Our Team
Our leaders have extensive investment & operating experience throughout the real estate value chain.
President - Westlake Development Group
Thom Liggett

Thom brings over 30 years experience to Westlake.

He has served on the leadership teams of multiple institutionally backed investment fund service platforms with a focus on the Residential Housing industry (REIT’s and  CDFI’s). Over $20 Billion in capital has been deployed nationally through these platforms since 2012. Thom created national performance mgmt. standards while building and managing teams across 8 states with responsibility for many thousands of assets and over $2 Billion capital deployed.

Thom is leading the expansion of Westlake into a full service real estate investment & development platform.  As an active investor & asset manager for multiple funds, and as a licensed real estate broker in NC, Thom leads the capital markets and brokerage business units.

Westlake Development Group is a real estate focused asset owner/manager within the global value chain investment strategy of Performance Capital Partners, LLC where Thom is the Founder and Managing Member.

Thom graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1991.  He also earned his full real estate NC brokers license in 2014. 




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President - Westlake Builders
Steve Smith

Steve brings over 35 years experience to Westlake.

As an unlimited licensed General Contractor in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee, Steve has served on the leadership teams of multiple production home builders with a focus on the Single Family Residential industry. He is also the owner, President & CEO of Avista Homes, Inc. which has a 10 year track record with thousands of successful home completions

Steve is a Senior home building executive in all facets of the construction industry including Custom luxury homes, high velocity production SF & multi-family, Build 2 rent and high velocity renovations for REIT's. Light commercial projects, Hotels & office facilities.

Comprehensive business growth and leadership with strategic planning, Full P&L responsibility, Sales & marketing, land acquisition, site design to entitlement, Horizontal development, Construction science, Operations Guru, technology design of systems & workflows for process improvement and occasional consultation for mid to large size builders.

Steve has completed the certification requirements for unlimited Licensed General Contractor in FL, SC, NC, and TN.  He is a Certified Graduate Builder from the NAHB and he also studied Business Administration at Pensacola State College.




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