Company History

Otis Scarborough

What began as "The George C. Woodruff Company" over the years has grown and evolved into a collection of unique companies (Woodruff Property Management, Woodruff Holding Company, Woodruff Brokerage, Woodruff Marketing, Woodruff Development, Woodruff Corporate Business Development and Grow Landscaping), fondly referred to as "The Woodruff Companies."

With a history that spans almost 100 years, below are the key milestones and defining moments in Woodruff's history:

  • 1916: Mr. George C. Woodruff, Sr., formed "The George C. Woodruff Company", a real estate and insurance company. The name was changed to "Woodruff-Brown Co." in 1926 when Mr. J. Wright Brown joined the company to handle the insurance business. 
  • 1949: A corporation known as "The Georgia Company" was purchased and began operations as a real estate investment company. 
  • 1956: After graduation from the University of Georgia and serving in the Air Force, Mr. George C. Woodruff, Jr., joined the organization.
  • 1957: "The Georgia Company" became a mortgage banking company under the trade name of "Georgia Home Loans." The trade name was subsequently dropped in 1962, and the company then operated as "The Georgia Company."
  • 1968: Mr. George C. Woodruff, Sr. passed and George C. Woodruff, Jr., assumed responsibility as Chief Executive Officer.
  • 1970: A separate corporation was established to pursue the business of insurance, known as "Woodruff-Robinson Co."
  • 1971: "Woodruff-Brown Co." sold "The Georgia Company" to CB&T Bancshares, Inc. stock.
  • 1973: An office for Woodruff-Robinson Co. was opened in Atlanta, initially known as "Woodruff & Associates".
  • 1973: Woodruff-Brown Co. purchased a 60% interest in Hodges-Cooper Plumbing Co., Inc.
  • 1974: Woodruff-Robinson Co. purchased the "Lanier-Tift Insurance Agency" and established an office in Albany, Georgia.
  • 1976: The residential construction company of "Bill Mann & Assoc., Inc." was established as a separate corporation to pursue the property management business, which originally began in 1967.
  • 1976: Mike Socci joined the organization and is now President of Woodruff Contracting Company.
  • 1977: The residential construction business of "George C. Woodruff, III – Builder," was established as a division of Bill Mann & Associates, Inc.
  • 1977: A separate department for financing premiums and control of collections for the insurance business was established as "IPF Services".
  • 1977: Otis Scarborough joined the organization and is now President and Chief Executive Officer of Woodruff Holding Company and President of The George C. Woodruff Company.
  • 1978: A separate department for sale and service of individual and group life and health insurance was established for the insurance business, known as the "Employee Benefits Department."
  • 1979: The name of "Woodruff-Robinson Co." was changed to "Woodruff Insurance Agency." Woodruff-Brown Co. purchased an additional 20% interest in Hodges-Cooper Plumbing.
  • 1980: Genevieve Green joined the organization and is now President of Woodruff Brokerage Company and President of Woodruff Property Management Company.
  • 1981: Sold the Woodruff Insurance Agency to J. Smith Lanier and sold Hodges-Cooper Plumbing Co. to Jay Cooper.
  • 1982: Woodruff Securities, Inc. formed and was primarily involved in raising equity capital for limited partnerships. 
  • 1983: Bill Mann & Assoc., Inc. changed to Woodruff Development Co., which is involved primarily in renovation and restoration of our owned and managed properties.
  • 1982: Woodruff Securities, Inc. was formed to raise equity capital for limited partnerships.
  • 1983: Bill Mann & Associates changed to Woodruff Development Co., sold highest priced land in Muscogee County – Four acres for $433,317 brokered by Woodruff Brokerage Company.
  • 1986: Woodruff Contracting Company was formed.
  • 1987: Cissy DuRant joined the organization and is now Chief Operating Officer of the Woodruff Property Management Company.
  • 1988: Woodruff Holding Company was formed.
  • 1989: Woodruff Landscaping Company & Woodruff Brokerage Company were formed.
  • 1995: Woodruff Contracting Company, LLC merged with the George C. Woodruff Company.
  • 1995: Bruce Jones joined the organization and is now President of Woodruff Development Company and Grow (formerly WH Landscaping).
  • 2002: Lucy Jones joined the organization and is now President of Woodruff Corporate Business Development Company and Woodruff Marketing Company.
  • 2006: Brad Morgan joined the organization and is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Woodruff Holding Company.
  • 2008: Woodruff Corporate Business Development and Woodruff Marketing were formed.
  • 2009: WH Landscaping was formed – a partnership with Woodruff Development Company (45%), George C. Woodruff Company (5%) and HighGrove Partners (50%).
  • 2011: George C. Woodruff Company bought HighGrove Partners' interest in WH Partners and now shares equal ownership with Woodruff Development.
  • 2011: George C. Woodruff, Jr. passed away. Otis Scarborough was named President of the George C. Woodruff Company and Chairman of the George C. Woodruff Board of Directors while remaining President and Chief Executive Officer of Woodruff Holding Company.
  • 2012: Charles Ray Sheffield joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer of the George C. Woodruff Company.

Meet The Team

Otis J. Scarborough
Otis J. Scarborough, President, George C. Woodruff Company & Woodruff Holding Company
  Otis received his B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Georgia and has been with Woodruff since 1976.  He...More About Otis
Charles Ray Sheffield CEO George C. Woodruff Company
Charles Ray Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer | George C. Woodruff Company
Charles Ray joined the George C. Woodruff Company in 2012 with a background in financial services and law. Prior to joining the...More About Charles Ray
Genevieve Green
Genevieve Green, President | Woodruff Operating Company & Vice President | Woodruff Property Management Company
Genevieve oversees “The Woodruff Companies” which includes Woodruff Property Management, Woodruff Holding Company,...More About Genevieve
Cissy DuRant CEO Woodruff Property Management Company
Cissy DuRant, Chief Executive Officer | Woodruff Property Management Company
Cissy has been with Woodruff since 1987. She oversees the day to day operations of the Woodruff Property Management Company...More About Cissy
Lucy Jones
Lucy Jones, President, Woodruff Property Management Company & Woodruff Marketing | Realtor, Sales & Leasing
Lucy is a proud native of Columbus, Georgia. Her real estate career began in 1997, and she has been with Woodruff since 2002....More About Lucy
Bruce Jones
Bruce Jones, President, Woodruff Development Company & Grow Landscaping
Bruce is a native of Columbus, Georgia and has been with Woodruff since 1995. He is a natural in his position. Bruce’s...More About Bruce
Brad Morgan CPA Woodruff Holding Company
Brad Morgan, CPA, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Woodruff Holding Company
Brad has been at Woodruff since June 2006. He is responsible for Financial Operations, Human Resources, and Information...More About Brad
Mike Socci
Mike Socci, President | Woodruff Contracting Company
Mike has been with Woodruff since 1976 and is currently President of the Woodruff Contracting Company. He began his trade...More About Mike