About Us

Vernis J Stanaland, President of Stanaland Corporation, has been engaged in commercial real estate sales and development since 1979. Over the years, Vernis and his partners have been responsible for development of commercial and residential properties valued in excess of $75 Million. Each project reflects a commitment of excellence from the family-oriented subdivisions to the multimillion dollar luxury lodging properties.

Vernis is a native of Nacogdoches, Texas and longtime resident of the Tyler area. Vernis, and his wife Iris, raised their family here. Vernis has been involved in the community by serving on the Bullard ISD School Board and a Pastor of Tyler Primitive Baptist Church. He is a Broker and member of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and the National, State and local Boards of Realtors.

Leah Woodruff is the Compliance Manager for Stanaland Corporation. She is native to East Texas with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Tyler and a Master’s Degree from Texas Woman’s University. She has experience in business management and development. Leah ensures that we are in compliance with all rules and regulations regarding lenders and investors. She also manages the website and social media along with other detail work.

Shannon Johnston has 25 years experience in real estate and construction focusing on DFW and Northern Louisiana. He has been part of the Stanaland Corporation team for 3 years. After 20 years in Texas, he has returned to his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana to become our Project Coordinator for that area. He knows the city's growth and development areas very well. As our coordinator he is constantly in pursuit for new projects for Stanaland Corporation.

Ken Brown is our Manager of Construction. Born in Louisiana, Ken has over 40 years experience in construction.