About Us

JOHN
JOHN
John Marsh is a husband, father of two boys and a visionary entrepreneur, who has been instrumental in rebuilding the historic downtown of Opelika, Alabama. Over the last 25 years, he has been involved in over 30 startup businesses in various industries, including construction, real estate investing, advertising, and hospitality. Today, John’s focus is on helping others make generational differences in their communities by helping patrons bridge the gap between redeeming vision and execution.
TY
TY
Ty Maloney is a husband, father of two and a principal at Marsh Collective, an organization focused on placemaking, community planning, business consulting, real estate development and property management. Before joining the collective, Ty graduated from Auburn University’s school of Building Science and later earned a Masters in Integrated Design and Construction. Ty seeks to apply his experience and gifts to the flourishing of people and places by collaborating with patrons on the visioning and execution of sustainable revitalization plans for their communities.

Our Story

John and his wife Ashely dedicated themselves to the resurrection of place in the historic downtown of Opelika, Alabama. Like many small mill towns around the country, Opelika’s main street had deteriorated to a state of hopelessness and disrepair. One historic house in 1998 began a twenty-year journey of redeeming a city. Today, their work of restoring over 150 properties and launching 40 small businesses in those ten square blocks has become the gold standard for small-town revitalization in the state of Alabama. Opelika’s story, an account of beauty from brokenness, mirrors their personal story. Through the sharing and walking out of their personal testimony of reconciliation, they have given hope to hundreds of couples facing divorce and have inspired thousands of business leaders who aspire to live out their faith through their work.

Through his umbrella organization  Marsh Collective, John has continued to follow his call to this work by helping others restore, revitalize and redeem their communities and build purpose driven businesses through collaboration with mission driven patrons and stakeholders. To date, the team has implemented interventions all across the United States. This collection of businesses that includes consulting, property development, restaurant, hospitality design, event management and others is dedicated to the flourishing of both people and places.

“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”

WENDELL BERRY
Beauty out of Brokenness