OUR STORY

Starting with very little capital but a large entrepreneurial spirit, The Blackburn Group was founded in 2006 with a burning desire to make a difference. Since 2006, The Blackburn Group has grown to a diverse group of businesses in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas with over $100 million in annual revenue and has added over 90 team members across 7 operating companies.

David Blackburn Oxford, MS

The Blackburn Group has returned significantly on its endeavor to create long-term capital appreciation for its partners by maximizing each company’s potential and building strong and lasting relationships along the way.

Founder, David B. Blackburn, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 2000 and a Master’s in Accountancy a year later in 2001.

After graduation, David joined Deloitte & Touche in Nashville, TN before getting into the commercial real estate development business through the formation of his company, The Blackburn Group. The Blackburn Group has been named one of Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Private Businesses in America for five years in a row and the #1 Fastest Growing Company in the State of Mississippi. In 2018, David was recognized as one of the Top CEOs of Mississippi and Top 50 under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. David resides in Oxford, MS with his wife, Karen, and their two sons, Collins and Niles.

2002

In 2002, David Blackburn took over the management of High Point Mitigation Company, LLC, a land mitigation bank in Louisiana consisting of over 1,600 acres of land put under conservation. In 2002, Blackburn also co-managed the renovation of a 96-unit apartment community, Jackson Square, into second home condominiums for Ole Miss alumni.

2003

In 2003, David Blackburn was asked to take over management of an existing mechanical construction and service company, Upchurch Services, LLC, increasing profitability and then selling the company in 2006 In 2003, Blackburn also formed ABC Security, LLC, a marketing and sales firm that worked with Security Check to serve retail tenants in the check collection industry. . From 2003 to the sale of the company in 2007, Blackburn was able to help this company grow exponentially with clients throughout the United States.

Blackburn also formed UP Properties, LLC, in 2003 to develop a commercial land and office park located in Oxford, MS.

2006

David Blackburn founded The Blackburn Group, LLC as a family holding company.

Blackburn also purchased an interest in R. J. Allen & Associates, Inc., a commercial general construction company that had been dormant for the last 10 years, and was named President of the company. Since taking over management, Blackburn has expanded R.J. Allen & Associates into one of the most respected commercial construction companies in the Southern United States in the multi-family and retail construction markets.

2007

Blackburn’s first residential community, the Oaks at Wildwood, breaks ground in Georgetown, TX. The Oaks at Wildwood is an 86-home active adult community that received the Community of the Year award for the Austin, TX metro area for 2009 and 2010.

2009

Blackburn Communities was formed to focus on the development of residential communities in the Southern United States. It has expanded over the years to become one of the premier homebuilders in Texas and Mississippi.

2010

In 2010, Blackburn co-founded Rowan Oak Funds and serves as its President. Rowan Oak Funds is a private equity firm specializing in niche real estate, health, and fitness opportunities throughout the Southern United States.

Blackburn purchased its first three Anytime Fitness clubs in Texas in 2010. Since that time, Fitness Holdings has expanded to now include eight Anytime Fitness clubs throughout the state of Texas.

Blackburn also purchased and completed renovations of 54 units at Oxford Square Townhomes in Oxford, MS that had been foreclosed on.

2011

Blackburn began development of its first student housing development, Molly Barr Trails, in Oxford, MS. This community was expanded to include a second phase, Molly Barr Ridge, in 2014. Both Molly Barr Trails and Molly Barr Ridge were sold in 2016.

Blackburn begins its first single tenant development with a National retail tenant. This experience leads to Blackburn expanding to developing Dollar Generals in 2015 and the formation of Streamline Development in 2018.

In 2011, Blackburn also purchased and completed renovations of 30 units at the Park Condominiums in Oxford, MS that had been foreclosed on. These units were sold in 2016.

2012

In 2012, Blackburn took over the Oxford Commons development, a 500+ acre master planned community in Oxford, MS which has since expanded to include an additional 120+ acres.

Development begins on the Preserve at Mayfield Ranch, a 159 home community in Round Rock, TX.

2013

Development begins on The Preserve at Oxford Commons and The Heights at Oxford Commons, both single family residential communities within the Oxford Commons master planned development.

Southaven Marketplace, a 6,500 square foot retail center in Southaven, MS breaks ground in 2013.

2014

Highland Court, a 48,000 square foot retail center in Oxford, MS breaks ground in 2014.

Development begins on The Park at Oxford Commons, a 92,500 square foot office park within the Oxford Commons master planned community.

2015

Hays Junction Apartments breaks ground in Kyle, TX on phase 1 which consists of 207 units. This is expanded to 309 units with phase 2 in 2017.

Russell Street Flats, a 62 unit student housing property in downtown Starkville, MS, begins development.

Gin on Russell, a 64 unit condominium community in downtown Starkville, MS, begins construction with all units pre-sold in the first phase.

Blackburn begins developing Dollar General stores in 2015 in Mississippi and Tennessee.

2016

Blackburn Communities expands its operations in Texas with the start of two new communities, the Gardens at Mayfield in Leander and Diamond Oaks in Round Rock.

2017

Blackburn purchases Anderson Grove Apartments, an 80 unit apartment community in Oxford, MS, and begins renovations.

2018

The Crossing at Wells Branch, a 159-home community in Austin, TX, opens in July of 2018.

Wells Junction, a 264-unit apartment community in Austin, TX begins construction with completion expected in 2019.

Blackburn Communities expands with the addition of Trails at Blackhawk, a 59 home gated community in Pflugerville, TX.

Streamline Development is formed to focus on serving the existing National retail clients for Blackburn and to expand into additional markets.

2019

Leander Junction, a 288-unit apartment community in Leander, TX is expected to break ground in early 2019 with completion set for 2020.

The Crossing at Oxford Commons, a townhome development in the Oxford Commons master planned community, is expected to break ground in early 2019 with completion of its first homes in early 2020.

The Terrace at Oxford Commons, a 16,000 square foot retail center in the Oxford Commons master planned community, is expected to break in early 2019 with completion at the end of 2019.
Accolade

DAVID BLACKBURN TOP CEO

AWARD

2018
Mississippi Business Journal

Accolade

DAVID BLACKBURN TOP 50

UNDER 40

2018
Mississippi Business Journal

Accolade

VOTED BEST PLACES TO WORK

IN MISSISSIPPI

2016 • 2017 • 2018
Mississippi Business Journal

Accolade

VOTED BEST PLACES TO WORK

IN AUSTIN

2017
Austin Business Journal

Accolade

VOTED FASTEST GROWING PRIVATE BUSINESS IN U.S.

TOP 500

2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016
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