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Half a century ago, Edgar Hughston established Hughston Homes Builders in Columbus, Georgia with the goal of helping local families achieve their dreams of new homeownership. In 2002, Jack Hughston joined his father with the same intense passion and goals in mind.
From this humble beginning, fast forward over half-a-century of significant expansion and growth, and Hughston Homes is an Employee Owned company (ESOP) building brand new homes in several prime Georgia and Alabama locations.
Change will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
In 2021, Hughston Homes proudly announced the completion of a transaction to become 100% Employee-Owned through its newly formed Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The secret news was announced to Hughston’s employees by President Richie Eubanks at their monthly corporate meeting. Eubanks began by asking what commonality Hughston Homes had with Publix, joking that it wasn’t just the shared brand color “green” before revealing that the employees were the new owners.
“Since Hughston Homes’ formation in 1972, the company’s philosophy has been to empower its employees to treat the company as if it were their personal franchise, to build the best possible home, and to provide a first-class homeownership experience to our Hughston Homes Family. I am extremely pleased that after nearly half a century, Edgar’s passionate work has turned his dream into a reality. Our hard-working employees now have an opportunity to accumulate financial well-being not only through compensation but now through our ESOP as well. Equally, our buyers can now have an increased level of assurance that Hughston homes will be here for their new home needs well into the future.. Congratulations to all!” said Eubanks.
Jack Hughston, son of Mr. Edgar and key contributor to Hughston Homes’ successes, stood proudly next to his father Edgar while speaking to the surprised employees after the announcement.
“We have a bunch of great people with great talent. We worked really hard to find an option that would allow us to keep our company how it is AND take it to the next level,” said Jack.
“To have this take place is unbelievable…for you all to be able to own it and I still get to work here! Please don’t fire me…” laughed Edgar. “I didn’t want to sell Hughston Homes to another builder and have them change the name, or quality of home, or anything like that. This is great for all of you.”
Hughston Homes was advised by Steve James, President and CEO of SCJ Fiduciary Services who specializes in employee-ownership transactions. Appointed trustee to the newly created ESOP, James’ goal is to secure a sustainable future for Hughston Homes in a manner that is highly beneficial to its employees while allowing room for excelling even faster.
“This is worth celebrating. With a strong and unique company like Hughston Homes, employee ownership is a true win/win transaction for all parties involved. I am super excited to be part of Hughston Homes’ future growth,” said Steve.
Edgar and Jack have proven to us all that when careers are built on passion, the opportunities for true fulfillment and longevity are plentiful. As a result, we make no apologies for setting high standards and our homes whole-heartedly demonstrate this.
Every 12 Hours...
We pride ourselves on giving our #HughstonHomesFamily the best possible buying, building, and homeownership experience that lives up to the Hughston name.
On average, we welcome one new family into a brand new Hughston Home every 12 hours. Years of experience, streamlined systems, and exclusive modern technology allow us to deliver your quality *personalized* home on a schedule. Because we’ve been building new homes for nearly half a century, we have trusted relationships with our vendors and suppliers. You can have peace of mind knowing that your brand new Hughston Home will be completed on time and that your home’s price is secured during your build.
Hughston Homes understands that staying ahead of the curve is of utmost importance and our homes are the proof! What most builders call upgrades, Hughston Homes calls included features – DARE TO COMPARE! With our state of the art intelligent home technology in every home, energy efficient building materials, vast home plan library, and professional design team who will work side by side with you to personalize your new home from the outside, in…it’s easy to choose Hughston Homes as your builder!
Our Culture Drives What We Do.
We invest in extraordinary humans who are dedicated to improving personally and professionally every single day. Each and every one of us feels that it is our moral obligation to provide a seamless path to Hughston Home Ownership. We understand that purchasing a new home is a huge decision, and with all of Hughston’s Advantages and our dedicated team of Licensed Realtors and New Home Specialists by your side, you can have peace of mind that you are making the right choice.
Mr. Whitaker is ready to make your new home dreams a reality in Evans and Grovetown Georgia. Contact him today!
With a passion for helping people, Ricardo later started his next journey in Real Estate where he brings an impressive background and resume with helping his Clients find the perfect home for their family. Whether Buying or Selling your current home, Ricardo will provide you with the special attention one expects of a dedicated, top producing real estate professional. As both a Licensed Realtor and a New Homes Sales Specialist, he is praised most often by his clients for his enthusiasm, patient approach, and dependability with helping to make their home-buying experience a smooth and easy process.