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Our Team

Cernus professionals have extensive experience in brokerage, land assembly, community design and residential development processes as founding partners, managing members, and directors of development of various real estate entities.

The Cernus Team

Joel R. Scott

Joel ScottMr. Joel Scott is primarily focused on the sourcing, acquisition, entitlement, planning, visioning, and sale of projects for Cernus.

Joel Scott began his career in real estate in 1984 with Coldwell Banker Commercial, after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Real Estate Development and Investment. During his long tenure at CB Richard Ellis (now CBRE), he was consistently a top producer in the Houston office, specializing in the acquisition and sale of land to developers, users and investors.

Mr. Scott was a founding partner of Terramark Communities in 2001 and Cernus Development in 2010. Over his career, Mr. Scott has been involved in many significant land transactions, including the acquisition, development, or sale of the following residential communities:



Harry Masterson

Harry MastersonMr. Harry Masterson manages the general operations of the Cernus Group, focuses on marketing, industry relations, and market analysis for potential projects.

Masterson has focused on land development and large land brokerage transactions since 1995. During this time he has developed strong relationships with the top homebuilders, engineering firms, land planners, and industry leaders that drive the Houston residential development market.

Harry Masterson is very involved with the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) where he currently serves as president on the board of directors.  Mr. Masterson also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders and Texas Association of Builders.  Mr. Masterson also serves as the Vice Chair for the GHBA HOME-PAC (political action committee). Outside of the development industry, Masterson serves in leadership roles for several community and non-profit organizations.

Prior to entering the development industry, Harry Masterson was a broker with CB Richard Ellis and Weems & Co. specializing in large land transactions. He is a Texas Licensed Real Estate Broker and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.



Jordan Mack

Jordan MackMr. Jordan Mack focuses on project execution for Cernus overseeing the financial due diligence and performance of management decisions.  Mr. Mack leads project analysis, design, engineering, legal, environmental, construction and sales for Cernus developments.  In addition, Jordan brings vertical development experience to the Cernus team.    

Mr. Mack is the managing principal for Woodridge Forest in Montgomery County, spearheading the revitalization of the community and turning it into a profitable investment.  He has also budgeted, forecasted and modeled detailed acquisition analyses used by land funds positioning themselves in the Houston market.

Mack co-founded the Young Professional Committee of the Greater Houston Builders Association, which is comprised of emerging industry leaders. He received his Civil Engineering degree from Rice University and serves as Vice President of Fort Bend MUD #68.



Lisa Chahin

Lisa ChahinMs. Lisa Chahin oversees all aspects of project development from concept creation to long term management of the community.

Chahin has more than 16 years of experience in land development, the majority of which has been with large scale master-planned communities in the Houston area. She founded Genesis Collaborative in 2011 through which she provides land development consulting services to clients in the Houston area.

Prior to forming Genesis Collaborative, Lisa Chahin served as Vice President for Hillwood Communities, a Perot company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. She oversaw the company's projects in the Houston area, including the 3,800-acre property in Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas as well as the 468-acre Rocky Creek community in Austin, Texas. She also served as Vice President of Operations for Newland Communities, the nation's largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the United States. While at Newland, Chahin led all aspects of community development at various times during her eight year tenure for Cinco Southwest, Seven Meadows, Grayson Lakes and Summerwood. 

Chahin graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Summa Cum Laude (1993) and a Master of Science in Land Development (1995). Ms. Chahin and serves as Chair of the Development Industry Advisory Committee to the Master of Science in Land Development Program (2010-2012) and has been involved in leadership roles with the Urban Land Institute, currently serving as Chair of the Programs Committee and  Member of the Suburban Marketplace Committee (2008 and 2012).



Benny Nguyen

Benny NguyenMr. Benny Nguyen's responsibilities include overseeing project management and project execution for the company. Mr. Nguyen leads projects and manages consultants through development phases of Cernus communities.

As a Texas licensed Professional Engineer, Mr. Nguyen brings civil engineering experience in design, feasibility, project management and construction administration to the Cernus team. Prior to joining Cernus, he designed and managed engineering and construction aspects of various land development projects at Brown & Gay Engineers, Inc., including Cross Creek Ranch, a 3,200-acre and 5,000-home master planned development in Fulshear, Texas.

Nguyen earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Engineering degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to attending Texas A&M University, he also received education from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of Florida. In 2012, Nguyen graduated from University of Houston – Victoria (Sugar Land, TX) with a Strategic Master of Business Administration degree. He currently serves on the board of directors of University of Houston – Victoria MBA Alumni Association.



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