About The St. Charles Companies

The St. Charles Companies is the master developer of St. Charles, Maryland, the 9,100 acre, best-selling planned community in Southern Maryland. Our mission is to develop St. Charles in a sustainable manner that builds long-term value for its residents and businesses.

In 1968, our predecessor company acquired more than 7,000 acres of land in Charles County just 22 miles from the White House, to develop as the master-planned community of St. Charles, MD. Today, St. Charles is considered to be one of the most successful planned communities in the country, becoming an economically self-sustaining community that provides an enjoyable and attractive place to live for residents from all walks of life. St. Charles is master planned to include 24,730 homes on 9,100 acres in five villages-Smallwood, Westlake, Fairway, Wooded Glen and Piney Reach. The first two villages are complete; the third, Fairway, is under construction, and homes are now available in Fieldside, the first neighborhood in the Village of Wooded Glen. St. Charles residential mix is diverse, and includes luxury single family homes and townhomes, affordable apartments, age restricted communities, and fair market apartments.

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St. Charles, MD is a mature, thriving community with 40,000 residents within its margins and thousands more in neighboring Waldorf. Just 11 miles from the Capital Beltway, St. Charles boasts easy access to major northeast markets such as Washington, DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Richmond along with strong consumer demographics. From new homes to apartments to a place to grow your business, St. Charles offers lower taxes than many other Washington area jurisdictions, greater value for both residential and commercial real estate and access to a community with strong, growing demographics and the amenities that come with that.
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Matthew M. Martin – President
Matthew M. Martin, a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Messiah College in Pennsylvania, is a registered and licensed CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Prior to joining St. Charles, Mr. Martin was a manager in the Forensic Litigation Consulting practice for FTI Consulting, Inc., in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Mr. Martin served as a senior financial analyst with Ullico, Inc., also in Washington. Mr. Martin also previously managed audits of publicly traded companies for the Arthur Andersen LLP accounting firm. Mr. Martin began employment with the Company in 2005 as Chief Accounting Officer, was appointed as the Company's Chief Financial Officer in August 2008 and named as President in 2014.

Richard Barnas - Vice President for Land Planning, Management and Operations
Richard Barnas serves the St. Charles Companies as Vice President for Land Planning, Management and Operations. Mr. Barnas had previously served as the Company's Vice President of Land Development 1998 and 2003. Mr. Barnas is a registered professional engineer in Maryland, Arizona and California. In addition to his work at St. Charles, Mr. Barnas has applied his skills in land development and construction, including design, entitlement processing, project management, cost estimating, contract negotiations and construction management, for clients across the country. Mr. Barnas is a University of Maryland alumnus, graduating magna cum laude in civil engineering.

Craig J. Renner – Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations
Craig J. Renner has been with the St. Charles Companies since 2000, and came to the Company after serving as the Public Information Officer for the Charles County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Renner earned his bachelor's degree in political science from York College of Pennsylvania in 1986, and has lived in Charles County since 1988. Mr. Renner has served on the board of directors of numerous civic, charitable, business, and homeowners associations, including a term as president of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce, and as chairman of the March of Dimes March for Babies event in Southern Maryland.

Alan Shearer – President (Retired)
Mr. Shearer formally retired as CEO of St. Charles in summer 2015, but continues to serve in an advisory capacity to the company. Under Mr. Shearer's direction, St. Charles reestablished itself as one of the top-selling master planned communities in America, with a pace of new home sales that has routinely topped 200 units annually since 2010.  In his new role Mr. Shearer will provide guidance, advice and insight to the management team led by Mr. Martin. Prior to joining Federal Capital Partners in 2008,  Mr. Shearer spent 29 years in executive leadership positions with homebuilder NVR (NYSE:NVR), parent of Ryan Homes and NV Homes. During his career with NVR, Mr. Shearer held a number of management positions in homebuilding, marketing and sales, and as Division Manager for two of the homebuilding divisions.