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  • The Team

    Development Team

    Ward Davis

    Chief Executive Officer, The Village at Hendrix

    Ward has a strong background in real estate development, with particular strengths in financial analysis, financing, marketing, and commercial recruitment.  As CEO, Ward directs the activities of The Village at Hendrix.   

    Prior to joining The Village, Ward worked on the development team of five traditional neighborhood developments both as the primary developer and as financial consultant in addition to developing conventional neighborhoods and commercial real estate projects. Before becoming a real estate developer, Ward served as the Acquisitions Manager at Medical Properties Trust, a healthcare real estate investment trust, and was a corporate finance investment banker for Stephens Inc. 

    Ward has a BA in Economics from Davidson College, a General Course Diploma in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from The University of Virginia.



    Cheryl Dunson


    Director of Sales and Marketing, The Village at Hendrix






    Cheryl has worked in different aspects of real estate since 1995, after she left a career in IT at BellSouth. She has been a licensedREALTOR® since 2001 in addition to managing her investment properties and rehabbing homes in a historic in-town neighborhood in Atlanta. She is a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Club in Fayette County, part of Metro Atlanta. The majority of her real estate work was in Peachtree City, a planned town south of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.


    The Village at Hendrix was something interesting to watch being built on the trips back and forth from Atlanta to Conway, where her son was a student at Hendrix. When the opportunity to be part of the team creating the legacy that is The Village came about, Cheryl jumped at the chance. She quickly became part of the neighborhood and the community and is proud to call Conway and The Village at Hendrix home.


    Cheryl has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Georgia and a MA in Political Science from Clayton State University.




    Master Planner

    Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

    Since its founding in 1980, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company has completed designs for more than 300 new and existing communities. This work has exerted a major influence on the practice and direction of urban planning in the United States.

    DPZ's projects have received numerous awards, including two National AIA Awards and two Governor's Urban Design Awards for Excellence. The firm's early project of Seaside, Florida, was the first authentic new town to be built successfully in the United States in over fifty years. In 1989, Time Magazine selected Seaside as one of the 10 "Best of the Decade" achievements in the field of design. The firm has been featured in other national media such as NBC News and ABC News, as well as Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker.

    The firm's method of integrating master plans with project-specific design codes and regulations is currently being applied to sites ranging from 10 to 10,000 acres throughout the United States. Abroad, DPZ projects are underway in Canada, Germany, Belgium, Australia, the Philippines, Mexico, and Turkey. Urban redevelopment plans for existing communities include: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; West Palm Beach, Naples, Stewart, Sarasota, and Fort Myers, Florida; and Providence, Rhode Island.

    Town Architect

    Lew Oliver, Inc.

    Lew Oliver, Inc. is an awarding-winning Atlanta-based design firm that offers a range of services, including custom-home design, urban planning, town codes, and comprehensive solutions for builders and developers, including an extensive pattern book and subscription plan. His work can be found in New Urbanist towns and communities across the U.S., including Rosemary Beach, Vickery, Clark's Grove, Lost Rabbit, and I'on. Among his numerous national and international awards are Designer of the New American Home for the National Association of Homebuilders and Designer of the Southern Accents Show House.

    Most recently, his work was awarded three Best in American Living (BALA) Awards, and nine Obie Awards. His design for the Grand Bohemian won Westin's Best in Brand worldwide for five consecutive years, while the Mansion, another of his designs, is a five-diamond hotel. For the past several years, his work has swept the gold and silver awards at the Professionalism Awards of the Atlanta Homebuilders Association.

    New projects include Big Canoe in Georgia and Hartness Preserve and Wofford College in South Carolina, while his current international projects include towns in Tornagrain, Scotland; Batan, Ecuador; Isla Pedro Gonzalez, Panama; and Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.

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    Builder's Guild 

    Gardner Custom Homes, Inc.

    Steve Gardner is a native Arkansan and graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. Following a successful career with a Fortune 500 company, Steve transitioned from the corporate world in 2002 to focus full time on his passion of building timeless custom homes. He is a certified Green Professional and a member of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Little Rock. He currently lives in Little Rock with his wife Kimberly and son Foster.

    Gardner Custom Homes takes great pride in partnering with customers to build homes that exceed expectation. Throughout the homebuilding process, Steve's personal approach with homeowners, architects, engineers, suppliers and subcontractors means every project is built to the highest of standards.

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    Bret Franks Construction, Inc.

    Bret Franks of Bret Franks Construction, Inc. has been building homes in Central Arkansas for over a decade and is proud to be a part of The Village at Hendrix. Bret Franks Construction, Inc. is honored to be one of only two members of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program in Arkansas. The SLCBP invites only the top builders in the South. Members are well-established professionals that are selected for their strong presence in the market place, excellent reputation in the community, and outstanding accomplishments. Furthermore, each builder member must demonstrate superior quality, attention to detail, and be financially sound with excellent credit based upon review of its suppliers and financial institutions.

    Bret Franks started his career as an accountant, became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for two Fortune 500 companies, Georgia-Pacific and ALLTEL before beginning his construction business. He is currently the President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock and a member of the Board of Directors to the National Association of Home Builders. He is very active in monitoring and defending the rights of the home building industry as they are consistently scrutinized on both the state and federal levels.

    Franks is also a Certified Green Professional. He is consistently seeking and utilizing sustainable construction methods and products in his building projects. He is proud to have built the first "Silver" level Green Home in Arkansas as certified by the National Association of Home Builders.

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    Luke Porter Inc.

    A wise businessman once told a young Luke Porter, "Don't be afraid to surround yourself with people that know more than you, they are the ones who will make your business successful." This was the spark that encouraged Luke to step out from climbing the corporate ladder and take a risk to pursue a career in building custom homes. Established in 2001, Luke Porter, Inc. has been working with families in the Central Arkansas area to turn their dreams of a home into reality.

    A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Luke built his first home for his own family during his last year at UCA. While pursuing a career at Acxiom, Luke began building homes for friends as a side job. The creativity and people-interaction Luke experienced while building his own home attracted him to begin building homes for others. "Taking different concepts and ideas and working with a number of people to bring everything together under a finished roof-the process of building a new home is rather miraculous." As he built homes for friends, word spread through the community, and what began as a fun side project turned into a business opportunity.

    Eleven years later, Luke is still excited about the opportunity of working with new clients. He is honored to join the businesses that have been selected to represent The Hendrix Village. The Village's high standard of quality and excellence, as well as their attention to detail, echo the values of Luke Porter, Inc.  

    Luke is committed to seeing the Conway community flourish. Luke and his wife of 20 years, Kimberly, live in Conway with their two children, Tyler and Alyx. As a family, they enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and vacationing in the Rocky Mountains. The Porters are also part of the New Life Church family and passionate about building strong marriages and leaders. "There is no other place we would rather live than Central Arkansas. It is truly a hidden treasure."




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    Sales Team

    J. C. Thornton & Company

    Residential Broker
    J.C. Thornton & Company is an established real estate firm in the Conway and central Arkansas market area.  The twenty outstanding agents who currently make up the J.C. Thornton & Company family are caring, professional people who actively collaborate with friends and colleagues throughout the market area. By utilizing the broad scope of experience and knowledge of the group, they are able to act as a cohesive team and deliver the highest level of service to their clients.

    Chris Thornton, Principal Broker of the firm, is a 14 year veteran Realtor in the Conway market. His educational background includes a BBA in Economics from Harding University and has completed courses of study to attain certifications as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI). Chris has served on the Board of Directors of the Faulkner County Board of Realtors and has served on the Risk Reduction Committee and the Professional Standards Committee of the Arkansas Realtors Association. He holds an Arkansas Commercial and Residential Contractor’s License and is a State Registered Real Estate Appraiser. Chris has been active in the Conway community through service on the Conway Rotary Club Board of Directors, 3 terms on the Conway Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and as Alderman on the Conway City Council.

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