Our Story

Christopher Todd Communities has created A New Way To Live®

The company is among the first developers in the country to create an innovative way of living we call “horizontal living.” Unlike traditional two or three story apartment complexes which are vertical, all of our homes are single story with a private backyard. Our single-family luxury rental homes allow our residents to enjoy a carefree lifestyle as someone else tends to the home and yard maintenance. A socially-active lifestyle and beautiful amenities engage the residents, creating friendships and a true sense of community.

The gated, professionally managed communities feature one- and two- bedroom technology-forward homes with 10’-12’ ceilings, large private backyards and free pet doors. The homes range in size from 668 square feet to 1,022 square feet. The smartest home technology package available includes keyless entry, doorbell cameras, light controls, thermostat, motion detector and all security systems — plus an added bonus of Google Assistant, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Amazon Echo Dot compatibility– all controlled via mobile app.

Our Brand

Christopher Todd Properties was founded by a visionary leader who saw an opportunity to offer the market something more than expected – A New Way to Live®. We are dedicated to providing our residents with the finest experience in luxury rental living by delivering advanced living technologies, highest quality materials, and contemporary amenities, within a safe, secure, and private community.
We are creating a housing product that is different. Our brand essence is “pulling” renters in because we are delivering state of the art rental homes that allow them to feel less stressed, more secure and overall more comfortable in their daily lives. And, building on that success, we are taking the concept to new markets and growing a portfolio of successful assets.
By staying true to our core values, we will build a legacy for ourselves and our partners, ensuring we are building the right product for the right market, with all the right amenities, at the right price.

Just like Adirondacks have hundreds of variations of style so do the residents of our communities. For people who want to bump the relaxation level up a notch, they will find the lifestyle at Christopher Todd Communities is the perfect blend of privacy and serenity. For people who want to engage in a more active social community, residents will be welcomed and encouraged to join in the many social programs designed to foster a sense of belonging and community. Christopher Todd Communities, through an offering of education, health and well being, social engagement, financial stewardship and maintenance free living is creating a new way to live!

Our Leadership

A founder with the future in mind

Christopher Todd Properties® is the brainchild of Todd Wood, an Arizona entrepreneur who started the Mesa-based Alpine Valley Bread Company in 1995. He grew it into a mega-million-dollar annual enterprise before selling. He is now applying his visionary business expertise to this new future-forward venture, returning to his strong roots and passion for real estate development. Mr. Wood has 20 years of experience as a licensed real estate agent in both Utah and Arizona. He has financed, built, and sold over 100 custom, high-end homes as well as owned and leased residential and commercial properties.

Todd Wood

Todd Wood

CEO

“Believe. Trust Me. Hang On.” has been Todd Wood’s compass all his life.

Born into a family of 6 children, Todd started working for the family candy business at age 10 for his grandpa whose motto was, “Our family only works 6 days per week, half days. 6am to 6pm.”

In 1995 Todd and his wife Andrea moved to Arizona with their two young daughters and opened a small family business baking all-natural breads. With Todd’s scrappy and tenacious work habits, dedicating six days a week and “half days”, the family business grew through difficulties and challenges. They began baking organic whole grain breads, long before it was mainstream, and the business took off like a rocket ship. Todd encouraged to everyone to “trust and hang on.” Alpine Valley Bread Company soon became one of the largest national and international organic bread manufacturers.

In 2015, Alpine Valley Bread Company was sold. Todd learned a great lesson after the sale. “If you want to ruin a great marriage, retire and stay home all day with your wife.” After much pondering and prayer, Todd and Andrea again felt inspired to begin a new business providing all “A New Way to Live!” Christopher Todd Properties is the parent company of Christopher Todd Communities, both of which were launched in 2016. Christopher Todd Communities develops private luxury single-family rental smart homes, with all the amenities of a master planned community. The company is planning for a national expansion, bringing the Christopher Todd Communities brand coast to coast.

With this real estate venture, Wood is returning to his strong roots and passion for real estate development. He has been participating in all aspects of real estate transactions for over 30 years: from planning, financing, and building to selling and leasing across both residential and commercial marketplaces. He has been a licensed real estate agent for more than two decades in both Utah and Arizona. He has financed, built, and sold over 100 custom, high-end homes as well as owned and leased residential and commercial properties in Arizona.

Prior to Alpine Valley Bread, Mr. Wood spent 10 years in executive sales with Xerox Engineering Systems. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from University of Utah and an MBA from Arizona State University.

“Believe, trust Me, hang on.”

As the Chief Financial Officer for Christopher Todd Properties, Scott Christian oversees all financial aspects of the company and its affiliates, including accounting and reporting, cash management and forecasting, and audit. He brings more than 27 years of experience in accounting and finance from his time in private practice, including C-level leadership of rapid growth mid-market ($100 million in revenue) companies, and public company controllership.

Scott was previously a key member of the executive team at Alpine Valley Bread with Christopher Todd Properties founder Todd Wood. He strongly believes that the relationship between an owner and a company’s top finance officer is a necessary ingredient to success.

“What I love about my job is that it is about so much more than just numbers.”
Scott Christian

Scott Christian

Chief Financial Officer

Margaret Walter

Margaret Walter

Controller

Homebuilding is in Margaret Walter’s blood. Both of her great grandfathers and one grandfather were builders, and she married a homebuilder. In fact, Margaret has always lived in a home that was built by a member of her family – and she has worked alongside each one from start to finish.

Having worked with Todd Wood as Operations Officer at Alpine Valley Bread for 20 years, Margaret brings her vast knowledge of homebuilding – and 35 years of operational experience – to Christopher Todd Properties. She oversees all aspects of staffing, employee training, accounting, operating budgets, and office management.

After starting her career in banking, then helping Alpine Valley Bread grow and prosper, Margaret is inspired and motivated by this new opportunity to build homes where memories are made. As, the mother of five and grandmother of 16, she knows a thing or two about creating memories.

“Building a home is more than sticks and bricks. It’s about creating an environment where our customers enjoy coming home. There is nothing like living in a home where you feel safe and are surrounded by like-minded people.”

Adam Walter’s passion has always been building. From a young age, he has been fascinated by shaping raw materials into buildings, coordinating with a team to watch a piece of art take shape. Today, he thrives at envisioning an idea, designing it on paper, and creating it with his hands.

From 2012 to 2016, Adam worked for McCarthy Building Companies on a variety of projects, ranging from large-scale solar projects, waste-water treatment plants, high school and library renovations, to smaller individual classroom buildouts, and education spaces.

When he’s not helping Christopher Todd Communities build homes that maximize efficiency, technology, function and architecture, Adam enjoys carpentry, shooting and spending time with his family.

“Construction operates under two principles: maintaining relationships and holding one another accountable.”
Adam Walter

Adam Walter

VP of Construction

Bruce Hutchinson

Bruce Hutchinson

VP of Business Development

As the Vice President of Business Development for Christopher Todd Communities, Bruce brings a wealth of experience to the team in growing businesses and optimizing opportunities.  Bruce has been a food industry executive and health and fitness entrepreneur for the past 40 years with exhaustive experience in sales, brand development, management with several large Fortune 500 companies.  Bruce’s resume includes partnerships with Hostess Brands, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. as well as working with Todd at Alpine Valley Bread as President of Sales for over 8 years.  Bruce came out of retirement to once again work with Todd to bring a new kind of brand to market. He was attracted to the opportunity to help Todd bring a new gold standard to the real estate industry.  In Bruce’s free time he enjoys traveling and spending time with his 6 children and 10 grandchildren.  He is an outdoor enthusiast, as well.  Bruce holds a BA in Business Administration from ASU and is a licensed Real Estate Agent in Arizona.

“I am captivated by the values behind this product through which we will provide a higher quality of life and be able to give back to the community.”

Jordan brings a high level of quality assurance to the Christopher Todd team.  Most recently Jordan served as a Sales Property Manager and Home Inspector for On Q Property Management where he oversaw over 1500 homes.  Jordan is a detailed person and brings a new level of organization to the team.  He enjoys helping others come together in unity to accomplish great things.  He looks forward to meeting new challenges in the homebuilding industry and adding value to the leadership team.  Jordan is a licensed Real Estate Agent and is currently working on his BA in Communications at ASU.  Jordan is devoted to his wife and daughter and also loves sports, golf and basketball. Jordan is very involved in his church and in his faith.  To make Jordan really happy offer him a great burger!

“What attracted me most to Christopher Todd Communities was their goal of bringing a new way of living for all.”
Jordan Unga

Jordan Unga

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Morgan Unga

Morgan Unga

Director of Membership Benefits Program

Morgan was a full-time mother but was so attracted to what Christopher Todd Communities was building, she just had to get involved.  She had always been interested in home renovation and design, so the style of the communities was very attractive to her.  But most of all, she loved the concept of offering people an alternative to traditional apartment or high maintenance home ownership.  She loves the way Christopher Todd combined technology with lifestyle. Morgan is responsible for developing relationships with local retailers and vendors that will offer benefits and savings to our Christopher Todd residents.  Adding value to their everyday lives is her main role.  Morgan is most proud of her baby daughter and watching her grow and when she has time she enjoys running and trying out new recipes.  She is excited for this new challenge.

“I feel that I am very driven and motivated, when I put my mind to something I always make sure to accomplish that goal.”

Carrie Martz founded the Martz Agency in 1980 and built it into one of the most respected agencies in the Southwest. She sold the agency to Bob Parsons in 2013 and remained on as CEO of Martz Parsons until 2015. The Martz Agency was noted for its branding work for real estate clients throughout the country. They represented master planned community developers, national homebuilders, multi-family developers, resorts and golf course communities amongst other categories such as consumer products goods. The Agency won many awards for their creative work.

Throughout Carrie’s career she was recognized with a variety of business, leadership and philanthropic awards. Some of the highlights include the Athena Award, Women Who Care from Phoenix Theatre and the YWCA business leader of the year. She spent 20 years on Suns Charities board, as well as serving with Childhelp USA, Citizenship Counts, Sojourner Center among others. Carrie is most proud of the Home of Miracles, a non-profit she founded in which over $8.5 million was raised for children’s hospitals. Carrie has assembled a team for Christopher Todd that are experts at executing and building brands. In addition to many other activities, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family– two adult children and two granddaughters.

“We get one chance at this – it’s worth the extra time to do it right.”
Carrie Martz

Carrie Martz

Chief Marketing Officer

Chad Bowman

Chad Bowman

VP of Operations

Chad Bowman has provided consultation, training, and leadership to dozens of organizations all over Arizona. He brought his skill for improving relationships and creating emotional and mental self-reliance to Christopher Todd Properties after hearing of Todd’s vision to improve the quality of life for a large number of individuals across a diverse demographic.

Chad received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Arizona State University in Family and Human Development in 2010 and a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012. A licensed real estate agent, he is also enrolled in the Professional MBA program at Arizona State University. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his wife and two children, play guitar, and scuba dive.

“I believe that the best decisions are made in teams and that listening to others is the best way to strengthen relationships and come up with solutions that deliver the highest quality product.”

Armed with more than three decades of communications experience, with a specific concentration in real estate development, Martha has been directing Christopher Todd Communities public relations since the company broke ground on its first community. She is responsible for media relations and community relations, including overseeing the company’s philanthropic initiative called A New Lease on Life.

She spent 15 years in communications leadership roles with the nation’s largest developer of active adult and lifestyle communities, Del Webb, plus 20 more years of working with developers and home builders to achieve their communications, land entitlement, sales and leasing goals. She has a foundation of television news experience, having worked as an anchor and reporter. Wagoner was a founding member and officer of Women In Real Estate Development and has served on many non-profit boards of directors over more than 35 years, including past Chairman of the Board of Phoenix Suns Charities.

“I enjoy providing a higher quality of life for people and to be able to give back to the community.”
Martha Moyer Wagoner

Martha Moyer Wagoner

Public Relations

Marcus Piazzisi

Marcus Piazzisi

Strategic Consultant

Marcus Piazzisi is Founder and President of VYRL. A former Pac-12 college baseball star, Marcus is no stranger to devising strategies, building great teams and executing winning game plans. Recognized for his roll-up-the-sleeves, let’s-do-it-together work ethic, Marcus’ career started in one of the largest automotive industry social media and reputation management companies where he built a multimillion-dollar line of business by the age of 23. Today, that line of business exceeds seven figures. His early success helped propel him into his first VP role, where he led a hybrid sales and business development team that delivered the most efficient and profitable book of business in the company’s history. Marcus measures winning in one way… client success.

“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.”

Ryan O’Hara is VYRL’s Director of Marketing. Ryan graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Communication & Mass Communication. He has since gone on to become a bonified Marketing Professional with experience in all facets of Branding, Identity, Lead Generation, Retention, and Campaign Creation with Multi-Channel Execution. That there is a mouthful of marketing, my friends. Ryan also is VYRL’s only officially Commissioned Stand Up Comedian, as well as a Sommelier Certified Wine Enthusiast/Mixologist. Talk about mixing it up. Ryan spends more time at work than he should, but when he does manage to get away, he heads 3.5 hours south to his condo in Rocky Point to do all things Rocky Point.

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
Ryan O'Hara

Ryan O'Hara

Strategic Consultant

Our Builder

Taylor Morrison

The Taylor Morrison difference is in the personal relationships we build with our homebuyers, the quality of our homes and the thoughtfulness of our communities. From start to finish, we create a seamless and inspired homebuilding experience for our homebuyers because we understand that your home is the most important home we can build. At Taylor Morrison, we work to earn your trust by providing the resources, support and deep industry experience to inspire you, and help you make educated decisions about your most important purchase. It’s this trust that earned Taylor Morrison the recognition of being America’s Most Trusted Home Builder for the fourth year in a row.

We approach each home with a discerning eye, ensuring we select locations and amenities that fit for our homebuyers’ lifestyles. We want your home to be a place where you create a lifetime of lasting memories. With more than 100 years of experience building a lifetime of memories for our homebuyers, you can rest assured we’ll build the right home for you.

At Taylor Morrison, “inspired by you” is more than just a catchphrase . . . it’s our passion.