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Who We Are

We are developing projects, investing in the future, and forging the leaders of tomorrow.

 

A Shared
Vision

We all come from different places, backgrounds, and walks of life. But where we are the same is our drive to never settle for good enough, do more, and give more.

No matter what life throws at us, we keep showing up.  Fearless in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire, with an unwavering determination to do and become better.  

Our culture is what defines and differentiates us, but development and investment is what we do. Fueled by a team of purpose driven high performers, 68 Ventures has completed over one hundred projects, developed over 8,700 lots, constructed 3,400 homes, built hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of commercial jobs, deployed well over a billion dollars in capital across multiple asset classes, and successfully started, acquired, or exited over twenty operating companies. 

Our Story

We believe that God has a plan for our lives, but we must do our part.  The path has not been a straight road laced with sunshine, but we are thankful for every storm, each gut punch, because without them we wouldn’t be where we are or most importantly who we are.

68 Ventures was officially formed in 2016, but it all began in 2008 when our Founder and Chairman, Nathan Cox, launched Bellator Real Estate & Development.    

Having recently returned home from serving in the Marines, he elected to follow in the footsteps of his hero and father, a developer who pioneered Baldwin County, and pursue a career centered around real estate. One would think embarking on the entrepreneurial journey amidst the onset of the Great Recession would be a fool’s errand, but the timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous. Opportunities were everywhere for those with the conviction that the Gulf Coast’s best days were ahead and the courage to take the shot. Nathan began assembling investment groups to acquire distressed assets and then put in place operating businesses, to monetize the assets. Truland Homes, the one most vital to this vertical integration strategy, was established in 2011 and later sold to the nation’s largest homebuilder, D.R. Horton, in 2023.

JAN
2008

Bellator Real Estate & Development is formed.

JAN
2011

Truland Homes is launched.

MAR
2011

Made first of three acquisitions totaling 4,300+ acres to become known as the Stonebridge master planned community.

JUN
2012

Gulf Coast Opportunities Fund, a $61MM private equity real estate fund, is introduced in partnership with Bienville Capital.

JUN
2012

Battle Plan Capital is created to own and operate Bellator Real Estate & Development and Truland Homes.

JUL
2016

68 Ventures is established to purchase the assets of Battle Plan Capital and serve as the new holding company.

JUN
2018

Truland Homes closes its 1,000th home.

JAN
2019

Crucible Construction is created to furnish commercial construction services.

MAR
2019

68 Ventures develops its 3,000th lot.

MAR
2019

68 Ventures partners with Southeast Plumbing & Leak Detection.

OCT
2019

Bellator Real Estate passes $3B in total transaction volume.

JUN
2020

68 Ventures partners with Kent’s Landscaping.

JUL
2020

68 Ventures acquires Mobile Bay Overhead Door.

AUG
2020

68 Ventures creates GO Pest Solutions to provide Sentricon® termite systems and pest control services.

JUL
2021

68 Ventures partners with Aegis Exteriors which provides fiber cement and vinyl siding services.

JUL
2021

MH Vertical is created to perform build to rent contracting.

SEP
2021

68 Ventures acquires Waterway at Bon Secour in partnership with Legendary Companies.

APR
2022

68 Ventures moves into new headquarters in Daphne, AL.

JAN
2023

68 Ventures develops its 7,000th lot.

FEB
2023

Truland Homes closes its 3,000th home.

MAY
2023

68 Ventures announces sponsorship of the 68 Ventures Mobile, Alabama College Football Bowl.

JUN
2023

Truland Homes is acquired by DR Horton.

AUG
2023

Bellator Real Estate passes $6B in total transaction volume.

DEC
2023

68 Ventures Bowl is played at Hancock Whitney Stadium.

FEB
2024

Bellator Real Estate acquired by new investors.

Nathan’s passion has never been running a business of any kind, but rather it is being a part of something bigger than himself.

He loves the challenge of it all. He craves the esprit de corps that can only be forged through hard times when the bullets are flying and all you have is each other. Often, he can be heard saying that everything that has provided him fulfillment in his life was miserable at the time. Today, nothing makes him smile bigger than pushing those around him to accomplish more than what they think they are capable of and challenging them to bet on themselves.

What’s your 68?

The phrase, “What’s Your 68” is derived from the jersey number worn by hockey legend Jaromir Jagr. Jagr’s grandfather was killed in 1968 during the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, so he wore the number 68 to honor his grandfather and his entire country every time he took the ice. Jagr was great because he didn’t play for money or medals—he played for his family and his country. We take great pride in challenging not only one another, but also everyone we work with to seek out, identify and pursue their own 68. What’s your 68?

At 68 Ventures, our “68” comes from those who sacrificed for us to be where we are and all those who are counting on us to lead, challenge, and demand the best from them moving forward.

68

Our
Principles

    01

    Purpose

    To see all we can do with
    all we have been given

    02

    Mission

    To inspire people to bet
    on themselves

    03

    Ethos

    To do the right things
    for the right reasons

Our Values 

Our values are the code we live by. It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for you aren’t.

01

Know
Your 68 
  • God has a plan for your life, but you must do your part
  • When you know who you are and what you value, choices become clear
  • It is impossible to have an amazing life without it being meaningful
  • You can’t inspire others unless you are inspired
  • The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later

02

Bet On You 
  • You can’t become the best version of someone else
  • Normal is the worst thing you can ever be
  • The madness comes with the magnificent
  • Huge goals fuel you – if the payoff is mediocre, so is the effort
  • You are only one decision away from everything changing

03

Love, Hate, But
Don’t Tolerate 
  • It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not
  • A zebra doesn’t change its stripes – when people show you who they are, believe them
  • Be nice to everyone, just don’t hang around them
  • You get what you accept
  • There is no bigger act of devotion than telling someone the brutal truth

04

Be Pissed
Off For Greatness 
  • Winners and losers have the same goals
  • Show up – consistency is the most powerful force multiplier in nature
  • How you do anything is how you do everything
  • Victory is more about what you are willing to give up than what you are willing to do
  • No one rises before dawn 360 days a year and fails to succeed

05

Throw
Haymakers
  • Fight to win – unleash the entire might of your blessings
  • Pressure is a privilege – get so used to winning that you can’t even envision what losing looks like
  • If you are excellent at what you do, you earn the freedom to be who you are
  • Mediocre people don’t like high achievers and high achievers can’t stand mediocre people
  • There are a thousand excuses for failure, but never a good reason

06

Embrace
The Suck 
  • Life isn’t fair – learn to smile at adversity
  • God is more interested in who you are becoming than what is happening to you
  • Pain equals progress
  • You will always have problems – the goal is to have better ones
  • Everything you are proud of was miserable at the time

07

Be Where Your
Feet Are 
  • Gratitude changes everything
  • Worry accomplishes nothing
  • The best gift you can give someone is time
  • It’s not easy to see what you’re not looking for
  • What you have now is what you once prayed for

08

Eat Last 
  • The price of leadership is self-interest
  • No one cares what you have to say until they know how much you care
  • If it was good, they did it – if it was bad, you did it
  • You can tell a lot about someone by how they treat somebody that will never be able to do anything for them
  • Bring people into your journey and they will go to the end of the world for you

09

Keep
Punching
  • Unstoppable people never give up – average people do it all the time
  • To be delayed isn’t to be denied
  • Tired means you’re close
  • The opposite of happiness is boredom
  • Never arrive – the journey is the reward

BET
ON YOU

The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing at all.  The best investment we can make will always be in ourselves.  When you choose to Bet on You, God will take care of the rest, provided you are willing to do whatever it takes to carry the water.  It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

The Team Driving our Vision
Our Companies 

We partner with dynamic leaders and support them with resources, relationships, and wisdom that can only be attained through experience.

CRUCIBLE CONSTRUCTION

CRUCIBLE CONSTRUCTION

Crucible Construction provides design-build construction services for a wide array of project types, specifically including neighborhood amenities, office buildings, high rise beachfront condominiums and multifamily developments. George Yates, President

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MH VERTICAL

MH VERTICAL

MH Vertical specializes in Build To Rent construction delivery along the Gulf Coast and are currently building single family communities, cottage townhomes and traditional multi-family projects. Ron Yaeger, President

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AEGIS EXTERIORS

AEGIS EXTERIORS

Aegis Exteriors is the Emerald Coast’s fastest growing and most recommended exterior construction company from Mobile to Panama City. Aegis offers fiber cement and vinyl siding for new construction, remodels and repairs. Marcus Timpner, President

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KENT’S LANDSCAPING

KENT’S LANDSCAPING

Kent’s Landscaping provides professional landscaping installation and maintenance services to residential and commercial clients from Mobile to Pensacola. Kent’s performs a broad spectrum of maintenance services, but currently specializes in high-end residential and complex commercial installs. Jamie Kent, President

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GOPEST SOLUTIONS

GOPEST SOLUTIONS

GoPest has a team of knowledgeable professionals who can thoroughly inspect your home or business. GoPest offers up-front pricing for all your pest, termite, and mosquito problems. GoPest is locally owned and operated and serves the Alabama Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle. Justin Warner, President

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MOBILE BAY OVERHEAD DOOR

MOBILE BAY OVERHEAD DOOR

Mobile Bay Overhead Door provides sales and installation of commercial and industrial Overhead Door products in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. John Morgan, President

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SOUTHEAST PLUMBING

SOUTHEAST PLUMBING

Southeast Plumbing & Leak Detection offers professional plumbing services within Baldwin County and the Gulf Coast region. It services residential construction infrastructure, plumbing repair, and light commercial construction projects. Jason Barnes, President

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