Management Team

Barry Teague
Executive Chairman

Barry Teague is Executive Chairman of Walton Communities, which develops, owns and manages apartment communities throughout the metro-Atlanta area and Augusta. Under Teague’s leadership, Walton Communities continues to grow in its excellent service to residents and communities. Teague graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in accounting and served in the U.S. Army. Post graduation, Teague began working with Arthur Anderson & Co. before joining Post Properties in 1972, where he served for 15 years. Teague left Post in 1987 to join with his sister, Lynda Ausburn, to create Teague-Ausburn Properties (TAP). TAP was originally created to provide affordable rental housing for families with children. In 2000 TAP merged with Knight-Davidson Properties to create Walton Communities. Teague now serves on the board of Cumberland Community Improvement District, Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Cobb County and The Church of the Apostles Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of The Campbell Foundation, Atlanta Apartment Association, Atlanta Mission, Gwinnett Foundation, Westminster Schools, Trinity School, PATH, and The Salvation Army.

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Tom Wilkes
President

Tom Wilkes is President of Walton Communities, a for-profit business that develops, owns and manages apartment communities throughout the metro-Atlanta, Augusta and Gainesville areas. At Walton Communities, Wilkes is responsible for operations of the company. Wilkes is a distinguished military graduate with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He has served as a senior executive and business leader in apartment operations since 1990. From 2001 through 2009, he was president of Post Apartment Management. His experience spans a wide range of property styles and types, from high-rise to garden style and affordable to conventional. Wilkes has operated apartments and mixed-use developments in 15 different markets from New York to Los Angeles. Wilkes served as Chair of the Atlanta Apartment Association in 2008 and the Georgia Apartment Association in 2014. He served on the board of Directors for the Atlanta Mission from 2011 through 2013 and continues to serve as a board member.

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Lynda Ausburn
Chief Experience Officer

Lynda T. Ausburn is Chief Experience Officer at Walton Communities, a for-profit business which develops, owns and manages apartment communities throughout the metro-Atlanta area and Augusta. Ausburn mentors the corporate culture that defines Walton Communities with a strong emphasis on managing program services teams, engagement with residents and mission outreach. Ausburn offers over 30 years of experience in property management and development focusing on human resources, training and development and community relations. Ausburn’ s journey to founding Walton began with her work as a human resource manager at Post Properties. During her time at Post, she worked alongside her brother, Barry Teague, who had a vision to develop real estate in a way that builds strong communities and improves quality of life. Today, Ausburn continues to serve Walton with innovative ideas and new opportunities for the needs of residents and community members. She also serves on the boards of Good Samaritan Health Clinic and the Center for Family Resources and is active with Marietta Mentoring and First Baptist Church of Marietta.

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David Knight
Chief Development Officer

W. David Knight is Chief Development Officer at Walton Communities, a for-profit business which develops, owns and manages apartment communities throughout the metro-Atlanta area and Augusta. Knight is responsible for the acquisition, development and construction management of all projects. Knight graduated from the University of Florida and has been professionally involved in real estate construction and development since 1981. Prior to co-founding Walton Communities, he partnered with Keith Davidson in 1988 to form Knight-Davidson Company, a Cobb County-based residential development company, where he oversaw the development of more than 1,400 single family home-sites as well as the construction of more than 800 homes and multiple apartment communities Knight has served on the Board of Trustees for Whitefield Academy, the Cobb Community Foundation, and is a former member of the ULI Livable Community Council.

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Keith Davidson
Chief Financial Officer

Keith A. Davidson is a partner and chief financial officer at Walton Communities, a for-profit business which develops, owns and manages apartment communities throughout the metro-Atlanta area and Augusta. Davidson is responsible for the financial management of the organization. Davidson graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. As a certified public accountant, he began his career with Arthur Andersen in Tampa, Florida. Prior to co-founding Walton Communities, Davidson left his career as a CPA and joined David Knight to begin Knight-Davidson Company, a Cobb County-based residential developer. The company focused on building residential lots and multifamily apartment homes. Davidson continues the tradition Walton Communities exemplifies by giving back to his community. He has served as Commissioner for the Marietta Housing Authority and on the Advisory Board of Student Venture of Cobb County. Davidson is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Atlanta Apartment Association and served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition.

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