"Newland is about an idea of building better places. The true outcome is 50 years from now, not five years from today. I’m most proud of seeing families thriving well into the future, you know you’ve touched literally thousands and thousands of lives, and that we’ve made those lives better, by building a more sustainable community." — Ted Nelson 

Ted Nelson, with more than 40 years of master-planned community experience, heads the operation of Newland’s development and acquisition activities through hands-on leadership and tactical oversight. He is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees which set company policy, provide strategic direction of existing developments, and analyze acquisition opportunities.

Ted joined Newland through its acquisition of the Terrabrook portfolio in 2003 and has held multiple positions of leadership over the past 15 years. At Terrabrook, he was responsible for assets in Houston, Austin, and Dallas. Prior to Terrabrook, Ted served in several capacities for American General Land Development, a predecessor to Terrabrook, and began his career with the Woodlands Development Corporation.

Ted graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in insurance and did postgraduate study in accounting at the University of Houston. While serving on the adjunct faculty at North Harris County College, he taught several courses in real estate related subjects. Ted is a member of the Urban Land Institute and participates at both the local and national level. As a member of the West Houston Association, he previously served as its Chairman. Ted was awarded the Association’s “Impact Award” for leadership in quality, sustainable development, including spearheading the Association’s “2050 Plan.” A member of the Greater Houston Builders Association, he is an integral part of its “Build PAC” leadership committee. Ted enjoyed the unique privilege of participating in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “Future of Suburbia” program as an industry representative. Ted was appointed to the board of the Texas Real Estate Advisory Committee by the governor of the State of Texas in 2013, was reappointed in 2021, and continues in that capacity today.

Ted proudly served his nation as a member of the US Army.