Mark Ellis Tipton founded the Whistler Corporation in 1981 and was its sole-owner.
A second-generation homebuilder, Tipton started his building career at a very early age, working in the family business where he started in the field as a laborer and finally was responsible for all marketing and sales decisions, as well as land development activities.
Embracing a family tradition of active involvement with the Home Builders Association, Tipton followed in his father's footsteps and became engaged in the political realm of the homebuilding and land development industry and soon became the President of the local Home Builders Association.
He then became the youngest State Home Builders President in the Nation, as the President of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) in 1979-1980.
Following his service as NCHBA President, Tipton left his family business in Greenville, NC, moved to Raleigh, and started the Whistler Corporation in 1981 to pursue his ambitions of owning a homebuilding and land development company.
True to his
nature, Tipton thought big and began a Title X HUD Land Development Project in Raleigh, NC.
This 251-unit townhouse development (Hunters Creek) sparked his
career and set his
company in motion.
Several lending institutions engaged Tipton
to do workout programs for projects that were failing and Whistler
became very proficient in working out projects for lending institutions.
Building upon his early success and continuing in his role as a homebuilder and land developer, Tipton did one of the first small lot subdivisions in North Raleigh, NC known as Durant Trails.
In 1987, Tipton
sold the company to a development group from Florida but maintained the rights to the name "Whistler".
Tipton served as National Vice President for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, DC from 1986 and 1987.
In 1987 he threw his hat into the ring to run for the NAHB Vice-President and Secretary.
Tipton was elected to this position in January of 1988 and went on to serve as the NAHB president in 1991.
To this date, he
is the youngest person to ever hold this position.
During this five (5)-year tenure on the Association's "Senior Officer Ladder", Tipton
was educated on many national housing related issues including wetlands and the finite details of the "Credit Crunch".
As the spokes person for Housing, Tipton became a regular testifying before Congress and appearing on such national talk shows as "Larry King Live", "Good Morning America, "Today Show"" and local and national news programs, while at the same time conferring with the President and his administration at the White House on housing issues.
carried the torch for the Housing Industry during one of the most difficult times in its history, earning him a spot in the National Housing Hall of Fame
also holds the honor of having been inducted into the North Carolina Housing Hall of Fame
, and has been recognized as Builder of the Year on several occasions in the Raleigh and Greenville communities, as well as throughout the state of North Carolina.
In 1992, Tipton bought the company back from the Florida group and continued to work in the housing industry.
Before returning to full time development, he became the CEO of SMART HOUSE, Inc., a company that pioneered Home Automation and was heavily funded by the NAHB.
tenure as CEO of SMART HOUSE, Inc.
was able to build a team that turned the company around and established it as the most recognized name in home automation.
The company was part of a corporate take-over by Tyco International
After taking a break, Tipton changed the name of Whistler Corporation to Whistler Investment Group, LLC and began working on distressed properties and other types of land deals.
Once again, he
surrounded himself with a team of experts in the industry to help further his
vision of responsible building and land development.