Over the years, Longleaf has built an established team of contractors and suppliers to ensure new homes are built to our high standards, using quality materials. Our project managers use iPads on site to track timelines, visually verify materials and finishes prior to installation, and to communicate with our partners. Our checks and balances system, along with our fixed-pricing ensure each project is finished on time and within budget.
Our name is in honor of the majestic Longleaf Pine, a stately tree that can soar to 120-feet tall and live for over 500 years. Longleaf Pines are known for their strength and straightness, as well as fostering one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. It is in the spirit of the that towering tree, Longleaf Communities designs and builds magnificent homes that stand the test of time.
An Ohio native, Roger Thomas graduated from the Ohio State University in 1975 with a degree in Industrial Design. Upon graduation, he started a hardware, animal feed and farm supply store in Northern Ohio. While growing his business, Roger saw a need for housing designed for an aging population. So, he sold his company and returned to Ohio State, this time to study Finance and Real Estate. He graduated with his second degree in 1994, launched Thomas Homes & Communities and teamed with The Epcon Group in Columbus, Ohio to build a 76 home community in Mario, Ohio. The community sold out in 18 months.
With that project wrapped up, Roger relocated his family to Cobb County, Georgia with an exclusive agreement with The Epcon Group, making him one of only three Epcon franchisees in the country. As of today, Roger has developed and sold over 500 active adult homes in the Atlanta area and is widely known and respected in the Atlanta market.
Roger, his wife, Barb, and two teenage boys live in Cobb County. They are active in their church and are busy with school events and sports.
Mr. Parvey brings over 25 years of experience in residential construction, land acquisition, and residential development to Longleaf Communities. Richard began his real estate career developing over 1,500 residential lots on Florida’s Gulf Coast and in Georgia and the Carolinas.
As Executive Vice President of Terranova Companies in early 2011, Richard helped Terranova secure a number of active adult communities to make a turnaround coming out of the Great Recession.
Richard is a graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee). He did his postgraduate work in the University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design. Mr. Parvey and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children, Harrison and Eliza, and they reside in Charleston, South Carolina, where they attend St. Michael’s Church.