Wild Ridge is led by the Developer, Jack Kruesi, and his associates, Julie Beach, Kelley Henley & Penny McGee. Select approved Builders are Mike Moon and Tim & Kyle Burns. Jack, Mike, Tim & Kyle have a combined 200 years of residency on Signal Mountain and over 140 years of building and development experience. Wild Ridge represents a combined passion we all share for nature, and the desire to recapture and combine the unique feel of Olde Town and Summertown on Signal Mountain.
A Passion to Preserve: Team Wild Ridge
The preservation of vernal pools, woodlands and natural habitat is of the highest importance to the developer. For over 40 years, Jack has demonstrated a unique ability to “listen to the land” to place roads, preserve unique tree specimens and create minimal disturbance to plants and wildlife. Prior to groundbreaking, most native plants and wildflowers were relocated to a safe zone.
Leaving over 50% of open space at Wild Ridge was a personal goal set early on, ensuring that people and nature could thrive together. With this accomplished, Jack then designed Wild Ridge to feature multiple access points to an additional 51-acre National Wildlife Nature Preserve. This allows Wild Ridge to be surrounded by 113 acres of nature to enjoy and explore.
Julie shares Jack’s love of conservation and the great outdoors. In 2007, Julie worked with Jack for several years on the Bluff Creek phase of Fox Run. She joined the Wild Ridge Team in 2012. She brings more than 20 years of experience in environmental and land conservation efforts to this project.
Kelley has lived on Signal Mountain her entire life and knows the benefits of living in this wonderful community. Like her co-workers, she is a lover of nature. She has worked with Jack for fifteen years and oversees all financial aspects of the business as Chief Financial Officer.
Penny has worked with Jack for over 26 years. Penny has an intense love for nature and wilderness and shares that passion with her co-workers on the Wild Ridge Development team.
Jack and his associates work very closely with the selected builders. By taking this “team” approach we accomplish our mission of “Partnering with Nature for People”.
Approved Builder: Mike Moon
Mike Moon is recognized across the Tennessee Valley for his beautiful, sustainable homes.
Mike is a 1988 Graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S. degree in Real Estate Finance. After graduation he joined the family construction and developing business started by his father, Don Moon. Don Moon, Builder has built homes on Signal Mountain since 1976, and changed its name to Garden Properties, LLC in 2003.
Mike has been involved in various development projects and the Chattanooga metro area: Westfield on Signal Mountain, First and Market in downtown Chattanooga, the Gardens at Heritage Green in East Brainerd, Fieldstone Farms in Walker County, GA, Walnut Hill Town Homes in downtown Chattanooga, and Easthaven in East Brainerd.
Mike also is the principal in a residential home design company, Crescent Home Design, LLC. Crescent Home Design works with individuals and builders to design custom homes and specializes in town home, patio home, and traditional neighborhood design (TND) homes.
Mike is a past President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga in 1997 and 2011. Mike was honored as Builder of the Year in 2000, and Developer of the Year in 2010. He is currently a board member and has been involved at the state and national level. Mike also holds the designations of Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), and Certified Green Builder through the National Association of Home Builders.
Mike is involved in various volunteer organizations and serves as Vice President of Cornerstones, Inc, a local historic preservation non-profit group. He also serves as Chairman of the Hamilton County Waste Water Treatment Authority, and is a Coordinating Committee member of Thrive 2055 Regional Growth Initiative.
Mike and is wife Rae reside in Signal Mountain and have two sons, Griffin & Harrison. Both sons attended Nolan Elementary and graduated from Signal Mountain Middle-High School.
Approved Builder: Tim & Kyle Burns
Tim Burns is the Owner of Burns Construction Company LLC of Chattanooga, TN. Tim was a graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1980 with a degree in Business Management. He is a second generation homebuilder working in the company his Father founded.
Tim became President of the company in 1978 and has enjoyed a career of building quality custom homes in the Chattanoooga Area for the last 32 years. He was President of the Homebuilders Association in 1996 and Builder of the Year in 1997.
Burns Construction Company puts enormous emphasis on the pre-construction details to make sure the client’s home building experience is smooth and enjoyable. Burns Construction Company understands that we are not just building a house, we are building your home. In the end, we want to make sure we are proud to hand you the keys to you new home.
Burns Construction Company offers residential design, existing home additions and remodeling, as well as any type of residential or light commercial projects.
Tim and his wife Carol, a realtor with Prudential Real Estate, have two children, Ashley and Kyle. Ashley is a realtor with Prudential Real Estate and Kyle heads the residential design department at Burns Construction. With Kyle’s help, they take the client from design to finished product.
Photographer: Drew Beach
Drew Beach Photography is Wild Ridge’s official photographer. Drew is a graduate from Notre Dame High School and currently attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Drew is able to capture homes from start to finish, has an eye for intricate details and can give a bird’s eye view of the overall development through his drone lens.