Mr. Campbell is the Owner and President of Safe Harbor Development. Safe Harbor Development employs a staff experienced in the development and operation of varied projects. Mr. Campbell’s experience in such diverse projects is a testimony to his ability to learn adapt to current conditions and markets, depending on the situation. Safe Harbor Development, with Mr. Campbell at the helm, has been responsible for the development of over $ 300,000,000 in new and redeveloped projects.
The most recent projects that Darby Campbell played a lead role in are as follows:
Margaritaville Island Hotel: 130 room upscale hotel located in the Heart of Pigeon Forge on the Island. This Hotel owned by Leconte Village Hotel partner (Mr. Campbell is a partner) and operated by Mr. Campbell has the highest ADR in all of Sevier County which includes Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
The Leconte Center at Pigeon Forge: a multi-purpose 250,000 square foot events center which Mr. Campbell was chosen as the developer. This $50,000,000 project was built and delivered to the City of Pigeon Forge on time and under budget in 2010.
The Island in Pigeon Forge, was the next very successful redevelopment, a 280,000 square foot retail, restaurant and entertainment complex. This project was purchased out of foreclosure with 75% of the building under roof. Mr. Campbell formed a group of investors and completed the project at a cost of $100,000,000. Today it is producing over a $100,000,000 in annual gross sales. This project includes the Margaritaville Hotel and Restaurant, Paula Deen Restaurant, Dicks Last Resort, Ole Smokey Moonshine, and many other entertainment venues as well as ride venues. It is one of the biggest attractions in all of the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area in the Great Smokey Mountains.
Mr. Campbell and Safe Harbor Development own and operate 9 marinas, with over 4000 slips, from New York to Georgia. This makes Safe Harbor Development the largest private owner of marinas in the southeast and one of the largest in the country. Mr. Campbell has been the lead developer or co-developer for restaurants, retail, RV resorts, and hotels as well as multi-family and single family developments.
Chris Ooten joined the Safe Harbor team in 2015 with over 20 years of real estate and development experience both in residential and commercial. With Mr. Ooten at the CEO position, his responsibilities include the overall management of Safe Harbor Development and other related companies including acquisitions, development, construction, operations, forecasting, and marketing.
He previously worked for the Weigel family and Weigel’s Stores as their Director of Real Estate managing, selling, and purchasing all of their new store locations as well as family holdings. He has also worked for the Schaad Companies as their COO and the Metropolitan Planning Commission both gaining Chris immeasurable knowledge that would eventually aid him in his Vice President/CEO position with Safe Harbor.
Chris has earned LEED certification from the Green Building Certification Institute and currently serves on the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission as a commissioner.
Chris is originally from Oak Ridge and went on to gain his bachelor’s degree from ETSU with an option in city planning. When he’s not working, he enjoys being with his family- his wife, Leah, and kids Emily, Jack, and Miller.
Dave Signs is the Chief Operations Officer of Safe Harbor Development, and has nearly two decades experience in the Marina and Hospitality business. He has been with Safe Harbor Development since its inception and is a Nashville TN resident. Dave brings years of knowledge in operating, developing, rebuilding, re-culturing, and managing recreational properties on the waters of Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and numerous fresh water lakes in the mid-south. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee- Kentucky Marina Association, the legislative advisory committee for the Association of Marine Industries, and is the past President of the Tennessee Marina Association.
Before getting involved in the marina development industry in the late 1990’s, Dave Owned and Operated House of Signs Music Group, which included two recording studios, publishing, product sales, distribution, and artist management / development. After nearly two and a half decades in the Music Industry and working as Show Services Manager for AVW Telav at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort, Dave moved into the marina development industry. He brings years of customer service, logistics management, and business management experience with him. His deep roots and background in the entertainment industry provide for a unique perspective and outlook in the marine development and recreation industry.
Taylor Shull joined the Safe Harbor team as a Comptroller, in May of 2016. Taylor previously was an auditor, with a focus of bank auditing. His responsibilities include banking relations, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, partnership relations and interface with partners, managing insurance accounts, managing legal and reporting aspects of existing companies. Taylor will oversee and manage the budgeting and forecasting of the Margaritaville Nashville Hotel Project.
He previously worked for Maggart & Associates primarily as an auditor, but also gaining some personal tax experience as well. While there he was able to further grow and developed his accounting background and understanding of banking relationships. He has also worked for the Chattanooga as a Ticket Office Manager/ Sales Associate where he learned valuable management and accounting skills.
Taylor is originally from Chattanooga and went on to gain his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee Technological University.
Ryan Campbell joined the Safe Harbor team in January of 2017 and currently serves as Director of Marina and Resort Operations. His responsibilities include creating and ensuring adherence to operational procedures for all on-site management and staff, seeking, assessing and implementing new revenue growth strategies, as well as overseeing marketing, accounting and HR responsibilities. Before joining Safe Harbor Development, Ryan worked for 3 years as an corporate actions analyst at UBS Investment Bank where he assisted institutional clients in their transactions regarding mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, optional dividends and rights offers. He also worked as an associate in financial analytics at Change Healthcare for 1 year.
Ryan is originally from Knoxville, TN where he completed his bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business. He currently resides in Nashville, TN.