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Innovative Land Development Leader

Windjam Companies is a leading land developer in Raleigh, NC, and the surrounding markets. With a strong presence in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Durham, Wake Forest, Clayton, Garner, Youngsville, Wilson, The Village of Pinehurst, Goldsboro, La Grange, Smithfield, Wendell, and Wilson's Mills, we have established ourselves as a premier player in the industry. Our approach to land development is innovative and focused on being responsible stewards of the land, while preserving its unique characteristics. We take pride in our ability to make significant advancements in land development while maintaining the inherent beauty and integrity of the land.

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Rex Vick, Jr.

Rex Vick, Jr.

Rex Vick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1993 with an emphasis in real estate, followed by an advanced degree in mortgage banking in College Park, Maryland. Obtaining his real estate broker's license in 1991, before graduating from UNC, promoted his interest in real estate. He immediately entered the world of financing post-graduation, filling executive positions in three large national banks in North Carolina in his first five years out of school, as well as starting a regional mortgage banking firm in multiple states. Rex issued numerous construction lines of credit to some of the Triangle's most respected homebuilders. Through these credit extensions, Rex fostered long lasting personal and professional relationships with these highly reputable builders, which continue to consult with Windjam Properties, and build in Windjam Properties' communities today.

Shortly before establishing Windjam Development Group, Rex developed a golf course and was partner in a golf course management company for the Carolinas. This spurred his interest in residential development and lead to the formation of Windjam Development Group. Shortly thereafter, he created a homebuilding company that would complement Windjam Development in its neighborhoods. As a result, Rex's extensive financial network and intimate knowledge of the construction industry enabled him to form Sage Built, a residential building company. Sage Built's team brings over 75 years of homebuilding experience to its homebuyers.

Rex has made it a priority to develop working relationships with his customers. His personal integrity and dedication to customer satisfaction has ensured a strong reputation for the Windjam Properties. In addition, his financial leadership allows for the effective management of client assets throughout each project, giving every client peace-of-mind knowing that their project is being handled with dedication, honesty, and experience. He is also a member in Capitol City Homes, which is a Top 15 homebuilder in the Triangle.

After the formation of Windjam Development Group and Sage Built, Rex established Windjam Properties in an effort to provide the highest level of new home properties sales and marketing. Banks and developers routinely call on Rex to strategically market and sell homes in the North Carolina market. Rex is committed to Windjam Properties becoming the area's top real estate sales and marketing company for new residential construction and land sales in master planned communities. His leadership role in the sister company, Windjam Development Group, gives the company a strong advantage in land transactions as it allows them to resolve challenging development issues through their extensive contacts with local government agencies and community planners. His expertise in design and development starts in the early phases of the construction process, and at the appropriate time he integrates his advertising team and sales professionals.

Grayson Vick

Grayson Vick

Grayson Vick, the Chief Operations Officer, brings a wealth of experience to the company, officially joining upon graduating from college in 2021. Growing up with the family business, she has been immersed in the development and building industry for over two decades. Her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the company's operations are a testament to her lifelong involvement. Grayson holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from North Carolina State University, and she obtained her Real Estate License in North Carolina in 2020. Her expertise as a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) further enhances her ability to drive success in the industry.

Rex Osborne

Rex Osborne

Rex Osborne is a highly experienced North Carolina Broker specializing in marketing, sales, and land development. With over 20 years of industry expertise, Rex has completed numerous residential community projects and represented a multitude of custom builders in Wake, Johnston, Chatham, and Moore counties. His exceptional professionalism and ethical conduct earned him the esteemed "Zack Bacon Award" in 2004. As a key member of the Windjam Properties team, Rex leads in development management and sales, utilizing his extensive market research skills to formulate effective strategies and goals. Rex's remarkable sales performance, including being Windjam Properties' top sales professional from 2015 to 2022, and a career sales volume exceeding $500,000,000, exemplify his expertise and commitment to excellence. He is also a certified New Home Sales Professional for over two decades and an accomplished commercial real estate expert in 1031 Tax-Free exchanges.

Rex Vick, Sr.

Rex Vick, Sr.

Rex Vick, Sr. serves as Windjam’s Chairman. He is one of the original founders of Republic Mortgage Insurance Company based in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He co-founded the company in 1972 and it grew to become the nation’s fifth largest independent mortgage guaranty group in the nation. RMIC operated in all 50 states providing residential mortgage guaranty insurance to mortgage brokers, commercial banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. In 1980, RMIC became a subsidiary of Chicago-based Old Republic International (ORI), which is among the nation’s 50 largest publicly held insurance organizations. Currently, RMIC had approximately $100 billion Insured and over $2 billion in Net Admitted Assets with $1.7 billion in Contingency Reserves. His leadership and financial contacts throughout the Southeast are invaluable to the company’s long term growth.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is an accomplished attorney with extensive experience in representing clients throughout North Carolina in various stages of development, building, and marketing. Her expertise spans entity selection, contract negotiation, due diligence, and land use planning. Jennifer's commitment to the community is reflected in her service on the Planning Board and her involvement in local organizations.

Jennifer was recently named to the Real Estate Power List, recognizing the 25 most respected and accomplished real property attorneys in North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ('93) and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the UNC School of Law ('96). Jennifer is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, PA.

Recognized as a Real Property Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar, Jennifer holds both the Residential Transactions and the Business, Commercial, and Industrial Transactions specialty designations, making her one of only 27 lawyers state-wide to achieve this distinction. Additionally, she is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker. Jennifer's outstanding achievements have garnered recognition, including being named to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's list of Leaders in the Law in 2013 and selected as a Woman of Justice in 2014.

Jennifer's commitment to excellence extends beyond her legal career. She serves on the North Carolina Banking Commission and received the 2023 Women in Business Award by Triangle Business Journal. With her exceptional qualifications and diverse background, Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong track record of success to the Windjam team.

Harry Krohn

Harry Krohn

Custom home builder Harry Krohn has worked in the construction field for nearly 30 years. Harry’s work experience and background in the building business is generational—he grew up as an apprentice with his father’s masonry and home building companies. Harry is a licensed general contractor; recognized by the North Carolina Brick Association as a Brick Value Builder; and a member of the Durham, Orange, and Chatham County Home Builders Association, as well as the Wake County Home Builders Association.

Starting out in Arizona, Harry studied both drafting and architecture and was awarded a top prize in an architectural drafting competition—the Arizona State VICA finals. After working for his father’s business for several years, Harry was given the reigns to run the family business. As a valued and dedicated professional in the industry, Harry was elected to the Board of Directors of the Tucson Masonry Association, serving three terms. Following his beginning in Arizona, Harry moved on to Minnesota where he gained valuable experience working and living in different weather conditions. This diverse background has given him a unique understanding of climates and building requirements ranging from the extreme cold conditions of Minnesota, to the hot, dry climate of the Arizona desert, and finally to the four seasons and humid conditions of North Carolina. Harry now puts this knowledge to work by implementing the principles and basics of energy efficiency in each home that he builds.

Upon moving to Raleigh, Harry began a career as a master brick mason and was responsible for constructing the first phase of the miles of brick sound barrier walls that run along I-440. In 1992, he began Homes by Harry Krohn, and established himself as an honest business man among the community, demonstrating both personal and professional integrity. He met local developer, Rex Vick, Jr., and joined forces with him to establish Sage Built. Now, as Vice President of Sage Built, Harry uses his extensive design-build experience to build the most exclusive luxury custom homes in the Triangle area—building homes that are consistently recognized as Parade of Homes Gold Winners.

In the highly-personal business of home building, Harry isn’t just another custom home builder—he makes it a priority to build positive, creative, and productive working relationships with each of the Sage Built customers.

Todd Alsop

Todd Alsop

Todd Alsop brings over 30 years of experience and a strong educational background to his role as Vice President of Land Acquisition. With a degree in Construction Management from Northern Virginia Community College and a North Carolina Brokers License, Todd is well-equipped to navigate the complexities of land acquisition and development. His expertise in identifying and securing prime land opportunities contributes to the continued growth and success of Windjam Companies.

Throughout his career, Todd has held various leadership positions in the building industry, including Division President roles with some of the largest regional and national builders. His extensive background in vertical construction adds tremendous value to the acquisition and horizontal development of Windjam's communities. Todd's deep industry knowledge and proven track record make him an invaluable member of the team.

Todd's commitment to excellence and his dedication to finding the best land for future projects further enhance his contributions. His wealth of experience and strategic approach ensure that Windjam Companies continues to thrive in the highly competitive real estate market.

Nathan Benn

Nathan Benn

Nathan Benn is the esteemed Chief Financial Officer of Windjam Companies, bringing with him three years of invaluable experience with the organization. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and later pursued his Master of Business Administration from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. As a certified CPA in North Carolina, Nathan's financial expertise and acumen greatly contribute to the company's success. His strategic financial management skills and deep understanding of the industry make him an invaluable asset to the team.

Sparky Cullen

Sparky Cullen

Sparky is a Financial and Real Estate professional with more than 21 years of experience across a wide range of industries.  He graduated from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (Chapel Hill, NC) in 1991 with a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting.  His financial career started in public accounting as a tax specialist and has continued with Controller and CFO roles for various companies in the Triangle area.  Over the past 15 years, he has held CFO roles with companies in the Development and Construction industries, including 2 years as a consultant to multiple residential construction and development companies.  He is a proven leader and brings extensive management experience to the team. 

Sparky obtained his real estate broker’s license in 2001 and began brokering real estate as a secondary career.  Since then, he has gained a great deal of experience in residential real estate sales, brokering new homes, existing homes, finished lots, and raw land deals.  He has an intimate knowledge of the building process, having acted as general contractor on multiple personal homes.  Through his financial and real estate careers, he has become an expert negotiator, giving his clients a distinct advantage when negotiating contracts.  He joined Windjam Development and Windjam Properties in 2006. 

Nell Ban

Nell Ban

Nell Ban brings over 25 years of expertise as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to her role as Controller. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Meredith College. Nell's CPA certification in North Carolina further enhances her financial acumen and ensures meticulous financial management at Windjam Companies. With her extensive experience and qualifications, Nell is a vital asset to the team, driving accurate and efficient financial operations.

Gavin Mekemson

Gavin Mekemson

Gavin Mekemson brings a comprehensive real estate background to his brokerage and client relationships. With experience in overseeing critical aspects of large-scale mixed-use pre-development projects and serving as a Regional Manager for multiple apartment communities, Gavin possesses a well-rounded skill set. He has also held the position of Broker in Charge for a residential property management company and has a track record of eight years managing and leasing commercial properties in the Research Triangle Park area. As a successful and experienced real estate broker in the Triangle for over four years, Gavin consistently delivers exceptional results to his clients.

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