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Meet the Team

Get to know the dedicated and dynamic individuals who make our company's success a reality.

Meet the Team

Get to know the dedicated and dynamic individuals who make our company's success a reality.


Tom Stapley

Tom Stapley is a leader and advocate for manufactured housing. With a career spanning over 17 years in the manufactured housing industry, Tom is committed to building welcoming, safe and well-maintained communities for individuals and families to call home. Tom is an executive founder and the President of Roots Management, which emerged from the merger of Treehouse Communities and Vineyards Communities. Today, Roots is one of the premier companies in the manufactured home industry, operating over 241 communities across 24 states. Tom co-founded Treehouse Group Companies in 2006 and he has been the driving force in helping Treehouse grow and succeed to become a top manufactured housing provider. His leadership is anchored in a commitment to building teams and empowering people. He is dedicated to cultivating opportunities for individuals, families, and entire communities and to creating safe, friendly, and opportunity-rich environments. Tom also co-founded Invitation Homes in 2012, a venture that has grown into the largest single-family rental home company in the United States. With over 80,000 homes in its portfolio, Invitation Homes has reshaped the landscape of single-family rentals. As the President of Roots Management Group, Tom continues to lead with a vision to provide quality housing opportunities for individuals and families.


Tauvaga Ili (Tau)

Tau is a dynamic and accomplished professional who has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of Roots Management Group. He has experienced a career trajectory like no other, starting as one of just five employees to now being the Chief of Operations. In this position, Tau not only ensures Roots’ communities adhere to our high standards of quality, but also serves as a vital link to Roots’ capital partners. Through a strategic approach to sales management, Tau consistently grows the company's market position, devises effective pricing strategies, and leads a team of sales professionals to deliver outstanding results. Tau greatly emphasizes employee training, development, and continuous learning, recognizing the significance of a motivated and well-trained workforce. This, along with the implementation of extensive training programs, ensures that the Communities team delivers exceptional service.

David Bragg, Roots Management Group's Professional Chief Strategy Officer

David Bragg

Dave Bragg leads Roots' Investment Management Group, which encompasses Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Asset & Portfolio Management, and Data Analytics, and he serves as the firm's Chief Strategy Officer. Before joining Roots in late '22, Dave served as Co-Head of Strategic Research at Green Street, the preeminent provider of actionable commercial real estate research, data, analytics, news, and advisory services in the United States and Europe. The team's research informed property investors’ decision-making process across real estate sectors and metro areas in the public and private markets. Previously, he led Green Street’s residential research team, covering the apartment, single-family rental, student housing, manufactured housing, and self-storage sectors. Prior to joining Green Street, Dave developed and led the REIT research effort at Zelman & Associates and was a member of Institutional Investor’s top-ranked REIT research team at ISI Group and Merrill Lynch. Dave is a Global Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and recently served as Chair of the Technology and Real Estate Council.

Eric Blum, Roots Management Group's Hardworking Chief Legal Officer

Eric Blum

With nearly 20 years of experience as a corporate attorney with significant experience in real estate, private equity, corporate governance, capital markets and mergers & acquisitions, Eric currently serves as our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, leading the teams responsible for all legal matters and risk management. He previously served as COO of OZ Impact Funds (the investment arm of Vineyards Management Group) from February 2019 until the merger of OZ and Vineyards into Roots in August 2021, when Eric assumed his current role. He previously worked as an associate at Greenberg Traurig in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his principal practice areas were mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance and corporate governance.

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EVP Operations

Shaun Huxford

Shaun Huxford is a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience in Operations and management. As the Executive Vice President at Roots Management Group, Shaun is pivotal in steering the company toward success through strategic leadership and operational execution.
Shaun’s journey in the Manufactured Housing (MH) space began in 1986 as he paid his way through college at University of Washington by transporting and setting homes.
Shaun started, turned-around and successfully grew several MH supply based companies. One of Shaun’s most valuable growing opportunities came next when he was asked to help navigate the largest privately held MH Manufacturer through the Great Recession. This included providing over 50,000 FEMA Cottages after the Katrina hurricane and overcoming an F4 tornado that struck the business’s campus. This experience provided him with invaluable insights into precision planning, execution, expense control and gaining efficiencies through Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. 
As Executive Vice President at Roots Management Group, Shaun Huxford brings his multifaceted expertise to the forefront.  Shaun believes in the core values at Roots Management Group and chose Roots because he believes in what we are doing and wants to help us succeed in transforming the industry and the stigmas around manufactured housing communities.
As Shaun continues to make significant contributions to the success of Roots Management Group, his journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring professionals and a testament to the impact of visionary leadership in the corporate landscape. Shaun and his wife Tracy are the proud parents of six children, including two sets of twins (because, as he says, “it’s all about efficiencies”), and reside in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.