Georgia native and University of Alabama graduate Tripp Butler joined Southbridge Realty as Chief Operations Officer in the winter of 2007 and in September of 2008 became CEO and owner. Tripp started his career in commercial real estate in Atlanta before moving to Charleston in the early 90’s as a sales executive with Wild Dunes Real Estate, and after a few years took over as broker, then partner and finally CEO with full responsibility for P&L performance, goal setting, overall operations, marketing and sales management, then managing a staff of 20. While working on real estate development projects in conjunction with Wild Dunes Development Company, Tripp held responsibility for sales, marketing and infrastructure matters resulting in a rejuvenated residential development firm which in 2005 was sold to Lowe Enterprises (the country’s 5th largest independent management company) after having increased annual sales by over $70 million.
From 2006 to 2007 Tripp was Vice President of Genesis Designer Homes after being recommended for the position by the two companies mutual CPA. Tripp developed and supervised the sales team and large support staff, building them to achieve 100% of an aggressive 2006 revenue goal, while competitors were losing market share in a slowing sector.
Tripp, along with his wife, son, and daughter are active members of Compassion Christian Church, and active sports enthusiast. He is a past member of the Savannah Historical Society, served on the board of The Living Vine, and his company is a member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.