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Building a brighter future

WestRock Land and Development manages an extensive portfolio of company land holdings, including master planned communities, opportunities for corporate relocation and expansion and diverse rural lands.

Common to all our properties is respect for the land, a commitment to sustainability and responsible stewardship.


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Industrial and Business Campuses

Setting the foundation for your growth

WestRock is developing eight uniquely versatile industrial and business campuses in South Carolina. Located near business-critical infrastructure, such as deep-water ports and major transportation routes, the campuses are strategically positioned to help businesses grow.

WestRock has extensive financial resources and unsurpassed knowledge of the potential of each of our properties. Our relationship with local governments, state agencies, and economic development organizations are strong and deep, providing localized expertise and guidance for worldwide partners. Our industrial and business campuses are attracting a host of multinational companies to South Carolina, helping to build our state’s economy.

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Leadership

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Kenneth T. Seeger

President, WestRock Land and Development

At its inception, West Rock Land and Development managed higher-value opportunities for WestRock’s United States land holdings, which totaled in excess of 1.1 million acres. Mr. Seeger was tasked with developing a strategy to maximize the value of WestRock’s land through various enhancement strategies including converting land to other uses such as recreation and development and to optimize forestry and mineral operations. 

Mr. Seeger has more than 35 years of real estate, investment, entitlement and development experience throughout the United States. 

Prior to joining WestRock, Mr. Seeger was a founder and President of The Presidio Group, LLC and its affiliates, a San-Francisco-based real estate asset management, land entitlement and development company.  The Presidio Group, in partnership with The Pebble Beach Company, developed the Residences at Spanish Bay and, with its investor partners, entitled and sold land to public homebuilding companies throughout California.  Prior to that, Mr. Seeger was a senior executive of Southwest Diversified/Coscan Partners, a major California-based land and housing development company partly owned by the Toronto-based Bronfman family.  His real estate development projects have included both residential and commercial properties throughout California, Arizona and Utah.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Seeger was a senior executive of Fox and Carskadon Financial Corporation, one of the original “Big Six” public syndication companies with apartment, commercial, hotel and mobile home park investments totaling over $2B, located throughout the United States.

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Mark E. Lewis

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, WestRock Land and Development

Mr. Lewis is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WestRock Land and Development. In his role, Mr. Lewis focuses on strategic planning to maximize the value of the company’s real estate holdings. His responsibilities include financial and managerial reporting, financial analysis and pro forma development, and operations and information systems support. Since joining in 2008, Mr. Lewis has reorganized WestRock’s land holdings into WestRock Land and Development, LLC, providing stand-alone entity capability, supported by new information systems and supporting staff.

Mr. Lewis brings more than 30 years of experience on the financial side of real estate investment and development, including land acquisition and the development of residential, commercial, office, retail, and hospitality projects. His past work includes serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the Paramount Group in New York where he negotiated and closed approximately $3 billion in financings and nearly $4 billion in acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Lewis began his career with Arthur Andersen as an Audit Manager in the real estate and banking industries and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Cortland Partners in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Susan H. Watts

Vice President, Real Estate Development, East Edisto

Ms. Watts is Vice President, Real Estate Development for East Edisto. In that role, Ms. Watts is responsible for all aspects of the launch and development of East Edisto, a 78,600 acre property near Charleston, South Carolina owned by WestRock. With the help of over 1,000 community members, WestRock has created a direction for East Edisto that balances economic vitality while remaining true to the beauty and character of the Lowcountry.

Ms. Watts has more than twenty five years of experience in planning, developing, and operating resort and master planned, mixed use communities across the South. She served as the Senior Vice President at the Bonita Bay Group in Southwest Florida. In this role, she was responsible for the planning, operation, and development activities for several master planned communities, recreational amenities and commercial facilities. She also served as President of Real Estate for Collier Enterprises Real Estate Group and as a Senior Vice President for WCI Communities/Westinghouse Communities in southwest Florida. Susan most recently served as the Executive Director of the Leed’s School of Business, Real Estate Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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John R. Grab

Vice President, Real Estate Development, Nexton

Mr. Grab is Vice President of Community Development and Land Management. In this role, he is primarily responsible for the development of Nexton, a 4,500 acre master-planned community located in Berkeley County, South Carolina. This community is planned for more than 10,000 homes and over 8 million square feet of commercial property. Nexton will be a 21st century community with state of the art technology, sustainable practices, smart living, and an environmentally sensitive approach to development.

Mr. Grab has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, specializing in large master planned communities. For most of the 1990’s, he worked for the Arvida Company as the project general manager at Weston, a 10,000 acre award-winning community located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This development grew into the nation’s second best-selling community with annual sales that exceeded 1,700 homes. He was Arvida’s division president for the Mid-Atlantic region in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. His responsibilities included all the development activities in Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Charleston. His operations in Charlotte were recognized by JD Power & Associates for their consistently high customer satisfaction ratings. Mr. Grab was also the chief officer - Resort Operations for Burroughs & Chapin Company, a Myrtle Beach based developer, where he oversaw the development of the 2,000 acre award-winning Grande Dunes resort community.

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James H. Hill

Vice President, WestRock Land and Development

Mr. Hill is responsible for the company’s commercial and industrial development programs and recreational land sales in East Edisto's Rural District. In this assignment, he is tasked with developing and marketing commercial properties, industrial sites, working with joint venture partners in the commercial and industrial sectors, and overseeing the enhancement and sale of the 500,000 acre rural land sales program.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Hill was a Vice President of the MWV Forestry Division, responsible for land acquisition, marketing and sale of all company-owned land. His responsibilities also included oversight of the company’s mineral management program. Since the merger of Mead and Westvaco, he has managed the sale of approximately 2.5 million acres of non-strategic lands for the company.

Mr. Hill served as President of Westvaco Development Corporation prior to the merger of Westvaco and Mead Corporations. In this assignment, he was involved with completing the development of two award-winning master planned communities in the Charleston area.

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Joseph E. Barnes

Director, Real Estate Development - Design

Mr. Barnes is Director, Real Estate Development, Design, for WestRock Land and Development. In this role, Mr. Barnes is primarily responsible for the design and sustainability of WestRock's real estate and community development initiatives within the South Carolina region.

Mr. Barnes has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and community development. Prior to joining WestRock, Mr. Barnes was the Director of Design and Architecture for Celebration Associates, a nationally recognized developer and operator of award-winning, master-planned, mixed-use communities and villages in the southeastern United States.

Mr. Barnes has worked on numerous projects including three critically acclaimed community development projects -- Celebration, Florida, a 5,000-acre new town building developed by The Celebration Company, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company; I’On, a 243-acre mixed-use village in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; and East Beach, a 100-acre mixed-use redevelopment project situated along the Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia.

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William L. Mallery, PE

Director, Real Estate Development - Construction

Mr. Mallery has responsibility for all of the Company’s horizontal and vertical aspects of construction.

Mr. Mallery comes to WestRock with over 25 years of experience in engineering and construction. Prior to joining WestRock, he was responsible for the project management and construction of five projects in Florida, managed by Development Management Consultants, and was a Vice President of Development Operations for the Atlanta and Tampa regions for Crescent Resources/Landmar Group. Before joining Crescent, Mr. Mallery was a Manager of Development for the Atlanta division of Mobil Land Development Corporation.