David Weekley CEO to retire Oct. 1 

by John Yellig

David Weekley Homes CEO John Johnson will retire, effective Oct. 1, ending a 20-year career at the homebuilder’s helm. 

He will be replaced Jay Brown, who served as president and CEO of telecom-infrastructure provider Crown Castle Inc. from 2016 to 2024. Before that, he spent eight years as the company’s CFO. Brown has served on the Weekley Homes Board of Directors for six years. 

Johnson will continue to serve on the Weekley Homes board after he leaves the CEO role. He joined the company in 1990 as COO and became CEO in 2003. 

“John has done a tremendous job leading Weekley Homes over many years,” founder David Weekley said in a release. “Under his leadership, we have expanded to be a national homebuilder and lead the industry in customer satisfaction scores. Further, John has guided our company to become a perennial recipient of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ honors.”  

“David Weekley Homes’ commitment to serve people both through building dream homes and sharing company ownership shines as a bright light,” stated Brown. “With a third of Weekley Homes ownership committed to charitable trusts, we are serving some of the world’s most helpless and hopeless through more than 100 charities in 35 countries. Another third of Weekley Homes is owned by our team members who meaningfully share in the rewards of their work.” 



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