Jerry Waddilove – President and CEO
When you first meet me; you might not crack my personality shell (attribute that to being raised by a single mother perhaps), but once you do, I’m more than willing to laugh with you with my poignant sharing of a myriad of movie one-liners and think, laugh, or cry-with stories. When getting down to business, you’ll quickly appreciate my leadership knack, perfectionism, attention to detail (sometimes I refer to it as OCD), creativity, entrepreneurship, curiosity, and teamwork mentality.
I’m married to my beautiful wife, Jenny, and we have two children and a teddy bear puppy named Maple. Other than following around our children at dance, dance, dance, basketball, baseball, and talent shows, I like to spend my free time playing old man’s basketball, running half-marathons (the full marathon might come some day thanks to Jenny), cycling Grangables and other crazy rides (Horribly Hilly Hundreds is next), and dancing in Daddy-Daughter routines. In my other spare time, I’m involved in many community activities including March of Dimes, Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, youth sports coaching, and Iowa City Noon Rotary.
I have the fortunate opportunity to act as the President and CEO for SouthGate Companies. I focus on sharing the company’s mission, vision, and core values while guiding the team in implementing the company’s overall business plan (big words…big job). More specifically, I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with City staff and design and construction teams on creating quality homes and workplaces in our communities.
I’ve recently worked on master planning Cardinal Pointe West, which is an extension of residential development in Iowa City within walking distance of Borlaug Elementary. I’ve also been working on a mixed use project in Coralville where we hope to bring in a great restaurant offering “$4 coffees and craft beers” (coined by a conference speaker).
I’m most exited about the Preserve@Sandhill. The Preserve is a new urbanism type residential development near Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in Iowa City where we desire to retain as much of the natural areas and green space as we can with a modern farmhouse appeal.
I enjoy collaborating with others. Maybe we can work together soon in some way.