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Meet the Team

The homes at White Oak Landing are designed for lake life by a proven team of lake home designers. Features needed in a lake home, such as outdoor living, water-toy storage, piers, and seawalls are first considerations rather than afterthoughts. Meet the team that brought the vision of White Oak Landing to fruition on Lake Martin.

David R. Nelson, Jr.

David Nelson is Founder and President of Canvasback Management, LLC., and focuses on real estate opportunities across different asset classes. Currently, David is developing two single-family home communities, Cedar Point and White Oak Landing on Lake Martin in Alabama, and overseeing a commercial redevelopment project in Jupiter, Florida. David has been involved in real estate and investment management for over fifteen years. Previously, he worked for Crowne Partners, Inc., where he focused on new apartment developments, construction supervision, management oversight and capital market transactions for the firm.

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Mr. Nelson holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BE, Cum Laude, in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

David is a past trustee for The Nature Conservancy of Alabama and currently serves on the board of the Rabbi Grafman Endowment Fund of Temple Emanu-El and the technical subcommittee of the Indian Spring School Board of Directors. David is married and has two daughters.

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Jimmy Rutland

James (Jimmy) W. Rutland, IV is a third-generation home builder and developer that has been in the residential construction, development and real estate sales business in Alabama for the past 29 years. A native of Montgomery and graduate of Auburn University, he currently serves as President of Lowder New Homes, Inc., which has been named numerous times to the Builder 100 by Builder magazine and Giant 400 by Professional Builder magazine. He became a Certified Graduate Builder in 2004 and a Certified Green Professional in 2009 through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and has been a Green Energy Key Builder as designated by the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA) since 2007.

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Jimmy is a member of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association (GMHBA) where he has served many roles on various committees including President in 2005 and was named Builder of the Year that same year. In 2019, Jimmy was inducted into the GMHBA Hall of Fame. Currently, he serves as GMHBA’s Governmental Affairs Chair. In his role, Jimmy works with numerous local municipalities on an ongoing basis to help amend and adopt new building and energy codes that are applicable to the area.

At the state level, he has served in several positions on the HBAA Executive Committee, including Governmental Affairs Chair and Public Relations Chair. In 2012, Jimmy was named the HBAA’s Shannon Lowder Builder of the Year, the Association’s highest honor. Most recently, he served as the President of HBAA in 2018.

On the national level, Jimmy has served as a member of the NAHB Board of Directors since 2005 and in 2018 was elected to a Life Directorship. In 2019, Jimmy testified before Congress about the resiliency and energy use within residential buildings and its impact on our nation’s housing affordability crisis.

In addition to his service with the local, state and national HBAs, he currently serves on the State of Alabama Energy and Residential Codes Board (AERC), where he works with various industries and regulators involved in Alabama’s residential and commercial construction industry to adopt and amend energy and building codes for the entire state. Jimmy also serves as a Board Member and the Treasurer of the Alabama Housing Finance Authority and was appointed as a Trustee for the Alabama Home Builders Self Insured Fund in 2019.

Outside of home building, Jimmy gives of his time and resources as a member of the Board of Directors for the Metro YMCA, a Deacon at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Board member at Trinity Presbyterian School and a member of the Committee of 100 for the Chamber of Commerce.

Jimmy has been married to his high school sweetheart, Rachel, for 29 years, and they have three children, Wells (23) and daughter-in-law Millie (Herndon), Gray (21) and Ella (18).

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Scott D. Lett

Scott Lett has been building homes on Lake Martin and the surrounding area since 2005. A lifelong resident of the lake, Scott got his start in 1994, working in commercial construction. After working in various capacities on residential and commercial projects, Scott found his love for building homes on the lake. In 2005, Scott founded Lett Construction with his brother Jason. Under Scott’s leadership, Lett Construction has completed small remodels to million-dollar custom homes. The Lett brothers expanded their family holdings in 2013, when they purchased Lake Martin Mini Mall. Jason runs the day-to-day operations at Lake Martin Mini Mall, while Scott focuses on construction.

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In 2014, Scott partnered with David Nelson & Stan Graves to develop and build a 24-home subdivision on Lake Martin called Cedar Point.

Mr. Lett is a licensed homebuilder by the Alabama Home Building Association.

Scott is married with two boys. He lives in Eclectic and is a member of Santuck Baptist Church.

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Stanley L. Graves

Stan Graves graduated from Auburn University in 1967 and joined the Geological Survey of Alabama as a hydraulic engineer. In 1970, he joined the family drilling company, which he purchased in 1976. He served as CEO of Graves Well Drilling Company, Inc., until 1985, at which time the company was merged into Energen Corporation, a Birmingham-based energy holding company (New York Stock Exchange). From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Graves served as Chief Operating Officer of Graves Drilling Company and in 1989, was named Vice President at Energen.

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In 1990, Mr. Graves resigned from Energen and formed Graco Resources, Inc., which provides natural resources consulting and project development services in energy, minerals, water, and environmental areas. Later in 1990, he founded Graves Service Company, Inc., a full-service drilling and pump sales and service company. It also provided water system management services. The company was sold to Brownlee-Morrow Engineering on June 30, 2006.

In 1998, U.S. Clay, L.P., was formed to market oilfield and environmental products. U.S. Clay was headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with grinding facilities in Brownsville, Texas, and mining operations in Brewster County, Texas. Stan was president of U.S. Clay, which was sold to W.H. Energy in 2002.

Mr. Graves currently serves on the Board of Applied Ultrasonics, LLC., a technology company based in Birmingham and was Manager of Business Development of Atlanta-based Ultimate Abrasive Systems, LLC. He is a board member of GeoMet, Inc., a Houston-based company engaged in the exploration and production of natural gas from coalbed methane. He also serves on the following boards: Help Lightning; McKinney ESOP; Reliance Financial Group; Water Science Technologies, Inc.; and Central Environmental Services, a Harbert Management portfolio company. Since 2014, Stan has partnered with Scott Lett and David Nelson to develop property on Lake Martin known as Cedar Point and White Oak Landing.

Mr. Graves has been involved in numerous civic and professional organizations. He is past Chairman of the Board of Innovation Depot and is currently a member. He is past Chairman of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission. Other memberships include National Ground Water Association, Board of Directors and President; Auburn University Research Advisory Board; Alabama Geological Society; Alabama Ground Water Association; American Water Works Association; American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers; and Nature Conservancy of Alabama, Past Chairman.

Mr. Graves has published articles in the Oil & Gas Journal, the Water Well Journal, the SPE Journal, and other periodicals.

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