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Gene Powell


Laddie Denton

Dan Kossl
Vice President, Development and Land Acquisition,
Denton Communities

Melissa Chamrad
Controller & CFO

Jami Carr
Construction Manager

Sarah Carrington
Contract Administrator, Closer

Lacey Haggerty
Construction Manager

David Rittenhouse
Land Acquisition and Residential Development Manager

Daryl Lange
Director of Commercial
Real Estate Marketing and Sales

Lola MacIntyre
Accounting Manager

Eugene Patillo
Community Development & Management

Dixie Watkins III & Associaties
Landscape Architecture
Land Planner


Background and experience to surpass your expectations
Recognized as experts in all aspects of commercial and residential property development, Denton Communities/Bitterblue professionals have the background and experience to surpass your expectations for
your project.

Gene Powell - CEO
Co-founder and CEO of Bitterblue, Inc., San Antonio’s largest full service real
estate development company.

Founder of The Powell Companies, Inc.

Extensive experience in the management of over 5 million square feet of office,
office/service, warehouse, retail and multi-family buildings.

Extensive experience in the acquisition, design, construction and leasing of over 2 million square feet of office, office service and warehouse space.

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Professional Associations and Recognition
  • Real Estate Council of San Antonio, President’s Council
  • San Antonio Board of Realtors
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board Member
  • San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce
  • North Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater San Antonio Builders Association
Community Service
  • Board of Regents, University of Texas System 2009 – 2015
  • Board of Regents Health Affairs Committee
  • Board of Regents Facilities Committee
  • Aspen Music Festival and School, National Council Member
  • Los Compadres: Friends of The Missions
               —  Executive Board Member
               —   Treasurer and Vice Chairman
               —   Corporate Table Sales Chairman for Gala (two years)
  • Witte Museum
              —  Executive Board Member
              —  Chairman Building Committee
              —  Game Dinner Chairman (two years)
              —  Game Dinner Corporate Table Sales (three years)
  • Saddles and Spurs Committee; S.A. Livestock Show and
  • San Antonio; NBA Spurs
  • Northeast Independent School District Bond Campaign, Finance Chairman,
  • 2003-Founder, Committee for Responsible Growth
Education: BBA and MBA, University of Texas, Austin, Finance and Risk Management

Laddie Denton—President
President and co-founder of Bitterblue, Inc., San Antonio’s largest full-service real estate development and marketing company.

President, Denton Communities, central Texas’ largest and most successful
residential lot “wholesaler.” The company developed and sold over 9,000 acres,
and over 32,000 lots.

Currently supervising the development of 17 residential development projects in
San Antonio, including Lincoln Heights, Rogers Ranch, Bentley Manor, Shavano Park, Willow Wood, Menger Springs and Kinder Ranch.

Professional Associations and Recognition
  • Builder of the Year, 1992, Greater San Antonio Builders’ Association
  • President, 1991, Greater San Antonio Builders’ Association
  • Vice-President, 1990, Greater San Antonio Builders’ Association
  • Treasurer, 1988-89, Greater San Antonio Builders’ Association
  • Board Member, 1981-84, 1988-92, Greater San Antonio Builders’ Association
  • Member, Real Estate Council of San Antonio
  • Member, Urban Land Institute, for over 30 years
Community Service
  • Chairman, Building Program, Saint Mary’s Hall
  • Executive Committee, Saint Mary’s Hall
  • Board of Trustees, Saint Mary’s Hall
  • Advisor, Board of Directors, San Antonio Zoo
  • Chairman, Golf Tournament, San Antonio Zoo
Education: BBA and MBA, University of Texas, Austin

Dan Kossl—Vice President, Development and
Land Acquisition, Denton Communities
Manages land development and sales activities in all DDC communities.
Extensive experience in relations with City, County, and State agencies.
Licensed Professional Engineer

Professional Associations and Recognition
  • Former President of Greater San Antonio Builder’s Association
  • Member and Chairman of SAWS CIP Committee
  • Member Planning Commission, City of San Antonio
Education: BS, University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, Civil Engineering

Melissa Chamrad—Controller & Chief Financial Officer
Fifteen years experience accounting and finance administration in the construction industry prior to joining Denton Communities staff.

Extensive experience in cost accounting for corporations and partnerships.

Education: B.S. in Business Administration, University of Nevada, Reno.
Graduated with Distinction

Dixie Watkins III & Associates
Land planning, landscape architecture, and natural & cultural resource management. Thirty years experience in planning, architecture, archaeology, environmental studies, art, and landscape & graphic  design.

    Appointments and Associations:
  • Friends of Big Bend National Park
  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Architects, San Antonio, TX
  • Texas Nature Conservancy
  • Archaeological Convervancy
  • American Society of Landscape Architecture
  • San Antonio Conservation Society
  • Water Quality Task Force
  • Water Quality Task Force
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Texas Tech University
Master of Science - Natural & Cultural Resource Management, UTSA

Jami Carr—Construction Manager
Extensive coordination and management in hiring design teams
and specialized consultants.
Selection and management of general contractors and subcontractors.
Monitoring construction budgets and change orders.
Extensive technical support and training of development staff.

Professional Associations and Recognition
  • Governmental Affairs Committee Advisor for Real Estate Council of San Antonio
  • Architectural Control Committee Advisor

LaceyHaggerty - Construction Manager

Project Manager , construction and engineering compliance.  Managing civil construction , general contractors, engineers and utlities, third party contractors.

Bachelor of Science - University of Texas San Antonio
David Rittenhouse—Land Acquisition and Residential Development Manager
Coordination and management of land acquisition and development.
Management of feasibilities, entitlements and construction.

Education: University of Texas School of Architecture, Austin, Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, May, 2005
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Bachelor of Arts in History, May,
2002-Magna Cum Laude

Daryl Lange—Director of Commercial
Real Estate Marketing and Sales
Responsible for all phases of commercial sales activity
  • Pre-sales financial pro-forma analysis
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation and contract preparation
  • Responsible for all sales-related engineering, legal, and due diligence items
Extensive experience with
  • Commercial land sales – Office / Retail / Medical
  • Office and retail leasing
  • “Build to Suit” opportunities
National and regional client transactions include
  • Wal-Mart
  • Frost Bank
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Walgreens
  • Lowes Home Improvement
Professional Associations and Recognition
  • Certified State of Texas Real Estate Broker
Education: BA, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
MBA, Baldwin-Wallace University, Cleveland, Ohio

Eugene Patillo, Community Development & Management
Extensive experience as an HOA/POA management from design, start up through transition to homeowners.  Preparing and reviewing governing and operating documents for associations as well as compliance with changing laws.
Hands-on experience with all requirements  to set up  operating associations, management, budgeting, and facility management.

Managing developer communities and overseeing managers.  Hiring and management of general contractors, sub-contractors.  Knowledgeable in all aspects/phases of physical management of residential communities and commercial projects
Developer liaison between HOA management team, builders, and homeowners.

Lola MacIntyre—Accounting Manager
Extensive experience in accounting as Director of Financial Services and Comptroller for home health businesses.
Experience in general accounting for a Fortune 500 company operating in all 50 states.

Education: BA - Associate Degree, McCann’s Community College, Pennsylvania
Paralegal Diploma, Texas School of Business, Houston, Texas

Sarah Carrington— Contract Administrator and Closer
Extensive experience in contracting, deeding, title review and closing of property lots.
Extensive experience in processing legal documents and PC database software.
Lot inventory reporting activity and organization.

Lloyd and Bernice Denton formed Denton Development Company in the late 1940s. Bitterblue is now the umbrella company for Denton Communities and The Powell Companies, which provide commercial sales, services and development. Denton Communities has been in the real estate development business for over 60 years, which is longer than any other development company established in
San Antonio.