Mark Marquess has the seasoned eye and the crow’s feet of a man who’s seen a lot in his time. And indeed, he has. A realtor and homebuilder who came to prominence during the great Northwest Arkansas boom, Marquess watched as almost everything slipped away when the market crashed in 2008.
By then a developer who thought he’d put homebuilding behind him, Marquess was sitting on the 80-lot Spring Creek at Garrett Road subdivision in Rogers, and a few other developments, when the economy imploded. Things got so bad that Marquess had to sell just about everything, including the family home, to keep from going under.
But one thing he didn’t do was quit. He formed Riverwood Homes LLC in August 2009 and started building again, at Garrett Road, and a short time later, at Cobblestone... [ MORE ]