Creating a new standard of excellence

Areté Collective was born out of the desire to create a new way of development for a new way of life. Embracing the meaning behind our name, Areté is a call to live at one’s highest potential.

As an award-winning master-planned community developer, we bring together a collective of industry leaders who use their experience in shaping luxury communities over the last two decades to bring that level of excellence to a broader market.

From residential communities to golf courses to private resorts, we create inspired communities that renew the relationship between the land and people.

Areté Collective brings together community and culture while thoughtfully preserving the unique aspects of the spaces they develop – establishing vibrant new avenues for homeowners and neighbors to convene and connect.

With sustainability as a foundational pillar, our communities are thoughtfully designed to support integrated planning while embodying low-impact principles at every step.

Excellence is all around us.
The Areté of:



Surroundings that draw us in and inspire us.



Spaces in time where we experience life with our senses ignited.



Moments that foster the feeling of being in tune with the world.



Opportunities to live with an active body, open mind, and curious spirit.

We create communities and spaces centered around progress, preservation, and culture.

Welcome to a Place of Areté.
Areté Collective is a vertically integrated development team creating inspired communities

Areté Collective builds on the 26-year track record of the award-winning Denton House Design Studio. Together, we are a group of seasoned property development executives, distinguished land planners, world-renowned architects and designers, and longtime leaders in the residential real estate development, land development, and hospitality sector. From planning and design to marketing and financial management, Areté Collective boasts a vertically integrated model that allows us to work efficiently and in sync across all teams.

Throughout our years of experience, we’ve learned the importance of treading lightly and respectfully on this Earth. Our properties start and end with the land – and our goal is to integrate this approach into life’s experiences every day.



“Areté Collective comprises industry leaders who have helped shape community placemaking over the last two decades. From finance and development to master planning and design, our vertically integrated model allows us to unlock greater value for the people, places, and communities we serve.”

TOM HOGAN Co-Founder & CFO

Together we have worked on 25+ master-planned new home real estate communities and private clubs. Each development project exemplifies breathtaking design, natural wonder, and approachable sophistication blended with thoughtful living.
  • Spearheaded land planning, design and architecture, project startup and activation, sales, marketing, property management, and financial operations for new developments worldwide.
  • Created master-planned communities, custom multifamily residences, and private clubs amongst unique natural settings.
  • Delivered multimillion-dollar improvements to some of the nation’s most exclusive and historic recreation clubs, defining them for a new generation.
  • As part of Areté, Denton House is consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 Design Firms in the World and the Top 10 Residential Design Firms in the United States.


Rebecca Buchan Co-Founder & CEO

Founder of Denton House Design Studio. Seasoned architectural and development executive with 25+ years of experience in destination resort and second-home real estate development. Oversaw planning, architecture, and design at Discovery Land Company for nearly a decade. 

Tom Hogan Co-Founder & CFO

Hospitality and development finance expert with 25+ years of experience, including within Marriott International (primarily The Ritz-Carlton brand), as CFO of Augusta National, and as CFO of Discovery Land Company. 

Joey Buchan Co-Founder

Versed comprehension of the design process and operations and enhancing the client experience are solid pillars that Joey brings with his decades of experience as a founding Denton House Design Studio member. He continues directing day-to-day operations and business development for Areté Collective projects.

Tyler Mills Chief Development Officer

Skilled transactional attorney with experience representing companies of all stages across multiple industries. With a background in emerging companies and private equity practices, in addition to managing the legal needs, Tyler also focuses on the growth and management of our developments, translating strategy into action and creating the groundwork for success.

Ryan Butters Chief Operating Officer

Dynamic lead with diverse experience and operational acumen, expertise lies in growth strategy, operations, venture capital, and sales. As the former Vice President of Strategy at Discovery Land Company, he drove scalable growth and profitability enhancements. Notably, Ryan spearheaded the seamless integration of development, design, and construction efforts.

Joe Rentfro Managing Director, Thomas Ranch

Valued leader and senior executive with 25 years of experience in real estate, brand development, finance, marketing, and sales. Successfully managed business operations in various industries such as master-planned communities, home-building, resorts and tourism destinations, marinas, golf courses, retail and F&B, business and industrial parks, and higher education.

Darren Flanagan COO, Hawaii

A seasoned executive with over 25 years of luxury community experience, Darren manages construction, operations, and golf course operations in Hawaii, leveraging expertise from roles at Discovery Land Company and international leadership positions.

Scott McCormack Executive Director, Hawaii

With 40 years of experience developing master planned communities in Hawaii and the continental US, Scott was the founding Chairman of the Urban Land Institute in Hawaii and has served on the Board of Directors for the Global Hope Network, a community relief organization.

Natalie Ellis SVP, Interior Design

Globally recognized interior designer with specialized experience in the luxury design of custom residential homes, private amenity spaces, and other large-scale projects for high-profile clients.

Kris Kvarfordt SVP, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Highly skilled landscape architect and land planner with decades of experience across projects throughout the U.S. and international markets, including large-scale master planning for resort communities, trail and open-space master planning, and detailed site design and construction.

Dave Rasmussen SVP, Architecture

Tenured luxury residential development executive overseeing the design and community development of multiple luxury destinations, most notably Chileno Bay Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, and Gozzer Ranch in Harrison, Idaho.

Brandon Wig SVP, Finance

Senior financial professional with proven leadership and oversight of global financial operations (North America, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America) in luxury hospitality, real estate development, and private residential club communities.




Delivering with
excellence and integrity
in everything we do

  • Leading Financial Discipline

    Superior results are achieved based on financial acumen, stewardship, and fiscal accountability.

  • Best-in-Class Project Management

    As goal-oriented, highly skilled collaborators, we are committed to executing each project with quality and transparency, remaining time- and budget-sensitive across all facets of development and ongoing management.

  • Communities and Spaces that Inspire

    The team has designed, developed, and operated memorable destinations in some of the most sought-after locations worldwide. Our projects are renowned for inspiring homebuyers and guests alike to be active outdoors and to immerse themselves in local cultures.

  • Committed to Mutual Success

    The long-term goal is to create positive outcomes for partners, home builders, clients, and the community. We are dedicated to being thoughtful stewards of the land and of our investors’ capital and improving the standard of living in our communities and surrounding areas.


Denton House Design Studio is a boutique design and architecture firm based in Salt Lake City. With decades of experience crafting luxury residences and amenities in private club communities, the team provides design and architecture services to Areté Collective projects.

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