Ron Terwilliger is currently Chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Properties which focuses on rental apartment development in the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh/Durham markets. He is Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company which he joined in 1979. Trammell Crow Residential Company is a national residential real estate company and was the largest developer of multi-family housing in the United States for several decades during his tenure as CEO.
Mr. Terwilliger is an honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After serving five years in the Navy, he received his MBA degree with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Ron is past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute and remains a Trustee. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center. Ron is the past Chairman of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, is an ex-officio member of the board, and chairs Habitat’s Global Development Council. Additionally, he chairs the board of directors for I Have a Dream Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating low income children. He also serves as Chairman of Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees.
Philanthropically, Mr. Terwilliger made a $5 million gift to establish the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Similarly, a $5 million gift to the Enterprise Foundation has created the Enterprise Terwilliger Fund – targeted to create affordable homes. He has contributed more than $20 million to the U.S. Naval Academy, and serves on the Board of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. His $100 million legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity International will help thousands of families access improved housing.
Ron received the Hearthstone Builder Humanity Award in 2006 for his commitment to housing related charities and in 2008 was elected to the National Association of Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his efforts to advance housing opportunities for all Americans. In 2009, Ron was honored by the National Housing Conference with the Person of the Year Award for his commitment and contributions to affordable housing.
Additionally, Ron was honored in 2009 by the United States Naval Academy as a Distinguished Graduate for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2012, Ron was honored with the National Patriotism Award by the National Foundation of Patriotism and in 2013, Ron was the recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Ron was also selected for the prestigious Horatio Alger Award – Class of 2014, bestowed upon individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.
Ron’s most recent endeavor is directed at recalibrating Federal Housing Subsidy to target those most in need. In 2014 he created the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families to combat the growing affordable housing crisis in the United States.