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The Howard Hughes Corporation® Appoints Stephen Sams as Senior Vice President, MPC of Residential Development in Houston Region

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HOUSTON, TX – The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) has announced that Stephen Sams has been named Senior Vice President, Master Planned Communities, Residential Development for the Houston Region, including the master planned communities (MPC) of The Woodlands®, Bridgeland® and The Woodlands Hills®.

Stephen Steve Sams The Howard Hughes Corporation
Stephen Sams

Sams steps into the role at a time of significant growth for each of these communities. The Woodlands recently ranked as the #1 Best Community to Live in America for the second consecutive year by Niche, and according to national real estate consultant RCLCO, Bridgeland is one of the best-selling MPCs in the nation and The Woodlands Hills is one of the region’s top-selling MPCs, with new home sales rapidly increasing as domestic migration into HHC’s award-winning communities continues.

Sams brings over 20 years of experience managing land development activity. Prior to joining Howard Hughes, he served as General Manager for Johnson Development Corporation, overseeing all aspects of Jordan Ranch, a master planned community in Fulshear. Before being promoted to General Manager, he served as Senior Development Manager for Cross Creek Ranch, another master planned community of Johnson Development. In addition, Sams previously served for eight years as Land Development Manager for Perry Homes and worked for other prominent companies.




Sams holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

“Steve’s proven track record of progressive, professional experience in managing MPCs as well as land development will be invaluable as he leads our renowned master planned community initiatives in the Greater Houston area,” said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “He will be a great asset to our regional leadership team, and we welcome him to The Howard Hughes Corporation.”

Sams will take over the prior residential responsibilities of Heath Melton, who was recently promoted to President of the Phoenix Region for Howard Hughes. Under Melton’s leadership, Bridgeland became the #1 best-selling master planned community in the Greater Houston area, #2 in Texas and #15 in the nation; and The Woodlands Hills is currently ranked #20 among top-selling MPCs in Houston in just three short years.




“Howard Hughes is committed to providing sustainable developments, in a natural setting, with a focus on health and wellness initiatives for its residents, and this is evident through its successful and nationally recognized master planned communities,” said Sams. “ At a time of such growth and opportunity for Howard Hughes, I am pleased to join the regional team in the Greater Houston area.”

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The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport in New York City; Downtown Columbia®, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi; and Douglas Ranch in Phoenix. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit

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The Woodlands, a 28,500-acre award-winning master planned community located 27 miles north of downtown Houston, was recognized for two consecutive years, in 2022 and 2021, as the #1 Best Community to Live in America by Niche. The Woodlands offers an unprecedented 28% of green space, leading the way among master planned communities that practice environmental preservation. It is home to 120,000 people, and nearly 64,000 people work in the community. The Woodlands has received numerous past accolades including the Vision Award, Development of Distinction from the Urban Land Institute; three-time honoree of “Master Planned Community of the Year,” four-time recipient of “Humanitarian of the Year” and “Trailblazer of the Year” in 2018 by the Greater Houston Builders Association; American Trails Developer Award; Environmental Planning Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Texas Chapter Houston Section. The Woodlands is a community of The Howard Hughes Corporation®, which supports over 180 local causes in the Houston region through its HHCares program. For more information, visit For additional details, find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.




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Bridgeland is an 11,500-acre master planned community located in Cypress, Texas, and is ranked as the top-selling master planned community in the Greater Houston area, #2 in Texas and #15 in the nation. The award-winning development opened in 2006 and offers a wide variety of housing options and extensive outdoor amenities, with a strong emphasis on conserving and enhancing the natural environment. Bridgeland has over 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, and offers resort-style pools, 60 parks, stocked lakes and complimentary use of kayaks, paddleboats and other recreational opportunities for residents to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Lakeland Village Center® is the first of four retail centers in Bridgeland, with additional plans for Bridgeland Central, a 925-acre future town center. Bridgeland is a community of The Howard Hughes Corporation®, which supports over 180 local causes in the Houston region through its HHCares program. For more information, visit

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Opened in the summer of 2018, The Woodlands Hills is an award-winning 2,000-acre master planned community offering an abundance of nature-inspired amenities, eventually featuring approximately 112 acres of open space. The acclaimed 17-acre Founders Park provides an Activity Center as its focal point with indoor and outdoor space, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a yoga/events lawn. Founders Park also features leisure and fitness pools, lazy river, sprayground, an innovative playground, a dog park and tennis courts. Forested trails as well as dedicated bike lanes on major connectors are available for the community to enjoy. With the Sue Luce’s Daisy Park, the Rick and Roz Dauzat Peace Park, and the Coach Les Peacock Park, The Woodlands Hills will eventually be home to 20 neighborhood parks. The Woodlands Hills was recently recognized as a Quality Planned Development™ by the West Houston Association and North Houston Association, and ranked #20 among the 50 Top Selling Master Planned Communities in 2021 by Zonda. The Woodlands Hills is a community of The Howard Hughes Corporation®, which supports over 180 local causes in the Houston region through its HHCares program. For more information, visit