Our Leadership

Land Tejas is led by a team of professionals experienced in both residential and commercial development. The depth of our experience includes site selection, feasibility analysis, creation and management of utility districts, infrastructure development, amenity development, and home owners association planning.

Al Brende

Owner & Co-Founder


James Henrie

Chief Operating Officer

James Henrie
Chief Operating Officer

James Henrie joined Land Tejas in 2001 after working with Eagle Mortgage Company based in Las Vegas. There he acquired the expertise needed for all aspects of real estate financing, including loan analysis, investor relations and real estate liquidation. During his tenure with Land Tejas, Mr. Henrie has worked as Project Manager overseeing the development of some of the company’s largest master-planned communities and as Director of Land Acquisition and Development. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Henrie oversees a number of responsibilities, including feasibilities, proformas, budget management, construction oversight, investor relations, operations, sales and marketing activities, and the overall growth of the company.

Melanie Mangel

Chief Financial Officer

Melanie Mangel
Chief Financial Officer

Melanie Mangel brings nearly 30 years of experience to the Land Tejas team. Since joining Land Tejas in 2005, Ms. Mangel has served as Controller with direct responsibility for all accounting, payroll, office management, cash management and financial matters. Now as Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Mangel’s duties now include all financial planning, financial reporting and banking relations. In her prior experience, Ms. Mangel served in capacities such as Controller, Accounting Manager and Supervisor for a variety of businesses in the Houston Metropolitan Area.

Mike Springs

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Springs
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Michael Springs directs all financial operations and accounting activities for Land Tejas. Mr. Springs has more than 20 years of land development experience in cash management, budgets, financial analysis, tax coordination and banking relations. Before joining Land Tejas, Mr. Springs served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Markborough Development Company, a national real estate development company. There he played a key role in the development of New Territory, a 3,100-acre master-planned community.

Collin Campbell

Senior Project Manager

Collin Campbell
Senior Project Manager

Joining Land Tejas nearly 20 years ago, Collin Campbell is responsible for all aspects of project management. These include cost analyses, project projection, budget control, contract administration, local, state and federal approvals and construction supervision. Prior to working for Land Tejas, Collin served as development director for large organizations, including McCord Development Communities, Kaufman & Broad and Glenn Loggins, Inc.

Jeff Sheehan

Amenity Development Manager

Jeff Sheehan
Amenity Development Manager

Jeff Sheehan is responsible for the conceptual development, design, and installation of each community’s amenities. At Land Tejas, Mr. Sheehan has personally overseen the installation of more than $20 million of community features, including recreation complexes,  guard gates, landscaping and parks. Before joining Land Tejas, he served as golf course developer for Renditions Golf Group and Landscapes Unlimited. Mr. Sheehan is a life member of the PGA of America where he has served as General Manager, Director of Golf and Golf Course Superintendent.

Susan Brown

Marketing Director

Susan Brown
Marketing Director

Having worked for Houston’s top real estate advertising agencies as both account supervisor, writer and graphic designer, Susan Brown brings valuable marketing experience to the Land Tejas team. Her impressive client list has included leading builders and developers, such as Kingwood,  Fairfield, Village Builders, Cinco Ranch, Greatwood, Ryland Homes and Newmark Homes. Ms. Brown’s primary focus is advertising and marketing for each Land Tejas community as well as the Land Tejas corporate branding strategy.

Tim Johnson

Director of Community Sales and Marketing

Tim Johnson
Director of Community Sales and Marketing

Tim Johnson has worked in the new home building industry for over a decade.  He is also an award winning television producer and marketing professional.  He has significant experience in creating unique marketing and advertising plans to help promote new home communities to Houston’s home shoppers.  At Land Tejas, Mr. Johnson helps oversee client relations and deliver customer support to the new home builders that currently sell homes in Land Tejas communities.  He also helps oversee current marketing efforts and give direction to future initiatives.  Tim Johnson graduated from Baylor University with bachelor’s degree in communication.

Josh Wadley

Project Manager

Josh Wadley
Project Manager

Josh Wadley recently joined Land Tejas as Project Manager, with a focus on land acquisition. He brings nearly 10 years of experience, most recently with one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. There he built critical relationships with brokers, developers, engineers, planners, as well as with other builders across the Houston area. His expertise includes both market and financial analysis and a deep understanding of the local market environments across Houston.

David Morrison

Assistant Project Manager

David Morrison
Assistant Project Manager

David Morrison serves as Assistant Project Manager for Land Tejas, bringing 6 years of experience in residential and commercial development. Before moving to Houston in 2017 he worked for Wells Fargo Bank in Dallas, specializing in the Commercial Real Estate Lending and Homebuilder Finance Group. Prior to that Mr. Morrison worked with Provident Realty, a single-family residential developer in Dallas. Mr. Morrison spent one year on active duty and has served since 2013 in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He attended Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth.