Leadership

Our team’s expertise and experience make Davidson and Jones a go-to real estate partner for those who want to be sure … every step of the way. Our family of construction, development and management companies provides a deep understanding of what a project needs to succeed.

Robert L “Roddy” Jones, Chairman, Davidson and Jones Companies

A real estate visionary, Roddy was responsible for D&J’s growth from 1960 – 2000. His achievements include development of both Crabtree Valley Mall (the second largest mall in the Carolinas when built) and the iconic Imperial Center Business Park. Roddy is a founder of Highwoods REIT (HIW) and is an owner of the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham, NC. Roddy has also made a difference as:

  • Past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina
  • Chairman of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President of the Carolina Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America
  • Founding board member of Capital Bank (CBKN, recently acquired by North American Financial Holdings NAFH)

Seby R “Russ” Jones, President, Davidson and Jones Companies

Russ manages the day-to-day operations of Davidson and Jones’ family of companies. Russ graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1996 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and earned a Masters in Accounting from UNC in 1997. In 1999, Russ became a Certified Public Accountant while working with Ernst & Young. Russ is the current President, and past Membership Chair for the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization, is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and is the co‐owner of Yoga & Pilates Company named EVOLVE Movement. Russ serves on the Advisory Board for Triangle Family Services and Camp Challenge.

Jay A. Mahan, President, Davidson and Jones Hotel Corporation

Jay has been with DJHC since 1985 and is responsible for creating the guest satisfaction/rate appreciation focus in our company. Jay is past president and a founding member of the Association of Sheraton Franchisees of North America and continues to serve on the board as an ex‐officio member. Jay is also a member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Inc.’s Owners Advisory Council. Prior to joining DJHC, Jay served as General Manager of the 431 room Sheraton Nation Hotel in Arlington, VA and was named Sheraton’s Franchise GM of the Year in 1980. Jay served as VP of Operations for Arltec, Inc., a Sheraton Franchisee with 4 hotels and 1,238 rooms in the Washington, DC Area; was a director of operations for P&S Management, a Holiday Inn franchisee with 11 hotels and 2,100 rooms in the Midwest; and was VP of Operations for Petlin Hotels with management responsibility for 8 hotels in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Jay is a former Chairman of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and remains active in many civic associations.

Michael Martino, General Manager, Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center / Vice President, Davidson and Jones Hotel Corporation

Michael “Mike” Martino’s career at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park has spanned three decades with close to twenty years as the destination’s general manager. Prior to his leadership in the Triangle, Mike served as general manager for Sheraton’s hotels in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Shreveport, Louisiana and as an executive for American Airlines and auditor for Coopers Lybrand.

Mike’s community leadership includes:

  • International Council Chairman for Sheraton franchises
  • President of the Shreveport, Louisiana and Triangle Area Hotel Associations
  • Founding member of the Durham Careers in Hospitality Program
  • Board Member of the NC Central University Hospitality Program
  • Board Member of the ECU Hospitality Program

Susan Easley, Business Manager, Davidson and Jones Companies

At Davidson and Jones, Susan has worn many hats over a tenure that has spanned four decades. Her instrumental work for our business has included:

  • Financing / Development of new projects
  • Financing/Banking Relationships
  • Financial Reporting
  • Risk Management
  • Human Resources and Employee Benefits Plans
  • Day to day management of the Seby Jones Family Foundation
  • Commercial and Residential Construction reporting

Susan is a committed member of her church and community.

Gayle Jones, Executive Assistant to Roddy Jones, Davidson and Jones Companies

Gayle’s work experience ranges from banking, state government (where she served as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Revenue, Howard Coble) to consumer brands as executive assistant to DVP and Marketing Director of Wendy’s International.

Gayle serves as assistant to Roddy Jones, Chairman of affiliated Davidson and Jones companies, and shares in many of the day to day operations of the business.

Gayle is very active in community and civic organizations, serving on various committees. She is a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church, where she serves as a Sunday school teacher, an Awana Team worker and an active member of the Ladies Fellowship Group.