140 Years of Experience

Timeless Results

TruLife CEO and founder Matthew Farris.

TruLife Communities was created to make a positive impact in the lives of everyone that we encounter by building and fostering thriving, inspiring communities. Whether you are a resident living in one of our communities or an employee, contractor or vendor working with us, it is our desire that your experience with us is fulfilling. At TruLife, we operate with the fundamental truths that empower people to live an amazing life. In everything we do, we work with a spirit of love, joy, peace, endurance, compassion, generosity, integrity, humility and self-discipline. We intentionally operate in this manner to do our part to build environments where people can grow and build lasting friendships.

Hatred and divisiveness has grown exponentially over the last several years. As a result, people have become more and more isolated while trying to cope with an ever-increasing loss of hope. This isolation has created a perfect storm where people find themselves trying to fight this battle alone but unsure of where to go for cover and an inability to find answers to calm the waters. At TruLife we strive to bring hope through building amazing communities with not only exceptionally built homes and amenities, but also lifestyle opportunities that bring life change, everlasting peace and life-long relationships.

TruLife Communities is a place where people can broaden their understanding and build skills that help them grow both professionally and personally. We are committed to bringing comprehensive resources that are educational and recreational for a well-balanced lifestyle. For example, we host events where experts provide insight on financial management, parenting, marriage, career growth and development, nutrition and healthier lifestyles. We host a TruLife Community Channel where people can collaborate and share life experiences. Furthermore, we have community coordinators that live on-site for the sole purpose of implementing the TruLife culture and fulfilling our mission.

We want to make a difference in your life and the communities we are blessed to serve, because how we live matters.

May God Bless You Through Us,
Matt Farris - Founder + CEO
TruLife CEO and founder Matthew Farris.

Matthew R. Farris

CEO & Founder

Matt has worked in the real estate industry since 2001. He practiced real estate law for most of his career where he worked with homebuilders, lenders, and developers creating single-family communities. Matt has participated in the formation and execution of private limited liability companies, limited partnerships, Delaware Statutory Trusts, tenant-in-common programs, 1031 exchanges and other investment structures. Matt has syndicated real estate transactions utilizing Regulation D safe harbor provisions for private placements by and among sponsors and investors. He founded TruLife Communities to develop inspiring communities which will promote a better way of life through positive relationships.

TruLife Partner Gary Staats.

Gary Staats


With over 30 years of leadership in the Senior Housing Industry, Gary was Co-Founder and President of The Covenant Group (TCG) where he built a “Resident First” culture. Since 1990 TCG and Team enjoyed multi-state development, construction, management, and ownership of Senior Housing product including Independent and Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing communities in multiple states. Married over 42 years and grandfather of 12, Gary remains committed to creating and maintaining a Faith based ‘service’ culture both personally and professionally and envisions TruLife Communities being about much more than Real Estate. At TruLife, HOW WE LIVE MATTERS.

TruLife Partner and Architect Gaylen Howard Laing.

Gaylen Howard Laing

Partner & Architect

Gaylen is a registered architect with forty-two years of experience designing and overseeing construction of a wide range of project types. As President and Founder of GHLA Architects for twenty-four years, he has designed projects in sixteen states across the country and has extensive experience with master planning, programming architectural, and interior design. The firm’s primary focus has been senior living and multi-family communities, healthcare, and municipal projects. He has served as project manager, project architect and designer for many types of facilities including medical, corporate, retail, educational, church facilities, and single family residential.

Trulife CIO and Principal Patrick Pine.

Patrick Pine

CIO & Principal

Patrick is an experienced multifamily developer with over 15 years of institutional, multifamily investment management experience, including over 11 years of multifamily development focus in five of the largest metros in the United States. He was responsible for the development, capitalization, lease-up, and execution of 15 ground-up apartment projects comprised of over 4,000 units and 3.7M net rentable square feet with costs exceeding $1.1B and transactions in excess of $1.8B, including additional real estate acquisitions. Many of his projects have won both regional and national awards for best new construction and design.

TruLife Development Manager Marty Oakes.

Marty Oakes

Development Manager

Marty worked for the first 10 years of his career as a business consultant to improve operations with a focus on workflow and financial analysis. Marty has 24 years of experience in oil and gas with expertise ranging from operations to financial management. Marty has been the CFO for The Caffey Group for the past 17 years, helping them grow into one of the leading mineral acquisition companies in the industry. Marty founded Lodge Realty Partners in 2007 to purchase, manage, and sell real estate properties as opportunities were found. Marty became a partner in Robinson Development in 2021, helping the company focus on growing its services in site development, horizontal work, and landscaping projects.

TruLife Director of Administration Brett Billups.

Toby Vaughn

Development Partner

Toby is known for his ability to build strong relationships with the right team to deliver high-quality projects. He has a deep understanding of the construction industry and keeps up to date with market trends and technologies to ensure that his firm remains competitive. He has a proven track record of developing and implementing successful growth strategies, and has a keen eye for identifying potential clients and market opportunities and is always seeking ways to improve processes and increase efficiency.

TruLife Director of Administration Brett Billups.

Tucker Mack

VP of Finance

Tucker is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas who has worked in the investment management industry for over nine years. Previously he served as the Director of Finance and Controller for Pax Equity, a private equity real estate firm focused on the acquisition and development of industrial assets throughout the US. Tucker led the acquisition, sourcing, and due diligence functions while also managing the internal finance and accounting operations. Prior to Pax Equity, Tucker spent three years at TPG as part of their Asia buy-out team. He began his career at PwC and Crow Holdings Capital. Tucker holds both Bachelor and Master of Accountancy degrees from Abilene Christian University as well as an MBA from the Univ. of Florida.

Strategic Partnerships

We partner with like-minded organizations in order to provide our residents with the best experience possible. Each of our partners contributes to the success and growth of our residents.

CEO of Apartment Life Pete Kelly.

Pete Kelly

CEO of Apartment Life
CEO of Waymaker Funds Keith Dunkin.

Keith Dunkin

CEO of Waymaker Funds
Entrepreneur Cassidy Lackey.

Cassidy Lackey

Founder of Brexton Family Financial Martin Day.

Martin Day

Founder of Brexton Family Financial
CPA at Avodah Capital Stephen Strawbridge.

Stephen Strawbridge

CPA at Avodah Capital
Sr. Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield Jeremy Edmiston.

Jeremy Edmiston

Sr. Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield
Commercial Pilot Ben Fay.

Ben Fay

Commercial Pilot
Commercial Pilot Ben Fay.

Brett Billups

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