J. Larry Rutherford, President and CEO of SouthStar Development Partners, Inc. founded the company in 1999 to provide real estate development services for its own account, for investors and owners. SouthStar, based in Coral Gables, Florida, specializes in the acquisition, planning, permitting, development and financing of mixed-use and residential projects.

Current SouthStar projects in Florida include 3,300 acres in St Johns County–Aberdeen, Bartram Springs and Durbin Crossing. Lakeside in Kissimmee, MetroWest in Orlando, Lakeview and Harbour Isles in Hillsborough County. The Trails of West Frisco, a golf course community is being completed by SouthStar in North Dallas, Texas. In addition, Country Club Ridge, a new Dallas community, has begun operations.

The company has numerous projects and properties under ownership, management and/or contract.

Prior to forming SouthStar, Mr. Rutherford was President, Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Board of Atlantic Gulf Communities, a publicly-held community deveoloper with 14 projects in Florida, North Carolina and Texas. He joined the company in 1990.

Before 1990, Mr. Rutherford was with Gulfstream Land and Development Corporation, a multi-market land development and homebuilding company, In the nine years he was with Gulfstream he progressed from Senior vice President to President and Chief Operating Officer and ultimately to CEO. From 1976 to 1982 Mr. Rutherford organized Wintergreen Development, Inc., which was affiliated with Bankers Trust Company of New York. Before joining Wintergreen, has was with Cabot, Cabot and Forbes Company where he was respossible for debt and equity financing for major office projects.

Mr. Rutherford holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Virginia Military Institute.