Thad Rutherford

Southstar Communities

Chief Executive Officer

Thad Rutherford is the Chief Executive Officer of Southstar a mixed-use and residential community builder in Central Texas, which has over 10,000 units in its current project pipeline. As a senior leader of Southstar for over 22 years Thad has lead acquisitions, entitlements, planning, and development across Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia before opening its current headquarters in Central Texas in 2012. 

Through his leadership Southstar’s focus is creating dynamic planned communities that deliver excellence to its residents, community partners, and investors alike. To Thad, community development is a personal, creative, and an ever-changing process.

His efforts with Southstar have been recognized in multiple Greater San Antonio Builders Association Summit awards including 2x Developer of the year. Thad was nominated on the Business Journal Texas 100 influential list for 2023 as well as 2 of his communities have been among the top 10 fastest growing communities in San Antonio MSA since 2014. In 2022 Southstar was nominated for Business of the Year by San Antonio Business Journal. 

Thad is active in Urban Land Institute at the local level as a Management Committee member as well as National level with Community Development Product Council. He also sits on the Executive Committee for Real Estate Council of San Antonio and is a Board Member of South Texas Business Partnership.