LEADERSHIP

Meet Our Team

Of all the characteristics one might attribute to success, none is as central as an unwavering passion for excellence. Quite simply, passion matters. Everything flows from this essential trait — integrity, commitment, responsibility, quality, success — it is the steady compass that guides Wilbow.

Bill Bowness

Founder and Director

William Bowness established Wilbow Corporation in 1976 which grew to be one of Australia’s largest privately owned property development companies, with interests in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland (NZ), and Dallas. The Australian interests were sold to a major public company in 2006 and Wilbow Group was formed to be an investment company that focuses on investments in private and public equities, property development funding, and Wilbow’s USA property development operations in Dallas.Bowness is a great believer that a successful company is built by developing a strong team. Experience has shown that it is not necessarily people with the theoretical training but also those with initiative and the capacity to successfully put that training into practice that achieve success. He believes that quality development is very important and has always pushed Wilbow down this path. This direction has proven to maximize profits if done correctly.In addition to his role as chairman and CEO of Wilbow Group and Wilbow Corporation, Bill has been an active philanthropist and has made sundry contributions to the Australian community over the past 30 years including serving as chairman of the Monash Gallery of Art and a member of the National Defence Housing Board.

Michael Herskope

CEO

Herskope commenced his professional career as a lawyer specializing for seven years in corporate and finance law. He then spent nearly ten years working in senior executive roles with large listed corporations. Since 2005, Michael has worked in the private investment sector and joined Wilbow Group as CEO in 2010.

Matt Johnson

Senior Vice President Land Acquisition and Development

Matt Johnson is Senior Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development in the Dallas office. Johnson is a highly accomplished real estate executive with over 15 years of experience in residential land acquisition and development working for both developers and homebuilders. Johnson is focused on expanding Wilbow’s land acquisition and development capabilities across the DFW Metroplex. Matt is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Brandon Luedke

Vice President of Development

Brandon Luedke joined Wilbow Corporation in 2015. His responsibilities include overseeing development activity and construction. He manages all activities between Wilbow, homebuilders contractors and municipalities. Luedke has over 18 years of experience in the construction and development industry having worked on projects ranging from infill residential developments with entry-level product to custom home, gated communities. Prior to joining Wilbow, Luedke was a project manager for Pritchard Associates, where he managed $200M+ in commercial and residential developments. He also served as a civil engineer in the Land Development Group at Halff Associates, responsible for designing commercial, residential and city parks in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Luedke earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.
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David Garrett

Vice President Land Acquisition and Development

Garrett joined Wilbow Corporation as Vice President Land Acquisition and Development and will lead those efforts for Wilbow in the Houston market. Garrett brings 35 years of real estate experience and has led the design, development and delivery of more than 1,500 acres of land and 5,000 single family lots in the Houston area alone. Prior to joining Wilbow, Garrett was Division Manager for Great America Companies, a residential and commercial developer building in Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Garrett is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Ducoté

Regional Development Manager

Michael Ducote joined Wilbow Corporation in 2014. He is responsible for overseeing development activities and field construction representing Wilbow’s interest with homebuilders, contractors and municipalities. Ducote has over 30 years of experience in the construction and development industry. Most recently, he was VP of Cement Sales and Production, COO with Bonsal American for Oldcastle Texas. Ducote was previously general manager of TXI’s Package Division. Prior to Oldcastle, Ducote was Director of Land Development for HistoryMaker Homes and was Contracting Manager for Austin Bridge & Road, leading estimating and contract negotiations. Ducote earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction from Louisiana State University.

Brad McFarland

Land Development Manager

Brad McFarland joined Wilbow Corporation in 2020. He is the second team member brought on to foster the company’s expansion into the Houston Market. His responsibilities include overseeing development activity and construction as well as facilitiating the feasibility and entitlement processes. McFarland comes to us with experience in master plan development and spent the first five years of his career with a Top 5 national homebuilder. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Management from Sam Houston State University.

Jennifer Turner

Senior Accountant

Jennifer Turner joined Wilbow Corporation in 2016. She is responsible for day-to-day general accounting, lot closings, accounts payable/receivable, construction draws, managing bank accounts and tax reporting, as well as preparing financial reporting packages. Turner has over 10 years of experience in real estate investment and development accounting. In addition, she is a licensed Texas real estate agent and uses her knowledge to assist in land acquisition due diligence. Prior to joining Wilbow, Turner was an Accountant with Hunt Realty Investments responsible for general accounting and preparing financial statements for Hunt’s direct-owned assets. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida.