Tom Carruthers is a Principal Owner and serves as President of Red Rock Realty Group. Tom began his real estate career in 1986 with Porter, White & Company where he worked for 16 years, gaining experience in investments, development, brokerage and industrial site selection. He formed Carruthers Real Estate Company in 2001 and then, in partnership with Charles Robinson, acquired Property Managers, Inc. in 2007. Later in 2010, Tom and Charles merged their two companies into Red Rock Realty Group. Tom and Charles recruited Tommy Joyce to join them as a partner in 2016 to manage and grow the Red Rock’s property management division. The threesome then invited Jack Little to become a partner in 2020 to manage and grow the commercial brokerage division.
In 2011, Tom, Charles and two other commercial real estate executives acquired LAH Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the largest locally owned residential real estate company in Alabama. Red Rock Realty Group and LAH Sotheby’s are operated as separate entities but enjoy working together.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys serving on various not-for-profit boards and volunteering his time with Rotary Club projects. He also enjoys backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, cycling skiing and travel of any kind. Tom has climbed fourteen mountains over 10,000 feet in elevation including Aconcogua (22,834’), Pico de Orizaba (18,702’), Mt. Ranier (14,410’) and Grant Teton (13,370’). Tom and his wife Brooke have two daughters, Scout and Neely.
- Princeton University – Civil Engineering (1982)
- University of Virginia – MBA, Darden School (1986)
- CCIM Designee, 2014
- CCIM Alabama Chapter Board of Directors
- 2014 Birmingham Business Journal CEO of the Year in the Small Business category
- Leadership Birmingham Class of 2006
- Leadership Alabama Class of 2018
- Tom represented LTV Steel, British Steel and Sumitomo Metal Industries in the industrial site selection for what became Trico Steel in Decatur, Alabama (now owned by Nucor Steel)
- Tom represented Honda Motor Company in the industrial site selection for its Lincoln, Alabama assembly plant.
- Tom and various investors acquired and, using the Historic Tax Credit, redeveloped the Burger-Phillips Building in downtown Birmingham, Alabama into 35 residential loft apartments and then later converted the apartments to condominiums and sold them all.
- Tom and various investors acquired a 48,000 square foot office building in Vestavia Hills, Alabama and managed and leased it successfully for many years.
- Tom has represented Fortune 500 companies including Alabama Power Company, Bank of America, Healthsouth Corp. (now Encompas), Honda Motor Company, J.P. Morgan, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Northrop Grumman Corp., Regions Bank and TRW, Inc.
- Tom has represented institutions and not-for-profits including Baptist Health System, Cahaba River Society, Childcare Resources, Gateway, Samford University, United Way and University of Alabama at Birmingham.