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Don Luke

Regional President

Don brings over 34 years of experience in the homebuilding industry to his role as Regional President. Don began his career in 1985 at Ryland Homes and joined Lennar Homes in 1996 as Director of Sales. At Lennar he held various progressive positions over his 22 years from Director of Construction, Division President, City President, and Regional President. Don is a leader who is inspiring, growing, and building highly impactful performing teams and individuals. Don is known for his strong work ethic, integrity, and a high degree of personal initiative.

Tracy Brown

Division President, Houston

Tracy brings over 28 years of experience in the residential construction industry to his role as the Houston Division President at Empire Communities. Prior to joining the Empire team, Tracy served as the Dallas Division President at David Weekley Homes where he managed the division’s strategic planning and operations including construction, sales, marketing, project management, and community development. He also worked as a Project Manager in Houston for David Weekley and Division Manager of Houston for Highland Homes. Tracy’s established experience and expertise has helped Empire expand its footprint within the Houston market.

Terry Shuffler

Division President, Central Texas

Terry brings over 30 years of experience in the homebuilding industry to his role of Division President in Central Texas at Empire Communities. He has an intimate knowledge of all facets of the business, having led the start-up of Trendmaker Homes’ Austin division in one of his previous positions. Terry has remained active in the industry as a prior GHBA Board Member and has spent numerous years supporting both Houston and Austin HomeAid. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Corinne Branch

Director, People & Culture

Corinne brings over 15 years of human resources experience with a demonstrated history of success within the real estate industry. As Director, People & Culture, Corinne provides advice, coaching and support to leaders and employees alike, while ensuring compliance with federal and state employment laws. She is responsible for developing and ensuring that People & Culture strategic initiatives, programs and processes are implemented within the divisions. Corinne is a Senior Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Jill Betts

Director of Accounting

Jill has worked in the residential home building industry for over 35 years of which 30 years have been in the Austin and Central Texas area. This includes working with both privately-held and publicly-owned homebuilders in both single family and multi family markets. She has been responsible for all accounting and reporting aspects during that time. Although she is a Texas native, she attended University of Las Vegas majoring in accounting where her homebuilding career began. Jill enjoys spending time with family in her free time.

Emily Gonzales

Director of Marketing