twelve years.  During his tenure, 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.

Mergers and Acquisitions

David Filler

Principal, Business Development

David Filler is a Principal 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.

Brucker Stensrud

Vice President of Acquisitions

Brucker Stensrud is Vice President of Acquisitions and has over 14 years of real estate investment and development experience. Brucker has been involved in the acquisition, development and disposition of over $700 million in real estate assets throughout the United States and abroad, including over $200 million in transactions with Suntex since 2013.

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, 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.

Operations

Ron TenEyck

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.

Stephen Lehn

Vice President of Operations

Stephen Lehn is the Vice President of Operations for Suntex and has over 10 years of operations, asset management and 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.

Justin Thompson

Vice President of  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.

Josalyn Claussen

Director of Marketing

Josalyn Claussen is Director of Marketing for Suntex and has over 12 years of marketing experience that includes 6 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.

Bryan Walden

Director of Operations

Bryan Walden joined Suntex in 2011 as the General Manager of Chandlers Landing and Captains Cove Marinas and then was promoted to Regional Manager in 2012 to oversee seven properties covering the Dallas –Ft. Worth metroplex to Arkansas.  Bryan now serves as the Director of Operations focusing on the due diligence and transition of newly acquired assets.

Prior to joining Suntex Mr. Walden has served in the capacity of General Manager to Director of Operations along the Gulf Coast and has more than 20 years of experience.  Bryan has been instrumental in turning under performing properties, directing necessary capital improvements, clean marina program, occupancy growth and retention for 5000+ wet and dry slips.

Mr. Walden graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration, he also holds a 100 – ton Master Captains License and enjoys offshore fishing.

Finance and Information Technology

Christopher Booth

VP of Information Technology

Christopher Booth is the VP 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 is an advocate for fellow disabled veterans and their families.