Rod is the president and 50% owner of Orchard Investment and Orchard Management. With a degree in economics and an MBA, Rod initially worked in management and sales for over a decade in North and South America for premier U.S. corporations. In 1986 he joined his brother Bill, who had started a New England based land development company only a few months earlier. Together they have built their company into one of the largest single family rural recreational land development companies in the country. Rod has been a pioneer in the Industry and is highly regarded for his ability to identify and chisel beautiful communities out of rugged raw land and marketing the property to a national audience.
Bill is the treasurer and 50% owner of Orchard Investment and Orchard Management. After earning his BS degree in accounting, he joined the audit staff of Coopers and Lybrand and later, as a CPA, started his own accounting practice in Western Massachusetts. In 1983, after growing the practice to three CPA’s and a support staff of approximately fifteen, he sold the practice and joined Patten Corporation, a burgeoning Real Estate Development company, as in-house accountant and chief financial officer. In 1985, Bill was instrumental in growing the company into the largest land development company in the northeast and in bringing Patten Corporation public on the New York stock exchange. Ultimately, enjoying the freedom of a private company, he left Patten to start his own business, developing land in Vermont. Bill was joined by his brother Rod, and they have grown the company into 18 land development offices in 15 states and Mexico.
Jim is the partner and manager of our Tennessee operations. Jim earned a 4 year Football Scholarship to attend Bowling Green State University in 1970 and majored in speech communications with a minor in marketing. After school he founded a construction company, which he operated until he sold it in 1980. In 1981 Jim joined the office of the Governor of Pennsylvania as a liaison to the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He was introduced to the land development business in 1985, when he became involved in the sale of timeshare units and single-family lots in a 1,000-acre subdivision outside Pittsburgh. In 1988 Jim got involved with recreational land development in acquisitions and sales, spending his last two years in East Tennessee. In 1999 Orchard Investment recruited Jim to open an office in Tennessee. Today Jim is developing in the East (Knoxville) and Middle (Nashville)Tennessee Regions.
Marcus Smith made his start in the land business in 1982 and joined Patten Corp, a public Land Development Co, in 1988. He started in sales and held many positions before becoming president of the Southwest division. During his thirteen years there, he grew the Southwest division to the largest in the company, selling over 1,000 home sites for over $60,000,000 annually. Marcus joined Rod and Bill MacAlpine’s Orchard Group in 2001 to open the Texas operation. Since then, they have developed 11 communities consisting of over 7,700 acres; selling over 2,400 home sites for $167,000,000. Texas Land and Lakes is the leader in lakefront, golf, and recreational residential communities. They are great stewards of the land and are environmentally sensitive when planning communities. Marcus and his team offer excellent customer service before, during, and after the sale. Texas Land and Lakes has earned a reputation second to none in the land industry.
Terry is the partner and manager of the Company’s Florida and Georgia operations, which currently operates 5 active projects of varying sizes. Terry has a BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida in 1974. His background includes being a Florida County Property Appraiser as well as being a Mortgage Banker, with extensive experience in those areas. He began his tenure in the land business with a publicly traded company, in 1986, first in land acquisitions, then sales and eventually as a Regional Manager/Vice President for Florida and Georgia regions. Having over 20 years experience in land acquisitions, management, and sales, Terry was recruited in 2004 to manage the operations in Florida and Georgia for Orchard. Since then he has successfully marketed and sold over 600+ lots. Terry is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the states of Florida and Georgia.
Bob Lesperence is New York Land & Lake’s Managing Partner. He has been in the land business for almost three decades and has loved every minute of it! He’s often overheard saying: “The land business can be quite challenging, but ultimately it’s very rewarding to see how owning land improves people’s lives. I never tire of seeing the joy on our customers’ faces!” He has been with NY L&L since 1996. Bob obtained his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Land Use Planning from the State University of New York and has held a New York State Broker’s License for over 20 years. He is active in his community serving on both Town and County Planning Boards. He enjoys everything outdoors and can often be found hiking, fishing or hunting with his black lab Trigger, at his side. He has two grown children and has two grandchildren. Bob resides in Oneonta.
William T. Pearson
Bill is a 50% partner and manager of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina operations. He earned his degree in Marine Science and a 3rd Officer’s License in the Merchant Marines through a pilot program set up by Gulf Oil Corp. and A Southern Maine College. Bill left the Merchant Marine industry after 8 years of traveling the world on oil tankers to pursue his shore side business ventures fulltime as a successful entrepreneur and his community leadership commitments in Portland, Maine. He joined the Orchard Group in 1995 and with his work ethic, boundless energy, leadership qualities, and developmental skills quickly rose, by 2000, to be one of the most prosperous partners in the country for the firm. Today, Bill has sold over 1,000 parcels of land for over $100 million in sales.
Steve is 50% owner and manager of our Alabama operations. Steve has a degree in business administration and engineering. After a long career as a mechanical, application and sales engineer in aircraft, military and defense, automotive and medical industries, he was invited to join a national land development group in 1995. For 16 years he acquired, developed, and sold over $150 million in waterfront properties in Tennessee. He spent several years thereafter buying distressed condominium properties from banks all through the southeast, In 2013, he was made an equity partner with Orchard Investments in Alabama, including 10 waterfront developments, and a 2017 sales of over $8 million, in excess of 100 lots, closed or pending. Steve is married and lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and an office in Jasper, Alabama.
Audrey Kennoch is the West Coast Managing Partner of US Land & Ranches and has worked with the organization for 23 years in various influential positions. She started her career at the corporate location in New Hampshire right out of college while obtaining her MBA from the University of New Hampshire. Audrey pioneered the company’s technology transition through all hardware and software installations and maintenance for twenty offices. Audrey is universally respected and played a vital role in helping the company to surpass 200 million in annual sales. In 2004 when Audrey was the Vice-President of Advertising and Marketing for US Land & Ranches she was promoted to a full partner in the company’s Nevada operation; the first and only woman to hold such a position for US Land & Ranches. She grew the company conservatively and effectively into a top tier office. Audrey also now oversees the operations in Arizona and is 100% committed to continuing to build rural and recreational developments in the western area of the United States.
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