Enhancing Lives. Building Communities.
Community is at the heart of everything we do at Rhodes. SEE MORE

Enhancing Lives. Building Communities.

Enhancing Lives.
Building Communities.

Community is at the heart of everything we do at Rhodes.

See More

Who We Are


To us, building communities doesn’t stop at providing families with energy-efficient, safe and beautiful homes to live in and inspiring outdoor areas to explore. It’s taking it a step further by being careful stewards of the land, resources, and diverse natural wildlife. It’s providing opportunity for stable jobs through infrastructure for industry and commerce. It’s ensuring every child has access to top-quality schools, from elementary to college-level. Because we know that a great community isn’t built for people. A great community is built by people.

Headquartered in McAllen, Texas, Rhodes Enterprises is the largest and fastest growing mixed-use developer of master planned communities in the Rio Grande Valley. A vertically-integrated organization with over 100 staff, Rhodes specializes in both single and multi-family home construction, commercial construction, financial services, and property management.

Our Leadership Team

  • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Southern Methodist University.
  • Since 2015 has led the company through aggressive expansion establishing Rhodes as the largest land developer/residential builder in South Texas.
  • Under his leadership Rhodes has developed from a small to mid-size, high-performing employer of choice.
Anissa Leverett
  • Founded Rhodes Enterprises and Esperanza Homes establishing the company’s vision of building communities that enhance the lives of residents nearly twenty-five years ago.
  • In 2015 Mike proudly named Nick Rhodes as his successor and transitioned to serve as Vice President of Land Development focusing his energy on the area of the business he enjoys most and is among the best in the industry--leading the team responsible for acquiring, designing and developing the land for all master planned, residential and commercial construction projects.
  • He enjoys woodworking, blacksmithing, beekeeping, and travel.
Jon Rhodes
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
  • Has spent nearly half a decade in the construction industry holding various roles across the Rhodes family of companies.
  • Currently leads the property and customer care team responsible for the property, maintenance and facilities management of all established communities and undeveloped land holdings. In addition, a significant part of his team’s work is managing warranty claims for all Esperanza residential properties and managing the customer experience of existing homeowners.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas State University with an emphasis in Business Administration & Communications and a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University.
  • Has 15 years’ experience in both private sector and non-profit business operations and talent management.
  • Leads the organization’s functional areas in human capital/talent management, risk/asset management, organizational development, legal services, corporate governance/compliance and information systems ensuring strategies are in place that result in accomplishing organizational goals and priorities while increasing employee satisfaction and retention.
Christopher Vaughn
  • Christopher Vaughn joined Rhodes Enterprises in 2017 and leads the Operations team responsible for the end to end residential home construction process from Pre-Construction, Purchasing, Design and Production.
  • After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance from Auburn University, Christopher began his career in development accounting before ultimately shifting his focus to the construction industry. He is invested in the opportunity to lead a team of incredibly talented individuals who passionately work together to build homes for people that will create memories for a lifetime.
  • Christopher lives in McAllen, Texas.
Anissa Leverett
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and a Master of Science in Consumer Studies from Texas State University.
  • Leads the company’s marketing team responsible for community engagement and marketing business products, generating sales leads, and promoting business through social media channels and advertising strategies.
  • Anissa grew up in Central Texas and resides in McAllen, Texas with her husband and three dogs.
Shant Samanti
  • Holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Southern Methodist University.
  • Started his career in finance with stints at Ernst & Young and Frost Bank in audit and commercial lending. In 2016 he transitioned his career path to new construction homes sales at Esperanza Homes where he has grown from an Independent Sales Consultant to leading Esperanza’s high performing team of over a dozen sales professionals across the organization.
  • Resides in Edinburg, Texas with his wife and their dog and enjoys fitness, basketball and finance.
Anissa Leverett
  • Holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with a minor in Information Systems and has been a Texas CPA since 1993.
  • Has over 25 years’ experience in the residential home building, commercial real estate, and manufacturing industries working for leading companies including Pulte Homes, Kimco Realty & Planigroupo, Otis Elevator and, TI Automotive as a senior leader of their finance/accounting teams.
  • Leads the Rhodes accounting and finance team responsible for financial management and accounting practices for all companies.

Our Founders


Rhodes was founded with the belief that community is built together. Over 20 years later, the beliefs and ideals set forth by our Founders still ring true today.

Anissa Leverett
  • Founded Rhodes Enterprises and Esperanza Homes establishing the company’s vision of building communities that enhance the lives of residents nearly twenty-five years ago.
  • In 2015 Mike proudly named Nick Rhodes as his successor and transitioned to serve as Vice President of Land Development focusing his energy on the area of the business he enjoys most and is among the best in the industry--leading the team responsible for acquiring, designing and developing the land for all master planned, residential and commercial construction projects.
  • He enjoys woodworking, blacksmithing, beekeeping, and travel.
Anissa Leverett
  • Founded Rhodes Enterprises & Esperanza Homes with Mike Rhodes in 1990 with the purchase of their first investment property.
  • Has been involved in most areas of the business throughout its existence including acquisition, design, product development/quality, customer relations, marketing, and management. While no longer involved in the day-to-day operations she stays active in the role she has always enjoyed most - encouraging and supporting the Rhodes team and vision.
  • Currently sits on advocacy boards including Chicktime, New Life Children’s Center, The Nature Conservancy, and is a past board member of IDEA Public Schools.

Where We've Been


Rhodes started as a small family business with a big dream to support the growth of the Rio Grande Valley. Access our downloadable Timeline here.

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1940s

Vernon Calhoun (the grandfather of one of our Founders), starts Vernon Calhoun Packing Co., a butcher stand in Palestine, Texas that will grow from a one-man stand into one of the largest family-owned packing plants in the country.

Early 1990s

Co-Founder Mike Rhodes joins Vernon Calhoun Packing Co. as Plant Manager. Founders Mike and Lori will later purchase 50% ownership of the business.

1997

Vernon Calhoun Packing Co is sold to Iowa Beef Processors. Mike and Lori use the proceeds to purchase 10,000 acres of farm land in Hidalgo County. The land served as a leased farm investment until the early 2000’s.

1997

Rhodes Enterprises is established.

2004

Recognizing the growing need for affordable, quality housing in the Valley, master planning for the Bentsen Palm Community commences.

2004

The Rhodes family donates $2.4 million in land for the World Birding Center Headquarters. In addition, $1.4 million in land is donated to the North American Butterfly Association for construction of the world’s largest outdoor butterfly park.

2004

In order to bring top-notch educational facilities to the Bentsen Palm area, $1.7 million in land and monetary donations is made by Rhodes to IDEA Public Schools, forming a strong partnership still in place today.

2006

Bentsen Palm Development celebrates its Grand Opening.

2007

Wanting to improve the quality of homes built in the Valley, Rhodes forms their own home building division, Esperanza Homes.

2010

Alliance River Crossing Development (a 1,500-acre industrial development) opens in Donna, Texas providing eight lanes of roadway to the international bridge into Mexico.

2012

Valley Affordable Mortgage is created to provide a vital service to both Rhodes Enterprises and outside investors such as loan origination and loan servicing.

2014

Master planning of Tres Lagos begins with the City of McAllen.

2015

Nick Rhodes becomes CEO of Rhodes Enterprises. Esperanza Homes develops a plan to grow into other areas of the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas with a goal of closing 1,000 homes a year by 2027. This is the start of an aggressive expansion establishing Rhodes as the largest, award-winning land developer/residential home builder in South Texas while simultaneously increasing revenue.

2016

Tres Lagos Development breaks ground.

2017

Tres Lagos Development celebrates its Grand Opening.

2017

Rhodes Property Management is formed to ensure that every aspect of Rhodes master planned communities meets Rhodes' top-quality standards.

2018

Esperanza Construction is formed, expanding the construction footprint to include multi-family and commerical construction.

2019

Esperanza Homes makes Builder Magazine’s Top 200 list (it will make the list again in 2020)

2019

A new Edinburg division is formed, furthering the expansion of Esperanza Homes in the Rio Grande Valley.

2021

2020

Esperanza Homes has progressed on its growth trajectory building eight communities across the Rio Grande Valley.

2020

A new, Build on Your Lot Division of Esperanza Homes is formed.

2021

Where We've Grown


Since 2015, an unrelenting care for our community and desire to provide quality places to live, work, and play has driven us to set some audacious goals. Goals we achieved with hard work, integrity, great partners, and exceptional talent on our team.

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An achieved goal is a cause for celebration, and a signal we need to set new ones.

By 2027:
  • Close 1,000 homes annually
  • Grow income producing Real Estate assets by 300%
  • Grow our Team to over 250 Team Members
  • Achieve Builder Top 100 List placement

Our Core Values


Act with Integrity

Act With Integrity


We believe there is no such thing as compromise when it comes to acting with integrity in everything we do.

Honor Our Team

Honor our Team


Our team is the foundation of our business. We honor each other as individuals and professionals, no exceptions.

Never Be Satisfied

Never Be Satisfied


We endlessly search for ways to continuously improve in every aspect of our business.

 
Customer Experience
Best-in-Class

Customer Experience


We provide best-in-class customer service every time, with every customer.

Community Leadership

Community Leadership


We take pride in actively engaging in the communities we serve, making them better for our future.