Board of Directors

William H. Mahaffey

President, Current Active
Tom Mahaffey, Vice President, Board of Directors for The Mahaffey Apartment Company

M. Thomas Mahaffey

Vice President, Current Active
Now based in the St. Petersburg office, Tom is involved in supervising management and operations.

Daniel M. Esterline

Vice President, Current Active
Completion of over 4,000 apartments
Mark Mahaffey, Chairman of the Board for The Mahaffey Apartment Company

Mark T. Mahaffey

Chairman of the Board
Jane Ferguson, Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Mahaffey Apartment Company

Jane Ferguson

Active member of the Board of Directors

Granddaughter of Thomas Mahaffey Jr., began her company career upon graduating from the University of Vermont in 1979. After procuring leasing and management experience in Indianapolis, she transferred to Florida as the assistant property manager during the construction of Carlton Arms of Bradenton. Moving to St. Petersburg, she was the Executive Director of Lynn Lake Arms and Coquina Key Arms. Currently, Jane directs all marketing activity and consults in management and development issues.

Suzanne Gray, Board of Directors for The Mahaffey Apartment Company

Suzanne B. Gray


After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1974, Suzanne spent two years as an Area Manager for a REIT based in La Jolla, CA.  Her postings included Knoxville, TN, Raleigh, NC and Louisville, KY.

In 1976, she was hired as the Executive Director of West Lake Arms, a 1381 unit apartment community owned by the Mahaffey Company in Indianapolis. She later also took on the property supervision of Lake Castleton Arms, a 1261 unit Mahaffey community in Indianapolis.

In 1986, Suzanne moved to FL to work with Thomas Mahaffey, Jim Mahaffey and Mark Mahaffey in the daily operations of their Florida properties as the Executive VP of The Mahaffey Apartment Company.

After 43 years with the Mahaffeys as an employee and partner, Suzanne retired from her daily duties in January 2020.  She now serves on the Board of Directors.

Richard Earl, Director on the Board of Directors for The Mahaffey Apartment Company

Richard T. Earle III


A native of St. Petersburg, Florida and educated in local schools,  Richard earned his BA degree from the University of The South in 1963 and his Juris Doctor degree from the College of Law at the University of Florida in 1966.  He has practiced law in St. Petersburg since 1966 and currently am a sole practitioner.  In 2013, Richard earned a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA and was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 2017.  In addition to practicing law, he is an assistant priest at St. Vincent’s Episcopal Church.  Richard has represented The Mahaffey Apartment Company, its various entities and the Mahaffey family for the past 40 years.

Ward Curtis, Board of Directors for The Mahaffey Apartment Company

Ward Curtis


Following over 15 years as an executive with a Fortune 500 financial services company, Ward Curtis has spent the second half of his career as a founder, director and investor in numerous companies in the investment management, trust and banking industries.  He is also a Managing Member of multiple private equity partnerships.  He currently serves as Chairman of Sabal Trust Company and as a director of TMI Trust Company.  Ward received his BSBA and MBA from the University of Central Florida and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College.

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