Noted for its environmental sensitivity, exceptional financial strength and its commitment to developing family-friendly communities, The Hutson Companies currently owns and is developing projects in Clay, Duval and St. Johns Counties, with total development rights to over 12,000 single and multi-family homes, as well as over 7 million square feet of commercial, office and industrial space.

One of The Hutson Companies’ most recent developments is OakLeaf Plantation, a 6,400-acre master-planned community located in southwest Jacksonville, in both Clay and Duval Counties. This mixed-use development is the largest development of regional impact in Clay County. As part of this development, The Hutson Companies facilitated one of the major transportation networks in the County, Branan Field-Chaffee Road.

For its work at OakLeaf Plantation, The Hutson Companies has garnered numerous awards, including Developer of the Year by the Northeast Florida Builder’s Association. Recognition has also been received from both the state and local chapters of the Florida Planning & Zoning Commission for sound development practices.

David Hutson is well known for his achievements as a builder, creating new home communities throughout northeast Florida. During his extensive career as a builder, his passion for land development led to a natural transition from homebuilder to land developer. The Hutson Companies’ operations have also expanded to include a timber and cattle ranch, and commercial office buildings. David personally directs the operations of The Hutson Companies.

In 1973, David formed his first homebuilding company and since that time has developed hundreds of communities in the Jacksonville area. In the late 1980s, the company was sold to the Tompkins Heritage Homes. Subsequently, the rising demand in regional housing gave birth to another Hutson homebuilding firm that was later sold to Fortress Homes, a national builder. In 1991, David became more actively involved in land development and diversified his business interests.

David has won numerous awards, including a Pillar of the Industry Award and Florida Entrepreneur of the Year. His company has been a regular on The Business Journal 50 (fastest growing companies) and the First Coast 50 (Largest Privately Held Companies). Hutson’s OakLeaf Plantation received the Large Scale Master Planning Award from the First Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning & Zoning Association. Additionally, the OakLeaf Plantation Athletic Center garnered honors for Excellence in Construction from the regional chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.


A seasoned professional, Nancy Hutson is well known for her achievements in the new home market throughout northeast Florida. Nancy oversees the strategic marketing for all of the Hutson interests and monitors its real estate operations.

Nancy contributes many years of marketing acumen to The Hutson Companies. Her vast experience spans a career that started at The Walt Disney Company and includes stints as a top producing sales agent with both Century Construction and D.W. Hutson. Beyond that, she rose to demanding executive leadership positions with D.W. Hutson, Tompkins Heritage Group and Fortress Homes. Nancy has won design awards from Builder and Professional Builder magazines and an Energy Efficiency Award from the Northeast Florida Builder’s Association.


John Metcalf received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Missouri, his Master of the Arts degree in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami. John was a partner in the law firm Pappas, Metcalf, Jenks, & Miller until it merged with Gunster Law Firm in 2011. He was a partner with Gunster until he joined the Hutson Companies in 2013. During his 32 years as an attorney in real estate and land use law, he represented the owners and developers of many of the areas premier development of regional impact including, Sawgrass, Julington Creek Plantation, Marsh Landing, World Golf Village, Palencia, Aberdeen, Durbin Crossing, OakLeaf, and SilverLeaf.

John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Jacksonville, FL.


Travis Hutson was born in Jacksonville, FL and raised in St. Augustine, FL. He received his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Economics & Business from Lafayette College. After graduating, he began work as a real estate agent, overseeing the agricultural portfolio for the Hutson Companies.

Travis also spearheads the companies’ charitable and civic activities, providing support for many local non-profit organizations. The Hutsons have been active in fundraising activities for HabiJax for Humanity, United Way, St. Augustine Youth Services, St. Vincent’s Hospital and other groups and causes.


Kathy Merrow received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Florida and has spent over 15 years in the Jacksonville marketing community in various roles. She has an extensive background in brand management, advertising strategy, media planning, website management, and marketing communications.

Sherry Kehoe began her career with the Hutson Companies in 1981 and worked here until 1996 at which time she became a stay at home mom. In that time, she owned and operated both a custom home building and residential and commercial framing companies until 2005. She rejoined the Hutson Companies in 2014 bringing over 30 years of experience in real estate and construction.

Cory is the administrative assistant to John Metcalf and general office assistant for The Hutson Companies. Cory has over 10 years of experience as an administrative assistant in both the commercial industries, as well as, non-profit organizations and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in organizational leadership.